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Underdogs win every modern war

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Submitted by Pat (United States), Oct 17, 2006 at 13:52

Military and economic dominance don't mean much now, either. They're good for one thing: you can rest assured that you will be expected to pay the costs of a war that you didn't start.

Witness North Korea. In return for threatening its neighbors with nuclear weapons it will most likely extort more aid from Japan and the US. Right now it's being "punished" by UN members, but that won't last long. Soon we'll all have to pitch in to help the North Korean people who are being starved to death so their great leader can have his toys and his fine wines.

Witness Hamas. They have an inexhaustible supply of suicide bombers with which to threaten the Israeli economy. Israel either gives in to their demands or risks further destruction. If the Israelis respond to these attacks as they should, they will be pilloried in the international press for attacking "innocent civilians". The Israeli civilians that are blown up by suicide bombers are forgotten within a day.

Witness Lebanon: They are allowed to abduct Israeli soldiers and cross an international border, but the Israelis cannot respond without drawing the wrath of the world. (See above.)

In a world where public relations is the coin of the realm and where the underdog is king, being a goliath is not all it's cracked up to be. You might live in a safer house, but go outside and you're just an easier target.

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