Category Archives: War

Why we should pay more attention to Putin than Trump

“Iran is responsible for more than 80% of Israel’s security problems,” said PM Benjamin Netanyahu, at a ceremony marking 25 years since the bombing of the Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires in which 29 died. Two years later, he noted, … Continue reading

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Getting back to (strategic) basics

— From a 1981 RAND Corporation report on “Israel’s Strategic doctrine.” The authors explain that this doctrine was developed because of Israel’s small size and lack of strategic depth, her small population compared to her probable adversaries, her economic weakness … Continue reading

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Skirmishes in the cognitive war

The struggle against Jewish sovereignty in the Middle East, which has been going on for at least 100 years, has lately been characterized by alternating diplomatic/psychological assaults with violence in the form of small wars and terrorism. The past year … Continue reading

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The Third Lebanon War will be the Last Lebanon War

If I’ve learned anything in my relatively comfortable and placid life it is that despite my good luck, evil is real. Sometimes it grows and sometimes declines. Today it’s gathering strength. Hezbollah came into being in 1985, as a response … Continue reading

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How not to stabilize the Middle East

My very first blog post almost exactly 10 years ago was about the just-released Iraq Study Group Report, co-authored by Lee Hamilton and James Baker. What struck me about it was how it asserted that the way to solve the … Continue reading

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