[ExI] battle tanks to a five yr old

Adrian Tymes atymes at gmail.com
Tue May 8 16:57:57 UTC 2012

On Tue, May 8, 2012 at 9:12 AM, Stefano Vaj <stefano.vaj at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 8 May 2012 17:53, Kelly Anderson <kellycoinguy at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Assassination is the ultimate in asymmetric warfare.
> This may well be the case, but I have the impression myself that it is not
> so fashionable these days. A sucide attack, even though it may appear a
> horrible waste in comparison with a sniper, Jackal-like shooting, may have a
> higher propaganda and motivational value and attract less antipathy for the
> attacker, who, after all, literally puts his or her life in line for the
> cause.

Further, unlike the threats that terrorists do execute on, assassination is
something that most nations have much experience defending against.
9-11 succeeded in large part because it used an unexpected attack
vector.  How many other foreign attacks have there been on US - or
Canadian, Western European, or even Australian* - soil in the past few
decades?  It may be cliche that generals prepare for the last war, but in
doing so, they make sure the last war doesn't happen again (and again
and again).

* As in, "Western" nations that neither are near hostile powers nor have
significant internal armed conflict.

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