At the very end of the evening, things take a chilling turn. The Boss walks over and takes Ben’s gun away from him while criticizing his marksmanship. In an exemplary display, the Boss takes careful aim at a rope hanging on the other side of the arena and fires shot after shot, squarely hitting the rope each time while chanting Yahoud (“Jew”) on each pull of the trigger. He seems to think it’s funny, but no one else laughs.
Still, as the tour goes on, I probe for a deeper understanding of how the Boss feels about his adversaries. His shooting-the-rope “Yahoud” joke was offensive from just about any perspective, but in a normal Lebanese context, it wasn’t a total anomaly. By and large, folks in this part of the world tend to conduct themselves with a gleeful lack of political correctness. The IDF recently had to deal with revelations that a sniper team who had participated in the assault on the Gaza Strip in 2008 had also made t-shirts featuring a visibly pregnant Muslim woman surrounded by crosshairs. one shot, two kills was emblazoned underneath.
Barring central nervous system hits, there is no physiological reason for an individual to be incapacitated by even a fatal wound, until blood loss is sufficient to drop blood pressure and/or the brain is deprived of oxygen. [...]
Psychological factors are probably the most important relative to achieving rapid incapacitation from a gunshot wound to the torso. Awareness of the injury (often delayed by the suppression of pain); fear of injury, death, blood, or pain; intimidation by the weapon or the act of being shot; preconceived notions about what people do when they are shot; or the simple desire to quit can all lead to rapid incapacitation even from minor wounds. However, psychological factors are also the primary cause of incapacitation failures.
The individual may be unaware of the wound and this has no stimuli to force a reaction. Strong will, survival instinct, or sheer emotion such as rage or hate can keep a grievously injured individual fighting.
And one side will. Probably a century or so after they annihilate the other side.-- spaltavian
Indeed. Not enough people on either side want to change, for various reasons. Once they've grown tired of burying their children, it'll stop. But that won't be for a long time, if ever. -- Brandon Blatcher
The only way peace is possible is for Israel to give the Palestinians a real state and endure a lot of violence from people like Hezbollah until the conditions of peace allow for Palestinian statesmen to come to power.
There has certainly not been "peace" in Lebanon; though yes, of course, Hezbollah operates largely in Lebanon. If you look at the post we're responding too; it about the general situation, not just Lebanon v. Israel.
If you look at the post we're responding too; it about the general situation, not just Lebanon v. Israel.
That's really absurd. Where are you going to move the settlements?
That amount will not satisfy the Palestinians. There will be violence. Israel will need to show discipline in the face of that violence.
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