Is this a threat, a bluff, a counter-bluff or the real deal?
The problem here is that no one will ever know for sure until someone decides to ‘make the call.’
And the problem then is this. A whole new ‘ball game’ suddenly swings into action; there is much beating of chests, rattling of sabres and an all-round sharpening of swords. If the situation is left to boil over, there can also be a shooting of bullets, a dropping of bombs and a killing of people.
In many ways, both big and small, the Middle East has long been a martyr to this type of behaviour. As yet, there exists no equivalent of a lightning rod whereby the constant build-up in tension can be safely drawn off, largely neutralised and sent to a properly designated holding facility. This omission results in the sad state of affairs we see today.
But what might such a lightning rod look like and where can it be found?
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