The terrible cost of thwarting Hamas | The Times of Israel ‘Op-ed: The Israeli national mood is now a mixture of anguish at the toll of IDF dead, anger at aspects of the international response, and confidence in the troops and (atypically) the political leadership’
There are all sorts of costs in war, so many, in fact, that it’s a wonder any nation or community these days would ever willingly enter into one without strict limits being put on the many expenditures they invariably incur.
And yet, of course, we all know that, whenever these conflicts do take place, there seems to be no price that people will not pay, no sacrifice they will not endure so that victory might be achieved or, even more so, defeat can be avoided.
But is this really true in absolutely all circumstances? Could there ever be a loss judged so terrible that not even the most die-hard of patriots would be prepared to countenance it being so or accept such a fate?
If a discovery of this nature could be made and the inevitable prospect of it happening written into the customary rules of combat, then a limitation on the spectre of war and all its unwelcome consequences would become permanently present. And, when a war seemingly without end can thus be ended, the opportunity to do so must be seized upon without the slightest hesitation and given pride of place in all further calculations.
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In such a manner might we finally obtain mastery over all wars, no longer slaves to so many of their very expensive winds and ways.