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June 5, 2007

Lessons of the Six-Day War

Topics: Middle East News and Perspectives

Apparently, the U.S. and Israel both have forgotten the biggest lesson of the Six-Day War: In the Middle East, one can negotiate only from a position of clear strength. Never from weakness.

And there are other lessons both Israel and the U.S. should have learned, as well:

... Forty years later, however, Israel's existence is being challenged again. Now more than ever, Israel is the proverbial canary in the coal mine of the Middle East, the litmus test of Arab and Muslim attitudes toward the world beyond the Land of Islam.

... The Six-Day War teaches important lessons about preserving freedom. National mobilization and unity in recognition of existential threats lead to victory. Bravery and real leadership, both civilian and military, secure success. Never underestimate the enemy. Intelligence matters--and so do public diplomacy and global information support. Finally, both political and military institutions must recognize the nature of the evolving threat and must devise and implement brave strategies to defeat the implacable enemies of the free world, then and now.

More lessons here ...

Posted by Richard at June 5, 2007 7:40 PM

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