19 January 2011

Asymmetric Warfare

D&GCarving

Asymmetric warfare is conflict between parties whose relative military power differs significantly. Some examples are The American Revolutionary War, the Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan, the 2003 Invasion of Iraq, and of course the battle between Israel and various Palestinian organizations such as Hamas.

David&Goliath

I chose to illustrate this with the Bible story of David and Goliath, told in 1 Samuel Chapter 17, in which a teenaged David brings down the giant warrior Goliath with a stone fired from a slingshot.

One of the many problems with asymmetric warfare is that the stronger party can easily end up looking like a bully. Photographs of Palestinians throwing rocks at armed Israeli soldiers, like the one below, make for very difficult public relations for the Israelis.

child_against_tank
Photo from the web site A Mideast Change of Course

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