The Revolution WILL Be Televised

Michael Novak's great article in the Weekly Standard is intended about Iraq, but also applies to the Arabs' exploitation of the Palestinians as a device to discredit Israel toward galvanizing external, international pressure issue to force debilitating Israeli concessions.

Today, the purpose of war is sharply political, not military; psychological, not physical. The main purpose of war is to dominate the way the enemy imagines and thinks about the war. Warfare is not, these days, won on a grand field of battle. Nor is it won by the force that wins series after series of military victories. Nor is triumph assured by killing far higher numbers of the enemy.

The physical side of warfare no longer holds precedence. The primary battlefield today lies in the minds of opposing publics.

The main strategic aim of war today is to dominate the mind of the enemy's public, and then ultimately to dominate the mind of that public's leaders.

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