The long war is something the west needs to consider VERY CAREFULLY
TEL AVIV — A leading Israeli general blamed his country's withdrawal from Gaza for the 2006 war with Hizbullah and warned that government inaction against continuing missile strikes will encourage expanded attacks.
"We may have no choice but to take Gaza again," former Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Moshe Ya'alon said. "I'm not talking about ruling the city, but if we don't go in now, when they're firing at Sderot, we'll find ourselves with rockets in Ashdod."
"Forty years after the Six Day War, it seems we've lost our fighting instinct," Ya'alon said. "These last couple of years all we've been hearing is that we are strong enough to concede, strong enough to run away, or at least that's how it's being perceived by the other side."
The west succeeds in warfare by organizing it's entire society to destroy the structure of the enemy. This effort, to succeed means it must be carried out to the endpoint, for to leave the enemy, who outnumbers you intact merely postpones the decision until a less favorable time, with greater casualties.
Law of nature.