Institute for the Study of Asymmetric Conflict

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June 24, 2002
An Engineeered Tragedy

Between September 2000 and September 2002, Israeli and Palistinian Arabs were engaged in a “low-intensity conflict” generally referred to as the “al-Aqsa Intifada”. This conflict caused over 2,200 deaths so far; and yet, its most significant aspect seems to be the struggle for international public opinion rather than any effort at gaining a conventional military victory. A thorough accounting and analysis of the conflict’s incidents and casualties not only provided a better understanding of the conflict, but also demonstrated the effifacy of casualty statistics in determining whether the "Principle of Distinction" had been adhered to by both sides.

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By Don Radlauer
Tags: casualty statistics, laws of war, intifada
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June 20, 2002
An Engineered Tragedy: Summary of Findings
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By Don Radlauer
Tags: conflict, laws of war, casualties
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Terrorism: No Prohibition without Definition

Without an objective and authoritative definition, accepted by all nations, the fight against terrorism will always suffer from “cultural relativism.” Without a change in the priorities of all the enlightened countries, and their determination to fight against terrorism apart from any other political or economic interest, it will not be possible to wage an effective war against terrorism. And without such a unified stand by all nations, the September 11th attacks in the United States will be insignificant compared to the attacks yet to come. The free world must understand that “cultural relativism” applied to terrorism – whatever the terrorists’ goals – will lead only to more terrorism.

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By Boaz Ganor
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