Institute for the Study of Asymmetric Conflict

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1. 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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Tags: casualty statistics, laws of war, intifada
By Don Radlauer
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