|Following up on my previous post about modern wars, I have these additional (and mostly unrelated) thoughts:
- Generally speaking, I believe that violence defeats violence. The stronger guy wins the fight. Often the best way to defeat an opponent is with force.
- However, sometimes this isn't true, such as when the violence is terroristic in nature. Most terrorist action is fueled by beliefs and emotion, thus largely disregarding logic. A history (or maybe psychology) professor in college once said, "You can't rationalize with irrational people." So no amount of force or violence will convince terrorists that they're in the wrong.
- In situations where violence won't work, diplomatic and/or economic sanctions seem to work quite well. Money is an extremely powerful motivator.