True? Most of the DFA group didn’t think so.
Let me lay out where I’m coming from on this because I realize it’s counter-intuitive. We all grew up wathcinging images in the 1980s of Palestinian youth throwing rocks at tanks. Everyone noted how unfair a fight it was, and international resentment toward Israel grew, notably on the left with writings by Noam Chompsky and others.
However, times have changed, and since the 1980s the spread of radical islamic extremists has become pervasive to the point where I’m not sure the “little guy” is so little anymore. Israel is surrounded by nations and extremists who have announced there wishes that Israel be “wiped off the map.”
Can a nation, although possessing of a strong conventional army, really be considered “the favorite” to win out over an enemy who would gladly end his own life to kill hundreds of innocent civilians? An enemy who fires his missles from children’s shelters knowing Israel cannot fire back without risking a loss of support from the international community? An enemy who, in short, negates the effectiveness of even the best conventional military forces?
I’m reminded of the Godfather, Part II, where Michael Corleone relates to Hyman Roth the story of the Cuban rebel that he saw end his own life and the life of his captor, rather than be taken prisoner. Hyman Roth asks, “What does that tell you?”
“That they can win,” responds don Corleone.