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  •  Explain how you use (6+ / 0-)

    a surface to air missile as an offensive weapon.

    “I have made this letter longer than usual because I lack the time to make it shorter.” –Blaise Pascal

    by dskoe on Thu Oct 31, 2013 at 12:17:28 PM PDT

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    •  Not that difficult to imagine. (4+ / 0-)
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      They could fire the surface-to-air missile into Israel's airspace or into neutral airspace to shoot down airplanes.

      Please note that I'm not taking a position on whether Israel's air strikes were in any way justified; just making note that surface-to-air missiles can certainly be used as offensive weapons.

      "When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist." --Dom Helder Camara, archbishop of Recife

      by JamesGG on Thu Oct 31, 2013 at 12:21:28 PM PDT

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    •  Attacking civilians is a "standard" tactic (4+ / 0-)
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      for Hezbollah. A few SA-8's could easily be trained on commercial aircraft with devastating effect.

      That's how you use a surface-to-air missile as an offensive weapon.

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