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  •  The Soviet Military Study (none)
    was widely referred to in the early '90s. You injure Ahmad. Ahmad has cousins, brothers, uncles, and a father who now are obliged to revenge him. Ain't so hard to get six avengers. In other areas, members of the village, congregation, are also expected to practice revenge. Not so hard to get up to twelve. Of course, at a certain point, everyone in town is obligated to revenge you, so the numbers aren't going to grow so dramatically after that.

    Unless there's a related clan in another town.

    Iraq is different, but I can't see why it would be vastly different. So yes, 800 killed could generate 5,000 to 10,000 avengers. Certainly 3,000 killed would get us a few thousand new opponents.

    •  Perfect Formula for Permanent War (none)
      As Halliburton would say, "Good work if you can get it.".

      Evolution is the organizing principle of all known life. Your God is a theory with no supporting evidence.

      by The Baculum King on Fri Nov 25, 2005 at 09:34:45 PM PST

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