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Gang Activity: Joe and Pesty Seek an Authoritative Resolution of a Bet That Joe Has Little Chance of Collecting On

October 18, 2006

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Bazooka Joe 26“Hey Dad, is the War on Terror a ‘fourth generation warfare’ with no clearly definable battlefields, and a fading distinction between civilian and military forces [1], which requires trans-national, highly networked forces not bound by maneuver limits on a traditional battlefield, and where physical forces and infrastructure are less important targets than the political will of an opponent [2], which, as such, requires a certain sincere moral authority to prosecute successfully; or is it a war in the traditional sense of a armed conflict of sovereign powers, authorized by the sovereign power of nations, to be fought on the battlefield with military forces, subject to the international rules of war?” [3]

“A ‘fourth generation warfare’!”

“I win! Pay me!”

“I haven’t got the money!”

“I’ll pay the bet, Pesty, how much is it?”

“335 billion dollars!*” [4]

*Plus 2782 US military dead, 44,779 US military non mortal casualties [5], and depending on what metric you use either many thousands [6], or many many thousands [7] Iraqi dead.

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