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The time before last that Israel was fighting a war in Gaza, in 2009, Avigdor Lieberman, then the foreign minister, compared the conflict to America's war with Japan.Inflicting maximum damage from the air was and remains Israel's strategy toward Hamas-ruled Gaza.The RAF bombed the Germans at night, and the U.S. Army Air Force bombed them by day.Strategic bombing is an application of the concept of "total war," in which all civilians are considered to be combatants and thus legitimate targets.Confronted by a common deadly threat, civilians rally around the only leaders who can do anything to protect them, even if those leaders are widely disliked.A more plausible explanation is that strategic bombing is indeed about morale, but not that of the enemy.Winston Churchill decided to unleash his bombers on German civilians when an Allied victory was still a long way off. He needed to build British morale with a demonstration of force against an enemy that had just spent several years bombing the United Kingdom.
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