What is the Israeli military objective in destroying hospitals, water supply, electricity, schools? It is a technique known as Shock and Awe. The Americans used this in Iraq.

But what exactly is “Shock and Awe”?

”Shock and Awe” is the code-name for a policy of deliberately targetting the civilian population. The aim is to crush the will to resist.

The plan explicitly calls for targeting of civilian infrastructure such as “water supplies, food processing and sanitation.” The destruction of Iraq’s water supply during the 1990-91 Gulf War resulted in a health and sanitation crisis, which was well-documented by the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency while the crisis progressed. These important declassified documents are reviewed and cited in the context of Shock and Awe’s heavy emphasis on the destruction of an adversary’s water supplies, sanitation facilities, and power grids.

“Coupled with the fact that a fundamental tactic of Shock and Awe is to destroy non-military zones and facilities, suddenly the level of destruction takes on a new significance. Consider this excerpt from the text:

‘Shock and Awe are actions that create fears, dangers, and destruction that are incomprehensible to the people at large, specific elements/sectors of the threat society, or the leadership. Nature in the form of tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, uncontrolled fires, famine, and disease can engender Shock and Awe. The ultimate military application of Shock and Awe was the use of two atomic weapons against Japan in WW II.’”

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Terrorism. Literally.

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