Inter Press Service January 9, 2009 - Of the seven wars one -- in Lebanon, 1978 -- had the goal of establishing an Israeli-controlled "security zone" running inside Lebanon's border with Israel. The other six, including the present war on Gaza, all aimed at imposing a "forced regime change" on Arab communities neighbouring Israel through the violent physical dismantlement of politico-military structures then present in, or on occasion dominating, those societies.
The five earlier attempts at forced regime change all had interesting -- and quite unintended -- consequences that might have given Israel's leaders serious pause before they launched the present war.
Helena Cobban is a veteran Middle East analyst and author. She blogs at Just World News.