„Look at Vietnam, look at Lebanon. Whenever soldiers start coming home in body bags, Americans panic and retreat. Such a country needs only to be confronted with two or three sharp blows, then it will flee in panic, as it always has.“

—  Osama bin Laden, As quoted in The Looming Tower, by Wright, p. 187.
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