The Military Inputs
This chapter further expounds on the military angle in P.L.O.'s decisionmaking. The military situation was a key factor in the decisions taken by the P.L.O., but little regard had been given to the siege of Beirut in the decisionmaking process. The length of time it took to reach a supposedly inevitable conclusion (70 days of fighting, from June 4 to August 12), as well as the effect on negotiations, time, and the decisive events of the battlefield are factors in the P.L.O. decisionmaking process which have been neglected. The P.L.O.'s demonstrated ability to stand up to Israel under the right conditions, among other reasons, were the main lessons the Palestinian fighters carried away from Beirut with them.
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