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Summary: The Six-Day War is undoubtedly the most prominent application used in Stoa Lincoln-Douglas debate this year. It shows up nearly every round. This OPP brief addresses this.
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The Six-Day War is undoubtedly the most prominent application used in Stoa Lincoln-Douglas debate this year. It shows up nearly every round. Debaters use this application (usually on the affirmative) as an example of preemptive warfare. With the application pool in this resolution being so limited (as there are very few instances of true preemptive warfare), this application has quickly become the go-to example for new and experienced debaters alike. Before we address responses to this example, we must understand the situation fully.
In 1967, Egypt and Jordan signed a mutual defense pact enforcing unity against their common enemy Israel. For years, Arab states had insisted on denying Israel’s sovereignty—even Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser at one point vowed to destroy Israel’s livelihood. This defense pact created a military coalition that outnumbered the Israeli army, making it seemingly possible for the Arab countries to finally mobilize and attack. At the end of spring in 1967, Arab forces began moving near the edge of the Israeli border. On June 5, 1967, Israel preemptively launched fighter planes and caught the Arab militaries unaware, allowing the planes to almost completely destroy Egypt, Jordan, and Syria’s air forces in a single day.
The argument here, as is most commonly run on the affirmative, is that Israel was able to detect an imminent enemy attack and use a preemptive strike to win the war quickly and with minimal damage (hence the war being six days long).
This is, admittedly, an extremely persuasive argument. It is an instance of supposed preemptive warfare being executed to near perfection. Now all the affirmative has to do is pretend like a majority of preemptive warfare is as clean and effective as Israel’s was.
As persuasive as this example is, it has a few crucial shortcomings.
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