"In the United States Senate, one of the things I observed in the early days - and it's still used - and that is that you take someone's argument and then you misrepresent it and misstate and disagree with it. And it's very effective. I've done it myself a number of times. But eventually, eventually people catch on." -- Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, speaking at the National Press Club in Washington

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by Ramzy Baroud 

Much has been written about the political earthquakes in Britain and France, the first resulting in the crushing defeat of the Conservative Party and the latter in the overpowering of the far right, by a largely leftist coalition.

When you grow up here, the blood in your veins is a different temperature — it boils all day long,' says Lior Shelef. 'People here love a good fight. It seems like human nature.'

The 48-year-old Israeli infantry veteran should know. He has seen more than half a dozen conflicts here in the small ­kibbutz of Snir that sits on Israel's scorching northern border with Lebanon.