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Why Anti-war Protests Don’t Work

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Protestors in Hollywood, California hold a rally against the war in Iraq.

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War protests – both explicit, like memorials, and implicit, like lists of casualties – can actually make people more supportive of a war, according to a paper to be published in Science Direct. The study’s authors explain this by reference to what they call a “don’t-waste” or “sunk-cost” mindset that sees blood and treasure spent on a war as an investment that can be recouped only by “staying the course” and “winning.” This and more in the latest installment of Daily Threat Assessment.

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