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That Unrestricted Warfare thing is real, read the book or not. Last week, without having to look too deeply into the matter, I spotted the patterns deployed against (or through) the incredible Gal Gadot [now the official favorite celebrity of this Highly Respected Web Log (where’s my “heart” emoji, WP????)].

Many Gadot-bashers are, I deduce, robots and paid shills. There’s just too much homogeneity and synchronization across many of the comments on multiple platforms. That made me realize something; this isn’t really about Gaza and it’s certainly not about Gal Gadot. It has the signature of the Unrestricted Warfare described by PLA Cols. Liang and Xiangsui in 1999. There are multiple fifth-generation conflicts being waged around the world by multiple parties for multiple reasons. Some of them concern Israel, the Arab-Muslim Middle East, and the United States. Who and why? I have no definitive idea. However, a popular movie star provides an attractive vehicle for spreading the overwhelming chatter. Strange things do happen – more frequently than one imagines.

Now, belatedly, and without a word of praise for our Wonder Gal, the Times, with help from “experts” and the Twitz, reluctantly admits the same (in general and as concerning Israel).

But while support for Palestinians on streets worldwide may have been real, Israeli researchers attempting to pierce the fog of war surrounding the conflict have raised doubts regarding how much of the supposed social media war was truly authentic. Experts say that we often don’t know why we’re exposed to a particular piece of content online, whether as a byproduct of an algorithm seeking to shock and outrage us or by bad actors hoping to do the same.

“The social media networks made it very easy for anyone to tweak the system,” said Elad Ratson, a former Israeli diplomat who now runs Vayehee, a Paris-based company that uses technology to counter misinformation online.

More frequently than one imagines. Another reason to come here first.