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I think we have to differentiate revenge first. As the name and description implies, it is a premeditated action to return the pain that was inflicted. In nature, when a tiger bites your leg of after you've poked it with a stick, we do not call it revenge, instead it is normal behavior for the animal in question: it simply defends it's own territory and it's own life. Assuming animals do not have higher thinking -like humans and other primates- this causal relationship is almost automatic. Now when applied to humans, we can say the same. When someone attacks you, the autonomous nervous system has only two choices:
1) release adrenaline to the muscles and prepare to run.
2) release adrenaline to the muscles and get ready to fight.
Still, we are human and we are capable of higher thinking. We can basically override our basic instincts, we can master our bodily responses. So we can choose to defuse the situation for our own best interest, because every fight has victims on both sides. We can look into the future, and we can predict that we might get hurt, die or will be arrested if we lose our cool. But then the question arises: what is this emotion that we call revenge? especially after the situation that took place has past. I think it has to do with our ego and the need to take action upon inflicted pain.
The choice of fight or flight did not satisfy us, and in the act our ego might be bruised. Others have witness our shame, our guilt and dehumanization and the infliction of pain. Since humans are social animals, and do have a kind of caste system or pecking order, the social degradation in a certain situation makes want to restore our former social position. And so basic territorial behavior comes back into play. We can either let it go, and possibly satisfy yourself with a lower social ranking, or take the action of revenge to reclaim our social position. The paradox in this, is that by the act of taking revenge, we might even get further down the social ladder. On the other hand, we also might be seen as strong leaders. In any event, it is a highly complex emotion.
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Premeditated, intentional killing, as well as killing in passion, was absolutely forbidden. Such a one had no protection in the cities of refuge and was to be handed over and put to death (Ex. 21:14f, Deut. 19:11ff, Num 35:16ff ).
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Although the crew of the Liberty have long felt that they were forgotten, WMR has learned of a tantalizing U.S. Navy retaliation for the Israeli attack on the Liberty from U.S. intelligence sources. In September 1967, Johnson had decided that he would not run for re-election. It was a mere three months after he covered-up the Israeli attack on the Navy ship to preserve his standing with Jewish voters and contributors. Johnson’s decision changed the picture dramatically and the top echelon of the Navy and CIA, which knew of Israel’s premeditated attack knew that the time was ripe for a counter-attack.