Exit strategies. Needed for positive conclusions.
Be like the Pileated Woodpecker:
16 holes provide escape routes if a predator gets in;
pecked bark around the entrance slicks it with sap & keeps snakes out.
Neck arcs back & it pulls with its feet
to increase the ferocity of the hammer strikes into the wood with it heavy bill.
Middle East lesson?
Be tough; have exit strategies.
CAVEAT: This is a picture by my friend Doreen Orciari of a Pileated eating (surprisingly) from her platform feeder; this may change my thoughts on toughness and exit strategies and mayhap shows it isn’t so easy to make suggestions as to how to solve gnarly problems. At least in 420 characters and 9 lines.