Informative NY Times article.

“Never before in history has a terrorist organization had such state-ofthe-art military equipment,” from medium-range rockets and laser-guided antitank missiles to well-designed explosive mines that can cripple an advanced tank, General Amidror said.

At the same time, Hezbollah has no armor or easily visible storehouses or logistics lines, the Israelis say, and its members live among the civilian population of southern Lebanon, storing their weaponry in civilian buildings.

That is why Israel’s top commanders say this operation may take many weeks.

At the Pentagon, senior military planners cast the conflict as a localized example of America’s broader campaign against global terrorism and said any faltering by Israel could harm the American efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Hezbollah “has features of a stateless terrorist organization, but it also holds territory — and is quite dug in there — and is able to hold at risk the population of the regional superpower in the way that only national militaries once could,” said a senior military officer with experience in Iraq

Mr. Dichter said Israel’s deliberate pace was an effort to minimize casualties — both to Israeli forces and to Lebanese civilians.

“You can do it in a short time,” he said. “You can flood southern Lebanon with ground troops and you can bomb villages without warning anyone, and it will be faster. But you’ll kill a lot more innocent people and suffer a lot more casualties, and we don’t intend to do either.”

Part of what makes Hezbollah unique as a nonstate militia is its store of more than 10,000 rockets, including a few hundred Syrian- and Iranian-made missiles that can go more than 60 miles and carry large warheads. Some of the Syrian missiles, like the ones that hit a Haifa railway yard, have warheads filled with antipersonnel weapons like ball bearings.

A Katyusha can be launched, on command, by a man who takes it from his house and can be back inside, as a civilian, in 10 minutes, General Amidror said. “He’s under command, but he has his own logistics, and he lives as a civilian among civilians. And only the ground forces can deal with these guys in the villages.”

Read the article, it’s one of the better ones I’ve seen since this war began.

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  • We are losing the…

    media war
    ground war
    intelligence war

    Hell, even a recent US military intelligent report claims that they’re surprised by Israel’s loses and inability, via the air campaign, to cause major damage to Hez’s ability to fight.

    This ain’t our father’s IDF.

  • Dude, these arab women here in Passaic are laughing their kefiyas off.

    I wonder why. All they do is smile.

    They are destroying ISrael, wake the fak up and flatten Southern Leb now.

  • Who cares if Israel loses the media war? Who cares if most of the world thinks Jews are always on the wrong side? The point is not to care, and to do what’s best for Israel.

    Dude, I live in Canada. The CBC could run the following phrase as its slogan: “All tragic Lebanese, all the time.”

  • shtreimel

    IDF copied America’s doomed modern warfare tactics. Which is, bomb them to hell, then send in the troops. Doesn’t work. Didn’t work in Vietnam, most definitely didn’t work in Iraq – remember shock and awe shitola. The myth is the enemy will be weakened. The fact Hizbullah feels they are protecting Lebanon from full scale invasion, will always serve as a reason to hold ground.

    Israel needs to go for a full scale war. Not pinpoint attacks against a well armed dug enemy (force). Or, the IDF retracts back to the south of Israel, maximize defensives there; wait for the enemy to show themselves and then go in. confuse the enemy, make them think of a victory.

    The IDF is confused and making blunders. It’s doesn’t know it it’s wants to invade or capture towns. It’s a mess.

    I still believe the IDF made a huge error in attacking southern Beirut, and killing far too many civvies. So far Israel is losing the media war.

  • This article offers an interesting point of view, in my opinion.

    The comments are mostly the usual “you’re the Satan”-“no, YOU are” stuff, so I do not know if they add any value. But the article (although short) is interesting.

  • Not all of us Non-Jews are so easily fooled by Hezbollah’s tactics. Us Gentiles are beginning to understand a thing or two about how Hezbollah uses civilians to “shield” Israeli rockets.

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