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ב - מֵרָחוֹק, יְהוָה נִרְאָה לִי; וְאַהֲבַת עוֹלָם אֲהַבְתִּיךְ, עַל-כֵּן מְשַׁכְתִּיךְ חָסֶד

'From afar the LORD appeared unto me.'
'Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love;
therefore with affection have I drawn thee.


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Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Peretz Appoints Commission

Defense Minister Peretz Appoints Investigative Commission
18:56 Aug 16, '06 / 22 Av 5766

(IsraelNN.com) Defense Minister Amir Peretz has appointed an independent investigative committee to examine the actions and functioning of the IDF before and during the month-long engagement in Lebanon against the Hizbullah terror organization. The commission is to present an intermediate report in three weeks' time. - MORE>>

The IDF didn't function all that badly from a military point of view. It was the constant waffling of the politicians and delay in committing the necessary ground forces that was the problem. The air campaign was good, and had good results, but you have to follow up with enough boots on the ground.

The biggest problem for the IDF was the anti-tank weapons that Hizballah had. From what I have heard, they were recent Russian models and very effective. About thirty Merkava tanks were destroyed by these weapons, maybe more.

The U.S. military is having good results from the Stryker vehicles in terms of withstanding IED's and preventing KIA's, so perhaps that might be something for the IDF to consider, but you still need the tanks.

At this point I might point out that while experts say air campaigns in anti-guerilla operations are limited in their effectiveness, I would contend that another way to fight against guerillas without a lot of boots on the ground is to just pound the cities into rubble - for years if necessary.

One of the key components of guerilla war is to for the guerillas to break the will, and drain the resources of the larger power over a prolonged period of time. Boots on the ground mean the body count goes up, and that eats away at the will of the larger power, especially with today's media doing hour by hour, play-by-play coverage. Sooner or later, it becomes a major political and economic liability for the larger power, and that's what the guerillas count on rather than an outright military victory.

An air campaign that just keeps up, year after year, keeps the body count for the larger power at a minimum, and breaks the civilian population and infrastructure that the guerillas depend on.

The problem here, of course, is that you have to constantly bomb cities and towns, factories, power and water supply, airports, EVERYTING, and so a lot of civilians are killed and made to suffer. This presents the same moral questions as the carpet bombing of German cities, and the use of the atomic bomb on Japanese cities in World War II. It's a form of "total war."

What we saw in southern Lebanon is that Hizballah is totally embedded in the civilian population. In fact, it is the civilians who ARE Hizballah. The whole family will be Hizballah, from the little kiddies to the mommies and daddies. They ALL want to kill you. They sleep with RPG's, anti-tank weapons, guns, and missiles under their beds! I have one video of Katyushas being shot out of a bedroom window of a house in Qana! So we must ask ourselves if these are really 'innocent civilians.' No, they are combatants.

This is what you face in Lebanon. Hizballah is an ideology embedded in the people from birth. The political and military wings of Hizballah, the militia, is the people themselves. It is an expression of both their personal and national identities. It is what you call "grassroots." So it is the entire people you are fighting.

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BREAKING: Israel has halted its troop withdrawal from Lebanon in view of the fact that the UN resolution for now seems dead in the water and unacceptable to Israel.

The proposed composition of the UN force is France, Italy, Turkey, Indonesia, and Malaysia, but so far no one has actually committed anything definite, and Israel may have a problem with this composition. France now says it wants more clarification of force's mandate and powers before committing more troops.

See, SE Asian Muslim Nations Commit Troops to UNIFIL

See also, Livni in UN: Agreement already violated

Lebanese President Emile Lahoud, in an interview with Sheppard Smith of Fox News, said today that Hizballah did not start the war, and then he THANKED Hizballah for defending Lebanon! He condemned both the U.S. and Israeli governments for their actions, and said they planned the war against Lebanon in advance and that they were the aggressors!

The Lebanese General in charge of the deployment of the LA to the south said today that, "We will not have any confrontations with our Hizballah brothers."

Well, I tried to warn everyone from the beginning that the Lebanese government was no friend of the U.S. or Israel, and that it was pro-Hizballah. The Lebanese Army, if anything, will fight alongside Hizballah, and help rearm them. So what good is this ceasefire agreement? It is not worth the paper it's written on. The Lebanese government is a rogue terrorist government, and to expect it to be built up into some kind of a "peace partner" is ludicrous. Surely Bush and Rice knew this all along. If they didn't, then that is even more scary. The whole point of UN resolution 1701 was to finally implement UN resolution 1559, and now it is obvious that will never happen unless Israel does it through war.

Israel better get its act together and fast, because this is all far from over.

As for having a firm ally in the United States, Israel had better not count on it.

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Is it just my imagination, or has Sheppard Smith had a sudden awakening? At the start of the war, all his reports were 'gloom and doom' for the IDF, but the other day in the Beirut rubble he had a Hizballah fighter shove an AK-47 in his face and tell him and his crew not to film what he was filming - namely Hizballah fighters with guns. Guess no one in Israel ever shoved a gun in his face! Now ole Shep is asking a lot of tough questions about Lebanon, Hizballah, and the ceasefire agreement. Seems to me the tone of his reports are not quite the same since the 'incident.' Maybe it's just my imagination...

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Most ridiculous item of the day, as reported in the JP:

White House: Disarming Hizbullah is Lebanon's
duty.

The White House Spokesman said on Wednesday that it was the Lebanese government's duty to disarm Hizbullah. The process was expected to be prolonged, the official said.

Thanks, Jerusalem Post, I really needed a good laugh today! Anyone care to speculate on exactly how "prolonged" this disarmament process might be? Notice also that the "White House Spokesman" didn't say exactly WHEN the disarmament of Hizballah would actually begin, either. Oh what a tangled web we weave....

Bush and Rice have done great harm to America's prestige with this phony deal. Why would any sane nation ever again trust the U.S. as an ally after this? Why would any sane nation ever again take the U.S. government at its word? No wonder the U.S. has trouble finding any allies in the war on terror! The U.S. government made promises and guarantees to Israel in relation to this deal, and now it is all worth NOHTING. Some 'leader' of the free world. The whole thing stinks to high heaven. It's as phony as Bush and Rice.

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