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the IDF's strategy was to isolate and cut off pockets of resistance

This is the classic tactic.  Armour bypasses strong points in order to penetrate into enemy territory.  It is the job of the follow-up units, infantry and artillery, to reduce these strongpoints.  The IDF's problem was they didn't have any follow-up infantry and they lack the necessary artillery assets.  The IDF has gone for ground support aircraft over tube artillery as they have greater mobility.  But the IAF spent their time killing civilians outside of the battlezone and, anyway, aircraft cannot provide the accurate, consistent, fire of artillery necessary to allow infantry to successfully assault entrenched positions.

For the past week, the Israeli Army has thrown everything at Kfar Kila. ...so far the defenders, local fighters with Hezbollah and allied factions, have held on.

If this holds then the reports of Hezbullah "hiding" amongst civilians was wrong.  Those civilians were fighting alongside Hezbullah.  And poof goes another Israeli/US propaganda campaign.

instead of facing a few thousand Hizbollah fighters, they were confronted by tens of thousands of armed men

That is called "Surprise."  It happens in an operational commanders mind as a offshoot of bad intelligence, bad planning, and - most of all - victory disease.

It is quite possible that the IDF assumed ... airstrikes killed a number of guerillas, without seeing actual dead bodies.

Bomb assessment damage is a highly inaccurate intelligence source.  Most of the problems stem from the low rankers doing the assessment will never become high rankers if they keep saying, in effect, "That was pointless" when their bosses are telling each other, and politicans, how ducky wonderful they're doing.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Thu Aug 24th, 2006 at 11:57:00 PM EST
If this holds then the reports of Hezbullah "hiding" amongst civilians was wrong.  Those civilians were fighting alongside Hezbullah.  And poof goes another Israeli/US propaganda campaign.

Which aspect of the Israeli/US propaganda campaign goes poof?

Out of the Dark Age came the most magnificent thing we have in our society: the recognition that people can have a society without having a state.

by marco on Fri Aug 25th, 2006 at 12:42:58 AM EST
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That Hezbullah is a terrorist organization.  

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Fri Aug 25th, 2006 at 08:49:10 AM EST
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From the Guardian link, above:

Hizbullah operates as "a state within the state", with its own hospitals, social organisations and social security system. "But we are also an Islamic resistance movement, an indoctrinated army,"

I don't know what to call, label, Hezbullah but it isn't a terrorist group and it isn't a guerrilla group - guerrillas don't stand and fight.  

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Fri Aug 25th, 2006 at 09:38:14 AM EST
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Hezbollah hiding behind civilians is not grounds for calling them terrorists, but the kidnapping of civilian's and suicide bombings are.  

Whether Hezbollah hide behind civilian's or not, I believe they do and so does people in the UN (see Jan Egeland's comments), in the fight in Lebanon it shows that civilian's are taking up arms against military units something, which is clearly a violation of the Geneva Convention stating that all combatants including guerrilla forces, even civilians, have to wear recognizable and distinctive signs from a distance.  Even so my personal opinion is that Hezbollah has got a large amount of civilian supporters in the south, which has been supplied with weapons and is ready to fight on a relative short notice in direct violation of the Geneva Convention.

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by Gjermund E Jansen (gjans1@hotmail.com) on Tue Aug 29th, 2006 at 07:18:45 PM EST
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I don't know that the "propaganda campaign" goes poof. It takes a very severe lack of self-reflection to think that anyone would simply stand by while their homes, lands, families, etc were destroyed. Anyone who buys that argument (outside of government / military officials and maybe academics who can afford to live in another universe) is likely very pro-Israel to begin with. Rather than a propaganda campaign I think I'd call it "reassuring the believers."

you are the media you consume.

by MillMan (millguy at gmail) on Fri Aug 25th, 2006 at 03:38:16 AM EST
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I give out information.

You advertise.

They spread propaganda.

;-)

The one-sided barrage of 'news' (sic) here in the US was propaganda.  There was no attempt at dispassionate analysis.  There was no attempt to put the conflict in its historical context.  There was a serious, on-going, effort to keep the American public thinking Israeli's 'stuff' don't stink.

Thought experiment:  Try to imagine an American 'news' (sic) organization reporting from Lebanon the way Richard R. Murrow reported from London during the Blitz.


She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Fri Aug 25th, 2006 at 09:49:57 AM EST
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Of course it's propaganda, my claim is that on the particular point you brought up, and not the overall media campaign, it doesn't operate as such due to the reasons I mentioned. Thus there is nothing to "bite the dust." Misinformation rarely dies because it is proven wrong.

you are the media you consume.

by MillMan (millguy at gmail) on Fri Aug 25th, 2006 at 12:23:01 PM EST
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I second that.

Bitsofnews.com Giving you the latest bits.
by Gjermund E Jansen (gjans1@hotmail.com) on Tue Aug 29th, 2006 at 07:01:11 PM EST
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It takes a very severe lack of self-reflection to think that anyone would simply stand by while their homes, lands, families, etc were destroyed.

If you find that missing self-reflection anywhere in the White House or in Olmert's office, be sure to pass on its location to the military planners so they can obliterate it with a precision strike.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Fri Aug 25th, 2006 at 12:34:15 PM EST
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