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All the population which is the power base of the Hezbollah in Lebanon was displaced
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Not too subtle that, was it.

In its size, and in its mobilisation of locals as part-time fighters (which is what I presume you mean by "non-fighter"), I don't think so.

Then as someone (was it you?) wrote above, the fact that the IDF really underestimated, or even failed to anticipate this mobilisation, was indeed an incredible intelligence failure.

And yes, "part-time fighters" would be the better term.

the other that Hezbollah managed to form a broad unity in the South, without exploitable internal divisions like among the Palestinians and both between and within their armed groups.

It would be interesting to find out why Hezbollah succeeded in this while the Palestineans have not.

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 05:37:30 AM EST
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the fact that the IDF really underestimated, or even failed to anticipate this mobilisation, was indeed an incredible intelligence failure.

Someone else said it. But I think they didn't necessarily underestimate the level of mobilisation: maybe they expected scores of easy-to-take-out Kalashnikov-waving fighters running across the street, say like the Mahdi Army in Najaf during the August 2004 US assault, or Palestinian fighters in Gaza or Nablus.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Fri Aug 25th, 2006 at 05:59:02 AM EST
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