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Another angle on the kill ratio might be that the Israelis killed a number of "villagers with guns" which Hezbollah doesn't count as losses because they weren't "signed up members of Hezbollah."

That sounds like I am accusing Hezbollah of callous disregard for villager lives, but it may in fact be as simple as the fact that Hezbollah only had lists of it's own members.

Of course, at the same time, if the IDF repeatedly found itself faced with resistance from the entire population of various villagers, it is perhaps unsurprising that they turned to indiscriminate bombing. If every house has a man and an AK47 in it, then every house looks like a military target when you're on the ground being shot at.

That's not to excuse the indiscriminate action, but perhaps just to remind us all a little bit of how rapidly military action can escalate into large scale war.

by Metatone (metatone [a|t] gmail (dot) com) on Thu Aug 24th, 2006 at 01:10:49 PM EST

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