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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.

Well, entire armed population (say Aita al-Chaab is a town of 10,000). But, while your argument would work if that were the situation, the IDF in fact first bombed and then met surprising levels of resistance on the ground. Major ground operations started a week after the bombing began, and altough I haven't digged up quotes from articles saying so, the mode of operation was to first reduce a village to rubble with artillery before trying to enter it. (For example, you see the advance towards Tebnine at lower center on the maps: the village is in ruins, but it didn't came to ground assault.)

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

by DoDo on Thu Aug 24th, 2006 at 01:31:16 PM EST
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