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The two most astonishing things in this diary for me were:

  1.  The discrepancy between the MSM's apparently far too optimistic portrayal of the IDF's military successes in Lebanon and your analysis.

  2.  The activity of the south Lebanese "meta-army" (as you put it) that supported Hezbollah.

If anything, the second point struck me even more than the first.  Especially this quote:

About 10 Hezbollah fighters initially confronted the Israelis, but some 300 townspeople heard the roar of helicopters, grabbed their guns and joined the fight.

"All the sky seemed like a cloud of planes, and all -- not only Hezbollah -- fought. All the people in the village brought their guns to fight. Fifteen year-old boys brought guns," said Suzanne Mazloun, 22, wife of Boudai's mayor, Suleiman Chamas.

Here I must ask: Could this -- at least partially -- explain the IDF's evident insouciance in bombing civilian areas with apparently little concern for civilian "collateral damage"?

Also, is this "non-fighter meta-army" an innovation, at least in terms of its apparently massive size?  Or have their been precedents for this sort of mobilization of the non-professional masses to support the hardcore "professional" fighters in recent conflicts?

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 Thu Aug 24th, 2006 at 09:31:06 PM EST

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