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    • Nathaniel
    • 01.08.06 | 17:20 (IDT)

    It was not Churchill's Gallipoli plan that failed, but the incompetence of the commanders on the scene. Israel's Lebanon 'quagmire', circa 1982, was not a failure to destroy the terrorist bases - but not knowing when to stop. Removing Hezbollah's threat from Southern Lebanon is not really an option - it's a necessity for Israel's survival. Bombing all of Lebanon, however, is simply alienating the Lebanses population, creating the potential for numerouis civilian casualties, and is more effective in creating sympathy for the terrorists, then achieving long term stability in the region. When people die - whether Israelis or Lebanese (or Palestinian civilians) - the terrorists have scored a victory. Understanding this dynamic is important to formulating an effective response to the Islamofascist scourge. Olmert, like Churchill in Gallipoli, needs to be effective in Lebanon. Simply going on the attack is counter-productive to Israel's interests.

    from the article: Gallipoli and the Lebanese quagmire
    First published 00:00 01.08.06 | Last updated 00:00 01.08.06
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