Giving the War an Image, etc. - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Manfred Wolf
    • 01.08.06 | 06:01 (IDT)

    I have been puzzled ever since the outbreak of the war by the apparent self-delusion of Israeli politicians and generals: 1) What made them think that Hezbollah could be taken care of 'once and for all'? Did earlier measures against such groups achieve such decisive goals? Can traditional army and airforce tactics work against guerrilla groups? 2) What made them think that world opinion would support their massive bombing of Lebanon? Didn't they understand that whatever support they had would vanish instantly once the photographs of refugees started coming? 3) Why hadn't they learned the lesson from the Americans in Iraq? Weren't they aware of unintended consequences? -- I am by no means the only one to have such questions. MANFRED WOLF

    from the article: ANALYSIS: Giving the war an image of victory, not a draw
    First published 00:00 01.08.06 | Last updated 00:00 01.08.06
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