I was raised in the Cult of "Air Power." - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Mark Lincoln
    • 03.11.07 | 04:16 (IST)

    We had patron saints, Billy Mitchell and Alexander de Seversky. The problem with 'air power' is that no matter how good it is at strafing an army or exterminating cities, it remains a blunt instrument. It is like cracking walnuts with a sledge hammer. It kills far more innocent people than guilty ones. And, thus, it causes far more enemies than it eliminates. Ask the English of the 'Battle of Britain". Ask the Vietnamese subjected to "Rolling Thunder." Airpower appeals to the fastidious and cowardly. It offers the prospect of exterminating the enemy without risk of self. But that is not how it really works. If air power was what was promised, why is there still a Hizbollah? If airpower was the magic weapon, why has the Taliban not been swept from Afghanistan. The answer is simple, as it was true in 1940. Air power stiffens the enemy more than frightens them, unless airpower is used to the point where it is not worth the cost of winning a 'limited war."

    from the article: IAF air strike in south Gaza kills Hamas militant, wounds three
    First published 00:00 03.11.07 | Last updated 00:00 03.11.07
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