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    • Robert Handelsman
    • 11.08.06 | 18:09 (IDT)

    Olmert and Peretz have to go. They mismanaged the war against Hezbullah. History teaches that air power has limited effect on an enemy and ground troops are needed: the examples are the strategic bombing of Germany and North Vietnam and Iwo Jima in WW II where heavy bombing for 2 weeks prior to the invasion had little effect on the Japanese defenders. Bush, so verbally supportive of Israel's goals, probably became disgusted due to Olmert/Peretz' inablilty to make a decision. Nasrallah will now claim he won this round and has shown the world how to defeat Israel, particularly as this UN force and the French soldiers will probably close their eyes to Hezbollah's rearmament. Israel's biggest mistake is the settlements. They have exhausted Israel's political capital in the world and have forced the army to devote its limited resources to training soldiers to guard the settlements instead of preparing to fight a well dug in enemy like Hezbollah

    from the article: ANALYSIS: Olmert must swallow his pride, adopt UN resolution
    First published 00:00 11.08.06 | Last updated 00:00 11.08.06
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