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    • David Ricardo
    • 08.08.06 | 02:04 (IDT)

    Those who express various degrees of amazement, or perhaps glee, over the difficulty of the IDF struggle with Hizbollah should be reminded that campaigns against well prepared irregulars possessing extensive 3rd party sponsorship have often been messy, costly and protracted. In some cases such conflicts have ultimately been won by those guerrillas, but such cases probably do not apply here. The ultimate triumph of irregulars has typically been ocassioned by the unwillingness of the society fighting them to bear the cost of barring their achievement of their political ends. Their triumph typically takes the form of withdrawal from their territory, provision for their succession as a government or other concrete concessions to the political ends of these groups. In the case of Hizbollah, their political goal is nothing less than the destruction of the society opposed to their activities. It is extremely difficult to imagine any society agreeing to its own immolation.

    from the article: IDF shoots down Hezbollah drone over sea near Haifa coast
    First published 00:00 07.08.06 | Last updated 00:00 07.08.06
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