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    • 11.08.10 | 14:29 (IDT)

    This was the bombing of Iraq's nuclear reactor. Since then, the IDF was sent by politicians into unworthy operations. Let us review them: 1. The 1982 First Lebanon war. An operation designed to last 2-3 days lasts weeks and the IDF enters Beirut. In its wake, Hizballah is created, casualties abound, and the IDF finally escapes in 1999. Of course, the political leadership is responsible. 2. The 2006 Second Lebanon war. Israel responds to a military border incident by attacking civilian targets. A whole war is developed, and a million Israeli civilians have to excape their homes. No forward thinking by the political leadership and bad performance by the IDF. 3. The 2007 bombing of alleged Syrian nuclear reactor. The IAF carries out a brilliant attack, except that it would have been much better not to destroy the facility but to inform IAEA, then see Syria under UN sanctions, as Iran is today. Syria got off scot free, and a nuclear facility there never certified officially by IAEA. A major failure of Israeli statesmanship. 4. The 2008 Cast Lead in Gaza. What should have been an operation lasting a few days is prolonged to 3 weeks of bombing, with multiple war crimes committed. Another major failure of the political level. Reminds one of the excess in the flotilla incident. CONCLUSION: Get rid of trigger happy politicians, replace them by Kissingers.

    from the article: IDF chief to Gaza flotilla probe: Raid quickly became 'chaotic'
    First published 08:57 11.08.10 | Last updated 13:12 11.08.10
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