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    • Bloomfield
    • 30.07.06 | 01:24 (IDT)

    Even if the rockets are completely destroyed, Hezbollah would easily replace them. The government needs a long term strategy to weaken Hezbollah in Lebanon, with air strikes and raids, and even more important through political alliances, secret or otherwise, with Christians, Sunnis, and Druze. All of these resent Shiite dominance, and have their own axes to grind with Hezbollah and Syria. Syria itself is highly vulnerable to internal revolution. The Baathist Alawites led by Bashir Assad maintain a stranglehold over the other 90% of the population, which is Sunni. Hezbollah and Syria are weaker than they appear, especially without the support of the now defunct Soviet Union to back them up. Expectations of a short war are unrealistic. Israelis must keep their eyes on the prize, which is not some temporary palliative of a ceasefire, but elimination of Hezbollah as the dominant force in Lebanon, and overthrow of the Alawite Baathists in Damascus.

    from the article: ANALYSIS: Israel failing to give U.S. the military cards it needs
    First published 00:00 30.07.06 | Last updated 00:00 30.07.06
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