[Marxism] Big muddy

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Tue Jul 25 07:31:35 MDT 2006


http://billmon.org/archives/002559.html
July 24, 2006
Big Muddy

Twelve days in, and even Ralph Peters thinks the Israelis are losing:

     Israel is losing this war. For a lifelong Israel supporter, that's a 
painful thing to write. But it's true. And the situation's worsening each day.

Now Ralph is the guy who spent a few days back in March riding around the 
safer parts of Baghdad (when such places still existed) and then came back 
and told his fellow true believers that the war in Iraq was as good as won. 
So if he now says the Israelis are losing, I would ordinarily expect the 
IDF to be accepting Hizbollah's unconditional surrender some time tomorrow 
morning.

But it's clear from many other sources that things aren't going so well 
with Operation Midwife:

     * The Israeli Army -- which dashed across the Sinai in two days in 
1967, and surrounded an entire Egyptian army in 1973, has spent the past 
three days trying to secure Maroun al-Ras, a village about 500 meters 
inside Lebanon.

     * Securing that modest objective (and it may not be secure even yet) 
has cost the Israelis at least 20 7 soldiers KIA. (My bad: the Israelis 
have lost 20 soldiers since the war started, not just in the fighting at 
Maroun al-Ras.)

     * The number of rockets falling on northern Israel has been reduced 
only minimally, if at all, and Israeli civilians are still dying, despite 
11 days of bombing and round-the-clock Israeli air cover over southern Lebanon.

     * U.S. military sources say that IDF claims to have destroyed a 
significant percentage of Hizbollah's missiles are significantly "overstated."

     * Jane's Weekly reports that Hizbollah has emulated the Viet Cong and 
honeycombed the border area with underground tunnels and command posts that 
are virtually impervious to artillery fire and the Israeli Air Force's 
existing stock of bombs. (It looks like those "precision" munitions the 
Pentagon is rushing to the front may be bunker busters.)

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