A senior Hezbollah official said yesterday that the guerrilla group did not expect Israel to react with an all-out offensive when it captured two Israeli soldiers.
After weeks of aerial bombardment and artillery fire, Israel's army finds itself in a bruising ground war just across its border against an opponent employing the classic tactics of guerrilla warfare. And so far, say soldiers, commanders and military analysts, Hezbollah has proved a more formidable force by orders of magnitude than the armed Palestinian groups in the territories.
"When it comes to this kind of urban warfare, it has been like this throughout history," said Brig. Gen. Ido Nehushtan, a member of Israel's general staff. "It is the most difficult kind of warfare ever."
"Are we surprised?" Nehushtan continued. "Well, I wouldn't say that. But they are certainly fighting."
Honestly, unlike the neocons who think that the answer to war is more war, I don't have an easy answer for what's going on in the Middle East right now. But A) I'm wondering if there's anyone left who actually realizes that actions have consequences and; B) we can now quit listening forever to Max Boot, who wrote
"Democratic developments in Iraq may send out ripples across the Middle East that will topple other despotic regimes." Sure, his next sentence was "Or not," but he seemed certain that we could just "help the process along."