Sunday, September 03, 2006

Hizbollah's Rockets and Permanent Launch Pads

The following article published in the Haaretz describes how most of Hizbollah's rockets were fired from permanent positions. If this is really the case, then Israel's onslaught on Lebanon's total infrastructure was more than useless. Actually it is as we always described it, criminal. And if the IDF really didn't know about these permanent positions, then its war on Lebanon was twice more criminal.

How the IDF blew chance to destroy short-range rockets
By Ze'ev Schiff
Haaretz

A large number of the short-range rockets fired at Israel from southern Lebanon were launched from permanent positions, the Israel Air Force discovered by chance toward the end of the war. The discovery was made after an air strike burned away vegetation, revealing a dug-in Katyusha position on a permanent launch pad. Additional permanent positions were subsequently discovered. If the tactical intelligence of the Northern Command was unaware of the existence of hundreds of permanent short-range rocket launching positions in South Lebanon, then this is a major intelligence failure. If the Northern Command knew of them and did not pass on detailed information to the air force, then this is a serious failure in the management of the war. Short-range rockets were one of the biggest problems in Hezbollah's war of attrition against Israeli civilians. The size of these rockets - sometimes small enough to be carried on the back of a donkey, on a motorcycle or by one or two men - made then difficult to pinpoint.
Hezbollah managed to fire a large number of Katyushas during the war - as many as 240 in one day toward the end of the fighting. The rockets, stored near the launch points in underground shelters or houses, were usually aimed with a direction and trajectory precalculated to hit a specific target in Israel. They were usually set up in orchards by arrangement with the grove owners, who were paid by Hezbollah. The two-by-three-meter positions consisted of a hydraulic launch pad in a lined pit. The pad could be raised to fire the 122-mm rockets from a launcher at its center, and then lowered and camouflaged with vegetation. The farmers received instructions by cell phone regarding the number of rockets to launch and in what direction and range. They were often provided with thermal blankets to cover the position in order to keep IAF aircraft from detecting the post-shooting heat signature. If the IAF had had details regarding the permanent positions of these short-range rockets, it is reasonable to assume the results of the struggle against them would have been different at the end of the fighting.

7 Comments:

Blogger Anon said...

The opening paragraph of the post rings very true. Why the (disproportionate) militaristic actions over 34 days? Sure, sure, to ruin the strength of a terrorist organisation. Yeah, right.

Yet what of Shin Bet, Israel’s intelligence service, amongst all the others. Collectively they must have known that out-and-out military might could not destroy a guerrilla organisation, one that could be argued to be of reactionary creation.

Juxtapose this logic to the usage of cluster bombs used in civilian areas (in contravention of a plethora of rules of engagement and, even, US trade agreements) and the actions of the IDF are further under question. Does anyone have any answers? Honest ones would be nice, no matter how appalling they may be.

If any, which proverb applies - the enemy of my enemy is my friend; or the friend of my enemy is my enemy?

It was reported over here that Hamas are setting out to emulate Hezbollah’s ‘success’. Although worrying, this isn’t surprising since the Shia group have mustered considerable support and respect, and proved to the IDF that they were (and are) a force to be reckoned with.

I was sorry to hear that Israel are maintaining their embargo – until Hezbollah disarm and the two kidnapped soldiers are released. They’re certainly not asking for much there, huh.

So the IDF and their actions have done what? Certainly they detracted international attention from Iran’s nuclear programme and maybe they even allowed Hezbollah to empower Iran – who are even more defiant of international pressure to not enrich Uranium. In today’s papers there is talk of Israel proliferating war to Syria and Iran, with a new infantry brigade being formed (Kfir – lion cub) which is supposed to be “a partial solution for the challenge of the Syrian commandos”. WHAT!?!

Kofi Annan’s jaunt around the various states may not be yielding much, but his methodology of mediation and talking can’t be wrong...

12:16 AM  
Blogger hyderabadi guy said...

INDIAN MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT ASADUDDIN OWAISI MEEETS HIZBULLAH LEADERS IN LEBANON

HYDERABAD LOK SABHA MP ASADUDDIN OWAISI IS THE FIRST INDIAN DIPLOMAT TO VISIT LEBANON AFTER THE WAR ACCORDING TO THE ETEMAAD URDU DAILY AND DECCANNEWS AND ISLAMIC NEWS OF SYRIA MR ASADUDDIN IS ON A PRIVATE VISIT TO LEBANON AND SYRIA AND NOT REPRESENTING THE UPA GOVERNMENT OVER THERE IT IS SAID TO BE A GOODWILL VISIT AND TO SHOW SUPPORT OF INDIAN MUSLIMS IN THE WAKE OF DEATH AND MASSIVE DESTRUCTION OVER THERE ACCORDING TO THE REPORTS MR OWAISI FLEW FROM DELHI TO DAMASCUAS CAPITAL OF SYRIA AND WAS THERE FOR 3 DAYS AND EVEN VISITED ISLAMIC HOLY SHRINES AND EVEN VISITED THE GRAND UMMAYD MOSQUE AND AFTER THAT HE WENT TO BEIRUT AND ON HIS STAY THERE HE VISITED THE SOUTHEREN PART OF BEIRUT CITY WHICH WAS THE MOST BOMBED AREA IN BEIRUT WHICH WAS REPETADELY STUCK BY ISRAELI WARPLANES AND FROM THERE HE ALONG WITH VARIOUS OTHER SOCIAL AND AID ACTVISTS HE WENT TO QANA AND VISITED THE PLACE WHERE A BUILDING WAS COLLAPSED AFTER A ISRAELI AIRSTRIKE IN WHICH 57 CIVILLANNS WERE KILLED AND MR OWAISI HAS EVEN VISITED THE PORT CITY OF TYRE WHICH WAS DESERTED AT THE TIME OF WAR AND BINT JEBIL AN AREA IN SOUTHERN LEBANON WHICH WAS THE MAIN BATTLEFRONT BETWEEN HEZBOLLAH FIGHTERS AND ISRAELI ARMY AND IS SAID THAT THE WHOLE VILLAGES IN THAT AREA HAVE BEEN DEVASTED BY THE FIGHTING WHICH LASTED FOR 34 DAYS AND ON HIS VISIT TO BEIRUT THE HYDERABAD MP GAVE AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW TO THE HEZBOLLAHS RUN TV AL MANAR AND IS SAID THAT HE HAS CAME TO LEBANON TO SHOW HIS SOLADIRTY WITH THE LEBANESE PEOPLE AND SAID HOW INDIAN PARLIAMENT HAS CONDMENNED THE WAR IN LEBANON AND HAS OFFERED AID WORTH 15 CRORES DOLLARS TO LEBANON HE EVEN MET WITH MANY CIVILLANS AND OLD AGE WOMEN WHOSE SONS WERE KILLED WHILE FIGHTING THE ISRAELI ARMY MR OWAISI WILL STAY IN LEBANON AND MEET LEBABNESE MPS AND EVEN WILL VISIT INDIAN EMBASSY IN BEIRUT AND MEET INDIAN EMBASSY STAFF AND AMBASSADOR .THERE ARE SOME REPORTS SUGGESTED BY ISLAMIC WEBSITE THAT HE EVEN MET HEZBOLLAH LEADERS WHILE HIS STAY IN BEIRUT REPORTS SUGGEST HE MET HIZBULLAH COMMANDER IN SOUTH HASAN HUBALLAH IN A SECRET LOCATION AND WHILE COMING OUT OF THERE WAS SURROUNDED BY HIZBULLAH GUNMEN HE EVEN MET HIZBULLAH CHAIRMAN FOR ECONOMIC AND RESARCH DEVELOPMENT DR ALI DIAD AND WITH THE TYRE CITY MAYOR AND EVEN MET WITH VARIOUS OTHER LEBANESE POLTICAL LEADERS AND MPS OF VARIOUS PARTYS SPEAKING OUTSIDE LEBANESE PARLIAMENT AFTER COMING OUT MEETING WITH LEBANESE PARLIAMENT SPEAKER NABIL BERRI THE MAJLIS PARTY LEADER OF HYDERABAD SAID ISRAEL HAS COMMITTED ACTS OF STATE TERRRORISM BY TARGETING INNOCENT CIVILLANS AND DESTROYING ITS INFRASTRUCTURE WORTH BILLIONS AND THIS WILL OR NOT DAMAGE THE HIZBULLAH AND THE LEBANESE PEOPLES WILL TO FIGHT AGAINST ILLEGAL OCCUPATION .

12:32 AM  
Blogger Bash said...

We're very proud for your indian guy *clap clap clap* Ok ppl, move on...

1:37 AM  
Blogger Sam said...

This post is by far the most ridiculous. “Actually it is as we always described it, criminal. And if the IDF really didn't know about these permanent positions, then its war on Lebanon was twice more criminal.”

My friends and I went fishing this weekend and I asked a question of them, “What do you think of Leb and what is coming out now?”. They all said that it seems that the Lebanese people are making stuff up as they go to slam Israel. They take a rumor and turn it into a news story and call it fact. Since they have no real standing in the international world they’re trying to get support via lies and exaggerations. The Muslims and Arabs are just trying to create more hate and fake reasons to use terrorism. They say there peaceful, ya right. “Do unto others what you would have done unto you”. One of their religious clerics said in an interview this weekend that they are tired of being treated unfairly so they will kill now. We have been treated unfairly so now we will make the westerners pay. You people are all hate minded and so into terrorism. They say we should convert, Id rather die than be a Muslim. But before I do that I would fight to stave off the radicals and followers of Islam.

Everyone says that they don’t hate Americans, they only hate the US Government. If that is true then why do your coward religious fighters only attack our civilians? I know, I know the World Trade Center was actually the center of the US Government. It was a hardened military target too…….

6:59 PM  
Blogger Doc said...

Sam's source of information: His fishing buddies....


Hahahahahah.

2:31 AM  
Blogger Doc said...

Lebanese are not Arabs nor are they all muslims, you idiot.

2:32 AM  
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