Thursday, October 19, 2006

Catalogue of mistakes saw hundreds of Lebanese civilians dead

This extract from a report from Middle East Newswire says a lot. With a thousand plus in a war managed under these circumstances one wonders how many would have died if it it had been properly coordinated.


TEL AVIV [MENL] -- Israel's military, refusing to treat the 34-day battle with Hizbullah as a war, kept its commanders away from the front and sent soldiers on poorly-planned missions in Lebanon.
An investigation by an outside panel concluded that the General Staff did not treat the Hizbullah rocket strikes against Israel as a war, rather a security exercise. The report by a team led by [Res.] Maj. Gen. Yoram Yair said commanders relayed unclear orders and failed to fulfill even tactical missions.
Yair focused on the army's Division 91, commanded by Brig. Gen. Gal Hirsch, but examined system-wide failures during the war. He said the Israel Army was hampered by inadequate training, preparations and logistics.
The report said Division 91 failed to define missions and sometimes changed orders on an hourly basis. Yair said this generated confusion and resulted in aborted operations.

8 Comments:

Blogger Doc said...

RS and others--there are reports surfacing now that HZ also used cluster amunitions in N. Israel? Can someone report on the validity of this--and share details. This would be important to talk about.

6:33 PM  
Blogger RS said...

So far there has been such evidence of HZ using cluster amunitions in Israel as far as reports and colleagues on the ground in Beirut have told me. I would be extremely surprised indeed if that was true. Numerous studies of the weapons capabilities of HZ have come to light and it is clear that they have not had any sort of advanced cluster bomb technology.

7:18 PM  
Blogger Doc said...

i hope the allegations are not true. I dont think they are.

I think if there are cluster bombs in N. Israel then it was because they fell out of the wagon on the way to S. Lebanon.

12:18 AM  
Blogger RS said...

Sorry the above sentence should have said 'no such evidence of cluster bombs by HZ'. There is no evidence at the moment.

7:24 AM  
Blogger dobegs said...

no worries RS, we didnt think for a kind moment that you would say anything against HZ.
we love to read your hate israel propaganda... its kinda amusing ina way.

I still hope that Nabia Beri will bring peace to Lebanon and Israel.

12:52 AM  
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It does webcam sluts look a little super-timid to wear alife-preserver just because one happens to be walking by the side of acanal.

9:49 PM  
Blogger Doc said...

dobegs--no hate against Israel--just truth.

So IDF just now admitted to using phosphorus bombs---how shocking.

btw, most of us hate HZ. voila.

6:36 AM  
Blogger kevin said...

You know what guys. I think it is time for the Lebanese to accept Israel's peace jestures. Food for thought:
1) Quatar, an arab country was the base of some of the weapons shipped from the US to Israel. This whole thing about Quatar airways violating Israel's control of lebanon's air is a sham.
2) More powerful Arab, countries including Saudi Arabia have already made some implicit peace deals.
3) The Lebanese have more than paid the price ten times over for Arab-Israeli grievances while other Arab countries continue to prosper.
4) Israel does not wage war on countries it is peaceful with.
5) Israel and Lebanon need each other. Their economies can depend on each other. As America's economic power is fading, Israel will either have to conquer lebanon or lebanon will have to acceot a peace deal.

3:07 PM  

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