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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Hamas' epic fail

From McClatchy's Checkpoint Jerusalem blog:
A new report from the Washington Report for Near East Policy documents the obvious:

"Hamas and its military wing, the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades (IDQB), accomplished little militarily," the report notes. "Most of their operations were futile, and their only real success was their ability to continue firing rockets into Israel, which in any case declined after three weeks of combat."

According to the report:
"Hamas’s military performance must also be placed in a broader context: the combat qualities of Islamic militants and the efficacy of 'armed struggle.' In the past, much attention was focused on Hezbollah and Taliban military prowess, but the IDQB’s performance in Gaza provides a different perspective, demonstrating that the 'Islamic way of war' is more varied and complex than experience in Lebanon and Afghanistan suggests.

"These combat qualities depend on many factors; not all Islamic warriors are larger than life, and in fact, the Qassam Brigades in Cast Lead showed themselves to be quite the opposite."
If we'd had a Prime Minister, a Defense Minister and an IDF Chief of Staff with you-know-what's in 2006, I doubt anyone would think that Hezbullah are such great fighters either.


At 2:00 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

If Israel's leaders first priority was defending the country instead of appeasing the Palestinians, the outcome of Israel's two wars in this past decade might have ended with a more decisive and different result.


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