Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Guerrilla Warfare 2.0

I don't think this article has gotten much attention on the Times website, but it provides an interesting look into the tactics and capabilities of Hezbollah. It seems that the group is far better equipped and, more importantly, far better organized than anyone ever expected. Could this be the future of the war on terror? From the article:
“They [Hezbollah] have staff work and they do long-term planning, something the Palestinians never do,” he [Timur Goksel, the senior political adviser to Unifil] said. “They watch for two months to note every detail of their enemy. They review their operations — what they did wrong, how the enemy responded. And they have flexible tactics, without a large hierarchical command structure.”

That makes them very different from the Soviet-trained Arab armies the Israelis defeated in 1967 and 1973, which had a command structure that was too regimented.


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