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09 August 2006

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W. Patrick Lang

Sophia,

The VC/NVA maneuvered by infiltration and under cover of both darkness and heavy forestation.

We will have to see about these men. pl

Babak Makkinejad

sophia:

The relationship between the Iranian state and the Shia of South Lebanon is at least 400 years old.

Iranian State & polity are deeply Shia; that religion is what created and has sustained modern Iran (after 1500).

It is the epitome of living in a fantasy world to expect ties of religion and blood that have grown over the last 400 years to not matter.

sophia

"The VC/NVA maneuvered by infiltration and under cover of both darkness and heavy forestation."

Right--they maneuvered. And yes, we will have to see about HA. I have read that their anti-tank missiles are accurate from 2 miles away. My guess is that they can't maneuver--they fight well when they are dug in. Well, I hope that the IDF gets the chance to dig 'em out.

I apologize if it was not clear that the last line of my comment above was a quotation from Billmon.

As Billmon has publicly expressed skepticism on his blog as to whether Iranians corpses have cropped up among the dead combatants, a reliable cite as to the NVA helping HA would be greatly appreciated. Sounds like a George Galloway wet dream to me.

W. Patrick Lang

Sophia

I am not sure where you are going with this thought (maneuver) You think the Hizbullah are cowardly because they won't stand out in the open to fight IDF tanks? Was the Red Army cowardly to defend the ruined city of Stalingrad? There was precious little maneuver there.

The VC/NVA defended fixed positions when they thought it to their advantage or they had no choice.

Hue (twice), Hamburger Hill. These are examples of instances in which the NVA fought to the death to hold a particular piece of ground.

The IDF have lost a lot of men and vehicles trying to dig these men out of cellars, bunkers, etc.

What you should want to see is HA attacking IDF positions instead of the other way around.

The NVA were the best? They lost to us just about everywhere, everywhere but in the states. pl

Mo

"My guess is that they can't maneuver--they fight well when they are dug in."

No artillery, no air support, no back up. You really think a fighting force could hold the mighty IDF for a month simply by digging in?

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