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Old ways in the new war

Israeli commandoes raided a hospital in Baalbek and took Hezbollah hostages. The story is illustrative of how the conflict in Lebanon is still reminiscent of an "old" war, despite that the IDF is fightning an irregular force.

Hostages are still needed, especially those of intelligence importance (alledgedly the commandoes were going after a senior Hezbollah figure), self-imposed ceasefires needs to be broken to gain surprise, large forces are needed to support even small operations and the public needs news-stories of heroes and their polished, valiant deeds where civilians don't count in the official reports.


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