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Monday, April 19, 2004
  Ah, just another example of how to lose a war: learning from losers

From TomDispatch comes: "The Pentagon as Global Slumlord", by Mike Davis
"The Mogadishu debacle of 1993, when neighborhood militias inflicted 60% casualties on elite Army Rangers, forced U.S. strategists to rethink what is known in Pentagonese as MOUT: 'Militarized Operations on Urbanized Terrain.' Ultimately, a National Defense Panel review in December 1997 castigated the Army as unprepared for protracted combat in the near impassable, maze-like streets of the poverty-stricken cities of the Third World.

As a result, the four armed services, coordinated by the Joint Staff Urban Working Group, launched crash programs to master street-fighting under realistic third-world conditions. 'The future of warfare,' the journal of the Army War College declared, 'lies in the streets, sewers, high-rise buildings, and sprawl of houses that form the broken cities of the world.'

Israeli advisors were quietly brought in to teach Marines, Rangers, and Navy Seals the state-of-the-art tactics -- especially the sophisticated coordination of sniper and demolition teams with heavy armor and overwhelming airpower -- so ruthlessly used by Israeli Defense Forces in Gaza and the West Bank...

...This tactical "Israelization" of U.S. combat doctrine has been accompanied by what might be called a "Sharonization" of the Pentagon's worldview. Military theorists are now deeply involved in imagining how the evolving capacity of high-tech warfare can contain, if not destroy, chronic "terrorist" insurgencies rooted in the desperation of growing megaslums."
As usual, I am utterly amazed that we are learning the failed tactics used by another country to fight urban terrorism. If the Israeli anti-terrorist tactics are so good, why haven't the terrorist been defeated over the past 30 - 40 years?

Why? Because Israel's military and political systems have been captured by people who think body counts are a measure of success, which is certainly false if for every confirmed terrorist kill, you engender five more youths to become terrorists.

Hell, without US support, Israel would have failed as a state years ago. That may be an unsupported supposition since I truly can't figure out how the Israeli economy is surviving. What foreign companies are investing in Israel? Who would want to move their family to Israel and assume the risks of that level of terrorist activity, if they are not Jewish? On some what of a side note, I still do not understand why the US is submissive to the Israelis.
 
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