Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Lebanon's Hizbullah Marks the Fourth Anniversary of Harb Tamuz (its July-August 2006 War) with Israel

"If you strike, We strike....The Fourth Anniversary of the Victory"

The Lebanese Twelver Shi'i socio-political movement Hizbullah (Hezbollah, Hizballah), one of the largest and most powerful political parties in the country, is currently marking the fourth anniversary of its July-August 2006 war with Israel. The Israeli military failed to eradicate Hizbullah as it said it would do, and the party performed well militarily, according to a number of military and strategic analytical reviews. Their networks of underground bunkers, independent communications systems, and willingness to allow local commanders to issue orders without needing approval from the central leadership were all major factors in this.

The party dubbed the 2006 conflict Harb Tamuz (July War) and its end a "divine victory." In reality, while it was remarkable that the massive Israeli military campaign in the air and via a major ground invasion of Lebanon failed, the war was inconclusive. Much of Lebanon's infrastructure was devastated by repeated Israeli air strikes, including huge swaths of southern Lebanon and the southern suburbs (al-Dahiyah) of Beirut. The mediocre Israeli military performance was, to a large degree, due to internal mistakes and problems, and were not solely related to Hizbullah's military performance. In short, it was hardly a "divine victory."

Hizbullah is marking the fourth anniversary with special graphics and banners on its web site, which are shown here in Arabic, English, and French.

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