Saturday, July 15, 2006

Interesting paragraph.

The problem with Israel fighting Hizbollah is that it is a non state actor. Can a country have a war with a political party in another country without being at war with the host country? If the host country is not strong enough to control non state actors within its borders, can other countries control the non state actors?

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In that sense, Hezbollah may have found the sweet spot in Fourth Generation War: It isn't a state and doesn't carry the political or defensive burdens of one, but it controls enough territory, commands enough popular loyalty and has enough allies to mount some fairly sophisticated military operations, using both conventional and nonconventional weapons. It's powerful enough to be successful -- and be seen as successful -- but not so powerful that state actors like Israel can fight it on equal terms. We may be looking at the New Model Army of the 21st century.

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