Понять арабский военный ум

Ключевым аспектом для победы в войне является определение целей. Это особенно верно в отношении сегодняшних боевых действий в Газе и Ливане. Если кто-то старается сделать много (или считает, что может сделать больше, чем возможно), то его, вполне вероятно, ждёт неудача и точно ждёт разочарование.

В данном случае ошибкой будет думать, что Израиль может уничтожить Хезболлу или устранить её как политическую или военную единицу. Противоположное утверждение играет на руки Хезболле, Сирии и Ирану, которые хотят определить свою победу как выживание Хезболлы.

Определение победы как простое выживание - типичный подход арабской (и иранской) политики. Он одновременно и гибельный, и благоразумный. Он гибельный, потому что влечёт за собой поражение из-за нападения на превосходящие силы: Шестидневная война 1967 года, вызов Саддама Хуссейна США и его нападение на Иран, постоянная битва Ясира Арафата, в которой он всё время терпел поражение, и так далее. Арабская сторона терпит огромные потери в живой силе и материальном имуществе, как это снова происходит с ливанцами и палестинцами.

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