Nur al-Cubicle

A blog on the current crises in the Middle East and news accounts unpublished by the US press. Daily timeline of events in Iraq as collected from stories and dispatches in the French and Italian media: Le Monde (Paris), Il Corriere della Sera (Milan), La Repubblica (Rome), L'Orient-Le Jour (Beirut) and occasionally from El Mundo (Madrid).

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Godzilla in a Headscarf

The narrative of Israel's war on Lebanon from War Nerd Gary Brecher.

"As long as the IDF was beating up on Hamas down in Gaza, it could hide its weakness most of the time. Not all of the time -- pretty sloppy, letting Hamas commandos tunnel right into that base, blast a tank and kidnap poor baby Shalit right while he was thinking up his next capsule review. Still, except for the occasional slip, the IDF was safe in its F-16s and Merkavas, facing Pals with nothing but rifles and old RPGs. It's easy to look tough rolling through refugee camps in the world's most heavily armored minute the IDF is stomping around Gaza blasting amateurs, when something taps it on the shoulder, and there's Hezbollah, looking like Godzilla in a headscarf."

As Doghouse says, the Kevin Smith approach to war narration.


Blogger Doghouse said...

The Shia, who cluster in the slums of S and E Beirut and in the rural south of Lebanon, have the highest birthrate in Lebanon and have always been the poorest, most death-hungry people around. That's the stuff you make great soldiers from.

LMAO! The beauty of this guy's prose is that he writes like a Kevin Smith character talks...but you can't easily dismiss it because he clearly knows quite a bit about the topic...great find Nur!

5:02 PM  
Blogger Nur-al-Cubicle said...

Yeah, my sides hurt for hours after reading War Nerd. I was spalattering coffee everywhere and howling. Almost rolled on the floor :)

6:09 PM  
Blogger Nur-al-Cubicle said...

Oh, and the hat tip goes to Middle East Memo.

6:23 PM  

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