Fighting an enemy that uses its own people as weapons

Using your own people as weapons is not a new tactic.  During WWII, the Soviet Union was effective against the Germans, not because it had good weapons, but because it had a seemingly inexhaustible supply of cannon fodder.  When the Germans advanced on Russia, the Soviets threw unarmed men in front of the Germans, causing the Germans to exhaust their missiles and bullets, even as the Soviets willingly threw more bodies in front of the guns.

What the Soviets did was just a numbers game — “our population is so big that, even semi-armed, it can absorb all your bullets and leave you dangling” — but what Hamas did in 2008 in the Gaza strip was little bit different.  Hamas fighters made a calculated decision to use civilians as an integral part of Hamas’ own weapons infrastructure.  This IDF, using data discovered during Operation Cast Lead, explains how Hamas operated:

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  • MAS1916

    The IDF is in a tough spot here. Does Israel overrun Gaza again and then have to figure out how to feed these lunatics?

    Periodic invasions and targeted bombings seem like the right way to go – at least for now. It also shows the importance of ground intelligence.

    The USA could use some of that appreciation for ground intelligence.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com/ Ymarsakar

    During WWII, the Soviet Union was effective against the Germans, not because it had good weapons, but because it had a seemingly inexhaustible supply of cannon fodder. When the Germans advanced on Russia, the Soviets threw unarmed men in front of the Germans, causing the Germans to exhaust their missiles and bullets, even as the Soviets willingly threw more bodies in front of the guns.

    Of course, that wouldn’t have gone so well had not the US been shipping vital logistics and tank materials to Soviet Russia. It wasn’t as if Russia could escort ships past German U-boats. We could. We did.

    But in the end, the sweet idiots of America have been told and have been imbibing the “fact” that “Russia” won WWII with their manpower, not really the United States. Shows us how well people understand war.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com/ Ymarsakar

    I got a solution for the tunnels. Leak a nuclear weapon via an agent and then have the agent command detonate the nuke once it has been shipped through the tunnel.

    The more the enemy benefits from a tactic, the more they will use it. The more the Left defends the use of such tactics, the more they promote the use of such tactics.

    Such is the symbiotic relationship between terrorists and Leftist operators.

    In the end, rubble, less trouble. Either destroy Hamas’ ability to benefit from these tactics, which is not the same thing as hitting Hamas, or destroy Hamas’ international support networks by eliminating their media allies.

  • http://conservativlib.wordpress.com/ eric-odessit

    Ymarsakar,
    You are mistaken about “tank materials”, unless you are counting oil. T-34 was the best tank of WW2. A recent show on the Military Channel declared it “the best tank of all times”. Obviously, they used various criteria, the numbers produced among them. The Russians did have some Shermans, but T-34 was much better.
    The most important products shipped via lend-lease were aluminum, rubber, fuel and trucks. Other products included electronics, food and airplanes (P-39 Airacobra used by Aleksandr Pokrishkin to shoot down 59 Germans confirmed). Aluminum was used to build Soviet airplanes, which by 1943, by the way, were better than anything the Germans had. By the end of the war the entire Soviet Army was transported by American-built trucks, while the Germans were still using horses. So, while you are correct that the American contribution was vital to the Soviet war effort, it cannot be disputed that the majority of the casualties the Germans suffered on the Eastern Front. The Soviets might have drown the Germans in their own blood, but they did it nonetheless. My grandfathers were lucky to survive.
    Eric.