- ...the preparation now seems to be less for a ground
invasion than for more punishing airstrikes to try to eliminate
Hezbollah military assets and stockpiles, which the Israelis say are
distributed and hidden through the civilian population, in houses,
garages and apartments.
"We want the freedom to attack these places," [a "senior Israeli commander"] said. "I believe in air power. I believe in our ability to destroy Hezbollah without going into Lebanon again the way we did in 1982."
New York Times report, July 23
- In fact, the Maginot Line, the chain of fortifications on
France's border with Germany, was indicative neither of despair about
defeating Germany nor of thought mired in the past. It was instead
evidence of faith that technology could substitute for manpower. It
was a forerunner of the strategic bomber, the guided missile, and the
Ernest R. May, Strange Victory: Hitler's Conquest of France, published 2000