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The No-Win Zone: An After-Action Report from Lebanon

Authors: Daniel Byman, and Steven Simon, Lecturer, Dartmouth College
November/December 2006
The National Interest


“Lebanon held the attention of the world for weeks after a successful Hizballah kidnapping operation on July 12, 2006, led Israel to pummel the country in a sustained air campaign and a limited ground offensive. Almost all observers agreed the clash had enormous implications—former House Speaker Newt Gingrich even claimed the conflict was ‘World War III.’ But unlike other wars, the winners and losers were not clear when the dust settled.”

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