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More than militants

Lara Deeb, Middle East Report Online, July 31:

Hizballah, the Lebanese Shi‘i movement whose militia is fighting the Israeli army in south Lebanon, has been cast misleadingly in much media coverage of the ongoing war. Much more than a militia, the movement is also a political party that is a powerful actor in Lebanese politics and a provider of important social services. Not a creature of Iranian and Syrian sponsorship, Hizballah arose to battle Israel’s occupation of south Lebanon from 1982-2000 and, more broadly, to advocate for Lebanon’s historically disenfranchised Shi‘i Muslim community. While it has many political opponents in Lebanon, Hizballah is very much of Lebanon – a fact that Israel’s military campaign is highlighting. 

  • smiths

    how do we know that hizbollah is backed by iran and syria,
    how do we know that hizbollah captured israeli soldiers,
    how do we know that thousands of katyusha rockets are hitting northern israel,
    how do we know that iran is developing nuclear weapons,
    how do we know that syria is sponsoring terrorism,
    how do we know that sryria killed rafik hariri,
    how do we know that iraq is descending into civil war,
    how do we know that we are fighting the forces of evil to bring democracy to strife torn regions and we stand for values and they stand for terror and chaos,

    cos the corprate media told us,

    how do we know that they are telling us the truth?

    why wouldnt they?

  • Addamo_01

    Indeed Smiths,

    And Israeli spokeswoman said this during a CNN intervoew: No, Rosemarie, these are Katusha rockets which they fire a barrel a dozen and the fact that there haven’t been casualties in Israel shouldn’t necessarily be held against us .

    Hear that? No casualties in Israel. So Israel must be lying.

    The other lie abotu Hezbollah is that they are using civilians as human shilelds. This is absurd and easily disproved by the fact that Israel has demonstrated that is does nto hesitate to bomb civilians.

    If Hezbollah did ever use civilians as huaman shields, they woudl have figured this out by now, so hiding behind civilians offers no protection and is of no benefit to Hezbollah.

    All observers at Qana said there were no rockets being fired. It was 1:30 am and people in the building that was struck were asleep – hardly likely if rockets were being fired.

  • smiths

    i am going on a tangent today,
    rather than comment on analysis that I read in the media which is overwhelmingly uninformed or just total fabrications, I shall offer my own analysis of what is happening,

    it all pretty much began with the great game
    this rivalry and strategic conflict between the British Empire and the Tsarist Russian Empire for supremacy in Central Asia ran in its earliest form from approximately 1813 to the Anglo-Russian Convention of 1907.
    But the truth is that it has never ended
    The United States displaced Britain as the global power, asserting its influence in the Middle East in pursuit of oil, containment of the Soviet Union, and access to other resources.
    The cold war was part of the same story and like the great game has never really ended,
    For the americans to control the prize, central asia, all other regional powers need to be eliminated,
    iraq was the first and iran is the second,

    skip to june of this year

    Likud Chairman Binyamin Netanyahu met with US Vice President Dick Cheney at the American Enterprise Institute World Forum at Beaver Creek in Colorado.
    They agree on the plan to kick off the next stage,
    Israel agitates along its northern border and in the occupied territories until it gets events that can be used to justify an attack on Lebanon which is weakened by the loss of French and Syrian power by the anglo/American/israeli assassination of hariri,

    Once the events occur it uses proportionate violence to bring into the conflict Syria and hopefully iran giving the US, the architect of this plan the excuse it needs for an all out assault on iran

    It destroys iran as a power and more importantly it uses tactical nuclear weapons to do it, demonstrating to its closest rivals that its advantage in weapons is usable for the first time in sixty one years

    So in the next month I predict Israel will increase its killing of civilians and tonnage of bombs dropped, and if that doesn’t draw in Syria and iran then I reckon there will be a ‘terrorist’ event inside Israel which will be blamed on hizbollah, and iran and be used to justify the next stage,
    But for sure by September they will have hit iran barring some miraculous incident that derails the plans,
    And that’s what I am hoping for

    jewish people who care for israel have to wake up to the fact that it is being used as pawn and it stands to lose very badly if this conflict escalates further

  • orang

    Now you're thinking Mr smiths.

    Nothing like a bit of dehumanisation to inure us to children slaughtering in a big big way. They are after all the spawn of Hezbollah.

  • M.Mayes

    Frightening Ideas, the good news… Bush cannot serve another term… The bad news Cheney or someone equally as Imperialist as Bush will replace him.

    Unfortunately the Democrats attitude towards the Iraqi Prime Minister's comments on Israel's offensive doesnt fill me with a great deal of confidence in the opposition either.

  • orang

    The Dem's are in a quandary. They have the same objectives as this gang, but they want to appear cultured while they're at it. Better to have the criminals wearing the black hats – easier to spot. Cheney is more effective behind the scenes leaving The Idiot or Brother of Idiot to take the flak.

  • Addamo_01

    The Dems are pathetic. Congress needs a complete enema from top to bottom.

    The stench of corruption and degree to which these people are comprimised will see to it that even with the Dems in power, nothign much wil change.