Regardless of my reservations to some of the things written in this post, this is just HILARIOUS. The Bacon Eating Athiest Jew Rules.
A student leader who was on hunger strike in prison has died in Iran.
Akbar Mohammadi died in prison late Sunday, seven years after leading anti-government protests that were considered Iran's biggest domestic crisis since the 1979 Islamic revolution.
"He died after a nine-day hunger strike," said Kohyar Goodarzi, a member of the Student Committee of Human Rights Reporters of Iran.
It seems that France reached the conclusion that Iran is inevitable in keeping the Middle East stable. What a sad thing.
Iran is a significant, respected player in the Middle East which is playing a stabilizing role, French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy said Monday, during a visit to Lebanon.
"It was clear that we could never accept a destabilization of Lebanon, which could lead to a destabilization of the
region," Douste-Blazy said in Beirut.
"In the region there is of course a country such as Iran – a great country, a great people and a great civilization which is respected and which plays a stabilizing role in the region," he told a news conference.
Iran plays a stabilizing role in the region?!! Bwahahahahahahaha
And in case you don't know French, embrasser les deriere means "kissing asses"
One day the guns will fall silent, the tears will be wiped out, and the dead will be resting eternaly in their graves. At this moment, the Lebanese, especially the non-Shitte among them, will shift their eyes from Israel and place it on those who dragged this nation to this brutal war. What will happen to Lebanon when that happens. A Hezbollah fighter gives us hints (h/t The Sandmonkey)
For Ali and his comrades, the latest conflict is a war of survival not only for Hizbullah but for the whole Shia community. It is not only as a war with Israel, their enemy for decades, but also with the Sunni community. Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Egypt have all expressed fears of Iranian domination over the Middle East.
"If Israel comes out victorious from this conflict, this will be a victory for the Sunnis and they will take the Shia community back in history dozens of years to the time when we were only allowed to work as garbage collectors in this country. The Shia will all die before letting this happen again."
And even when the battle with the Israelis is over, he adds menacingly, Hizbullah will have other battles to fight. "The real battle is after the end of this war. We will have to settle score with the Lebanese politicians. We also have the best security and intelligence apparatus in this country, and we can reach any of those people who are speaking against us now. Let's finish with the Israelis and then we will settle scores later."
That is my biggest fear: "the real battle."
And what might happen in order to prevent Hezbollah from "settling scores with the Lebanese politicians"? The international community, as well as the US, will ask Syria to rein in their allies in order for a civil war not to happen. Consequently, Syria will once again be invited back to Lebanon. Let's hope that won't happen.
Lebanese Christians fleeing their homes in southern Lebanon had some erroneous things to say about the Party of God (a.k.a Hezbollah):
The refugees from southern Lebanon spilled out of packed cars into the dark street here Thursday evening, gulping bottles of water and squinting in the glare of the headlights to find family members and friends. Many had not eaten in days. Most had not had clean drinking water for some time. There were wounded swathed in makeshift dressings, and a baby just 16 days old.
But for some of the Christians who had made it out in this convoy, it was not just privations they wanted to talk about, but their ordeal at the hands of Hezbollah — a contrast to the Shiites, who make up a vast majority of the population in southern Lebanon and broadly support the militia.
“Hezbollah came to Ain Ebel to shoot its rockets,” said Fayad Hanna Amar, a young Christian man, referring to his village. “They are shooting from between our houses.”
“Please,’’ he added, “write that in your newspaper.”
Those who did get out were visibly upset. Some carried sick children. A number broke down it tears when they emerged from their cars here.
“People are dying under bombs and crushed under houses,” Nahab Aman said, sobbing and hugging her young son. “We’re not dogs! Why aren’t they taking the people out?”
Many Christians from Ramesh and Ain Ebel considered Hezbollah’s fighting methods as much of an outrage as the Israeli strikes. Mr. Amar said Hezbollah fighters in groups of two and three had come into Ain Ebel, less than a mile from Bint Jbail, where most of the fighting has occurred. They were using it as a base to shoot rockets, he said, and the Israelis fired back.
One woman, who would not give her name because she had a government job and feared retribution, said Hezbollah fighters had killed a man who was trying to leave Bint Jbail.
“This is what’s happening, but no one wants to say it” for fear of Hezbollah, she said.
What are these infidel Christians saying?? Don't they realize Hezbollah never shoots from between houses and never places its arsenal in civilian areas (here is the proof). Damn them those sectarian Christians.
/above post is tongue in cheek.
Now here is a live account of what happened in this specific town (scroll down to comment number 4):
I m from ainebel, the situation is real bad.
People are being used as human shields for hizbullah to launch rockets.
No one dares to stop them, they are threatening the citizens if they argue with them.
Hizbullah Guerillas are holding rockets and launching them and then hide between the houses or in the bushes.
The people dont have food, for example my uncle lost around 7kg. all they have is to get one small meal a day, rgheef khibiz, and 2, 3 cups of water.
Around 100 houses got damaged, wal ati a3zam.
I can write 10000lines about the bad situation of Ainebel and how Hizbullah and Israel are causing the village to be damaged. But we can do nothing but pray.
May the LAdy of Ain Ebel protect the people, and we will be back to rebuild our lovely town as soon as it is free from Hizbullah and Israel.
We have to admit that Hezbollah fighters do have a degree of bravery in them. I mean, they are up against one of the strongest armies in the world and they have put up a good fight in a number of locations so far. In addition, they all believe being killed by Israeli forces is an assured way to paradise. I have to admit, it takes bravery to believe this crap.
Nevertheless, there is one thing I really cannot understand, cannot fathom. How can such brave religiously inspired fighters reach such level of cowardliness and hide their arsenal in and shot their rockets from the midst of civilians? I have asked this question in a Hezbollah Paltalk chat room and one of them told me to show the room evidence that Hezbollah uses civilian villages and towns to fire their rockets. "Show me evidence they don't do so," was my answer.
My evidence is as follows. The UN humanitarian chief, in a pig flying moment, accused Hezbollah of "cowardly blending" among Lebanese civilians and causing the deaths of hundreds during two weeks of cross-border violence with Israel. That's number one. Number two. The Israeli planes are bombing towns and villages. Regardless of my shock at some of the sites Israel bombed (the Lebanese army is an example), I don't expect the Israeli air force to keep on targeting villages and towns while the rockets and their launchers are in the mountains and the plentiful Lebanese open fields. Bombs are expensive right? Israel can't be wasting so much money while the bunkers and the rocket launchers aimed at its cities are out there in unpopulated areas.
Do Israeli bombs in many times become erroneous and many of the smart bombs turn out to be very dumb instead? The answer is yes. Is Israel to blame for the terrible events of today? The answer is a partial yes. Where should the blame be squarely upon? On those who know about Israel's erroneous bombs yet continue to hide and blend among civilians. On those who are responsible for the lives of Lebanese civilians.
Israel took responsibility for the lives of its own citizens in the north. It built them shelters and placed sirens in their vulnerable towns. Where are the Lebanese shelters? Where are the shelters in Qana? Or is Hezbollah busy digging military bunkers instead? And if Qana did in fact have shelters, will Hezbollah fighters be kind enough to conduct their war away from them or they will do what they did to the UN posts? Besides, why would Israel care about Lebanese civilians while the "Lebanese" fighters themselves don't do so?
Anyway, I have decided to be proactive and do something about this issue hoping that Qana won't ever happen again. I am not sure if Hezbollah's tech savvy militants downloaded Google Earth before, but I have, as far as I knew how, pinpointed mountainous and spacious open fields from where Hezbollah can fire as many rockets as it pleases (apologies to you Israelis out there).
Here you go Hezbollah guys. Give the map to Nasrallah. I hope you can save a few Lebanese lives. Ummmm, not sure if you're interested though.
"Are you nuts BP?" someone might tell me. "Israel can easily take out the launchers and bunkers if they were placed in these areas."
True. Then the blame will solely be on Hezbollah when the next Qana happens.
I apologize for the above post. It seems I have unfairly described Hezbollah's war tactics. Hezbollah never places weapons in populated civlians. Below is the proof.
Anti-aircraft gun placed in spacious open field. No civilian infrastructure around!
A close up of the anti-aircraft gun in the unpopulated area. You know, Hezbollah do care about Lebanese civilians. Damn him/her who says otherwise!
/above post is tongue in cheek.
Source: Herald Sun
Update: There is a high probability these fighters are not Hezbollah fighters. Thanks for those who pointed that out to me. Yet that still doesn't let hezbollah off the hook.
Mom is going to the US. Her group will depart from Alexandria's airport. I'll give her a ride and spend a day in Alex. She's going to one of my favorite spots on earth: California. She'll bring me socks and boxers, the 2 things I always ask for whenever someone is going abroad.
Here are a few links to keep you busy till I come back.
Mubarak's interview with Time magazine.
Reliving a nightmare: analysis of Israel's military operation.
Lebanon Profile tells us about Hezbollah's supporters in Lebanon. Pretty informative as usual.
A New York Times article about the thing I just blogged about yesterday. Hezbollah's euphorial support across the Arab world. Good analysis on the situation on the ground. I even talked to a few Eggyptian radical leftists who support Hezbollah. Of course radical leftists will support anyone who will eat them at the end.
I passed by the newsstand next to my house to read the headlines on the various papers spread over the pavement. They all had one thing in common: Nasrallah (Hezbollah) is our hero.
You can't imagine the euphoria we're feeling as a result of Hezbollah's ability to directly hit major Israeli towns such as Haifa and Afula today. Nasrallah did what no other Arab army has done in this conflict's history. Even the PLO when it was stationed in Lebanon didn't send missiles that deep into Israeli territories.
What about Lebanon being destroyed? No big deal! Who cares about Lebanon when you have a few guerrillas who managed to hit Israeli cities and force Israeli citizens into hiding. Even Gamal Abdul Naser and Yasser Arafat couldn't do it.
In other words, Iran, while far away from the action, has managed to do what no Arab country did.
How will Israel respond now? Will they be content with a ceasefire and an international force that will replace Hezbollah which will definitely emerge as a hero in the region? Or will they send in the 30,000 ground troops to crush our hero before agreeing to a ceasefire? We'll have to wait and see.
A very interesting email by a Canadian UN observer who was killed in an israeli bombing said that Hezbollah had used UN posts as shields. In addition, the observers' previous press briefings have indicated that Hezbollah occasionally shot at the UN forces and used their posts. This leaves me wondering why no criticism was directed to Hezbollah by the UN.
The strike hit the UN observation post in the southern Lebanese village of El Khiam, killing Canadian Maj. Paeta Hess-von Kruedener and three others serving as unarmed UN military observers in the area.
Just last week, Maj. Hess-von Kruedener wrote an e-mail about his experiences after nine months in the area, words Maj.-Gen. MacKenzie said are an obvious allusion to Hezbollah tactics.
"What I can tell you is this," he wrote in an e-mail to CTV dated July 18. "We have on a daily basis had numerous occasions where our position has come under direct or indirect fire from both (Israeli) artillery and aerial bombing.
"The closest artillery has landed within 2 meters (sic) of our position and the closest 1000 lb aerial bomb has landed 100 meters (sic) from our patrol base. This has not been deliberate targeting, but rather due to tactical necessity."
Those words, particularly the last sentence, are not-so-veiled language indicating Israeli strikes were aimed at Hezbollah targets near the post, said Maj.-Gen. MacKenzie.
"What that means is, in plain English, 'We've got Hezbollah fighters running around in our positions, taking our positions here and then using us for shields and then engaging the (Israeli Defence Forces)," he said.
That would mean Hezbollah was purposely setting up near the UN post, he added. It's a tactic Maj.-Gen. MacKenzie, who was the first UN commander in Sarajevo during the Bosnia civil war, said he's seen in past international missions: Aside from UN posts, fighters would set up near hospitals, mosques and orphanages.
Read the whole thing.