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Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Nasrallah and Assad Made Of The Same Fabric

Do these two clowns know that we are living in the 21st century, or do they think that we are still in the Middle Ages?

I, like many other bloggers was shocked and dismayed at Nasrallah’s speech yesterday. His lecturing style was very condescending and insulting to the intelligence of anyone with an average IQ. Who was he talking to: morons? The Shia’s of Lebanon deserve a better leader that can lead them out of this quagmire.

Then, on top of that, Assad has the guts to make statements of interference in Lebanese politics as he criticized the March 14th movement calling them traitors. Who was he trying to impress: more morons? The Syrians too deserve a better leader than that.

What is still troubling is that no significant Lebanese political leader has rebutted Nasrallah’s comments in a way that starts to tip to the balance towards what UN Resolution 1701 is supposed to be achieving. Where is Seniora when we need him? And what sorts of machinations is Berry up to? The Lebanese are anxious to find out their fate, and it’s such a pity to find out that Hezbollah is calling the shots now.

This is very clear now to anyone who is not a moron: The Iranian-Hezbollah-Syria agenda has been totally exposed. It’s them against the West, being played in Lebanon. A scenario that has been weaved in Iran and baked in Syria.

This article, from Walid Phares explains exactly what could happen as a result of today’s situation in Lebanon. It’s a must read: Iran Poised to Be 'Mother of All World Threats'.

We must act now to save our country. At this point, it’s all in our hands. The international community’s last card was Resolution 1701, which if implemented, can save Lebanon. If it doesn’t get implemented properly,- the US, France and the UN will just be watching, as Israel delivers the coup de gras on Hezbollah, at which point, either it’s done by destroying more of Lebanon, or it’s done by dragging Syria and Iran into it. Either way, the outcome is not good.

Hezbollah’s perception of a military victory must not be translated into their further political advancement at the expense of Lebanon’s democracy. Amidst all the destruction which no one in their right mind likes to see, I really wish that Hezbollah would have been defeated more decisively. Is it too late?

16 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Walid Phares' article is ludicrous. Phares is the maronite equivalent of Hezbollah.
Even Bashar and Nasrallah make more sense than this opportunist self anointed "expert"

11:18 AM  
Anonymous vox said...

"I, like many other bloggers was shocked and dismayed at Nasrallah’s speech yesterday."

i was not, his speech was predictable.

11:22 AM  
Blogger ThinkingMan said...

Anon- Can you think of a different ending than the one described by Phares or you expect Hezbollah going to turn Lebanon into Switzerland?

Vox- Still, it was scary. the guy is a lunatic.

12:10 PM  
Blogger Jeffrey said...

Many of the Mideast's problems are fueled by petrodollars. If oil were $30 a barrel Iran would be a lot less cocky.

Save gas for environmental and geopolitical reasons. What else are we supposed to do as North Americans about Lebanon?

12:24 PM  
Blogger IMBch said...

It is entirely in your own hands -Stand up and fight - You may die, but if yoyu don't fight, you will still die at the hands of these thugs. Whoever is not with them is against them - Wait and see - This is the reality whether you like it or not.

12:33 PM  
Blogger LibnenehLal3adom said...

Tilhas tizi aboard and domestic (min barra w jouwa) la'nak wa7ad mahboul! Khalleh el IQ taba3ak yinfa3ak barkeh baladak byit7rar. 3zirneh iza bahdaltak, la'nno el IQ taba3eh ma byin7aka fih!

1:02 PM  
Blogger IMBch said...

Bravo Aleik ya "lebaneselal3adom", continue like this - With guys like you no wonder we are in such a mess ya HOMAR

1:13 PM  
Blogger Steve said...

I would think that with a majority of the world's press and, consequently, the Lebanese people (even if it's a significant minority on that score) viewing Nasrallah as "the man who stood up to Israel and survived" - then no politician (Lebanese or otherwise) is going to have the guts to stand up to him.

The "Arab street" is hailing him as the new Nasser and the elected government of Lebanon (and Israel too, for that matter) is in danger of collapse.

Nasrallah's speech was horrible, but politicians are cowards and very few would challenge his power at this point.

1:29 PM  
Blogger LibnenehLal3adom said...

imbch, I won't try to help you understand things from my perspective as I believe that what people have already formulated in their minds (including myself) would be very hard to change. However, I also believe that at least I would post so that people who are still looking for truth (again from my point of view) would have access to something.

The hizb were the only militia that did not participate in the civil war and were not even interested. I was 8 when the '82 invasion took place and I watched the Lebanese people suffering a very serious defeat. No one was there to help us, and no one cared. For the rest of the world we were statistics and figures. In one week, Beirut had the "honor" of being the first arab capital to ever be occupied!

The people of the south were merely a rag that the occupation forces would be wiping their feet with when they come and go. The Lebanese army barely has some M16's and some Vietnam era jeeps to call itself a military force (unfortunately).
The presence of HA changed all that. These guys they were born, raised and lived in the south. They perceive this land as the dearest thing in their lives. They are protecting the gate to Lebanon and protecting our "Sharaf, Tad7iya, Wafa'" (Honor, Sacrifice, and Loyalty). They are sharing their victory with all the Lebanese, Muslims, Christians, Druze, even Jewish. They are looking for the bigger family to recognize them as another dear part. Instead you see that the first reaction from some people after Lebanon suffered the huge losses was to demand disarming the people who were defending our home.

I do believe that it was a mistake the way this whole conflict begun. However, I also believe that this was just an excuse to launch the most devastating air campaign against my country. Even at the time that the ruthless Sharon was in power, we haven't seen such retaliation. What changed? Go read through Haaretz.com, NewYorker.com maybe you get a little more perspective of things. Now, I might believe in the "Conspiracy Theory", but in this world anything can be true, and I do believe that no one will do as any good without expecting anything in return; Not the people claiming that they want us to be the first democracy in the middle east nor the people that want us to be the prosperous neighbor. We are already the only true democracy in the middle east.

1:27 PM  
Blogger IMBch said...

Ya khayye, you believe that Israel would have bombed our country just like that. They wake up in the morning and say, hey how about bombing the s...t hout of Lebanon?..Come on - If unprovoked, Israel would not have retaliated. That's the truth...And this is all thanks to an agenda written by Iran/Syria and implemented by Hezbollah.....

8:26 AM  
Blogger LibnenehLal3adom said...

So why then did they establish an espionage network in Lebanon? Why commit the assassination of the Majzoub brothers? Why did they kill the 15 year old shepherd and why did they fire on the fisherman and kidnap him (Farran), and why did they still bother to break the sound-barrier over Beirut?
As of 1996 (The grapes of wrath), the Israelis learned one lesson; you'll not stay unharmed if you attack us.
What I blame the hizb is that they fell in a well planned trap. It was clear that HA would not have stayed still after the assassination of one of their leader (Ghaleb Awali) in Baalbeck and the two Majzoub brothers, and the shooting on the shepherd. The Israelis knew that HA would have to do something as HA vowed "an eye for an eye".
Do you really believe that 2 hours was really the time needed to dispatch a helicopter to try an prevent the kidnappers of the soldier from fleeing? If the Israelis were able to stop the kidnappers from moving the soldiers deeper into Lebanon, the pretext wouldn't have been there to wage this war. Simply put: HA they have good intentions, but they were dumb to kick start a well-ahead planed war!
Sooner or later, the instigation would have happened one way or another.

5:26 PM  
Blogger Fares said...

lebanon Survives once again, But will Syria of Assad

9:03 PM  
Blogger LebaneseLegion said...

From another Lebanese abroad :

HA's capture of the Israeli soldiers was a tactical mistake .

Israel's reaction was criminal .

The patience,cohesion,solidarity of the Lebanese people are heart-warming and forbringers of hope .

The silence of the Lebanese army is understandable .

But why....why hasn't the overwhelming diaspora of the Lebanese abroad moved a finger...
why can't we go beyong the demonstrations and flock all as one , with whatever means , to the rescue of our beloved Cedars .
Why can't our proverbial resourcefulness , strength, humanity, financial wealth , courage ...express nothing more than words ?

Don't allow them to break our unity . Them who have construed this glum destiny for us ...for us all Semites . Jews and Arabs alike.
Never again should anyone tread over our sacred soil . Anyone .Never again allow them to humiliate us , massacre us . Whomever the invader .
Middle-East to the Middle-Eastern .
Lebanon to the Lebanese .

Raise our flag and our heads . Present the olive brach of peace , like noble victors . But always be ready for relentless war against our invaders . Look beyond to a united Middle-East, with a common history . The significant , timeless history of a single Semite creed . Friends of all nations , slaves to none .

Lebanese abroad : You are the only possible weight that can bring this neverending balance of horror to tip in favor of The Lebanon .
You are the only possible defenders of the Cedar .
Not in the friendly countries that shelter you , but in The Lebanon .

In the Era of communication , communicate . In this turning point in the history of our Fatherland , unite .
Now, or never .

We must all flock back to the Lebanon . Make our numerous , hybrid presence felt .We should 've done it as soon as Israel invaded . We can still do it for the future .
Hezbullah have made a mistake, but they're our people .
Israel have shown the ferocity of a blood-thirsty enemy , but they are as misfortunate and sad as we are .

Guardians of the Cedar , people of The Lebanon , flock from every corner of the earth, all , together, as brothers , in unshakeable unity .

Never again .

3:12 AM  
Blogger LebaneseLegion said...

From another Lebanese abroad :

HA's capture of the Israeli soldiers was a tactical mistake .

Israel's reaction was criminal .

The patience,cohesion,solidarity of the Lebanese people are heart-warming and forbringers of hope .

The silence of the Lebanese army is understandable .

But why....why hasn't the overwhelming diaspora of the Lebanese abroad moved a finger...
why can't we go beyong the demonstrations and flock all as one , with whatever means , to the rescue of our beloved Cedars .
Why can't our proverbial resourcefulness , strength, humanity, financial wealth , courage ...express nothing more than words ?

Don't allow them to break our unity . Them who have construed this glum destiny for us ...for us all Semites . Jews and Arabs alike.
Never again should anyone tread over our sacred soil . Anyone .Never again allow them to humiliate us , massacre us . Whomever the invader .
Middle-East to the Middle-Eastern .
Lebanon to the Lebanese .

Raise our flag and our heads . Present the olive brach of peace , like noble victors . But always be ready for relentless war against our invaders . Look beyond to a united Middle-East, with a common history . The significant , timeless history of a single Semite creed . Friends of all nations , slaves to none .

Lebanese abroad : You are the only possible weight that can bring this neverending balance of horror to tip in favor of The Lebanon .
You are the only possible defenders of the Cedar .
Not in the friendly countries that shelter you , but in The Lebanon .

In the Era of communication , communicate . In this turning point in the history of our Fatherland , unite .
Now, or never .

We must all flock back to the Lebanon . Make our numerous , hybrid presence felt .We should 've done it as soon as Israel invaded . We can still do it for the future .
Hezbullah have made a mistake, but they're our people .
Israel have shown the ferocity of a blood-thirsty enemy , but they are as misfortunate and sad as we are .

Guardians of the Cedar , people of The Lebanon , flock from every corner of the earth, all , together, as brothers , in unshakeable unity .

Never again .

3:13 AM  
Blogger Terry Crane said...

Iran's agenda is more then against the West - by promoting Jerusalem and Palestinian cause, they made a claim for the leadership over Arab world and its oil reserves. I believe they will seek similar "arrangement" with Jordan, Egypt, and many other countries: an anti-Israeli force that get its right to exist by "fighting the Zionists enemy", yet has an unlimited capacity to blackmail and intimidate its host government.

It's time the Arab countries start to float real peace proposals with Israel. Try this with Israeli bloggers: Shebaa Farms go to Lebanon, yet stay with Israel on 99 years security lease. An arrangement like that would be an instant victory, yet will give Israel all the security it needs.

There is no chance of real independence for Palestinian Arabs - they are closer to Tel-Aviv the Lebanon, and can be much easier bought by Iran etc. The only realistic solution is for part of West Bank and full of Gaza to go to Jordan and Egypt respectively, as de-militarised zones.

3:16 PM  
Blogger Nightstudies said...

The problem with the middle east isn't too many bad leaders, it's too many followers.

12:53 PM  

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