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July 25, 2006

IDF Takes Maroun al-Ras - Captures Hezbollah Regional Commander

Topics: Middle East News and Perspectives
The IDF was still encountering Hizbullah gunmen who were shooting form inside mosques, hospitals, and schools. They take advantage of the population...

The JP reports that as fighting in Maroun al-Ras came to a close on Tuesday, IDF troops killed five Hizbullah gunmen, including the movement's regional commander.

Several IDF soldiers were lightly wounded in the clashes and were evacuated under fire.

Earlier, Brigadier General of Division 91, Commander Gal Hirsch, revealed that troops operating in Bint Jbeil discovered war rooms with eavesdropping and surveillance equipment made by Iran, being used by Hizbullah against Israel.

They also found large cache of weapons and communications devices.

The IDF claimed to have killed some 50 gunmen in the two Hizbullah strongholds over the last two days.

Earlier Tuesday, Col. Amnon Eshel Assulin, Commander of the IDF Armored Brigade, told The Jerusalem Post that IDF troops operating in the village of Bint Jbeil, considered the "capital of terror" in southern Lebanon, had proven their ability to reach any location in Lebanon, and could even enter Beirut if the government decided on that course of action.

Assulin told the Post that that IDF had taken control over Bint Jbeil.

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Meanwhile, as Israel begins to gain a foothold in southern Lebanon and prepares to move east toward establishing an east to west buffer along its entire northern border, is Iran the big winner thus far in thisclash between Hezbollah and Israel? Orde Kittrie, a professor of international law at Arizona State University who served in the U.S. State Department for 11 years, including as senior attorney for nuclear affairs, and negotiated five nuclear non-proliferation agreements between the U.S. and Russia, says that Iran is indeed the big winner.

He says that through the attacks by its proxy, Hezbollah, Iran is deftly succeeding in distracting the world from the rapidly progressing Iranian nuclear weapons program:

ran's success brings it one step closer to one of its ultimate goals. That goal is America's destruction. As Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has starkly put it: "God willing, with the force of God behind it, we shall soon experience a world without the United States. . . . This goal is attainable, and surely can be achieved."

Why does Iran want to destroy the United States?

Because the United States is the foremost purveyor of Western culture. Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, wants to root out Western culture because it is contrary to Islam and in his view directs "everyone toward materialism while money, gluttony and carnal desires are made the greatest aspiration." As Khamenei put it in an interview in May 2004: "The source of all human torment and suffering is the 'liberal democracy' promoted by the West."

Iranian President Ahmadinejad claims he was divinely given the presidency for a single task: provoking a "clash of civilizations" wherein the Muslim world, led by Iran, defeats the "infidel" West, led by the United States, and thereby hastens the return of the "Hidden Imam," a messiah-like figure. According to Hassan Abbassi, chief strategist for the Iranian Revolutionary Guards: "We have a strategy drawn up for the destruction of Anglo-Saxon civilization . . . There are 29 sensitive sites in the U.S. and in the West . . . We know how we are going to attack them . . . Anything that can be done to terrorize and create fright in the infidel camp is our privilege and honor. . . We have to uproot liberal democracy from the face of the world."

What is Iran's connection to Hezbollah?

Iran founded Hezbollah, arms it, trains it, and provides it with $20 million to $40 million per month. At Iran's direction, Hezbollah had, prior to Sept. 11, 2001, killed more Americans around the world than any other terrorist organization.

How is Iran using Hezbollah's recent attacks on Israel to advance Iran's nuclear weapons program?

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Almost on cue, Hezbollah representative in Iran fanned the fires yesterday, warning that his militant group plans to widen its attacks on Israel until "no place" is safe for Israelis:"You will see a new Middle East in the way of Hezbollah and Islam, not in the way of Rice and Israel."

From the sounds coming out of Iran, it looks like the IDF will have to take many more Hezbollah towns, before moving on with the rest of the West to Tehran, sooner or later, whether the West wants it or recognizes or not. Rockets are raining now - later there will be missiles with nuclear warheads, and it want be just Israel.

Posted by Richard at July 25, 2006 3:18 PM

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