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August 7, 2006

War Roundup

Topics: Middle East News and Perspectives

Here's some news on the Israeli war with Hezbollah that all of Lebanon is now having to endure the effects of, thanks to Hezbollah dragging them into it without their prior knowledge and consent. Consider this a mere supplement to the steady stream of Nasrallah "made for TV" news and images delivered to you through the helpful (to the Islamists) hands of the journalists and employees of the MSM cable, broadcast, and print media:

The CounterTerrorism Blog has more on that "Doctored Reuters Photo of Beirut and the Manipulation of the Media," with lots of links. (The CTB reminds us what Ayman al-Zawahiri said in a letter to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, that "We are in a battle, and that more than half of this battle is taking place in the battlefield of the media. And that we are in a media battle in a race for the hearts and minds of our Ummah." I can't help but notice how good a job the media is doing to help them, and especially how gullible Western media are in falling for what the Lebanese and some Arab media and journalists are saying and doing to help the terrorists.)

The Toronto Star tells us "How Syria, Iran armed Hezbollah," which reminds us that while normal people react to human disasters by wanting to help humans, Islamists and their state sponsors like Syria and Iran "use" human disasters to create more human disasters: On Dec. 26, 2003, a massive earthquake levelled most of Bam, in southeastern Iran, killing 35,000 people. Transport planes carrying aid poured in from everywhere, including Syria. ... According to Israeli military intelligence, the planes returned to Syria carrying sophisticated weapons, including long-range Zelzal missiles, which the Syrians passed on to Hezbollah, the Shiite militia group in southern Lebanon. (And Iran wants us to trust them with nukes.)

Jawa Report has "DEFINITIVE proof of another Hajj/Reuters Photoshop": What was just a hunch earlier has now been proven beyond a resonable doubt. Another photo by Reuters reporter Hajj has been DEFINITEVELY
debunked. ... What is a passed as a photo showing an Israeli bombing raid against a "village" is actually of an F-16 taking defensive measures. (The blogosphere is getting too good at debunking MSM mistakes and overt mis-reporting, or could it be that the media is just getting too sloppy at trying to trick us? It's getting so it's not as much fun anymore - it's like a full time job!)

The Jerusalem Post reports that Syria is "Ready for a possible regional war": Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moallem crossed into Lebanon Sunday for the first visit by a top Syrian official in more than a year, Lebanon's state news agency said. ... Speaking to reporters after the meeting with his Lebanese counterpart, Fawzi Salloukh, Moallem said "Syria is ready for the possibility of a regional war if the Israeli aggression continues." (Syria's bravado is more talk than cojones or common sense. Syria's performance in the past weeks represents a catalogue of failure that will be remembered by allies and enemies alike. During that time, Basher Assad has sat by, feeding fuel to the flames, as Israel tears its former client state to shreds and destroys its client militia. Despite persistent threats and a flood of condemnation Syria's pilots have long since fallen asleep in their cockpits where they are much safer than being shot out of the sky by the hot shot AIF fighter pilots.)

The asks "Two crucial questions on Israel v. its enemies": Question one: If Israel stopped attacking Hezbollah, would Hezbollah stop attacking Israel? ... Question two turns things around. If Hezbollah stopped attacking Israel, would Israel stop attacking Hezbollah? (Surely, you already know the answers to both questions, and the answers expose already obvious differences in the nature of Israel and Hezbollah, non-Islamist ideology and Islamist ideology)

International Reporter
reports that "Hezbollah, Iran, Syria vow to bow Israel": Iran and Syria, the supporters and guiding leaders of Hezbollah, have vowed to defeat Israel at any cost, hence rejected the proposed draft resolution by France and U.S. because according to them it does not call for an immediate Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon and also does not meet their other demands like return of their prisoners among others. ... Mohammed Fneish, one of two Hezbollah members of the Lebanese Cabinet, said on Saturday that the militant group would not agree to a cease-fire resolution so far Israeli troops remain on their territory. (I apologize for calling this news, we all know that there's nothing "newsy" about it. However, the report does bring up a question: why aren't Iran and Syria being held accountable by the international community for the complicity of Iran and Syria in the Hezbollah instigation of the war?)

More coming later...

Posted by Richard at August 7, 2006 8:57 AM

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