I weep: Syrian rebels attack Hizbullah camps

February 22, 2013

Okay, maybe not so much weeping as wishing for popcorn.

Syrian rebels have reportedly bombed two compounds operated by the Lebanese terror organization Hezbollah, the main Syrian opposition group announced Thursday.

The Free Syrian Army (FSA) claims its forces bombed Hezbollah facilities in Lebanon and Syria, a cross-border raid that indicates the rebels’ desire to increase their attacks on allies of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

“The development may mark a critical turn in Syria’s two-year war, bearing out fears that the increasingly sectarian conflict would spill over across Syria’s borders,” according to the Israel Project (TIP), which first reported on the operation.

Love it! Hot jihadi on jihadi action.

In case you’re wondering why the FSA should attack Hizbullah, who are based in Lebanon, keep in mind that the rebellion against Boy Assad (1) and his murderous clan largely comprises groups belonging to the Sunni side of Islam, while the Assads and their key supporters in Syria are mostly Alawite Muslim, an offshoot of Shia Islam (bad enough in Sunni eyes) that is regarded as borderline heretical by orthodox Muslims. In the decades since the Assads seized power, the Alawis have held the real reins of power in Syria and have not been shy about using overwhelming force to keep them, adding to the religious dislike.

Hizbullah is also a Shiite organization, a creation of Shiite Iran, which is the Assad regime’s major patron. (An important Iranian general was reported killed recently in Syria, probably by rebels.) Syria is crucial to Iran’s struggle against Israel and to be a dominant player in the western Fertile Crescent, allowing Iran to  funnel weapons and money to Hizbullah, its frequent proxy against Israel. (If Israel ever attacks Iran, expect Hizbullah to try to rain hell on northern Israel.) Iran needs a friendly regime in Damascus, or its influence in the area will be severely curtailed. Hence it has sent troops, including snipers, to Syria to support the Assads.

Hizbullah itself realizes the fall of the Assads would weaken its position, perhaps fatally. It is the dominant player in the Lebanese government and functions as a state within the hollow husk of the Lebanese state. It has been heavily armed by Iran via Syria for its jihad against Israel, and Syria has provided a convenient fall-back zone on the occasions the Israelis have struck back.

But all this is in danger if Assad loses: the safe haven will be gone in a fragmented or dominated-by-Sunnis Syria; there will be no easy route for Iranian weapons to reach them, and they will have enemies to their south (Israel) and east, not just the south. The prospect is scary enough that Hizbullah is willing to do damage to its reputation for fighting for the average Muslim by sending forces to aid Assad against the rebels.

Thus you can see why the Sunni rebels in Syria would have no love for Hizbullah: they are Shiites; allies of the hated regime; and tools of the Iranians who prop up Assad and kill Syrians… A conflict was almost inevitable.

But this doesn’t mean the “enemy of our enemy” is also our friend. The FSA is tightly allied with (and perhaps dominated by) the al-Nusrah front, an al-Qaeda aligned organization, many of whose members got their experience fighting us in Iraq. In other words, they are not our BFFs. Whatever “liberal” possibly pro-Western elements there may be in the anti-Assad alliance are, in my estimation, small and weak.

So, what should America do? This may get my “neocon card” revoked, but I don’t think there is much that can be done, particularly after the dithering of the Obama administration over the last couple of years. It’s in our interest to see Iran’s influence in the area damaged and Hizbullah weakened, if only because that would improve the security of our client and ally, Israel. So, the fall of the Assads would be a good thing.

But, not wholly so, if replaced by a Sunni jihadist regime that sees its duty as fighting the Jews, too. And no one sane wants any group affiliated with al Qaeda to have any safe haven. Granted the situation is hell for those trapped in Syria, perhaps the best from an American and Israeli point of view is a continuing war that drains all sides, while trying to cultivate whatever real moderates there are to be ready to exercise influence when the dust settles, and in the meantime doing what we can to make sure the fighting doesn’t spill over into Israel.

Beyond that… Enjoy watching one group of bad guys go after another, and pass the popcorn. smiley popcorn

Footnote:
(1) Let us not forget that, just a few years ago, powerful Democrats, including our current Secretary of State, and their media allies were all Assad’s useful idiots, praising him as a reformer. That’s the Hundred Acre Wood style of diplomacy, for you.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


Israel blasts Syrian convoy in Lebanon: was it carrying chemical weapons?

January 30, 2013

If PJM’s Barry Rubin is right, it’s the development many have feared: a desperate, vengeful Bashar Assad giving WMDs to the genocidal jihadists of Hizbullah:

It has been reported that a number of Israeli planes flew over Lebanon and attacked a convoy near the Syrian-Lebanese border. The fact that this comes shortly after Hizballah and Syrian forces had moved in growing numbers toward known chemical-weapons storage areas implies that the Syrian regime was in the act of shipping chemical weapons to the Lebanese Shia Islamist group (which also happens to dominate the Lebanese government and to be involved in a lot of anti-Israel terrorism) Hizballah. This story has not yet been confirmed by Israel.

During the 2006 Israel-Hizballah war, Israel frequently hit convoys delivering weapons to Lebanon the moment they crossed the Syria-Lebanon border, showing a very strong intelligence capacity on such events.

The Israeli position has been that it will not allow any transfer of advanced weapons by the Syrian regime to either Hizballah or radical Lebanese Sunni groups. Israel had previously made this point clear through public statements to the Syrian government. It has not been explicitly reported whether the weapons on the convoy were chemical ones.

While Israel isn’t commenting officially, a retired general gave what may be an oblique confirmation:

But Brigadier General Amnon Sofrin, a retired army intelligence officer and former head of intelligence for the Mossad, Israel’s intelligence agency, gave a press conference in which he made the following points.

 “I think that if we have solid evidence shared by our own partners all over the world, that chemical warheads are being transferred from Syria to Lebanon, to Hezbollah, I think that no one will condemn Israel for trying to prevent it.”

This should be read as explaining that Israel notified the United States and others of its intelligence information prior to the attack.

Given relations between the Obama administration and the Israeli government, you can bet Jerusalem was not asking for permission, either.

Rubin speculates that these may also have been Russian surface-to-air missiles, meant to shoot down Israeli recon drones so they couldn’t spot later transfers of chemical weapons.  Regardless, this is ominous news. The common wisdom has been that the Assad regime is either doomed or will soon be reduced to a small rump state in the mountains. The question, then, is what becomes of the chemical weapons they’re known to have? (Including those that may have been smuggled from Saddam’s Iraq as it fell?)

The danger is not just that these would be given to Hizbullah in some last act of revenge, though that would be a potential nightmare for Israel. There is also the grave risk that these weapons could fall into the hands of al Qaeda-aligned Syrian rebels, who might then pass them along al Qaeda Central.

And you just know whom Zawahiri would love to unleash these on, if he could get his mitts on them.

This is a good moment to remember that we are still at war, that there are still very determined people on a religious mission to see us dead or subjugated.  They take this very seriously, and so should we.

And I hope, behind the empty brags of having al Qaeda “on the run,” so does President Obama.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


A Mideast crisis by September?

May 24, 2011

And it’s not the one you’re probably thinking of, a unilateral declaration of statehood by the Fatah-Hamas Palestinian administration. Rather, analyst Barry Rubin has in mind the Egyptian elections scheduled for that month, elections that will very likely bring to power an anti-American, anti-Israeli, Islamist government — a situation made much worse thanks to Obama administration ineptitude and a failure to recognize even now what the dangers are.

Rubin’s articles are worth reading “cover to cover,” but let me cite a portion in which he asks what our “leaders” will say when the near-inevitable happens and Obama’s Mideast policy collapses:

Imagine the day after that election. What will the mass media say? What will the American politicians say?

–That they were wrong about the Egyptian revolution and the Muslim Brotherhood?

–That by helping to bring down the old regime, U.S. policy foisted a disaster on the region and on its own interests?

–That by celebrating how great the “Arab Spring” is and refusing to acknowledge the real threats and problems, Obama made catastrophic errors.

–That his policy has led to many advances for America’s enemies?

–That Israel is in a far worse strategic situation and certainly can’t and shouldn’t make any more concessions?

–That the Islamists are emboldened and thus both Hamas and the radicals who run Fatah are taking an even harder line?

–That the loss of faith in America by its Arab allies is now undeniably clear and they are scrambling to make their own deals with Iran and other extremists?

–That there is a real possibility of a war in which Egypt either joins directly or backs Hamas? Imagine, Egypt stays “neutral” but nobody stops thousands of Egyptian volunteers from crossing into Gaza to fight or even across the Egypt-Israel border to launch terror attacks?

–What will the Obama Administration do if in practice Egypt tears up the Israel-Egypt peace treaty even if it pretends that it isn’t doing so?

–People are insisting that if Hamas in practice becomes part of the Palestinian Authority that the United States, and certainly Congress, will cut off aid. But what will happen when the Obama Administration does everything possible to prevent an aid cut-off and nothing possible to pressure the PA into changing its policy or behavior?

These are not speculations. These things WILL happen. Nobody in the United States or Europe is seriously discussing these scenarios and what should be done about them.

As I said, that’s not the half of it; Lebanon is increasingly under Hizbullah’s dominance (and thus becoming a satrapy of Syria and Iran), Assad is showing he will kill however many it takes to stay in power in Syria, and Iran marches on to nuclear weapons and the missiles to deliver them. And all of this has been made worse by bumbling US policies since Obama took over.

Yet he and his administration (and his defenders in the media) show no sign that they understand what is happening, continuing instead to pretend that territorial concessions will solve anything.

The Hippocratic Oath is often paraphrased by “First do no harm.” Someone should whisper those words to President Obama before it’s too late.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


Sunday Night Linkapalooza

May 15, 2011

Sorry for the non-posting this weekend, folks. Yesterday was a busy one, and today was spent enjoying a beautiful if windy day by the sea in the People’s Republic of Santa Monica(1). But, we do have some links of interest. Enjoy:

Border Security and Terrorism:

Our porous southern border (I’d call operational control over only 873 miles of a 2,000 mile border “porous,” wouldn’t you?) isn’t just a swinging door for migrants seeking work or drug smugglers looking to sell their poison. Verum Serum posts an interview a San Diego station did with an undercover agent about Hizbullah’s presence in Mexico and its growing cooperation with the drug cartels. Meanwhile, Fausta updates us on Iranian training camps in northern South America, again financed through the drug trade.

Comforting, no?

Man-Caused Global Warming Can Hurt You:

Not the phenomenon itself, which is either nonexistent or so insignificant as to be barely measurable. No, what will hurt you is the belief among policymakers that they have to do something to solve a problem that exists only in their own minds. The latest example comes from Britain, where an historic agreement was reached at the price of, as James Delingpole puts it, destroying Britain. Pirate’s Cove catches a whiff of fascism. Anthony Watts suggests we pray for Britain; that may not be inappropriate, as the government seems set on a course of taking the nation back to the Dark Ages — as in lights out.

By the way, an Australian scientist who used to be in the “climate alarmist” camp has broken with the Church of Anthropogenic Global Warming and said the science behind it is garbage(2).

Israel and the Unending Middle East Peace Process:

Israel turned 63 this weekend. While the civilized world celebrates the birth of one of the most humane and ethical nations on Earth, Palestinians and other Arabs commemorate the occasion by calling it the “nakba,” the catastrophe, blaming Israel for the fact they shot themselves in the foot in 1948 and continue to do so to this day. The day was marked by mass-marches and border crossings, which may signal a new form of intifada.

Meanwhile, former Senator George Mitchell is resigning as President Obama’s special envoy to the region, a tacit admission of failure. Walter Russell Mead (always worth reading) takes this occasion to criticize the administration for its toxic mixture of arrogance and inexperience. Here’s a sample quote:

Let us hope that things change, but the bitter truth is that so far President Obama has the worst Middle East peace policy since US presidents first took a direct interest in the peace process back in the Nixon Administration.  No one has tried harder and accomplished less than President Obama.  After two years of high profile White House activism neither the Israelis nor the Palestinians think that this President can help them; neither side feels much need to work with Washington at this point.

An American president reduced to a nonentity in one of the most volatile regions of the world, one crucial to our security. Great.

Liberal Fascism Watch:

Finally, Bill Clinton says there should be a government agency to fight rumors and falsehoods on the Internet. Because Bill Clinton has always been a warrior for the truth. (Oh, stop laughing.) I mean, this would never be used to quash criticism of politicians, would it?

And we’re running a sale on the Brooklyn Bridge today, too.

Enjoy what’s left of your weekend, folks.

(1) Also known as “Berkeley South.”

(2) I might have editorialized a bit, there. Maybe.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


Al Qaeda, Hamas, and Hizbullah: the boys in Brazil

April 6, 2011

It’s been noted before by myself and others that our porous southern border poses not only a problem of illegal immigration, but an avenue of opportunity for terrorists trying to get into the United States.  Hamas has been trying to set up operations in Mexico, Hizbullah has become involved in the Colombian drug trade, and an Iranian book celebrating suicide bombers was found in the Arizona desert, probably not dropped by a Mexican looking for day-work in Phoenix.

Now comes word via a Brazilian periodical that al Qaeda operatives are in Brazil, plotting and organizing:

Al Qaeda operatives are in Brazil planning attacks, raising money and recruiting followers, a leading news magazine reported Saturday, renewing concerns about the nation serving as a hide-out for Islamic militants.

Veja magazine, in its online edition, reported that at least 20 people affiliated with al Qaeda as well as the Lebanese Shi’ite Muslim group Hezbollah, the Palestinian group Hamas and two other organizations have been hiding out in the South American country.

The magazine said these operatives have been raising money and working to incite attacks abroad. The magazine cited Brazilian police and U.S. government reports, but did not give details on specific targets or operations.

This isn’t the first word we’ve had of Islamic jihadists in South America, of course. As the article mentions, the United States has long believed that the lawless area where the Brazilian, Paraguayan, and Argentine borders meet harbored terrorists and Iranian agents. But this latest news from Brazil is a salutary reminder that our enemies are not just in the Hindu Kush: they are much closer, they are making plans, and we are a very likely target. (Though not the only one…)

via Fausta, who provides links to articles about the activities of Hamas and Hizbullah in the land of the samba, too.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


Hizbullah takes over Lebanon

January 25, 2011

Or maybe that should read “Iran takes over Lebanon,” since the Shiite terror organization is a creation of and cats-paw for Tehran. Regardless, that possible war I wrote about a few days ago just took a big step closer to reality:

Saad Hariri, whose government was toppled after the Shiite movement Hezbollah and its allies withdrew this month, declared the appointment of a new prime minister chosen by Hezbollah a “coup d’etat” on Tuesday, as angry protesters took to the streets, burning tires and attacking the office of one of Mr. Hariri’s foes.

The escalating demonstrations deepened one of the worst crises in years in Lebanon, a small Mediterranean country where confrontations often serve as an arena for regional and international disputes. It has pitted Hezbollah and its allies, backed by Iran and Syria, against Mr. Hariri and his supporters, backed by the United States and France.

After days of political wrangling, the candidate supported by Hezbollah and its allies, Najib Miqati, a billionaire and former prime minister, won 68 seats in Lebanon’s 128-member parliament, enough to name the next government in a country as divided as it is diverse. His elevation was a clear victory for Hezbollah, which has ruled out Mr. Hariri’s return to power, and marked the culmination of what was already accepted as a fact of life here: that Hezbollah is the country’s pre-eminent military and political force.

So far, the crisis has played out according to the rules of Lebanon’s parliamentary system, and both Mr. Miqati and Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Hezbollah, went to great lengths to offer a conciliatory message and portray Mr. Miqati as a consensus choice.

“My hand is extended to all Lebanese, Muslims and Christians, to build, not to destroy, to talk, not to quarrel,” Mr. Miqati said Tuesday after President Michel Suleiman named him as the prime minister-designate. “Let’s learn from the lessons of the past.”

Mr. Nasrallah promised that the government “is not led by Hezbollah.”

Bear in mind that Hariri’s father, then-Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, was murdered by a car bomb a bomb his car drove over. A sealed indictment filed by UN investigators is expected, when unveiled, to name Hizbullah as the assassins. That was the motive for this move, regardless of what they say publicly. With Hariri’s son tossed out and control of the government in Nasrallah’s hands (If you believe Miqati and Nasrallah’s protestations otherwise, I have a bridge for sale, cheap.), what slim chance existed for an accounting just died.

And, now that Hizbullah controls the Lebanese state and its resources*, any actions they take against Israel will mean the entire country is fair game when Israel strikes back. Israel was actually quite restrained in their war with Hizbullah in 2006, generally avoiding areas not controlled by the organization in order not to harm the existing government, with whom they could work. There will be no such need for restraint next time, and, given that Hizbullah is dedicated to Israel’s destruction, I guarantee there will be a next time.

*Think about it. Iranian Revolutionary Guard operatives traveling under Lebanese passports with diplomatic immunity and avoiding sanctions. What could go wrong?

via Legal Insurrection

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


The next war in Lebanon will be a big one

January 21, 2011

The Lebanese government collapsed last week when the ministers belonging to Hizbullah, the Shiite terrorist organization founded by Iran and patronized by Syria (itself an Iranian client), withdrew from the Cabinet of Prime Minister Saad Hariri in what amounts to a soft coup. Regardless of the publicly stated reasons given by Hizbullah, the real reason is to create a crisis to distract from looming indictments that will, when unsealed,  likely accuse the organization of assassinating PM Hariri’s father, then-Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

Michael Totten reports today that the government crisis in Lebanon has taken a turn for the worse, as Druze leader Walid Jumblatt has endorsed Hizbullah and the Syrian regime, likely to protect himself and his people. This renders a Hizbullah takeover all but inevitable, which, Totten believes, makes a war that will devastate Lebanon much more likely:

Everybody in Lebanon needs to understand something: Israel is more likely than ever to target the entire country during the next round of conflict. Not since 1948 has Israel fought a war against the Lebanese government; its wars in Lebanon have always been waged against terrorist organizations that were beyond the control of the state.

But if Hezbollah leads the government, the government will be a legitimate target. That’s how it works. Regime-change in Lebanon would have been an insane policy with Hariri’s March 14 coalition in charge, but it won’t be if Hezbollah is calling the shots.

The next war will almost certainly be bloodier than the last.

And why is that war inevitable, in my estimation? Because Hizbullah has never, ever been just about “justice” for the Shiites of Lebanon, who were traditionally among the country’s lower classes. Since its foundation by Iran, Hizbullah has been dedicated fanatically to jihad and the destruction of Israel. If they showed almost no restraint before, what makes anyone think they will in the future, once they control the levers of government and the country becomes an Iranian satrapy in all but name? The entire Lebanese state will be bent towards jihad against Israel — and against us. (See also)

If I lived in Lebanon, I would seriously consider taking the next plane out and never coming back.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


Hizbullah on the border

July 6, 2010

Following up on this post about the deteriorating security situation on our southern border, word comes that Mexican police have foiled an attempt to set up a Hizbullah network in Tijuana, just a stone’s throw from Public Secrets Global HQ:

Mexico foiled an attempt by Hezbollah to establish a network in South America, a Kuwaiti newspaper reported on Tuesday.

Hezbollah (sic) operatives employed Mexicans nationals with family ties to Lebanon to set up the network, designed to target Israel and the West, the Al-Seyassah daily said.

According to the report, Mexican police mounted a surveillance operation on the group’s leader, Jameel Nasr, who traveled frequently to Lebanon to receive information and instructions  from Hezbollah commanders there.

Police say Nasr also made frequent trips to other countries in Latin America, including a two-month stay in  Venezuela in the summer of 2008.

Nasr was living in Tijuana, Mexico at the time of his arrest, the report said.

The report follows warnings from the United States that Hezbollah and its backer Iran are stepping up operations in the region.

Given our government’s notable lack of concern for border security and their recent incompetence in the Detroit, Ft. Hood, and New York City incidents, and bearing in mind the well-known corruptibility of the state and local police* in Mexico, I’m sure you can imagine just how secure I feel at the moment. Hizbullah mounted the 1983 attack on the Marine barracks in Beirut on Iran’s orders, and I’ve no doubt they’re trying to establish sleeper networks in the US, “just in case.”

I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating: They’re still trying to kill us. Lots of us.

*(The article doesn’t specify, but I assume these were Mexican Federal police in the investigation.)

LINKS: Much more from Fausta and Flopping Aces.


Victor Davis Hanson: War and History, Ancient and Modern

June 14, 2010

Michael Totten, a journalist I highly recommend who specializes in the Middle East, the Balkans, and the Caucasus, conducts a wide-ranging interview of historian Victor Davis Hanson. It’s long, but read the whole thing; you’ll learn quite a bit.

One item that jumped out at me came at the end, when VDH discusses an exchange he had with a European admiral just prior to Obama’s election. It’s revelatory on several levels of European attitudes toward and dependency on the United States, and their fear of us becoming like them:

I had an interesting conversation two years ago just before Obama’s election with some military people in Versailles. They were at a garden party, and everybody was for Obama. But an admiral said to me, “We are Obama. You can’t be Obama.”

Everybody looked at him. And I said, “What do you mean?”

He said, “There’s only room for one Obama.”

I said, “So we’re supposed to do what? Take out Iran while you trash us?”

And he said, “Right out of my mouth. I couldn’t have said it better. Bush understood our relationship. We have to make accommodations with our public, which is lunatic. You don’t really believe there’s going to be an EU strike force, do you? Nobody here believes that. If you become neutral, what are we supposed to do?

That’s what he said. I was surprised at his candor. And it’s worrisome. On the one hand I like it because they’re getting just what they asked for, but on the other hand, it’s tragic. And it’s dangerous. We shouldn’t be doing this.

Emphasis added.


What could go wrong? US to bolster “moderate” Hizbullah

May 19, 2010

From the same geniuses who brought you the reset button, the crusade to kill Honduran democracy, and the profuse groveling toward China over our human rights’ abuses, get ready for the latest and greatest: the Obama administration plans to bring stability to the Middle East by -how else?- strengthening moderate elements in the genocide-minded Hizbullah:

The Obama administration is looking for ways to build up “moderate elements” within the Lebanese Hezbollah guerilla movement and to diminish the influence of hard-liners, a top White House official said on Tuesday.

“Hezbollah is a very interesting organization,” [John] Brennan told a Washington conference, citing its evolution from “purely a terrorist organization” to a militia to an organization that now has members within the parliament and the cabinet.

“There is certainly the elements of Hezbollah that are truly a concern to us what they’re doing. And what we need to do is to find ways to diminish their influence within the organization and to try to build up the more moderate elements,” Brennan said.

He did not spell out how Washington hoped to promote “moderate elements” given that the organization is branded a “foreign terrorist organization” by the United States.

Gee, I can just see all that CIA money being funneled to prop up these “moderates,” who will be struggling to suppress their guffaws as they pass the dough along to their non-moderate brethren, who will then turn around and buy more missiles from Iran with which to kill Jews.

Genius!

This is like the British and the French trying to find “moderate Nazis” in the late 1930s. How’d that work out?

Clue for Mr. Brennan: Hizbullah is dedicated to genocide against the Jews for religious reasons. There are no moderates. They are playing us for suckers and you and your boss are falling for it.

We’re lead either by naive children or blundering morons and, regardless, it looks to end badly.

(via Andy McCarthy)

LINKS: More from Hot Air and Michael Ledeen.


At least she’s honest

May 11, 2010

During an exchange in a question and answer period with right-wing activist David Horowitz at UC San Diego, a member of the Muslim Students Association admits she is in favor of another Holocaust.

But don’t say it isn’t a religion of tolerance.

(via Allahpundit)

UPDATE: And this antisemitic genocidal imperative is hardwired into Islam. From the the Sahih Muslim, one of the most authoritative collections of ahadith, the sayings and deeds of Muhammad:

Book 041, Number 6985:

Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: The last hour would not come unless the Muslims will fight against the Jews and the Muslims would kill them until the Jews would hide themselves behind a stone or a tree and a stone or a tree would say: Muslim, or the servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me; come and kill him; but the tree Gharqad would not say, for it is the tree of the Jews.

The young lady at UC San Diego was just following tradition.

(via)


I want what Kerry’s smoking

February 19, 2009

Senator John Kerry (D-Christmas in Cambodia) expects Syrian help to disarm Hizbullah. He should talk to the Vice-President, who can tell him not to worry: we already kicked Hizbullah out of Lebanon with the help of the French.

It’s the Hundred Acres Wood foreign policy in action:

Pooh foreign policy

Can you say, "dangerously naive?" I thought you could. This is going to be a long four years. Worried

(hat tip: LGF)

 


About that crocodile

July 17, 2008

Yesterday, Israel released four Hizbullah prisoners in return for the bodies of two soldiers kidnapped by Hizbullah in 2006, the incident that provoked the 2006 Hizbullah-Israel war. The exchanges are bad policy overall, because they only encourage the Islamic fascists of Hizbullah and Hamas to do it again. (In fact, the kidnapping of the two IDF soldiers by Hizbullah inspired Hamas to pull the same trick a few days later when they kidnapped IDF soldier Gilad Shalit)

Hot Air has coverage of the heroes’ welcome the four terrorists received in Lebanon, but I want to draw your attention to something in particular: notice the second photo in this article. That’s Samir Kuntar, the Hizbullah wretch who, on a terrorist operation, shot a four-year old girl’s father in the back before her eyes, then killed her by smashing her head open with his rifle butt. Now we see this pig after his release from an Israeli prison: fat, proud, and giving the Nazi salute over the grave of his terrorist hero, Imad Mugniyah.

This is just another example of the ideological sympathy between jihadist Islam and fascism.

So, I have to ask: Why bother negotiating with fascists, whether they’re religious or secular? Either way, you inevitably either have to choose between surrender or fighting. Any negotiation is a sign of weakness on our part, and any "peace agreement" is just a waiting period the fascists use to get stronger. The same is true with jihadist Islam. Examine the concept of hudna, or "temporary cease fire," for example. The Olmert government in Israel once again proved the worth of this to the Islamofascists of the region: far from being an act of mutual mercy, the deal for Kuntar is a sign of weakness and abasement. And that’s just the latest in a long line of examples stretching over centuries of the futility of negotiating with jihadists unless it is from a position of strength and with the certainty in their minds that they will receive crushing blows in return for any attacks.

What Olmert should have done, but what is apparently beyond his weak character, is to have refused to release Kuntar: "He committed an unforgivable atrocity and was justly convicted in a fair trial. He stays in jail. Any further attacks on Israel will mean not only retaliation against Hamas and Hizbullah, but direct, personal targeting of those groups’ leaders. We will kill them." And then he should have followed through.

Churchill understood the dangers of "being reasonable" with fascists.

UPDATE: I need to point out this quote from the IDF’s former chief rabbi, in case you didn’t follow the links:

Rabbi Yisrael Weiss, former Chief Rabbi of the IDF, who was present
during the transfer of the fallen soldiers yesterday, said that "the
verification process yesterday was very slow, because, if we thought
the enemy was cruel to the living and the dead, we were surprised, when
we opened the caskets, to discover just how cruel. And I’ll leave it at
that."

Tell me again why Israel or anyone should negotiate with these savages?


Argh! (and links)

May 21, 2008

My home computer has a video card that’s giving up the ghost, and the replacement won’t be here until tomorrow. (God bless second-day air.) The constant play of random pixels and vertical bars across my monitor is making it nearly impossible to use this thing, so no blog entries today, other than this one. And this on a day when a couple of big (and mostly bad) things happened. I’ll try to post tomorrow about them, but, for now, here are a couple of links:

A French appeals court overturned Philippe Karsenty’s conviction in the trial over his charge that France-2 was involved in a monstrous fraud when it made Israel appear guilty of the death of the child Mohammed al-Doury. This is the good great news, and you can read all about it at Fausta’s blog.

Then there’s the bad: in a dual defeat for the West in the war against jihadist Islam, Hizbullah won effective control of Lebanon and Pakistan surrendered the Northwest Frontier Province to al Qaeda-allied movements — the Pakistani Taliban.

Neither is a good thing, and both together constitute potentially major setbacks. I hope to be able to write more about these tomorrow, assuming I can see this monitor again without feeling like I’m on a bad trip….


Tuesday Link-fest

May 13, 2008

It’s a busy day at work today and a busy night tonight, and there’s not much time for blogging, so I thought I’d leave you with some interesting links to follow.

Terrorists strike in India, over 25 dead. Is there a connection to a Bangladeshi jihadist organization? This is a reminder that the jihad targets not just the Judeo-Christian West, but the polytheists and “pagans” of India. Jihad has a brutal history in India.

Cultural jihad-watch: A student teacher in Minnesota is driven to quit his job when a Muslim student threatens his service dog, which he needs to protect him during epileptic seizures. (Dogs are considered unclean in Islam.) The school’s reaction?

Steffens said it is important to respect different cultures and the rights of disabled students.

“I think this is part of the growth process when we become more diverse,” Steffens said.

Steffens called Hurd a good student and committed young man.

Gary Loch, who is the diversity coordinator for the district, said the situation was an unfortunate case of miscommunication.

“I’m not quite sure where the breakdown comes into play here,” Loch said.

Ummm….How about “cultural imperialism,” “dhimmitude,” “Islamic supremacism,” and “violation of the ADA?” (More at Hot Air)

Domestically, the Democrats and the Obama campaign are seeking the future in the past, by boldly planning to recreate the New Deal of the 1930s and the windfall profits tax fiasco of the 1970s. Now there’s a vision for the 21st century.

Pity Lebanon, which showed the promise of renewed democracy in 2005, but is now tearing itself apart. Correction: Lebanon is being torn apart by Hizbullah, the Shiite-terrorist stooges and cats-paws of Syria and Iran. Michael Totten is one of the best journalists working in the Middle East, one of my regular points of reference when I want a balanced perspective on what’s happening there. His latest article, Lebanon’s Third Civil War, is well worth your time.

At Red State, the ever-controversial Lance Thompson discourses on Barack Obama, the affirmative-action candidate.

Finally, Rich Lowry discusses the Obama Rules, which Instapundit compares to Calvinball.

Have a fine Tuesday. martini

 


Israel getting ready to flatten Hamas?

February 29, 2008

I’ve written here and here about possible Israeli preparations for war in the near future. In the wake of expanded Hamas rocket attacks, now including the city of Ashkelon, the Israeli government appears to be preparing the public and world opinion for a major offensive against Hamas’ Gaza stronghold:

As Hamas drew Ashkelon into the circle of communities coming under heavy rocket attacks, Defense Minister Ehud Barak and the Foreign Ministry on Thursday began preparing both Israeli and world opinion for the possibility of a large-scale incursion into Gaza.

Barak, during a series of meetings at the Defense Ministry, said, "We should be prepared for an upswing in hostilities in Gaza. The big ground operation is a reality and it is tangible. We are not eager to embark upon such an operation, but we are not put off by it either."

According to defense sources, the goals of such an operation – reportedly in the planning stages for weeks if not months – would not "merely" be to reduce the threat of rocket fire and rocket manufacturing in the Gaza Strip, but would also likely entail paralyzing the Hamas government’s ability to operate, and even include "regime change."

Israel has already shown tremendous restraint in the face of Hamas’ near-constant attacks since the Israeli withdrawal from Gaza in 2005. Multiple rocket attacks have been launched almost daily from Gaza at the Israeli border town of Sderot, and now the jihadi terrorists have made Ashkelon a target. No government can tolerate repeated attacks on its citizens, and Israel has already waited far longer than is sensible. Half-measures such as the border blockade and power cutoff have only been taken as a sign of weakness by Hamas. To use the language of modern diplomacy, it’s time to hit back "disproportionately."

If Israel does invade Gaza in an attempt to crush Hamas, the US should run cover for her and block any attempt at the UN to impose a ceasefire, which would only leave an unacceptable status quo in place. The genocidal jihadists who run Hamas (and Hizbullah) are not rational state actors, and we should stop kidding ourselves that they can be negotiated with.

(hat tip: LGF)

LINKS: More at Captain’s Quarters.


Rumors of war

February 21, 2008

A few days ago, I linked to a news story that Israel was contacting reservists, making sure their information was up to date in case of … ?

Now the Jerusalem Post reports that a London-based Arabic newspaper, al-Hayat, is claiming that Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak has given Turkey a heads-up about major military operations against Hamas and Hizbullah and politely warned Syria to butt-out:

Defense Minister Ehud Barak relayed a message to Syrian President Bashar Assad through the Turkish president that Israel plans to escalate militarily the situation with Hizbullah and Hamas, the London-based newspaper, Al-Hayat, reported on Thursday.

According to the report, Barak encouraged Damascus to take a different stance towards Hizbullah, and emphasized that such a move would be seen as a goodwill gesture, and would open up the possibility for peace negotiations between the two countries.

Further, the report stated that the defense minister informed the Turks that Israel plans to launch a massive military operation in the Gaza Strip. Barak requested that following the campaign, Turkey take part in an international peacekeeping coalition which would ensure the cessation of Kassam rocket fire, the report said. Other members of the potential international force would include troops from Qatar, Malaysia, and Jordan.

Associates of Barak refused to comment on the report, saying only that stories which derive from leaks do not merit responses.

Israel has put up with a lot in recent years: their reward for withdrawing from Lebanon has been the posting of a genocidal enemy on their northern border, while pulling out of Gaza has earned them dozens of Hamas rocket attacks daily against their border towns, something no government can tolerate for long. With Hizbullah threatening open war in the wake of Imad Mughniyeh’s killing, it’s little wonder that they might decide to “clear the decks” in one big offensive. And that’s particularly true given their failure to destroy Hizbullah in the 2006 war, something that only created a perception of weakness and encouraged their enemies.

The politeness of the “suggestion” to Syria was amusing: remember that, during the 2006 fighting, Israel broke some sonic booms over Bashar Assad’s palace, just to say “hi.” And, last summer, the IAF carried out an air raid deep in Syrian territory that’s widely believed to have destroyed a nuclear weapons facility that had been built with North Korean help. In this light, the suggestion is really an ominous warning to Bashar Assad: “We can get to you any time we want, so stay out.”

The suggestion of Qatar, Malaysia, and Jordan as peacekeepers isn’t as weird as it might seem from an Israeli point of view. All are among the more “moderate” Muslim states. Jordan has a peace treaty with Israel, while the other two are known to cooperate under the table. All three might be willing to participate in a robust peacekeeping force “to protect the people from the Israelis,” but really to suppress a jihadist organization that’s an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood, and thus a threat to secular and moderate regimes in the region.

If this report is true –rumors being more common than sand in the Middle East– it may take only one small incident to set off a big war.

(hat tip: PJM)


Speaking of Hizbullah

February 19, 2008

They say seeing is believing, so….

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The caption reads:

Hizbollah militants raise their arms in salute of assassinated Hezbollah top commander Imad Mughniyeh during a memorial service in his home village of Tair Debba, south Lebanon, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2008.

(via AP)

I’ve written before of the links between Nazism and militant Islam here and here.


Israel preparing to mobilize?

February 19, 2008

They’re contacting reservists as things heat up in Lebanon in the wake of Hizbullah terrorist Imad Mughniyeh’s assassination.

If I were Hizbullah chief Hassan “Dead Man Walking” Nasrallah, I’d think twice and then think again before starting something with Israel; they aren’t likely to be nearly as restrained as they were in 2006.

 


One more rat sent to Hell

February 13, 2008

Who blew up Imad Mughniyeh?

For now, my money is on the Israelis. Not only have they wanted to get Mugniyeh for over 20 years, but, in the wake of their failure in the Hizbullah War of 2006, they’ve needed to reestablish themselves as a nation not to be screwed with — the Middle East is a region where any sign of weakness is punished. Israel’s air-raid on the "secret" Syrian nuclear facility a few months ago was one step. Killing the military chief of Hizbullah and one of Iran’s most important proxies is likely another.

Some have argued that car-bombing is more of a Syrian technique, pointing the finger at Damascus, where Mughniyeh died. I’m not convinced. Mossad has used car-bombs before, notably in the hunt for the perpetrators of the 1972 Munich massacre. (Update: The Long War Journal, linked below, points out two more recent instances of the Israelis using car-bombs.)

It also makes little sense for this to be a Syrian job. Hizbullah is an Iranian creation, and Mughniyeh was a top leader of the organization. He also was a key operative for the Iranian Revolutionary Guard. And Hizbullah is also one of Syria’s main tools for exerting its influence in Lebanon — particularly after their military was forced out of Lebanon in the 2005 Cedar Revolution. I can’t see Syria doing something that would anger their client, Hizbullah, and their patron, Iran, and harm their own interests in Lebanon.

No, this was an Israeli job. One that likely has Mughniyeh’s boss, Sheikh Hassan "Dead Man Walking" Nasrallah wetting himself.

And let’s be clear: Imad Mughniyeh was a rabid rat who got what he deserved.

Well done, Mossad.

LINKS: Lots of coverage at Pajamas Media; follow the first link, above. More at Fausta’s blog, The Long War Journal, The Belmont Club, Sigmund Carl & Alfred, Melanie Phillips, Meir Javendanfar, The Jawa Report, and Hot Air.

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