Sometimes you just have to laugh at the terrorists. Honest, they can be funny. A case in point is the tape that surfaced of the formerly breathing terrorist Zarqawi. You know the one where he attempted to like like Elliot Ness blazing away with his tommy gun. Instead he looked more like Willy E. Coyote slammin’ into a painted rock.
Here is the latest example of hilarity inadvertently provided by Hezbollah and reported by the crack investigative team at MSNBC News.
Israeli intelligence sources tell NBC News that among the targets hit in Lebanon are as many as a dozen financial institutions — part of a previously secret campaign to destroy Hezbollah’s financial infrastructure. Some banks were demolished, others deliberately damaged but not destroyed. In one case, Israel also took out a bank manager’s home.
Nothing much there except fodder ripe for the taking by the “human rights” crowd to scream about civilian infrastructure being taken out.
But wait it gets better. The Middle East and Africa Bank is on the hit list along with two others noted in the article and all three have rolled their eyes and said; “Who…us?!”
But a fundraising appeal that aired last week on the Hezbollah-connected Al Manar television station asks that money for the Hezbollah resistance be sent a specific account at the Middle East and Africa Bank.
An Arabic speaking NBC News producer called the number listed on the television ad, and was told to go to any U.S. bank and wire the money. Our producer was advised to not tell anyone the money was meant for Hezbollah.
The Middle East Africa Bank has a relationship with the U.S. bank Wachovia. After NBC News informed Wachovia of the Hezbollah fundraising appeal, Wachovia immediately terminated the relationship.
In a statement, a Wachovia spokesman said, “Wachovia confirms that it has very stringent procedures and policies in place to monitor accounts and ensure compliance with the Patriot Act, including not conducting business with any organization identified by the U.S. government as a terrorist organization or supporting terrorism.”
Later, NBC News called back the same number advertised on Al Manar and, this time, was provided with the name of a separate bank.
MSNBC has provided an edited transcript of that conversation for your reading pleasure but here is a partial sample:
NBC: I am from America.
Hezbollah Facilitator: You have to go to the bank — any bank.
NBC: That for sure will reach the Mujahideen?
Hezbollah Facilitator: For sure. Do not mention resistance or anything like that. If you do, they won’t wire them.
NBC: Thank you – God be with you. Bye bye.
Some might not find that funny, but in an odd way I do, and here’s why.
What was the excuse used by the New York Times to print their story on the SWIFT financial surveillance program?
Correct… it was because the Bush Administration, along with a bunch of media sources, had disclosed the program years prior to the NYT publishing details of the program on its front page.
The common meme by the defenders of the Times was that you would have to be very very stupid jihadist cut throat to use the SWIFT money tranfer system because well… because everyone, his brother and your neighborhood jihadist would use alternate means to finance their next beheading or IED manufacturing plant.
Is it safe to say Hezbollah is very, very stupid?
And the NYT is so full of SHIT their collective eyes are brown in color?
I thought so. And that’s funny, in an odd sort of way.
And it shouldn’t go without saying, a basket full of Kudos to Adam Ciralsky, Lisa Myers & the NBC Investigative Unit that published this story and went above and beyond what many in the Antique Media would do.