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The head of Hezbollah Hassan Nasrallah, speaking from his secret hideaway, has admitted in a broadcast speech that he would not have ordered the capture of two Israeli soldiers if he had known it would lead to a full scale war.

“We did not think, even 1 percent, that the capture would lead to a war at this time and of this magnitude. You ask me, if I had known on July 11 … that the operation would lead to such a war, would I do it? I say no, absolutely not,” he said in an interview with Lebanon’s New TV station.

Put another way:

“Oh… my bust! I thought the playbook was the same as used before. Snatch a couple soldiers then trade their safety for hundreds of prisoners from Israeli lock-ups.” “Sorry… but as you can see Israel changed the playbook not I.” It’s the Joooooos fault!”

Capt’n Ed is of the opinion this admission shows a weakness of Hezbollahs position and is evidence Israel has come out on the winning side.

I remain skeptical, the court of public opinion at this point is what matters and the Arab press all point to Nasrallah as the winner. Not a good thing but hardly shocking either. And as ever… it’s the Jooooos fault!

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Former Pres. Carter was infamous for using his “status” as an ex-president to undermine a current sitting President’s policies. Lance Morrow writing for Time Magazine once called Cater the “Anti-President” for his antics against Clinton’s and the countrys policies on Haiti and North Korea.

Carter’s ultimate infamy came during the run-up to the first Gulf War, when he wrote members of the U.N. Security Council — including Mitterrand’s France and Communist China — urging them to thwart the Bush administration’s efforts at forming a coalition to free the freshly invaded Kuwait.

Fast forward to the current Israeli/Lebanon conflict and we have another Democrat playing spoiler to the Bush policy of providing $230 million in aid for Lebanon. This time it’s a sitting [Dim]ocrat, California Representitve Tom Lantos.

As I write this he sits in Israel threatening to withhold the needed funds until an agreement can be reached to have the new UNIFIL troops placed on the Syrian border in “adequate numbers.”

It should be said as the ranking Democrat on the U.S. House of Representatives’ International Relations Committee Lantos has the power to hold up legislation and thus the funds. (and why in the hell is that allowed?)

On a personnel level I agree with his premise, but not his methods. The myopic optometrist that sits in his regal castle as President of Syria has declared any troop build-up (on the Lebanese side) along the Lebanon/Syrian frontier would be considered an “act of war.”

In short, fuck Assad, his lunacy would give me more reason to mass as large a force as possible along the border, all carrying flags saying “bring what-cha got big boy!”. But that’s just me.

However Lantos’ actions seems counterproductive to this writer. (not to mention subverting the President) If the funds are ultimately withheld it sends the wrong message to people not needing any more reason to hate the U.S.

It also seems an odd position to take for someone that is the Co-Chairman of, Congressional Human Rights caucus. I guess the human rights of the Lebanese doesn’t count when a political hack is making a political statement.

Lantos’ has said, “my purpose is not to withhold aid from Lebanon, my purpose … is to persuade the government of Lebanon that the closing of the Lebanon-Syria border to arms smuggling from Iran and Syria is in the prime national interest of Lebanon and the Lebanese people.”

Sounds good on paper or when listening to a sound bite but in the end Lebanon couldn’t give one wit whether the border ever gets closed to arms smuggling. Or getting any U.S. aid it seems.

Nawwar Sahili, one of 14 Hezbollah members elected to the 128-seat Lebanese parliament has called for his government to reject any U.S. aid offered. “The U.S. administration is a partner in Israel’s aggression against Lebanon,” Sahili said in a telephone interview. “Accepting it would be like absolving the U.S. administration.”

Like any rejected aid, the Lebanese Gevernment will continue to reject any purposals to have their own or foreign forces along its border with Syria. That’s the way it has been, the way it is, and will remain so.

Lantos is attempting to piss on a flat rock without getting his shoes wet. I should think a more productive effort would be for Lantos to investigate why the UNIFIL mission actively aided Hezbollah during the 34 day war. Something tells me he wouldn’t find any interest in the problem. There is no political gain to be had.

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What once was a promising sign of change in Lebanon has all been cast asunder by events of the last month. After a month of bombardment by Israel and what can only be described as a stalemate as the fighting temporarly ends the nascent democracy movement in Lebanon should be renamed The Cinder Revolution.

Corrupted by a more “prestigious” Hezbollah in many Muslim eyes and undermined by, who else, Kofi Annon.

And make no mistake, this ceasefire is nothing but temporary, as Israel has already fired a shot across the bow of both Hezbollah and its chief enabler the United Nations.

The IDF will have to resume operations in Lebanon if the expanded United Nations force being assembled does not fulfill its obligation to dismantle Hizbullah, an official in the Prime Minister’s Office warned on Tuesday.

Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Saniora and Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah reportedly reached a deal allowing Hizbullah to keep its weapons but refrain from exhibiting them in public. Israeli officials called the arrangement a violation of UN Security Council Resolution 1701, which passed over the weekend and was approved on Sunday by the cabinet.

“The resolution is clear that Hizbullah needs to be removed from the border area, embargoed and dismantled,” the official said. “If the resolution is not implemented, we will have to take action to prevent the rearming of Hizbullah. I don’t think backtracking will serve any useful purpose. There has to be pressure on Hizbullah to disarm or there will have to be another round.”

Hezbollah head chopper Nasrallah said Monday he had no intentions of turning over Hezbollah’s weapons, but will “refrain from exhibiting them publicly.” So nothing changes, Hebollah keeps its weapons under wraps just as they have done for the last 20 plus years only this time with the very public compliance of Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Seniora.

For Kofi’s part he’s doing what he does best, be an apoligist for yet another terroristic regime.

Annan angered Israeli officials when he told Channel 2 on Tuesday that “dismantling Hizbullah is not the direct mandate of the UN,” which could only help Lebanon disarm the organization. Annan upset officials further when he said that deploying international forces in Lebanon would take “weeks or months,” and not days as expected.

Excuse me! Kofi better sit down and read his own roll of ass wipe. And I quote para 8:

8. Calls for Israel and Lebanon to support a permanent ceasefire and a longterm solution based on the following principles and elements:

– full respect for the Blue Line by both parties;
– security arrangements to prevent the resumption of hostilities, including the establishment between the Blue Line and the Litani river of an area free of any S/RES/1701 (2006) 3 06-46503 armed personnel, assets and weapons other than those of the Government of Lebanon and of UNIFIL as authorized in paragraph 11, deployed in this area;

If called on his idiotic statement I’m confident Kofi would pull the “Government of Lebanon” card and claim Hezbollah is part of the government.

Or, more likely, ignore the question.

Standby, the resumption of warfare should commence within the next week and when it does Saniora, Hezbollah and Kofi will have more blood on their hands. Again!

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As I write this it’s now 0500 GMT, 0800 local in Lebanon. The “ceasefire” has started and it appears all gunfire and rocket launches have stopped.

The countdown begins, 10, 9, 8, 7, … until Hezbollah breaks the “silence.”

This post will be updated as events on the ground warrant.

+ 35 minutes into the ceasefire the Lebanese Cabinet votes to delay ratification and agreement to U.N. Resolution 1701 for two days.

+ 60 minutes and all’s quite on the Lebanese front.

+ 90 minutes, still quite. This is getting boring, come on you Hezzi bastards I know you got it in ya. How about an over/under bet?

Plus or minus 6 hours is the line. Place your bets now. I’m betting over and to coincide with the start of the morning news shows in the U.S.

+ 105 minutes, a CNN reporter is reporting hearing a “boom” with no indication or speculation what it was.

+ 120 minutes, quite. Still no identification of the source of a reported “boom” by CNN.

+ 180 minutes, it’s quite as a church mouse (or a Hezbollah rat) on the front. Reuters has an unconfirmed report of thousands of Lebanese heading south.

+ 240 minutes, a potential problem has arisen. In response to the Reuters report of people returning to their homes in the south Israeli spokesman are saying the travel restrictions are still in place south fo the Latani River.

+ 360 minutes and the ceasefire is still holding.

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Arab countries criticized a U.N. Security Council resolution for not clearly labeling Israel the main aggressor in the conflict with Hezbollah, but expressed cautious hopes that an end to the monthlong conflict could be nearing.

Not surprising is it?

They must have been too busy planning their next female circumcision to notice it was Hezbollah that crossed an internationally recognized border, kidnapped 2 soldiers and killed 8 others prior to any hostilities on July 12.

“The resolution is the best that can be achieved in the mean time under the unbalanced international equation,” said Ahmed bin Heli, the league’s assistant secretary-general.

How about this as a better solution, take about 15,000 troops from Arab League countries to patrol the Israel Lebanon border and disarm Hezbollah.

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The fall out from the Reutersgate scandal is obvious and forces a recollention of words from another era spoken by former President Ronald Reagan; “Trust, but verify.”

Jules Crittenden, an editor at the Boston Herald, cuts to the heart of the matter:

Everyone in the news business gets taken for a ride sooner or later. It’s an occupational hazard. What is surprising is the scale of it in Lebanon. And what is tragic about this is, as a Boston Herald photo editor noted, editors everywhere can no longer trust the pictures from Lebanon. The public cannot know what is staged and what is real. They cannot know the true scope of the devastation that Hezbollah’s aggression against Israel and its cynical tactics have brought on the Lebanese people. The con artists have shafted themselves and their own people with their cheap tricks.

Read the full commentary.

If you were foolish enough to believe the lying eyes of Reuters photo editors were the only ones at work in the war zone, check this AP photo taken in Tyre, Lebanon. Then ask yourself why with all the destruction visible the bed hanging out of the apartment shows no damage.

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Arab League Meets

Issues harshly worded statement condemning any and everything related to Israel. Offers its “full support” to Lebanon and Hezbollah. Thanks… for nothing. Where were you after the Cedar Revolution? Where were you when assistence was needed in implementing Security Council Resolution 1559?

There’s an old saying that applys: “Lead, follow or get the hell out of the way!”

All you turbin wearing, duplicitous, deceitful scheming little fools have failed to lead, only follow and sympathize with terrorists and now you (as always) want to get in the way.

And while I’m at it… why aren’t you helping your Arabic brothers in Iraq?

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