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Hezbollah, Iran, and other reasons I have severe indigestion (Updated July 14, 2006)

July 14, 2006 20:00CDT

When I originally put the following entry on my blog back in April, little did I imagine what the events of the past few weeks involving Israel, Hamas, Hezbollah, Iran, and other things virtually guaranteed to give me worse indigestion than I originally had back in April!

Hamas attacking through tunnels from Gaza, and kidnapping an Israeli soldier, only to be followed a couple of weeks later by Hezbollah doing virtually the same from Lebanon sounds like a script for "24" or some other far-fetched fiction, as does Israel "taking out" the airport in Beirut in response, instead of something off the news wires, like this:

Hizbollah, Israel head for showdown

By Lin Noueihed

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Residents on both sides of the Lebanese-Israeli border braced on Saturday for a dramatic spike in violence after Hizbollah’s chief declared open war on Israel following its bombardment of his Beirut home and stronghold.

“You wanted open war. We are going to open war,” Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said in a call to Hizbollah television.

"Look at it burn", he urged listeners, announcing an attack which set ablaze an Israeli warship that had earlier hit Beirut.

Four Israeli troops were missing after the attack, which comes amid the bloodiest violence in Lebanon in over a decade, started by a cross-border attack on Wednesday in which Hizbollah guerillas captured two Israeli soldiers and killed eight.

The Israeli army later said that a civilian boat, possibly from Egypt, was hit by a missile in the same attack that badly damaged the Israeli warship.

I don’t know who Lin Noueihed is, but since this article was posted on Reuters after Israeli airstrikes took out the Hezbollah "headquarters" in Beirut, and rockets of varying degrees of sophistication have been flying across the border of Lebanon and Israel thicker than termites in a southeast Texas heatwave, I’d say Lin is a master of understatement.

I don’t know which country will claim the second ship hit in this incident; but I have a feeling that they will likely not be pleased. Heck, the way everything else has been going the past couple of days, I’m sure it’ll be blamed on Israel.

And why is it that nobody can agree on how to spell Hezbollah/Hizbollah/Hezbulah, anyway????

Original Post from late April, 2006:

As I read through the events, concerns, and rantings from around the world during the week just past, I am struck by several things, all of which give me really bad heartburn, and some which add greatly to my anxiety over the condition of the world. Iran continues its nuclear sabre-rattling, with President Unpronouncable making daily statements, each a little more over the top than the last.

“Those who want to prevent Iranians from obtaining their right, should know that we do not give a damn about such resolutions,” Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told a rally in northwest Iran, the official IRNA news agency reported. “Enemies think that by … threatening us, launching psychological warfare or … imposing embargos they can dissuade our nation from obtaining nuclear technology.” This week Iran vowed to hit U.S. targets worldwide if attacked by Washington, which has not ruled out military options if diplomacy fails to halt what it says is Tehran’s quest for nuclear weapons. Iran says its programme is purely civilian.

Then there was the speech he made on Iranian television, salient points of which I include here:

“… Let’s assume that the [Holocaust] were true – who should be punished for this? This is a serious question facing contemporary humanity. “… Although they claim that their hearts bleed for the Jews, during World War II and following it they caused the widespread phenomenon of anti-Judaism in two or three European countries. If you support the Jews – how do you explain this anti-Judaism? Why did you turn Europe in its entirety into a place unsafe for the Jews? Could there possibly be any other reason than creating unsafe conditions for the Jews, so that they would flee and find shelter in Palestine? “Why do you think they are safe in Palestine? These people, who left their homelands as a result of your pressure and anti-Judaism, went to a country that did not belong to them. Different minorities from different countries came to live side by side, just like pieces of paper joined together with a paper clip. They live in an atmosphere of insecurity on a daily basis. I’ve said this once, and I’ll say it again: Open the gates of this big prison. Allow these people to decide freely, and you will see that they will return to their homelands. Of course, you must first let go of your anti-Judaism…”

Add to that the global unease caused by Iran’s refusal to stop baking nuclear toys in their EasyBake oven:

Richard Holbrooke, a former US envoy to the United Nations and the Balkans, said Iran lay “at the center (of a) genuine global crisis.” Russia and China may resist U.N. sanctions against Tehran but “a nuclear Iran is just as much, if not more, dangerous to them” as it is to Israel, Western Europe and North America, he told the Brussels Forum – a gathering where 275 trans-Atlantic politicians, business leaders and other experts debated global security.

and you have the makings of a definite Maalox moment. Then you read, on such wonderful tidbits as the following:

In the prosecution of the Global War against Terror (GWOT) initiated only after the horror of 9/11, an important threat to the United States fell from the public radar screen while al-Qaeda, the Taliban regime in Afghanistan, and the regime of Saddam Hussein became the primary targets. That important threat was the Iranian-backed terrorist organization, Hezbollah…

Most notably, last month FBI Director Robert Mueller testified to Congress that his agency had dismantled a Hezbollah smuggling operation bringing terror personnel across the border from Mexico.“[T]his was an occasion in which Hezbollah operatives were assisting others with some association with Hezbollah in coming to the United States,” Mueller said. “That was an organization that we dismantled and identified those persons who had been smuggled in. And they have been addressed as well.”….

Hezbollah’s deadly network isn’t limited to the Middle East. In fact, in the past 20 years Hezbollah has created an extensive web of operations within the United States itself – a sophisticated terror network better established here than any other terrorist organization in the world. The network is organized and directed by Hezbollah’s Special Security Apparatus, the group’s international terror unit.According to Tom Diaz and Barbara Newman, co-authors of the recently published book, Lightning Out of Lebanon: Hezbollah Terrorists on American Soil (Presidio Press, 2005), active Hezbollah cells have been identified in Boston, New York, Newark, Atlanta, Miami, Tampa, Charlotte, Louisville, Detroit, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Portland. Diaz and Newman quote former FBI Hezbollah unit director, Bob Clifford, as saying, “they are the best light infantry in the world and can strike the United States anytime, anywhere.”

Then I found this nugget on Ashaq Alawsat News:

Iran’s Secret Plan if Attacked by US Codenamed "Judgement Day" By Ali Nouri Zadeh London, Asharq Al-Awsat- Eight fundamentalist Islamist organizations have received large sums of money in the last month from the Iranian intelligence services, as part of a project to strike U.S military and economic installations across the Middle East Asharq Al-Awsat has learned….. As for the Lebanese Hezbollah, several loads of arms have been sent to; they include rockets, explosives, and guided missiles. Hezbollah’s arsenal includes more than 10 thousand rockets short-range rockets and missiles including Fajr, Nour, Arash, Hadid.An estimated 80 members underwent private training last year on how to carry out suicide operations from the air (through the use of kite planes) and undersea operations using submarines. While denying that Hamas had joined the list of organizations ready to help Iran in its likely war with the U.S, the source indicated that the external success of the movement, which enjoys considerable Iranian support both financial and military, was strengthened following the latest visit by its leaders to Tehran. This was translated in the Palestinian masses’ support for Iran, against Israel and the United States . According to Iran, the latest military plan includes: 1- A missile strike directly targeting the US bases in the Persian Gulf and Iraq , as soon as nuclear installations are hit. 2- Suicide operations in a number of Arab and Muslim countries against US embassies and missions and US military bases and economic and oil installations related to US and British companies. The campaign might also target the economic and military installations of countries allied with the United States . 3- Launch attacks by the Basij and the Revolutionary Guards and Iraqi fighters loyal to Iran against US and British forces in Iraq , from border regions in central and southern Iraq . 4- Hezbollah to launch hundreds of rockets against military and economic targets in Israel . According to the source, in case the US military attacks continue, more than 50 Shehab-3 missiles will be targeted against Israel and the al Quads Brigades will give the go-ahead for more than 50 terrorists cells in Canada, the US and Europe to attack civil and industrial targets in these countries. What about the last stage in the plan? Here, the Iranian source hesitated before saying with worry; this stage might represent the beginning of a world war, given that extremists will seek to maximize civilian casualties by exploding germ and chemical bombs as well as dirty nuclear bombs across western and Arab cities.

I have now decided that Maalox is definitely not sufficient, and have gone straight to the acid blockers, and shut down my browser.

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July 14, 2006 - Posted by | Life and Ramblings


  1. RE: Civilian vessel hit.
    What kind of dad gum civilian vessel would be anywhere a military vessel anytime since the Cole?
    How could you be a vessel big enough to be in the sea and not know anywhere near an of those countries was not the
    place to be?

    Comment by NAT PIERCE | July 14, 2006 | Reply

  2. Jews final destination Iraq’s western border would make a fine pincer movement.

    Comment by NAT PIERCE | July 14, 2006 | Reply

  3. July 14, 2006 10:42 PM
    If this is true…Hezbolla striking an Egyptian Cruise Ship these guys….

    The War Widens, Hezbollah Strikes Egyptian, Israeli Ships with UAVs
    By Bill Roggio
    The conflict between Israel and Hezbollah has escalated, as Hezbollah has conducted two sea strikes against an Israeli warship and an Egyptian civilian ship, possibly a cruise liner. While initial reports…

    Comment by NAT PIERCE | July 14, 2006 | Reply

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