May 8, 2008

IF THE ISRAELIS COULDN'T BEAT THEM...:

Hezbollah leader denounces Lebanon's pro-West regime: The government declared war on the opposition group by outlawing its telecommunications network, Hassan Nasrallah says. Fighting between Sunnis and Shiites rages a second day. (Borzou Daragahi, 5/08/08, Los Angeles Times)

Hezbollah fought Israel to a standstill in a summer 2006 war, thanks in part to the group's underground fiber-optic communications network, Nasrallah said today. Though Hezbollah claimed victory in that conflict, the war upset Lebanon's fragile sectarian balance and precipitated the ongoing political crisis.

The country has been without a president since November amid a deadlock between the two camps.

Pro-U.S. politicians loyal to the government of Prime Minister Fouad Siniora announced a decision Tuesday to target the telecommunications network and said it had ordered that a Hezbollah-allied official be removed as head of the airport. Nasrallah accused the government of wanting to turn the airport into a base for Israeli and American intelligence.

It remains unclear how the government intended to enforce its decisions to remove the fiber-optic network and the airport official. Lebanon's security forces have vowed to remain neutral in the ongoing political dispute.


...what chance would the Lebanese have?

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 8, 2008 12:45 PM
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"It remains unclear how the government intended to enforce its decisions to remove the fiber-optic network and the airport official. Lebanon's security forces have vowed to remain neutral in the ongoing political dispute."

Um, when a nation's "security forces..remain neutral" in a dispute between the gov't and another party, they've got problems.

That being said, your nonstop cheerleading for Hezbollah is grotesque and evil.

Posted by: b at May 8, 2008 1:24 PM

Hezbollah being the government.

Posted by: oj at May 8, 2008 4:09 PM

Does the government (anywhere) incite and practice anarchy? I think that only happened in Bolshevist Russia, Maoist China, Cambodia, and now Zimbabwe.

Check out the stories (the original reporting) at Michael Totten's blog. The Hezbos have alienated everyone in Lebanon (except Michel Aoun) and unless they kill the king, they are probably going to be using many of their 27,000 rockets on the Sunni, the Druze, and the Christians very soon. Nasrallah is now a pariah, propped up by Syria and Iran.

While being independent is a worthy goal, groups like Fatah, Hamas, and Hezbollah, which exist on the basis of terror and nourish themselves on terror (and foreign money), always seem to evaporate when real negotiation and/or real governance is a possibility.

Posted by: ratbert at May 8, 2008 11:50 PM

We didn't kill the king, just denied that he was our king. The Sunni and Christians don't get to lord over the majority.

Posted by: oj at May 9, 2008 6:07 AM
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