Friday, August 11, 2006

Planned apparently

Madsen is not some screaming liberal before all the anti-Lebanese freaks get on board and try to tap this blog. This is a thought provoking piece.


Lebanon and Gaza invasions planned last month in USA meetings with top Israeli officials
by Wayne Madsen

Tuesday, Jul. 25, 2006 at 4:36 PM
wmreditor@waynemadsenreport.com


The Israeli invasion of Lebanon was planned between top Israeli officials and members of the Bush administration. On June 17 and 18, former Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Likud Knesset member Natan Sharansky met with Vice President Dick Cheney at the American Enterprise Institute conference in Beaver Creek, Colorado.
There, the impending Israeli invasions of both Gaza and Lebanon were discussed. After receiving Cheney's full backing for the invasion of Gaza and Lebanon, Netanyahu flew back to Israel and participated in a special "Ex-Prime Ministers" meeting, in which he conveyed the Bush administration's support for the carrying out of the "Clean Break" policy -- the trashing of all past Middle East peace accords, including Oslo.

Present at the meeting, in addition to Netanyahu, were current Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and former Prime Ministers Ehud Barak and Shimon Peres. Former Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir is very old and suffers from dementia and Ariel Sharon remains in a coma after a series of strokes.

After the AEI meeting, Sharansky, who has the ear of Bush, met with the Heritage Foundation in Washington and then attended a June 29 seminar at Philadelphia's Main Line Haverford School sponsored by the Middle East Forum led by Daniel Pipes. Sharansky appeared with Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum who this past Thursday was beating the war drums against Syria, Iran, and "Islamo-fascism" in a fiery speech at the National Press Club attended by a cheering section composed of members of the neocon Israel Project, on whose board Santorum serves along with Georgia Sen. Saxby Chambliss and Virginia GOP Rep. Tom Davis.

Our Washington sources claim that the U.S.-supported invasions of Gaza and Lebanon and the impending attacks on Syria and Iran represent the suspected "event" predicted to take place prior to the November election in the United States and is an attempt to rally the American public around the Bush-Cheney regime during a time of wider war.

The current Israeli assault on Lebanon was stage-managed between the government of Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and neocons in the Bush administration, according to well-connected sources in the nation's capital. The Bush administration had prior knowledge of and supported Israel's planned attacks on Gaza and Lebanon, the sources have revealed. In addition, there was no move by the Bush administration to warn Americans in the Occupied Palestinian Territories or Lebanon to leave the areas before the Israeli invasions. No travel warnings were issued to U.S. citizens in an attempt to mask Israeli attack plans, an action that resulted in last-minute Dunkirk-like sea evacuations of foreigners from Lebanon.

The first indication that Israel pre-planned its assault on the Palestinians came early this month when the Israelis began denying entry to the West Bank to Palestinians holding U.S. passports. The U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv and the U.S. Consulate in Jerusalem refused to intervene with Israel, claiming it was the decision of a sovereign nation. The denial of entry to Palestinian-Americans was a violation of the Oslo Accords and the Geneva Conventions. The United States does not officially recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

Washington insiders report that the Bush administration's coordination with Israel in the attacks on Hamas and Hezbollah involve the official adoption of the white paper, "A Clean Break: New Strategies for Securing the Realm," as U.S. policy. The "Clean Break" document, authored in 1996 by Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Richard Perle, Douglas Feith, and other neocon operatives, was written at the same time the program for the invasion and occupation of Iraq was drawn up by the same neocon players.

Carrying out the next phase of the neo-con "Clean Break": Netanyahu, Perle, and Ledeen still call the shots on U.S. and Israeli policies. First it was Iraq, then Palestine and Lebanon, next is Syria and Iran. The current U.S.-Israeli strategy of bombing and invading Lebanon is a follow-up to four years of covert activities by the Pentagon, White House, and Mossad in Lebanon that involved the car bombing assassinations of top Lebanese officials in order to clear out Syrian forces from Lebanon. The assassinations of Elie Hobeika, George Hawi, and Rafik Hariri were all carried out to destabilize Lebanon and force the withdrawal of Syria from Lebanon. Syria was blamed by the Bush administration for all the car bombing assassinations in Lebanon.

Israel's border exercise that saw the capture by Hezbollah of two Israeli soldiers on the Lebanese side of the border and the
contingency plans involving the kidnapping of an Israeli soldier by Hamas in Israel, near the Israeli-Gazan border, provided a pre-text for the Israeli attack on Gaza and Lebanon. Similar plans have been drawn up to respond to a Syrian "capture" of Israeli troops in Lebanon near the Syrian border or from the Golan Heights. That will be used to justify a joint Israeli and American attack on Syria, with Israel entering from Lebanon and the U.S. entering from Iraq.

The carrying out of the joint Israeli-U.S. attack plan for Lebanon, Syria (and eventually, Iran) is the reason why the United States has stymied UN attempts to seek an immediate cease-fire. The intent of the Bush administration is to see a widening of the conflict. Unconfirmed UN ambassador to the UN John Bolton, appearing on Fox News, laid out the future blueprint for the joint U.S.-Israeli regionalization of the war in the Middle East when he stated, "I think that if you look at the support that Iran and Syria have given groups like Hamas, Hezbollah, Palestinian Islamic Jihad that really the reckoning we need here is a reckoning, not just with the terrorist groups, but with the states that finance them."

WMR has also learned that top Israeli and U.S. military officers are adamantly opposed to the Clean Break policy. Many Israeli generals, remembering Israel's bloody occupation of Lebanon in the 1980s, favored negotiating a prisoner swap with Hezbollah. The Olmert government is purging the last remnants of the Yitzhak Rabin elements who favored negotiations from the Israeli military and intelligence agencies much in the same way that opponents of the Bush regime have been purged from the U.S. military, CIA, and State Department.

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Wayne Madsen is an investigative journalist, nationally distributed columnist, and author who has covered Washington, DC, politics, national security, and intelligence issues since 1994. He has written for The Village Voice, The Progressive, CAQ, Counterpunch, and the Intelligence Newsletter (based in Paris). Madsen is the author of Genocide and Covert Operations in Africa 1993-1999, co-author of America's Nightmare: The Presidency of George Bush II, and the forthcoming Jaded Tasks: Big Oil, Black Ops & Brass Plates. Madsen is also the author of The Handbook of Personal Data Protection (London:
Macmillan, 1992), an acclaimed reference book on international data protection law.
Madsen is a former U.S. Naval officer who was assigned to the National Security Agency during the Reagan administration. He also has some twenty years experience in computer security and data privacy. He has also worked for the Naval Data Automation Command, Department of State, RCA Corporation, and Computer Sciences Corporation.

waynemadsenreport.com/

32 Comments:

Anonymous sam said...

Good, I'm glad were helping. I would myself if I could but instead I'll keep voting in the men that will.

Another Bold towards the Terrorist.

Islam will fall one day and the world will be better for it.

8:12 PM  
Anonymous sam said...

I support Bush 100%, it's easy we run the country and you don't. The truth is painful.

To bad we can't keep him for four more after this term.

Heaven is where I'm going and Bush will be there too, only the haters of Faith wil be in hell. The sate of islam is now what I consider hell.

8:20 PM  
Anonymous sam said...

Here's to your so called peace, if it's not going to help there's no need to stop now.

I just read this and got goose bumbs. This is the only way to fight terror. Keep your flowers and sad stories. No one that can stop the fighting cares.

BREAKING NEWS
MSNBC News Services
Updated: 4 minutes ago
JERUSALEM - Israel has begun an expanded ground offensive in southern Lebanon after expressing dissatisfaction over an emerging cease-fire deal, government officials said.

Shortly afterwards, a source close to the Israeli government said U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice telephoned Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to ask him if there was any room left for diplomacy.

Olmert has indicated he’d be willing to call off the offensive if Israel’s basic demands are met, said the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the private conversation.

Olmert and his defense minister, Amir Peretz, made the decision to expand the offensive after meeting for four hours Friday. Peretz instructed the military to launch the offensive, officials said.

Olmert’s spokesman, Asaf Shariv, told The Associated Press that the expanded incursion had already begun. An emerging cease-fire deal being worked out by the U.N. Security Council fails to meet Israel's basic requirements, such as stationing robust international combat troops in southern Lebanon once Israel withdraws, Shariv said.

“Yesterday we were very optimistic, but they (the Security Council) took the wrong turn,” Shariv said.

The government has decided to implement a Cabinet decision on Wednesday granting the army permission to carry out a massive ground offensive “to deal with the Hezbollah positions in south Lebanon, from which barrages of missiles continue to be launched against the Israeli civilian population,” said Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Mark Regev.

8:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It reassures me when i realise that followers of W. are as stupid as he is: he hasn't managed to convince the smarter lot.
"only the haters of Faith will be in hell". So, Sam, you consider yourself a lover of Faith?
You assimilate Islam to terrorism, another sign of you shallow, shallow analytical skills. I don't even know why I am writing this, sometimes it's not even worth the effort, and in this case I think you're a lost cause.

8:49 PM  
Anonymous blogwatch said...

A great quote by Golda Meir:

"We can forgive you for killing our sons. But we will never forgive you for making us kill yours. Peace will come when the Arabs will love their children more than they hate us."

9:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sam's input indicates that this (spewing his b.s. to get a response) is probably his perferred method of masterbation. Was it good for you Sam?

9:35 PM  
Anonymous sam said...

Yup. right on your mom's picture. Your sister is next!

9:38 PM  
Blogger Julie said...

Sam

Take another dip in the pool....you ain't goin' to heaven and neither is your fearless leader.


Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.

Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven:
for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.


Better tell Bush to consult with God one more time, I think what they're having is a faliure to communicate.

What part of thou shalt not kill is he not getting....

9:43 PM  
Anonymous sam said...

Yes your right as are the rest of the blind followers of Islam and it's supporters.

9:49 PM  
Blogger Julie said...

I know I'm right - thanks for admitting it....and I'm a Catholic you idiot

11:59 PM  
Blogger great dynamo said...

such hard nosed plans for a wider regional war that madsen mentions are the only explanation for the present israeli actions and the us support for them i found plausible so far. but the question i mentioned in an ealier comment still remains: what shall this bigger conflict bring its initiators in the us? is it really just all about winning those next elections? is it all about money and personal power? can it all be so bizarre and mean at the same time? and what does the israeli government expect to happen after syria and iran are forced to join in? (if they even have to be forced)

12:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kevin From US
Here is a good artical from the gulf daily news

Can there be a third way for the Arabs?

By Marwan Al Kabalan, Special to Gulf News


In many ways, the ongoing military confrontation in Lebanon between Hezbollah and Israel is a microcosm of a wider conflict between the US project for a new, more liberal Middle East and the radical, revolutionary project of Iran.

Despite the huge gap in the capabilities of the two central powers of this struggle, the sort of behaviour, strategies and tools used by the US and Iran serve as a stark reminder of the Cold War climate.

Each party tries to fill-in a vacuum dominate the Middle East and impose its own vision on it. They use proxies, deterrence, containment, threats, alliances and other means to achieve their objectives.

The Arab world on the official and the popular level seems to be caught in the middle of this struggle; with some supporting Iran and others supporting the US.

According to Malcolm Keer, former president of the American University of Beirut, the struggle between the superpowers of the Cold War divided the region into spheres of influence and resulted in a mini "Arab cold war".

In the absence of a rival superpower, we might be witnessing a repetition of that war with minor changes: Iran has replaced the Soviet Union as America's key enemy in the region; and Syria stands alone in the radical camp among the Arab states.

P.S Sam I'm a Republican Catholic But I grow up with 5 brothers and sisters and learned a long time ago that their is always 2 sides to every story. Also There is only one God! No one on earth can be sure of what the true religion is. We all have to follow are faith!!! To say a Islam is bad you have never even tried to learn what the Koran is about

12:19 AM  
Anonymous rachel said...

sam, nicholas, scott, whatever your real name is,

From the Poem of Land by Palestinian poet Mahmud Darwish


..."and they searched his chest
but they only found his heart
and they searched his heart
but they only found his people
and they searched his voice
but they only found his sadness
and they searched his sadness
but they only found his prison
and they searched his prison
but they only found themselves
in the chains"

12:20 AM  
Anonymous sam said...

That is my real name, wait to be exact it's Samuel.

Julie Thats why I said followers. You can be a queer for all I care. If you support the world of Islam you are supporting a terrorist religon.

12:34 AM  
Blogger Chris Baker said...

I couldn't find the report referred to on the web-page http://waynemadsenreport.com/ however Hezbollah had said Israel's attack was scheduled for October, which would have been right before the US November elections that are critical to Republicans. Hezbollah said Israel moved up the attack in response to Hezbollah's kidnapping and killing of Israeli soldiers.

However Americans are mostly shocked by Israeli's ruthless attacks on civilian areas, in southern Beirut especially. They look at photo's of the destruction in southern Beirut and elsewhere, the environmental disaster, and wonder how is that "collateral damage" as UN ambassador John Bolton has claimed. Israel has not offered any explanation for the massive destruction in southern Beirut nor the massive oil spill.

Right now I would say many Americans are fed up with Israel, as Americans don't like wars - especially one so well-documented as this one is. The only thing Americans hate more than wars is suicide bombs, for which they have absolutely no sympathy. Israel is clearly hoping Hezbollah will resort to suicide bomb, which would rally American support for Israel.

12:46 AM  
Blogger Rick said...

Hezbollah is an organization (albeit one using terrorist tactics) led by very smart people, which has evolved into a disciplined military unit. Israel had no idea what they were getting into, thus the over-reaction. I'm betting Hezbollah was banking on that, and Israel played right into their hands.

12:54 AM  
Blogger great dynamo said...

kevin: so this would mean, iran and the us do not intend to clash directly but confine themselves to means of "cold war" and proxy wars? could be. although i am not sure if this distinction is still useful nowadays. but then the ruthless israeli war against civilians loses its assumed aim completely : to provoke a wider conflict. and at the same time this kind of war undermines any other possible strategy to gain influence in the region by setting the arab population against israel and the us. this is why - besides all abhorrence for the means of war themselves - i cannot see any sense in this campaign.

1:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

great dynamo : I didn't say I agree with the artical I just thought it was good. meaning it makes you think

Kevin From US

1:59 AM  
Blogger great dynamo said...

kevin: i know. and it did make me think. so you were right to post it. ;-)

still i would like to decode the agenda of this war. and the cold war-theory does not really convince me. this war is not cold at all.

2:06 AM  
Blogger Chris Baker said...

Rick - I agree with you comment. US TV news coverage tonight was 100% sympathetic to Lebanon, while portraying Israel as the military aggressor. ABC news even ran a segment on Americans volunteering to help rescue pets in Lebanon, which is guaranteed to generate lots of sympathy for Lebanon. Americans will give huge sums to rescue pets.

Ralph Nader is probably the most famous Lebanese-American, and he has been a very effective advocate for Lebanon in the last month on the independent TV program "Democracy Now". I would recommend the Lebanese government use Nader's organization for a massive ad campaign to persuade Congress to cut the military aid that goes to Israel.

This year Israel is set to get over $2 billion in military aid from Congress, which Israel can use to buy the most modern US military equipment, bombs and missiles. We in the US have seen in great detail how Israel uses their US military aid. By all rights that aid should go to Lebanon instead for re-building!

2:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kevin From US
I also agree with rick Israel played right into Hezbollah's hands. And think we need to let our congress know that we should be sending a lot of money to Lebanon for re-building we set billions for sunami releaf and this is a bigger disaster

2:31 AM  
Blogger Lilu said...

LOL you gotta be kidding me, that has got to be one of the most ridiculous things I have ever read, I wont even get into all that conspiracy big brother paranoia crap... I mean seriously, Sheransky? Peres? BARAK? BIBI?????
I don't expect anyone who isn't an Israeli and knows those guys and their history here to understand, but really, thanks, that made me laugh harder than I have for a long time...

3:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The down fall of US is about to begin. "The beginning of the end"

4:45 AM  
Blogger Rick said...

lilu, I am not suggesting a conspiracy. I am suggesting a lack of wisdom on the part of Israel that made them succumb to the manipulation of the Hezbollah.

The evidence for this is all over the battlefields.

4:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

LETTER FROM RALPH NADER
TO PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH

July 17, 2006

Dear President Bush:

You have been a weak president, despite your strutting and barking, when it comes to doing the right things for the American people within the Constitution and its rule of law. This trait is now in bold relief over the Israeli government's escalating war crimes pulverizing the defenseless people and country of Lebanon.

With systematic efficiency, the Israeli government has already destroyed innocent homes and basic public facilities--ports, airports, highways, bridges, power stations--which are critical to delivery of food, medicines, health care, ambulances, water and other essentials for a civilian population. This bombardment, by U.S. made bombers, military vehicles, ships and missiles with American taxpayer subsidies, places an inescapable responsibility upon your shoulders which does not mix with your usual vacuous messianic rigidity.

As the leading player in official Washington's puppet show, it is time for you to assert the interests of the American people and those of the broad Israeli and Palestinian peace movements, by standing up to the puppeteers. For without this conflict, Hezbollah would not be in today's news.

The time has come for you to return to Texas for a private meeting with your father, his former national security advisor, Brent Scowcroft and his former Secretary of State, James Baker. You need to say to them 'I can't trust my advisors anymore; there have been so many tragic blunders. What do you advise me to do about the destruction of a friendly nation by the world's fifth most powerful military?'

Here is what I think they should say to you:

1. Take personal command of an immediate rescue effort for the tens of thousands of Americans trapped in Lebanon by Israel's calculated blocking of air, land and sea escape routes. You've said the safety of Americans is your top priority. Prove it by using the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Navy facilities to immediately evacuate all our people desperate to escape the terrorization of Lebanon.

2. You have been so docile and permissive to Israeli demands that any modest deviation from this posture will make your next move credible. Announce that you are sending two prominent negotiators--perhaps James Baker (Republican) and former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell (Democrat) to Israel and Lebanon to arrange for a cease fire between the combatants.

Announced at a televised White House news conference with your two envoys, you can punctuate your seriousness by raising the questions of violations of the Arms Export Control Act and the Foreign Assistance Act. Using U.S. supplied weapon systems to commit civilian atrocities on homes and fleeing vehicles with children and to inflict collective punishment on mass civilian populations are not using these weapons for legitimate self-defense and internal policing, as our federal law requires. Israeli planes have even fire-bombed wheat silos and gasoline stations in Lebanon. More mayhem is on the way.

3. Stop acting like an impulsive, out-of-control West Texas Sheriff and start reading, thinking and listening for a change. When Israel, Britain and France violated international treaties against aggression in 1956, and invaded the Suez Canal, President Dwight Eisenhower used his influence to make them withdraw from Egypt.

In 1982, following a year without any PLO skirmishes over the Lebanese-Israeli border, Israeli armed forces invaded Lebanon anyway. They created a path of destruction all the way to Beirut and militarily occupied south Lebanon for 18 years before they withdrew, except for retaining Shebaa Farms. In 1982, the New York Times reported "indiscriminate bombing" of Beirut by Israeli planes. At least 20,000 Lebanese civilians lost their lives in that invasion and many more were injured. From that conflict Hezbollah was born, composed of many people whose relatives were casualties in that illegal invasion.

History, George, does not start two weeks or two months ago. You must read about past U.S. Presidents who, at least, sent high-level emissaries to quell similar border fighting. It worked and prisoners were often exchanged.

You are doing and saying nothing about what the rest of the world believes is a hugely disproportionate attack against innocent adults and children in violation of the Geneva Conventions, the UN Charter and other treaties and federal statutes. You've sworn to uphold these laws. Do so. Because of the Israeli government's overwhelming military power, the imbalance of terror against civilians and their property has always been to its advantage. As has its occupation of Palestine and confiscation of land and water sources.

4. You can't take sides and be an honest broker. Just about all our knowledgeable retired military, diplomatic and intelligence officials believe resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is the key to deflating other agitations in the region. Freedom and justice for the Palestinian state and security and stability for the Israeli state must both be achieved.

You have turned your back on the courageous and prominent Israeli peace movement which normally reflects the positions of half of the Israeli population. You've never met with any of its leaders - even those in the Knesset or former officials in the military, intelligence and Justice Ministries. Hundreds of reserve combat officers and soldiers of the IDF have refused, in their words, "to fight beyond the 1967 borders to dominate, expel, starve and humiliate an entire population." They pledged only to fight for Israel's legitimate defense. (www.seruv.org.il/defaulteng.asp)

5. Once in a while, ask your aides for a sample of Israeli opinion that rejects the notion that there can be a military solution to this conflict, despite the military imbalance. For example, reports and editorials in Haaretz, arguably the most respected newspaper in Israel, would educate your judgment. In a recent editorial, Haaretz argued that the present Israeli government has "lost its reason" through the brutal incarceration, devastation and deprivation of innocent people in Gaza.

In another Haaretz commentary dated July 16th, Gideon Levy writes:

In Gaza, a soldier is abducted from the army of a state that frequently abducts civilians from their homes and locks them up for years without a trial - but only we're allowed to do that. And only we're allowed to bomb civilian population centers.

6. One final bit of advice could come from Papa Bush's circle. If the Israeli army decides to invade Lebanon with troops, your support of the aggression can possibly unleash a domino of warring actions and reactions over there. As is it, Americans are increasingly fed up with the Iraq quagmire.

Moreover, we know they don't like many of your domestic policies favoring the wealthy, the post-Katrina debacle, exporting jobs, and among our conservative base, your enormous deficits. So our Republican Party's control of government is at stake in November. Don't you have your hands full with Iraq whose invasion we all urged you to avoid in 2003?

5:42 AM  
Blogger Abu Kareem said...

Interesting article. I am not sure that Masden's collection of facts about who met who amounts to proof. However, it seems clear that this scenario was in the minds of the Neocons for several years now. See my earlier post, Was Lebanon's Destruction Preordained? (http://levantdream.blogspot.com/2006/07/was-lebanons-destruction-preordained.html#links)

6:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm reading a book right now describing the differences between two, how should I say, "times" or writings of Islam. Being new to Islam like most people, I'm trying to get a better understanding (rather than just talking out my ass like some people) so I have a question. The book I'm reading talks of two sections (so to speak) of the Quran. I believe they're called "suras".
The book reveals interesting studies about the Mecca suras and the Medina suras, the people that follow the prophets earlier Mecca suras are the more toned down and peaceful followers, where as the "radicals" (that most people are so easy to tag), tend to follow the later Medina suras. So really, the difference between moderate and the radical Islam is merely a matter of emphasis, accepting or avoiding those suras that accommodate one's experience in society.

My question is am I reading a good book? Is it factual or just a load of crap? It's not a biased book so far, but I don't want to attribute my education to false writings.

7:52 AM  
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7:40 PM  
Blogger Lilu said...

oh I wasn't responding to you, rick, just to the article - anyhow lack of wisdom is right, no denial there. it's just the thought of shernasky and bibi (and jees, BARAK and PERES..) as any kind of behind-the-scenes-deeply-involved was so hilarious to me.. It's no use explaining, it's one of those had-to-be-there situations..

7:42 PM  
Anonymous BlogWatch said...

Too bad Nader didn't include all the Israeli people have to go through because of Lebanon's indifference to the Hezbollah presence in the south. Of course Israel bombed ports and airports and bridges. The rockets from Syria and Iran don't just appear from nowhere. There is a route that it takes to get them to Hezbollah's outposts. 10,000 rockets are enough. No need to allow another 10,000 while this operation is going on. Nader can stop crying over what Israel is doing and instead focus on what is really happening. and that is Hezbollah using the Lebanese people. Simple as that.

Here's just SOME of HEzbollah's beautiful past:

Hezbollah is believed by the United States and some other countries’ intelligence agencies to have kidnapped and tortured to death U.S. Marine Colonel William R. Higgins and the CIA station chief in Beirut, William Francis Buckley,[26] and to have kidnapped around 30 other Westerners between 1982 and 1992, including U.S. journalist Terry Anderson, British journalist John McCarthy, the Archbishop of Canterbury's special envoy Terry Waite and Irish citizen Brian Keenan.[27] Hezbollah was accused by the US government of being responsible for the April 1983 bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Beirut that killed 63; of being behind the 1983 Beirut barracks bombing, a suicide truck bombing that killed 241 U.S. marines in their barracks in Beirut in October 1983; of bombing the replacement U.S. Embassy in East Beirut on September 20, 1984, killing 20 Lebanese and two U.S. soldiers; and of carrying out the 1985 hijacking of TWA Flight 847 en route from Athens to Rome. These accusations are denied by Hezbollah.[28]

The U.S. claims Hezbollah carried out two terrorist attacks in Argentina during the early 1990s: the 1992 Israeli embassy bombing in Buenos Aires, killing 29 people, and the bombing of a Jewish community center there, killing 85.[29][30] Hezbollah denies these claims.[31][32]
On July 26, 1994, eight days after the community center bombing, the Israeli Embassy in London was car bombed by two Palestinians. The United Kingdom, Israel and Argentina blamed Hezbollah for the attack.[33]
On October 7, 2000, Hezbollah abducted three IDF soldiers from the Mt. Dov sector: Adi Avitan, Omer Soued and Binyamin Avraham .[34]
On October 16, 2000, Hezbollah announced the kidnapping of Elchanan Tannenbaum, an Israeli businessman.
On March 12, 2002, in a Hezbollah shooting attack on the Shelomi-Metzuba route in northern Israel, six Israelis civilians were killed.[35]
On August 10, 2003, a 16 year old Israeli boy was killed by shrapnel from an anti-aircraft shell fired by Hezbollah, and four others were wounded. [36]
On April 7, 2005, Two Israeli Arabs from the village Ghajar near the Israel-Lebanon border were abducted by Hezbollah operatives. They were later released. [37]

Suicide attacks
Hezbollah is reputed to have been among the first Islamic resistance groups to use tactical suicide bombing in the Middle East, and early bombings attributed to the group (e.g. the 1983 Beirut barracks bombing) inspired other militant extremist groups to adopt the tactic for their own purposes. The Palestinian Sunni group Hamas is perhaps the most well-known of these copycats, and while Hezbollah has largely ended its own suicide bombing campaign, some claim[citation needed] it continues to help Hamas in planning and training for suicide missions to this day.

According to Robert Pape’s Dying to Win,[38] Hezbollah conducted three distinct suicide bombing campaigns against forces it deemed to be occupying Lebanon:

1983–1984: 5 acts against the US and France,[38] including these specific acts:
April 18, 1983: U.S. embassy bombing in Beirut.
October 23, 1983: Beirut barracks bombing, targeting French soldiers and U.S. Marines;[38] responsibility for this is disputed (see 1983 Beirut barracks bombing).
1982–1985: 11 acts against Israel.[38]
1985–1986: 20 acts against Israel and the South Lebanon Army.[38]
In addition to these campaigns, Pape documents six other isolated suicide attacks taken by Hezbollah between 1985 and 1999.

4:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Blogwatch,

most of these occurences are not facts just accusations. Most of the time, Hizbollah takes responsibilities for its 'missions'. And saying that the U.S. accused them of these things is hardly credible. They have done many horrible things, but what Israel is doing now surpasses all of that.

Lilu, although people may label these as conspiracy theories, one should never be naive and disregard people's capabilities for evil. One should never ask why but instead ask why not. People are capable of doing many evil things that us, as moderate human beings, could not even imagine. However, things like this do happen, and the recent events seem too coincidental to be accidents. No one to look at or hear Pres. Bush speak would ever think him capable of starting wars because he is so stupid, but he has done so in the past. His presidencey is marked by more scandal than any presidency in quite a long time.

Conspiracy theory or not, anything is possible.

8:10 AM  
Anonymous BlogWatch said...

anon:

Hezbollah targeting civilians in countries other than Israel.... hmmm.... their fight against the "occupation" has WHAT to do with Argentina?

9:24 AM  

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