Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Blockade Slowly Evaporating

It seems that the Israeli blockade is slowly evaporating as the first airline landed in Rafik Hariri International Airport on Monday without flying via Amman for security checks and that a commercial shipment from China delivered gantry cranes to Beirut Port on Tuesday (pictured above). The airline, a Qatar Airways flight, was the first to land in Beirut non-stop from Doha since the IAF bombed the country's only international runways and was carrying some 140 passengers on board. On the other hand, the commercial shipment brought in brand new gantry cranes to help alleviate the growing contrainer traffic at Beirut Port (at least before the hostilities).
The appeasment to the blockade was confirmed Tuesday by Annan who stated that it should be lifted within 48 hours. However, Israel said that it will do so when it was sure Beirut was enforcing an arms embargo against Hizbullah. Lebanese officials responded that it has decided to ask UNIFIL to help the Lebanese navy patrol the country's territorial waters and monitor the Beirut airport only after Israel ends its air and sea blockade.
Well to me it still sounds like a whole lot of a mess. Just lift the blockade, there will be no arms shipments coming via sea or air either from Europe or the GCC. And UNIFIL will guarantee the arms embargo in Lebanon.

41 Comments:

Blogger SnoopyTheGoon said...

"Just lift the blockade, there will be no arms shipments coming via sea or air either from Europe or the GCC. And UNIFIL will guarantee the arms embargo in Lebanon."

And how do we know that UNIFIL is willing (not to mention able) to do this, mrtez?

Formally, Annan was quite clear on the subject - UNIFIL will not cover the Syria/Lebanon border, and so far there is no arrangement to patrol the waterways.

On the other hand, there are lots of sources claiming that Hezbollah is doing everything to refill its stocks...

3:25 PM  
Blogger M2Timechange said...

Let Hezbollah refill its stocks, let it be, let it be

The war is not over yet
South Lebanon will be flattened if there is no resistance from Hezbollah

3:45 PM  
Blogger Sam said...

Let it be flattned once and for all, support terrorist face the music. We all choose our path and we can't blame anyone but ourselves for the results. Leb is hell bent on supporting HZ and other terrorist organizations. The only ones to truly suffer will be the Lebs. So let them re-arm and let the fighting start over again. Who really looses anway?

6:47 PM  
Blogger Doc said...

let it be known that sam knows nothing of the history and social conditions of lebanon.

the world does not function in a vacuum.

"Leb is hell bent on supporting HZ and other terrorist organizations"--Dude, where do you get your facts from? hhahaha.

HZ are terrorists just as much as the US and Israel are.

8:02 PM  
Blogger Sam said...

So how long until you people blame this on the Jews?

BEIRUT, Lebanon - A remote-controlled bomb wounded a senior police intelligence officer Tuesday and killed four aides and bodyguards in south Lebanon in an apparent assassination attempt, security officials said.

Lt. Col. Samir Shehade, who played a key role in investigating the slaying of a former Lebanese prime minister, was taken to the Hammoud hospital in Sidon, and hospital officials said his condition was stable.

The four dead were Shehade's aides and bodyguards, and another five were wounded in the attack, which occurred as Shehade's two-vehicle police convoy drove by the village of Rmaile, near the southern port city of Sidon.

Interior Minister Ahmed Fatfat told the Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation that the blast was caused by a roadside bomb loaded with nails. He said it targeted the car normally driven by Shehade, who was traveling in the other vehicle at the time.

Fatfat did not say who might have been behind the attack but said it could have been aimed at Lebanese security forces, who are deploying to south Lebanon under a U.N.-brokered cease-fire deal that ended a month of fighting between Israel and Hezbollah guerrillas Aug. 14.

Lebanese army troops are supposed to deploy in the south with a beefed-up U.N. peacekeeping force as Israeli troops withdraw.

The roadside bomb was detonated by remote control as the convoy traveled on a highway between two bridges, said security officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the press. Two of his bodyguards, Chief Sgt. Wissam Harb and Chief Sgt. Chehab Aoun, were killed. Two others later died of their wounds at a hospital.

Shehade's convoy was riddled with shrapnel and TV footage showed at least one bloodied man slumped on his seat in one of the cars. Police sealed off the area and began an investigation.

9:24 PM  
Blogger Sam said...

Doc leave then, stop drawing on our welfare system to support you and your spawn and go back there please. Go be with the perfect people you love so much. We suck so bad here. go be gone or shut the fuck up. Your a woman that is a sleeper terrorist so you can't.

9:26 PM  
Blogger HCB said...

Doc - remember the post about the "Ultimate Mission to Israel?" A large part of its cost was advertised as a "tax deductible donation."

I wrote to my congressman about it and asked if the "required donation" really is deductible. Here's the answer I received today:

"Thank you for contacting me to express your concerns regarding tax-deductible donations to the Shurat HaDin Israel Law Center to defray costs of individuals participating in the "Ultimate Mission to Israel." I appreciate learning of your opposition to taxpayers subsidizing this travel."

"In order to better address your concerns, I have contacted the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) anonymously on your behalf. This agency should be able to respond to your concerns and questions specifically. Once I receive a response, I will forward it to you immediately."

My Republican representative goes on to explain how he will also talk to his colleagues about appopriate legislation concerning tax deductions for this type thing.

9:49 PM  
Blogger Bash said...

DOWN with the FEQUING blockade!

10:22 PM  
Blogger Sam said...

Sure sure Howard, I'm sure they did respond to you...... Post it on your little blog. Oh wait, Lies and more lies.

Keep the blockade up now and forever, don't let anything the Israeli's or American don't deem to be safe into the terrorist stronghold called Leb. Strangle the beast called Leb.

10:44 PM  
Blogger Doc said...

Thanks HCB for the update. I doubt you will hear anything back from the IRS in less than 1 yr or so :)

11:06 PM  
Blogger Doc said...

Sam seems unable to differentiate between our critique of policy and that of people affected by that policy.

The blockade will be lifted soon.

11:11 PM  
Blogger Sam said...

Doc do your knees still hurt?

11:14 PM  
Blogger Doc said...

yes, Sam, they do as i was praying all day for God to give you some intelligent thoughts.

11:21 PM  
Blogger M2Timechange said...

Doc, I have to wait for the dust to settle. I have never been to Middle East, most probably, I shall make a trip to Lebanon sometimes in March next year.

11:24 PM  
Blogger Sam said...

I figured as much, stop praying for me. Pray for the ones who need it, I'm doing just fine thanks.

11:24 PM  
Blogger Doc said...

great m2timechange, you must make a visit to lebanon...it will be an enriching and eye-opening experience. completely different from what you see on the news, believe me. best wishes.

11:27 PM  
Blogger Sam said...

Here's more neat news coming from the country that will one day soon run Lebanon. I hope you liked your freedom, this will be your new ruler. Have fun with him, you guys love him so much.

Posted from AP 9-05-2006

Iran's leader calls for purge of liberal professors
Ahmadinejad says 'change has begun' to staffing in country's universities

Updated: 3:17 a.m. PT Sept 5, 2006
TEHRAN, Iran - Iran's hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called Tuesday for a purge of liberal and secular teachers from the country's universities, the official Islamic Republic News Agency reported in another step back to 1980s-style radicalism.

"Today, students should shout at the president and ask why liberal and secular university lecturers are present in the universities," the agency quoted Ahmadinejad as saying during a meeting with a group of students.

Ahmadinejad complained that changes in the country's universities were difficult to accomplish and that the country's educational system had been affected by secularism for the last 150 years, but said "such a change has begun."

Earlier this year, Iran retired dozens of liberal university professors and teachers. And last November, Ahmadinejad's administration for the first time named a cleric to head the country's oldest university in Tehran amid protests by students over the appointment.

The developments followed a campaign promise by Ahmadinejad for a more Islamic-oriented country. He took office last August.

Since then, Ahmadinejad also has been replacing pragmatic veterans in the government with former military commanders and inexperienced religious hard-liners.

Ahmadinejad's aim appears to be to install a new generation of rulers who will revive the fundamentalist goals pursued in the 1980s under the late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, father of the 1979 Islamic revolution in Iran.

In the early 1980s, shortly after the revolution, Iran sacked hundreds of liberal and leftist university teachers and students.

12:42 AM  
Blogger Doc said...

The Leb govt is doing everything it can to be independent of foreign influences. And if you knew a little something about Leb history and its social make-up(Sam, apparently of which you know nothing) then you would see our challenges.

Fuck Iran, fuck Syria, fuck Israel and fuck the US.

Independent Lebanon.

PS I am not talking about the people, you idiot.

1:46 AM  
Blogger Sam said...

So leave the States, you say f the country which is the poeple you bitch. Get out of here leave go there and whine with them. They will never be independent either. You new leader Pres Tom is just so happy he'll have open access to the Med via his new little country. Do you like the colors of you new flag? Well yours won't change, your in the USA but that of the land in which you love but not so much that you would actually live there. I SAY GO FUCK YOURSELF FIRST AND FOREMOST you Leb whore.

1:55 AM  
Blogger Doc said...

You are classy, Sam--really classy.

again, Sam you have no logic--le pauvre.

I never said i was not happy in the US, did I? I am talking about US policy relavent to the middle east. Why does your brain work only in reverse?

2:00 AM  
Blogger Sam said...

Doc said...
The Leb govt is doing everything it can to be independent of foreign influences. And if you knew a little something about Leb history and its social make-up(Sam, apparently of which you know nothing) then you would see our challenges.

Fuck Iran, fuck Syria, fuck Israel and fuck the US.

Really they're doing everything? They started to dissarm HZ? Nope! They blocked their boarders from outside influence? Nope

What have they done? Nothing, so I say as do you Doc said...
The Leb govt is doing everything it can to be independent of foreign influences. And if you knew a little something about Leb history and its social make-up(Sam, apparently of which you know nothing) then you would see our challenges.

Fuck Iran, fuck Syria, fuck HZ and shame on the US for not doing more to help our Israeli friends. See one sided, you nad Howard can say anything you like but as soon as someone says something back, WHAM the attack starts.

2:04 AM  
Blogger Sam said...

Sure your soscial makeup is a joke. You've allowed terrorists to run your country for years. It will never change, you're people will always support terror.

2:06 AM  
Blogger Doc said...

i am not attacking you. You dont understand shit about whats going on? What do you think would happen if we ran in their disarming HZ by force, esp now? Because you dont know shit about how they would react and what the consequences would be, you talk like that. How do you know we are not working on disarming them? If Israel couldnt do it by force, how the hell do you think we can follow the flawed Israeli logic.

Syria and Israel occupied Lebanon by force for years. I would certaintly consider them terrorists. Just because others play on our land, doesnt make Leb or HZ terrorists. Again, I want HZ go but doing it Israeli or US style is stupid because their policies are stupid. Simple.

Smarten up dude.

2:18 AM  
Blogger sarah mac said...

yes, it is a whole lot of mess, but at least efforts are being made to work towards progress. it's reassuring to hear that it's a concerted effort (by some) and not being tasked only to lebanon. it's a step in the right direction and will hopefully alleviate much of the humanitarian burden that the country is bearing at the expense of political policy.

7:12 AM  
Blogger susu said...

have u heard about the lebanese parliament and the protest. now i call that action

1:38 PM  
Blogger susu said...

sam what planet do u live on oh I know the me me me planet that does not give a damn about anyone but what u and ur country want! well no wonder terror and terrorists are making ur life difficult.by the way u blast everyone on this site just bcs they think it is time for a change that u cant or wont understand1

1:43 PM  
Blogger Sam said...

Every second we draw closer to 9/11 the more I'm reminded of why I want the Muslim world to disappear for good. There is no living in peace with them; it's there way or the high way. I watched a report in which the Japanese Americans during WWII stood strong and fought side by side with the Americans to beat their ancestors and relatives. They did this even with the treatment of families in interment camps. The Muslims have not stood with their fellow Americas during this time of need. They sit in the dark and say please don’t punish us for what a few do. Do they openly denounce the radicals, no. Do they protest against Islamic leaders that spread death and destruction of foreign governments, no. Do Muslims scream and cry when cartoons come out about their false god, yes. Do they do the same to other religions, yes.

So until the people of Islam denounce their holy warriors and radical leaders I will hate all of them as one. The scum religion of the earth is known as Islam and it’s followers are blind bastards needing to be wiped off the face of the earth.

7:18 PM  
Blogger Doc said...

what the hell are you talking about Sam. Are all Christians the same? Or all Jewish persons? You make the error of saying all muslims follow those crazy radical leaders, which is not the case. In fact, most promote peace.

You know nothing of Islam and what it means.

You know why I can say that?

Because, based on your bigotry and lies and hate that you show on this website, it appears that you know nothing of christianity. If you did, then you would understand what it means to be muslim.

What does Islam or any religion have to do with whats going on? Your Fox news station wants you to believe that--life is more complicated than that.

What about the holy christian crusades a long time ago? There is nothing fundamentally wrong with the religion, but rather the some of people who interpret that religion.

Get your head out of the OC sand and open your eyes. you're sad.

7:27 PM  
Blogger Sam said...

The crusades? Um ya they were wrong and we were un educated and a few ceturies older. This is modern time, well most muslims and arabs are still a the same educational level as were our ancestors in the 14th centruy. I guees they get to make thier mistakes now. Two wrongs make a right according to you? When radical Christians have done worng in MODERN times they have been punished, banashed and or sentenced to death. I will never stand by nor follow a terrorist or promte the actions that would harm innocent people. If any one in my church started to berate my government I would get up and leave, if they planned on attacking someone I would call the police in a heart beat.

The Lebs / Muslims don't do this, they turn a blind eye and continue to fund and support the leaders. All of this was evident the first day of the fighting when the Leb civilains took to the streets in support of HZ. they waved flags, honked horns and cheered that thier freedom fighters crossed the lines and killed some Jeews. They all ask for the treatment they get, then cry foul when Israel says no more and kicks ass.

8:06 PM  
Blogger Sam said...

The crusades? Um ya they were wrong and we were un educated and a few ceturies older. This is modern time, well most muslims and arabs are still a the same educational level as were our ancestors in the 14th centruy. I guees they get to make thier mistakes now. Two wrongs make a right according to you? When radical Christians have done worng in MODERN times they have been punished, banashed and or sentenced to death. I will never stand by nor follow a terrorist or promte the actions that would harm innocent people. If any one in my church started to berate my government I would get up and leave, if they planned on attacking someone I would call the police in a heart beat.

The Lebs / Muslims don't do this, they turn a blind eye and continue to fund and support the leaders. All of this was evident the first day of the fighting when the Leb civilains took to the streets in support of HZ. they waved flags, honked horns and cheered that thier freedom fighters crossed the lines and killed some Jeews. They all ask for the treatment they get, then cry foul when Israel says no more and kicks ass.

8:07 PM  
Blogger Sam said...

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8:07 PM  
Blogger Doc said...

The Lebs / Muslims don't do this?--again, you are wrong. Youre Fox news station shows you what it wants to show you.

Must we start with class again? The truth:
1) Not all Lebs are muslim--in fact 40% are not.
2) Not all muslims support HZ
3) Most Lebs want to get rid of HZ
4)Shia's honk and waive because it means they are hoping to get back their kidnapped civilians (by Israel).
5)Leb govt were working on ways to disarm HZ before the conflict. Israel screwed this up royally for us. In fact, HZ is more popular now. Shit.

You are right in that if anyone in my church promoted hate and killing I would get up and leave. Yes. So what the hell are the IDF doing? No wonder many Israelis are sick of their govt and oppose them for their war machines. The same in the US. You think people are happy with whats going on in Iraq? The US created that mess. Its not one-sided. Its happening with every group, every country, every religion, every political ideology.

You know that, though.

8:23 PM  
Blogger Rick said...

Well, Israel is finally set to announce the end of the blockade on Lebanon... how magnanimous of them.

9:21 PM  
Blogger Sam said...

Ya you're right as always Doc. Oh wait it wasn't either news channel. It was a chef show and it was being shot in Beirut.

I guess according to you the Jewish people can enslave the Egyptians for a thousand years based on your thought process or is it time they go Holocaustic on the Germans, Hungarians, Russians & Austrians. The Jewish people have not been as needy or whinny as the Leb’s. If all that would have happened to the Leb’s or Muslims, well the entire Middle East would be a “Martyr’s Square”.

10:55 PM  
Blogger Doc said...

what are you blabbing about again? The Lebanese only started to whine or protest after they were being slaughtered by the Israelis. Check your facts.

Islam has little to do with the current conflict. The US is making it to look that way. you're so misinformed, its sad.

11:15 PM  
Blogger Sam said...

After they started it!
The Muslims are very much behind this you dumb ass. God get a clue, you call me miss informed.

11:33 PM  
Blogger Doc said...

do you have short term memory or what. HZ did not start it, they triggered it. They have been at war for years, idiot. And Israel was the agressor and intruder, occupying the Leb land for 18 years. Idiot. HZ was never on Israeli land, nor did they attack first. You're really sad. Go read a book.

11:38 PM  
Blogger Sam said...

Oh triggered it..... They left 6 years ago and HZ / LEBs built up wanting a reason to start a fight. Your a one sided whore, thats all.

12:00 AM  
Blogger Sam said...

All Lebs are.

Thieves, liers criminals and whores.

12:00 AM  
Blogger Doc said...

now, youre being silly. because you know i am right, you revert to being unclassy and uncool.

mon dieu.

12:06 AM  
Blogger Sam said...

You are so far from being right. As long as you stay in this country and spew your hate I will do the same. You're a sad transplant, thank god I know so many useful people that came here and love it. You're a true minority but I still like the wetbacks more than the thieving Lebs.

12:20 AM  

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