Friday, September 22, 2006

Patrolling the Sea

These are other exclusive pictures from Beirut Live depicting the UNIFIL controlled EU-navy patrolling Lebanon's territorial sea as required under UN Resolution 1701. The pictures taken on 22 Sept. '06 at around 9 in the morning clearly show the navy stopping a cargo ship to check its contents before allowing it to dock at Beirut Port. The massive cargo ship might be more suspect than it looks as by 9h10 some three different military ships suddenly surrounded it. It is not clear which navy the military ship belongs to nor where the cargo ship originated from. (The third picture has lines in the middle of it due to a construction crane which was in the way).


Blogger Sam said...

BEIRUT, Lebanon (Reuters) -- Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah has appeared in public for the first time since a 34-day war with Israel despite Israeli threats to kill him.

Nasrallah waved at supporters at a giant rally in Beirut that he called to celebrate Hezbollah's "divine victory" in the war. He was expected to address the crowd of several hundred thousand later.

Organizers expect hundreds of thousands of people from across the country to attend the defiant evening rally in the Muslim Shiite southern suburbs, which were heavily bombed during the war.

Such a large turnout in a country of just four million would also mark a challenge to the coalition government of Prime Minister Fouad Siniora, which includes Hezbollah but is mostly opposed to the group's Syrian and Iranian alliances.

A Lebanese political source said Nasrallah would not let the risk of possible Israeli attack stop him from attending the rally.

"God was generous to us and granted us this victory against our enemy. He was generous to us and gave us Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah so we come here to celebrate with him," Hussein Kaddouh, 29, from the southern village of Yater, told Reuters.

"We are willing to respond to Sayyed Nasrallah's call with our blood, children and everything that we own."

Hundreds set out on foot on Thursday from Shiite villages in south Lebanon battered by Israel's bombardment and invasion.

The Beirut crowds carried pictures of Nasrallah and yellow Hezbollah flags with the message "Here we are Nasrallah."

Many wore yellow T-shirts and chanted pro-Hezbollah slogans. Some said they were there not only to celebrate but also in the hope of seeing the charismatic Nasrallah.

"I came to take a close-up glimpse of Sayyed. This is Lebanon's real independence day and we want to be with him," said Zahra Soueidan, from the southern village of Bayada.

5:53 PM  
Blogger Sam said...

I wouldn't be celebrating if over 1000 civilians were killed because of what I started or did.

Oh wait there all with Allah surrounded by masses of virgins..... Just what every child needs. Know I know how a martyr gets 70 plus virgins each. When you sacrifice the children as human shields the sick perverts that are in hell not heaven get fresh meat.

Islam is a joke, Muslims are a joke. These people celebrating are a joke, that’s the difference between the civilized world and the one that the Leb’s, Arabs & Muslims live in and love. Every Muslim death is just good old population control.

5:57 PM  
Blogger Sam said...

Nasrallah hails ‘divine victory’ over Israel
Hezbollah chief makes first appearance since war, vows group won’t disarm.

Hey I truley hope that every man woman and child that attended that rally and supports this guy dies a very painful meaningless death. He is a liar, as are the lebs. All of you deserve anythig that happens and so much more.

Burn in Hell Lebanon, I hope to see new wars on your soil soon.

8:57 PM  
Blogger Doc said...

sam, are you conversing with yourself? interesting.

9:41 PM  
Blogger Sam said...

Well dumbass as you can see your here. I know being a Leb yourself makes you dumb as shit but I think your responding to all psot. I can't really hold it against you, your a sack just like the rest of the Lebs who ask for death then cry when it comes.

9:56 PM  
Blogger Lilu said...

I see everyone's up to the same old stuff then...

I just wanted to wish everyone Shana Tova for Rosh Hashana and a fruitful Ramadan (if that's any sort of correct greeting, and I'm not missing any christian holidays starting now am I?)

May we all have a peaceful and hopeful year of rebuilding bridges, whether they be physical bridges or ones of friendship, communication and understanding...

Cheers :)

1:57 AM  
Blogger M2Timechange said...

Hi Lilu, I appreciated your greeting to all mankind.
Yes, differences have to be resolved in a fairly manner that benefits all parties. Learning, listening, understanding of other cultures and religion sincerely are the utmost important. It is the leader, society, grass root leaders, teacher’s responsibilities to nurture their people at very young age to make your dream come true. Assigning blame to a particular cultures and religion will not help us to solve the recurrence conflicts.

I am far away from Middle East, Europe and US but I do sympathize to the victims of the destruction regardless of their cultures and belief. We are all human being have the right to live in this planet and to be treated fairly as human being.

12:25 PM  
Blogger Bryansaid said...

M2Timechange said...

Where do you live, are you by chance from China? If so do you live in China now? How do you get around their spying to this blog? Just wondering, no disrespect meant.

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Blogger Rick said...

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5:53 AM  
Blogger Rick said...

I see I go away for a week, and the same old drivel is finding its way here. Hey Sam, here is a thoughtful piece... read it, look up whatever words you need to, and then offer a response without a single racist remark, if you can.

"The Single Greatest Sin of the Bush Administration"

(Editorial by Rick Olshak, from, please feel free to distribute with appropriate citation)

I just had the opportunity (between screeches from the kids) to watch "In God's Name," a CNN special with the Clinton Global Initiative. On the whole, I felt hope to be listening to people of different national, ethnic and religious affiliations talking collaboratively and with hope about being able to solve world conflicts that shroud themselves in perceived religious differences. Note the word "perceived"... these are not genuinely religious conflicts in most cases, but disputes over economic and political issues.

The tragedy, of course, in calling these religious conflicts is that they serve to alienate and polarize people of different faiths, or in some cases people within the same faith. This leads people to develop labels such as "Islamic Facists" and remove the need to utilize reason to find solutions that work for all sides. Instead, these terms help separate people and demean the opposition. In short, people can rest comfortably (and ignorantly) knowing that their side is "right" and the other side is "wrong."

The Bush Administration has survived for six years by being able to use simple terms (9/11, WMDs, "with us or against us", "Axis of Evil", "cut and run", Mission Accomplished, Islamic Fascism, and so on) to over-simplify what are genuinely complicated issues on our world. They have used these words and terms in order to be able to justify a lack of engagement with those that don't share the same world view that the Administration holds. This has helped the Bush Administration to be able to avoid discussions which require thought that has not been given, and the application of negotiating points that have never been developed.

This may work for George W. Bush and his cronies, but it has served as an incredible disservice to the rest of the world. During the Clinton years, we reached a general conclusion to the Northern Ireland crisis and made significant strides in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. During the 1990s, we saw Israel work collaboratively with many of its Arab neighbors on academic, social, and trade matters, helping these people begin to overcome an environment of distrust.

Since the beginning of the Bush years, we have suffered setback after setback. After the invasion of Afghanistan, the Bush Administration immediately went to work planning for the invasion of Iraq. Trite phrases and flawed intelligence led to what is now widely accepted as an illegal invasion of another nation. Our lack of understanding of the people of Iraq and our inability to anticipate military contingencies in order to utilize the appropriate number of troops, has led to a debacle in Iraq, which is now so in disarray that it will take many years and many lives to resolve. This tragedy has also served as an incredible recruiting tool for terrorists, only insuring that hatred of America and its interests will continue into the forseeable future.

A similar disaster has taken place in Lebanon, where the U.S. has taken a less active role but is no less culpable. The nation of Israel was attacked by Hezbollah (though I won't dredge up the entire history of this particular conflict). Rather than use diplomatic means and limited military intervention to settle this issue and preserve a greater regional peace, Israel invaded southern Lebanon. Worse, they engaged in indiscriminate bombing that resulted in the deaths of over a thousand civilians. The Bush Administration clearly supported Israel in their actions. Thus, U.S. offers to now "stand by Lebanon" tend to fall on deaf ears, and for good reason.

In the same area, both Israel and the U.S. now refuse to deal with elected Palestinian leaders because they are part of Hamas. The rationale for this is that Hamas does not recognize Israel's right to exist. But will this lack of engagement ever serve to influence Hamas' position? If it does, it will only enforce Hamas' current view.

Finally, the Bush Administration has refused to engage with the nation of Iran on the issue of nuclear technology (or any other issue for that matter). The Administration simply holds on to its mantra that Iran is a part of the "Axis of Evil" and that Iran must do as the U.S. says. Pleas from other nations (not only with Iran, but earlier with respect to Iraq) to engage in dialogue are treated with disdain, and the constant argument is pushed by the Administration that appeasement and future conflict will be the only result of negotiations. This represents the "enlightened" position of the United States of America.

When you stop and consider these facts, is it not understandable that when a punk like Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez stands at the United Nations calling Bush a "devil," his remarks are met with applause? We have emboldened such radical elements to come out against us and find a following because we are completely inept when it comes to bridging political differences.

I find it very interesting that during the Reagan Era most conservatives wished to invest in South Africa, over the protests of many liberals. The reasoning of the conservatives was that by engaging in business with the nation, dialogue would ensue that would make political change possible. Looking back, these people were quite right. The result in South Africa serves as a wonderful example of influencing politics through engagement.

Why then does that same approach not work when dealing with Iraq? With Iran? Why is it that as I write this commentary, American troops are preparing to depart for the Persian Gulf, for what is widely believed to be an attack against Iran that has already been decided upon? Why is it that whenever another nation does not agree with us, we either threaten to bomb them back into the Stone Age (a la Pakistan) or we actually do it? Why does the Bush Administration delude itself into believing that military solutions are lasting solutions that will make people either like or respect the United States?

The damage done in the past six years, and the damage that could still be done in the next two, is staggering. It could quite literally take decades to repair the damage being caused by this one President. And that assumes that the American public would vote for candidates that will contribute to the solution rather than the problem. Unfortunately the American public does not seem capable of offering any guarantees in this regard.

More likely, we will see a step forward and two steps back, rather than make consistent progress. The ultimate result of our approach is not pretty. It will serve to only promote radicalism. Moderates in the Islamic world will disappear as quickly as the middle class is disappearing in America. Imagine such a future. Imagine that the government of Pakistan will ultimately be deposed and radical elements will have a shortcut to nuclear weapons. Imagine that the next act of terrorists may well be the nuclear destruction of a city in Israel, Britain, or in the United States. Imagine that the Saudi government will be overthrown and the price of oil increased to a point where it breaks the American economy. And don't look to Venezuela for help... we already know what their leader thinks of our government.

In the shorter term, it is not difficult to imagine that our impending attack in Iran will have dire consequences. Our naval forces will be attacked, and it is very difficult to protect ships. Many American sailors may be killed. We have more than 100,000 troops in Iraq who are more than vulnerable to missile and troop attacks from Iran, not to mention the massive protests and suicide attacks that will likely break out in Iraq when we strike Iran. Even more members of the Army and Marine Corps, the services that have borne the brunt of service in Iraq, are likely to be lost. And it is not a stretch to think that an attack on Iran will result in terrorists destroying oil production facilities in order to destablize moderate Arab governments and hurt the American eceonomy.

It is far easier to imagine these outcomes than it is to imagine a world in which the Bush Doctrine of "bomb it and ignore questions later" results in the resolution of conflicts and the creation of respect for America. It is easier to imagine these outcomes than it is to imagine a world in which terrorists are discouraged to attack because of the threat of the U.S. military. More likely, we will only serve to draw recruits to radical and terrorist movements, ultimately resulting in the loss of many more lives.

And all of this is taking place because of George Bush and those around him who share his tunnel vision views. All of this is taking place not because Bush and his cronies are stupid, or because they have some malicious anti-American intent. This is all taking place because the of the greatest sin of the Bush administration... arrogance.

For more information on the Clinton Global Initiative, visit:

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5:57 AM  
Blogger HCB said...

Well said, Rick.

Here's a book I recommend for a better understanding of the situation. 1953 is ancient history to many but that is a key year in the mideast. I'm going to bet no one in the Bush administration has read this:

Confronting Iran: The Failure of American Foreign Policy And the Next Great Crisis in the Middle East by Ali M. Ansari

5:04 PM  
Blogger M2Timechange said...


I am living in a multi-religious country in South East Asia. It’s about 7 hour flight from my home town to Beijing. Majority of the people of my country originated from China. The government maintain racial harmony and has been emphasized in all aspect of society, including education system, military and housing. Our airport was rated as the world’s best airport in 2006 by Skytrex.

The rest you have to do research on your own.

What separated us is that, I love to read, learn, listen other’s point of views that are different from my culture and religious belief. In so doing, it shall enable me to understand others better without giving any prejudice remarks or whatsoever.

rick, thanks for the articles

Mrtez, hcb, rick dock & others.

Something hidden
Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Jeffrey Blankfort interview (a MUST read)

Tel-Aviv and Washington are linked in the Middle East. That's a fact. But the importance of this link in Washington's colonial politics is being debated in the anti-imperialist movement. For the US, Jewish, anti-Zionist journalist Jeffrey Blankfort, Israeli influence is central to US policy and the anti-war movement has failed because of its inability to understand the importance of this lobby. Having developed a radical approach to this question, going so far as to deny the energy factor in the war in Iraq, Mr. Blankfort nonetheless opens interesting paths on Zionist influence in the United States. We reproduce an interview he gave to journalist Silvia Cattori.

Jeffrey Blankfort is a US journalist and producer of radio programs on KPOO in San Francisco and KZYX in Mendocino, in Northern California, and was formerly at KPFT/Pacifica in Houston, until they purged the political programming to better lull their listeners to sleep with music. Engaged in the political fight in favor of the Palestinians and for the creation of one binational state in Palestine since the 70s, he has become one of the favorite targets of US Zionists while also attracting the animosity of a part of the US left grouped around Noam Chomsky, who reproaches Blankfort for his "lobby obsession". He was editor of the Middle East Labor Bulletin and co-founder of the Labor Committee of the Middle East. Also, he was a founding member of the November 29 Coalition on Palestine.


7:03 PM  
Blogger HCB said...

m2 - I've always heard good things about Singapore with the exception being the very authoritarian government.

Sometimes my imagination takes me to that area of the world in the 20's and 30's. And there I sit - in Raffles in Singapore waiting the seaplane to Saigon where I will stay at the Caravelle. Lots of intrigue in a beautiful place.

7:55 PM  
Blogger M2Timechange said...

Hcb, thanks, you are fast, I should not mentioned our airport world best airport in 2006. We can say our government a very authoritarian, but they accepted feed back from the people and make changes there and then. We do have religious harmony meet 4 to 5 times a year organized by Ministry of Home Affairs. Yes the government is quite strict matters pertaining racial and religious matters. No one is allowed to spread negative comments on other religious belief, you will be charged in court for that matter. We respect one another regardless of cultures, religious belief, status and position. We have good relation with foreign countries such as US, Europe, Latin America, Middle East, Asia and Africa. Lately, we managed to secure new businesses with Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Oman and Kuwait. It is our government policies that one must be equipped with high E.Q (Emotional Quotient), understanding of other’s religious belief and cultures before one can be a Member of Parliament and minister. The government will not hesitate to penalize any one regardless of their nationality if one committed offence in our country. I do not have to mention the recent case.

Overall, I am quite happy with their administration and they are indeed very efficient.
By the way, I saw Paul Wolfwitz last week at Suntec City.

8:42 PM  

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