Friday, July 14, 2006

Israel Rolls Up Sleeves to Hit Damascus

I am actually on holiday and I have intentionally made limited access to technology, however a war has just started in my neighborhood. I felt there is a need to write. However as I mentioned in my previous blog, I will be back to regular blogging, emailing late next week.

I am not going to write about the sequence of events and how crazy to kill the civilians, I will leave that to the human rights organizations and other political parties concerned.

What I am going to write might annoy many of my readers but this is how I am seeing what is happening.

The truth is that Syria is the only country meant by Israeli war. Lebanon is the scapegoat and the prelude to the escalation that will lead at the end to hitting Syria. I hope I am wrong.

Syria’s regime has always played its cards under the table while maintaining other players on the stage to act on its behalf. The sole defender, protector and creator of the failure that’s called pan-Arabism is Syria. The project that has brought despotism, dictatorship and failed regimes to rule in the Middle East was created by this fascist regime. Time for a confrontation…

The true axes of pan-Arabism were Iraq and Egypt and Currently Syria. After the fall of Saddam Hussein, Iraq was liberated from the despotism of the project of the Pan-Arabism. Egypt, though during the past 25 years under President Honsi Mubarak was the sole defender of Syria, was saved when President Anwar Sadat signed a peace treaty that protected and stopped the bloodshed. Syria is the only regime that is maintaining the corruption and the hatred embedded in this project.

Syria has maintained strong grip on Lebanon to suck its money economically and sheltered Hizbullah figures and leaderships. Syria had never worked towards a path that should lead to peace and prosperity for its people or the neighnbouring countries. Terrorists are inflitrating to Iraq through Syria. Car bombs are exploding in Lebanon killing key figures by the Syrian intelligence as investigation reports hinted.

After the declaration of the plans for the greater Middle East, the United States made its to way Iraq and pulled Saddam Hussein from a hole in the ground. However, the United States did not plan on grabbing every dictator in the Middle East from a hole in the ground. Israel assumed an inactive role since the war on terrorism has started. It was inactive until few days. However, I always thought Israel will play its role with Syria sooner or later. The day has come. Israel p now plans to hit Damascus. The escalation is intentional. Arabs’ lack of long term strategy will help Israel play its role.

Along the history, it is well known that the Middle East was not handed from one empire to another except at least with the fall of two capitals; Baghdad was one and Damascus is coming!
The Arab propaganda media machines have already started beating the drums, glorifying the might of Hizbullah and Hamas, calling them a resistance. Well, let the Arab media play the people as usual. I am not surprised. Let’s not Aljazeera channel when it was airing the Iraqi Information minister Al Sahhaf who was saying lies all the time about how they are stopping the US army until cameras showed the US troops behind his back asking him to surrender. Dictator regimes/leaders are capable of creating out of reality heroes. That’s the only thing they can do to their people. Israel is a nuclear country. Hizbullah army is not self-sufficient. Hamas government could not pay the salaries and had to beg for money from the EU and Arab Gulf rich countries.

I am afraid Israel will finish its job regardless of who says what. The decision has been taken.

The Lebanese and the Palestinian peoples will be paying a dear price for all the failures of the leadership to establish a decent life for them. The world has started to show zero tolerance for acts that cannot interpreted by the human logic, like suicide bombing or kidnappings which are the only means that groups like Hamas and Hizbullah use to fight their enemies.

I am bitterly realistic because of the horrific nightmare that the peoples of the region are living right now.

I am afraid the Middle East region will continue to be on the roller coaster, I do not know until when…...


At 12:08 AM, Anonymous Steve said...

May God spare the innocent people of Lebanon and exact justice on those evil men who are so eager to spill blood while hiding behind the skirts of women and children in Lebanon. The silver lining in this dark cloud would be if Hezbollah and their Iranian and Syrian puppet masters were forced to leave Lebanon like dogs with their tails between their legs. We can only pray and hope.

At 2:07 AM, Anonymous al said...

it does not like Hezbollah is loosing, they are gaining ground and may be it is too late to attack? May be it had to be preventively not waiting until they will attack?

At 6:10 AM, Blogger Yazan said...

The sole defender, protector and creator of the failure that’s called pan-Arabism is Syria.

Regardless of my sentiments towards this regime, this is total ignorance to modern History, because, its well known that before Nasser 58, syria never had a real dictatorship, even the coup de etat through out the 1949-1954 were not as gripped as nasser is now and the main thing for them was the public approval.
Nasser is he who started the dictatorship era, the pan-arabist dictatorship in the Arab world. probably thats why he's made enemies with syria's most prominent figures at that time, Khaled al-Azm just for one, who was the prime minister when the "coup" or what people call unity with egypt took place, was prosecuted and fled to Lebanon.

On to whats happening now,
I'm not saying that lebanon deserves this, its disgusting show of force obviously.
but the lebanese had free elections for the first time in 30 years, what did they do?? they elected the SAME faces, the warlords, the sectarian leaders, and hizbulla, thats disgusting. they want these people to lead their country?? again, towards war??

everyone's so fucking jubilant "Yay, they're gonna bomb damascus" thinking that its not enough what syrians already suffer, and suffocate with the grip of this regime.

if the US, France wanted to a regime change they wouldve had one 5 years ago when hafez was dead, when the syrian opposition tried to make a stand and when the whole world set up watching as Bashar nailed them one by one, or all throuh the years when Clinton was kissing Hafez's ass for a meeting in Geneva to give him yet another peace plan.

At 11:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


I find it disconcerting that you've decided to side-step the crucial issue of the human sufferring that Israel impuniously pours upon the innocent civilians of Gaza, Palestine, and then Lebanon.

I'd like to think that this is an oversight on your part.

Yes, the analysis that Hizbullah has acted provocatively and in a foolhardy manner stands.

*However* what about the underlying problem?
Why is one Security Council Resoultion being stressed - as regards disarming of Lebanese militias, whereas countless others are being ignored - regarding Israeli occupied territory in Syria and Palestine?

Why are France and Russia the only Security Council members that are voicing their dissatisfaction with the killing and maiming of innocents?

To overstate the obvious the Security Council is biased and amoral and only serves to exacerbate injustice and popular resentment - which can only lead to more resentment, hatred and bloodshed.

At 1:56 PM, Blogger Mojoski said...

The idea that Israel has purposefully killed any innocent people in Lebannon is laughable. If Israel wanted to kill innocent civillians in Lebanon then the streets of Beirut would be littered with the smoldering corpses of hundreds of thousands. They certainly have the means, if that had been their goal. The facts are far from that reality.

The sad fact is that when the people of Lebanon decided to allow the terrorists of Hezballah to live in their midst, and they decided that their military and political institutions would not only allow Hezballah to live there, but even become a part of that government, they then decided that they will let their lives and economy be based on the same infrastructure that supports Hezballah. When Israel destroys that infrastructure in response to attacks by Hezballah, then the people will be impacted as well. That does not, however, mean that Israel destroyed that infrastructure just to punish innocent Lebanese.

I hope and pray that the innocent people of Lebanon will remove the scales from their eyes and rise up to fight Hezballah and rid Lebanon one and for all of these evil terrorist and Syrian/Iranian proxies. Only then will the people of Lebanon know real peace and freedom. As long as they allow the terrorists to live among them unmolested, the will find themselves right back in this same sad place again.

God bless the innocent people of Lebanon and God speed to the brave men and women of the IDF.

At 4:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The IDF's reputation speaks for itself.

It has consistently shown a complete disregard for the law of armed conflict and the most basic tenets of humanitarian interaction.

Or was Sabra and Shatila staged?

At 12:29 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Iran, Syria, Palestine and Hezbollah all count on Arab culture on the victim status.
That is ignore completely the tactics of using human shields, using mosques, hospitals, schools and civilian areas PURPOSEly as bases of operation, then count on the civilized world to take pity when civilians are killed and hope and pray that the left will ignore the evilness of this tactic and blame those that are attacked.

Arabs and Moslems wink wink and nod nod and do nothing about madrassas that call and create terrorists, under guise of islam.

In this latest actons, Israel after being attacked for years and having the west hold their hands, and having hamas and hezbollah use our our theory of democracy to get elected then use that against us and continue to support terrorism defines their tactic.

This latest episode shows that the west , well anyone that can do anything are now fully aware of the tactic, and on this case decided no we won;t hold ISraels hand, and let them use the only thing arabs and moslems understand, overwhelming force.

Those women and children Hamads and Hezbollah hide behind, noit western deaths, Hmasa and Hezbollah deaths.

The non action of moslems and arabs to reign in militants has gone on long enough, their survivla is coming fast to whether they act or not, if they decide not to act, then their choice to not act, and allow terrorists to use them is their own bad decision and when terrorists act, there will be reaction and the terrorists threat is large enough that the human shileds value is less than the threat.

If the arab mentality is that targeting terrorists that embed themselves around civilians is acceptable, then the targets and people terrorists attack, purposely attacking civilians, moslem and non alike.
Moslems and Arabs have a choice, swallow the proide and deal with your own terrorist in your midst, put them out away from civilians so we can deal with them, or accept the losses of human shields.

This recent action is setting a precident, no longer will terrorisst hiding behind women and children be a deterrant.
The excuse that arab and moslem govts "cannot do anything" is no longer an excuse.

Either moslems and arabs deal with terrorists or others will deal with them and when we do, it will be on our terms not yours.

If arab and moslem culture is so hell bent on honor and respects women and children then NO moslem shojuld allow terrorists to use women and children as human shields.

Time for talk is very quickly being over, moslems and arabs will either take action against their militants or action will be taken and the world regardless of financial deals, will have less and less impact.

Either deal with your terrorists or we will.
ANd when we do, it is in your best interest to not be near them.

Sorry but this is WWIII.

At 4:06 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How civilized.

At 4:07 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kill the goyim! Their blood isn't worth sh*t is it?

At 5:25 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


Glad to hear you are back. Anyway, the people who started this thing are the ones who are guilty. Lebanon was building up then these guys decide to heat up the situation. My heart goes to the Lebanese people.
Egyptian in Germany

At 12:19 AM, Blogger Freedomnow said...

Hezbollah's militia is an illegal entity.

This conflict has been initiated by a militia that was supposed to have disbanded and yet has launched almost a thousand missiles at Israeli civilians.

Just because they are completely incompetent in their pursuit of massive Israeli casualties doesnt excuse their actions.

Hezbollah must be disbanded!

At 3:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder why you are only pointing to Syria as being linked to Hezbollah. I am expecting much more support from Iran following the recent developments. After all there are scores to be settled on the "who-is-allowed-to-have-nukes" front. I am sure we will be hearing from Iran very soon!

At 2:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon 4:04

Illegal according to which law?

Lebanese law?

At 2:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry I was referring to freedomnow

Illegal according to which law?

Lebanese law?

At 7:59 PM, Blogger Sam said...

The Islamic Republic of Iran and our beloved Syria have sworn - in the name of Allah - to fight his enemy ISRAEL, better known as "The Zionist Entity", till the last drop of the Lebanese Blood .

The very same two countries are also fighting America, better known as "The Great Satan" , till the last drop of the Iraqi people's Blood .

At 11:04 PM, Blogger Freedomnow said...

Anonymous asked, “Illegal according to which law? Lebanese law?”

The armed militia of Hezbollah is illegal by the Taif Accord which was signed by all of the surviving members of the Lebanese Parliament, ending 15 years of Civil War. These 62 deputies were the internationally recognized representatives of the Lebanese people. The Accord specified that all extremist militia groups should be disbanded. It also established Constitutional amendments and reforms that outlined the structure of the future Lebanese government.

Specifically it stated that the militias’ weapons be delivered to the state “within a period of 6 months, beginning with the approval of the National Accord Charter” (the official name of the document). It was signed on October 22, 1989. All of the country’s militias complied with the Accord except for Hezbollah.

Not only is Hezbollah’s militia illegal under Lebanese law, but they are illegal under international law by UN Resolution 1559 that also “Calls for the disbanding and disarmament of all Lebanese and non-Lebanese militias”

Hezbollah has recently won 23 seats in the Lebanese Parliament and several other important government posts. This proves that the militia has been treated in good faith by the Lebanese and yet they still maintain illegal arms.

The fact that they are funded and supported by the foreign powers of Iran and Syria casts further doubt on the legitimacy of Hezbollah’s militia. Given the fact that the UN determined that there is considerable evidence that Syria and the Lebanese Security Services (which had been infiltrated by the Syrians) were involved in the assassination of former Lebanese PM Rafik Hariri, this is especially disturbing. In the aftermath of the assassination Hezbollah actually organized protests in favor of the Syrian government!

Despite the partial collapse of the Syrian controlled Lebanese government, the influence of Damascus is still persisting in the country. In the last year assassinations of prominent anti-Syrian activists like Samir Kassir, Gebran Tueni and George Hawi highlight the danger that the Lebanese still face when criticizing Syria.

In the Lebanese government there have been some who have advocated illegally allowing Hezbollah to retain its arms. The most prominent of them is President Emile Lahoud. He has the distinction of retaining Syrian support to illegally extend his term of office by three years. This has been a serious point of contention in Lebanese politics and has made him very unpopular. Such willingness to violate the laws of Lebanon leaves no doubt that Lahoud and Hezbollah are serious obstacles to the restoration of Lebanese sovereignty.

With the establishment of a new unified military that was supplied by the US, Britain and France there is no need for any private militias in Lebanon. The main priority of the Lebanese military is as follows:

”Facing the Israeli occupation and its perpetual aggression in South Lebanon and West Bekaa and supporting the steadfastness of Lebanese citizens to ensure the complete withdrawal of the Israeli forces to internationally recognized borders.”

Clearly, they are committed to the sovereignty of Lebanese territory and are capable of protecting it without Hezbollah’s militia. As a matter of fact they are more capable of protecting Lebanon because they are not as willing as Hezbollah to incite Israeli attacks on Lebanese territory.

The Lebanese Civil War destroyed the country because most political groups formed their own private militias. Sectarian violence became uncontrollable as the different factions formed and switched alliances many times over the course of the war. The only way to ensure that this chaos never happens again is to disarm Hezbollah. They are creating renewed instability and the only sensible answer would be to permanently disband their militia. It is time that Hezbollah step down and allow the Lebanese government to assume full sovereignty over its own country.

At 4:15 AM, Anonymous Don Cox said...

"Or was Sabra and Shatila staged?"___Those massacres were not carried out by the Israeli Defence Forces but by Lebanese Christians. However, the Israelis did nothing to prevent them. A dark spot in history, like Assad's massacre of the Islamists.

At 9:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

where are you on vacation? Hope you return soon as I have been missing your posts!

At 6:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

don cox:

And the unanimous illegality of the wall, as expressed by the International Court of Justice?

And the forced ethnic cleansing of Palestinians in May 1948, as well as in other citable instances, in Tantura, South of Haifa?

Were those carried out by Christian Lebanese militias?

Or were the Palestinians simply not there in 1948?

Or is fiction?

At 7:03 AM, Blogger Omar Barsawad said...

On a burning 'roller coaster'! Only God knows till when!

At 9:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

UN appalled by Beirut devastation

The UN's Jan Egeland has condemned the devastation caused by Israeli air strikes in Beirut, saying it is a violation of humanitarian law.

A visibly moved Mr Egeland expressed shock that "block after block" of buildings had been levelled.

"It makes it a violation of humanitarian law," he said.

Mr Egeland appealed for both sides to put a halt to attacks.

He said UN supplies of humanitarian aid would begin to arrive in the next few days.

"But we need safe access," he said. "So far Israel is not giving us access."

Israel has said it will lift its blockade on Beirut's port to allow aid through, but correspondents point out that roads, bridges and trucks have all been targeted by the Israeli air force, making it extremely difficult for aid supplies to reach regions where they are most needed.

At 3:03 PM, Blogger Freedomnow said...

Courtesy of Brooklyn Jon...

The UN as human shield for Hezbollah:
“The Hezbollah are dug in all around that southern area, around the towns and villages. Certainly one of their positions was quite close to the UNIFIL post that was hit yesterday, it’s an area well known to the Israelis. ”
“It was also reported that Hezbollah fired from the vicinity of four UN positions at Alma ash Shab, Tibnin, Brashit, and At Tiri.”
“Hezbollah firing was also reported from the immediate vicinity of the UN positions in Naquora and Maroun Al Ras areas at the time of the incidents.”
“During this mission the team came under fire, which endangered the lives of local civilians and UNIFIL troops. Initially, Hezbollah fired rockets from the vicinity of the village, and subsequently the IDF fired into village on two occasions.”
“In an interview on CBC Radio in Toronto, Major General Lewis MacKenzie (ret.) said he had been privy to e-mails received from the soldier over the past week.

MacKenzie, who happened to know the deceased personally, said in one such correspondence the soldier “described the fact that he was taking within…three meters of his position ‘for tactical necessity - not being targeted.’”

The general explained that is veiled military speech “telling us [that] Hezbollah fighters were all over his position and the IDF were targeting them.”

He said using UN personnel as human shields is “a favorite trick by people who don’t have representation in the UN,” knowing they will suffer no direct consequences for the violation.”
“A Canadian U.N. observer, one of four killed at a UNIFIL position near the southern Lebanese town of Khiyam on Tuesday, sent an e-mail to his former commander, a Canadian retired major-general, Lewis MacKenzie, in which he wrote that Hezbollah fighters were “all over” the U.N. position, Mr. MacKenzie said. Hezbollah troops, not the United Nations, were Israel’s target, the deceased observer wrote.”

Perhaps you can create a human shield organization to defend Hezbollah like what was done for Saddam Hussein's regime?

At 5:26 PM, Blogger urbansocrates said...

It appears that once again the US government, while paying for experts in its State Department to explain Mideast political maneuvering to them, have ignored their expert advice and failed to anticipate Syria and Iran each cooperating with the other in order to create chaos that serves their interests. In both cases attacks on Israel serve their ethnic/religious and nationalist base the bloody meal that they desire. They will leave the feast hungry, however, as usual. Perhaps when the average age of Arabs and Iranians rises to above 30 they will learn from these repeated ideological errors. They don't have to love the Jews, just not hate them so much.

At 7:10 PM, Anonymous Desert Rose said...

I find it funny that many twisted minds are willing to overlook the fact that Hezbullah kidnapped two soldiers, i.e. combatants, but the zionist entity chose to slaughter civilians. Who is the terrorist? So when Qaeda targets civilians it is a terrorist group and when Israel does the same it is not?! when Hezbullah and Hamas target the military personnel of an occupying entity, hypocrites call the two groups terrorists. To all the hypocrites, continue using your double standards and it will only make us feel how pathetic you are.

Rice keeps talking about a new Middle East: one where Israel rules and Americans collect the profits! On what planet Rice is living? Here miserable fascist proposal will be accepted by illegal arab regimes and never by the people, in other words, Rice should save her country the costs of the paper on which this project will be written down...may she needs a cost management course.

At 3:16 PM, Blogger Freedomnow said...

Laugh on Desert Rose.

When an armed group makes a military attack on a sovereign country that is an act of war.

Israel has withdrawn from the Gaza Strip and South Lebanon yet Hezbollah and Hamas have continued their military aggression against Israel.

They are not interested in peace. Stop making excuses for these bigoted warmongers and condemn the real aggressors.


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