This last week the bad boys of the Middle East, namely Iran, Syria, Hezbollah, and Hamas decided they were going to escalate the war to destroy Israel. They boast about kidnapping Israeli soldiers while Iran tells the world to stick it when it comes to a nuke. You would think that the world would be behind Israel as they fight to put an end to the insanity, the constant rocket attacks and suicide bombers. But where is the left in all this? Sadly they are blaming the Israeli's while cheering the terrorists. Nothing new for that group but sad nonetheless.
Juan Cole, the arrogant Professor of everything leftist, has posted a diatribe in which he came away shuddering upon hearing Bush speak plainly and in un-diplomatic speak recently. Nevermind that Bush spoke the truth, namely that the two sovereign states of Syria and Iran are propping up and backing Hezbollah and Hamas as they wage a terrorist war against Israel.
Here is Juan Cole in all his idiocy writing about the Bush/Blair exchange:
So, the whole blow-up is Syria's fault, for putting Hezbollah up to making mischief.
Uh, yeah Juan….it is. Holy molie, and this is only the beginning:
No reference to Israeli actions in Gaza.
Israel left Gaza Juan, they were only forced back after terrorists kidnapped their soldiers.
No reference to, like, the wholesale destruction of Lebanon by the Israeli air force. And no blame for the Lebanese government of Fouad Siniora. And Bush thinks that Nasrullah of Hizbullah takes direct orders from Damascus. And he thinks that if Bashar al-Asad orders Hizbullah to stop firing its little katyushas and give back the two Israeli soldiers, everything will suddenly settle down.
Hellllloooo? Israel is attacking Hezbollah weapon cache's and troops to put an end to their terrorism. And yeah, Hezbollah is taking orders from Syria, the whole world knows this. Except Juan I suppose.
It is an astonishingly simple-minded view of the situation, painted in black and white and making assumptions about who is who's puppet and what the Israeli motivations are. Israel doesn't appear as a protagonist. It is purely reactive. Stop provoking it, and it suddenly stops its war.
Here comes the leftist hippie moment….not everything is black and white dude, lots of greys all around man.
Unfortunately for Juan, this is simply black and white. Israel only moved upon being attacked….they don't kidnap their soldiers and this would not have happened.
Since Israel is just being provoked and has no ambitions of its own, in this reading, it is useless to begin with a ceasefire. That treats the two sides as both provoking one another. Here, only Hizbullah matters, so you lean on Syria to lean on it, and, presto, peace breaks out.
It is a little window into the superficial, one-sided mind of the man, who has for six years been way out of his depth.
I come away from it shaken and trembling.
Actually I come away trembling with the thought that this man actually taught our youth. Thank god Yale decided to pass on the fool. Check out his latest today where he actually believes the Israeli's are in a campaign of ethnic cleansing against the Lebanese
Thousands of innocent Lebanese have been forced from their homes by the bombings, especially in the South, and have headed up to Beirut (which the Israelis are also indiscriminately bombing). Some 100,000 Lebanese have fled to Syria, though Israeli bombing of roads and bridges has not made it easy for them to get out. Although, because of widespread Western racism, very few over here care about these displaced persons, they face a desperate situation. Roads have been bombed out, and bridges are gone. Lebanese television reported on numerous villages bombed. Rescue teams attempting to take an injured woman to a better hospital with more supplies were blocked when they found the bridge destroyed.
If the reports coming out of Lebanon can be believed, the Israelis are only sometimes striking known Hizbullah safe houses or facilities or missile emplacements. A lot of their bombardment appears aimed at punishing civilian populations and forcing them north to Beirut. Such an approach would help explain the high number of civilian casualties. That is, there may be an element of ethnic cleansing in Israeli tactics.
Get that? The Israeli's are not bombing Hezbollah, they are trying to punish the civilians. Only in the mind of a leftist can you hear such foolishness. If the Israeli's want to ethnic cleanse Lebanon, believe me, it would look much different then bombing bridges and safe houses.
Check out this leftist's idiocy
These atrocities are the work of desperate criminals whose time is running out. Unfortunately, the wounded tiger is the most deadly ..Israel is running out of time both for its 60 year ethnic cleansing campaign and most critically on its blank check from its puppet Bush…
And you can see how scary it must be living in the mind of these people.
How about Howard Dean telling us that if the Democrats had been in power none of this would be happening:
"If you think what's going on in the Middle East today would be going on if the Democrats were in control, it wouldn't, because we would have worked day after day after day to make sure we didn't get where we are today. We would have had the moral authority that Bill Clinton had when he brought together the Northern Irish and the IRA, when he brought together the Israelis and the Palestinians."
Sure thing Howard. Clinton helped Israel and Palestine become friends after all didn't he? Oh wait, that didn't work out when Bill's terrorist buddy, Mr. Arafat, reneged on the deal and called for war. Clinton was good for one thing, working the polls and finding interns with tough knees.
So what does the lefty bloggers, Mr. Dean and Juan have in common? They accuse us of being simple minded regarding the Middle East turmoil but we on the right have called this long ago. The rogue nations have been propping these terrorists up long enough, we got rid of one, Mr. Hussein, now Israel is up to bat. If they honestly believe that Hezbollah and Hamas are acting on their own, that they got those 120 mile range missiles using their own debit cards, then they are delusional as usual.
Robert Satloff does a great job of piecing this all together
On Tuesday, July 11, Ali Larijani, Iran's top nuclear negotiator, told European Union envoy Javier Solana that Tehran was in no hurry to respond to a U.S.-European offer of incentives to end its nuclear enrichment program and would not give a formal reply until late August. Larijani then flew to Damascus, where he praised Hamas for its noble resistance to Zionist occupation.
On Wednesday, July 12, militiamen belonging to the Iranian-backed Hezbollah crossed the internationally recognized Israel-Lebanon frontier and attacked an Israeli position, killing eight soldiers and capturing two. This was "an act of war," said Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert, who authorized airstrikes on Beirut airport and Hezbollah facilities. Later that day, the United States and other permanent members asked the U.N. Security Council to compel Iran to suspend its nuclear enrichment activities. "We called [Iran's] bluff today," a senior State Department official told the Los Angeles Times.
On Thursday, July 13, Hezbollah rockets–supplied by Iran, via Syria–fell on major cities in northern Israel, including Haifa, Safed, Karmiel, and Nahariya, killing two, injuring dozens, and sending thousands to shelters. Israeli shelling shut down all civilian and military air access to Lebanon, as Israel continued bombing Hamas targets throughout Gaza, too. "All operations are legitimate to wipe out terror," said Israel's northern front commander Major General Udi Adam.
That's a lot of tough talk about war, face-offs, and showdowns, even for the Middle East, but what makes this train of events more worrisome than a typical week in the region is that these events–and their perpetrators–are all connected. No, this is not another Middle East conspiracy theory; to paraphrase Henry Kissinger's line about paranoids, sometimes bad guys shooting at you from all directions just might be in cahoots. In fact, the quartet of Iran, Syria, Hamas, and Hezbollah constitutes a better oiled, more cohesive unit than the diplomatic quartet of the United States, the U.N., the E.U., and Russia. Indeed, the rogue foursome is linked ideologically and operationally in a much more organic way than the charter members of the Axis of Evil ever were[…]A generation ago, before Hamas and Hezbollah ever existed, Hafez al-Assad's Syria and Ayatollah Khomeini's Iran forged an alliance born of their common fear and loathing of Saddam Hussein. When the collapse of the Soviet Union deprived Syria of its superpower patron, leaving it surrounded by NATO-ally Turkey, pro-West Jordan, and the same thug in Baghdad, Assad continued to reach out to Tehran to avoid isolation. For their part, the Iranians exploited the situation, using Syria as the staging ground from which to build Hezbollah into their instrument for exporting the Islamic revolution.
In recent years, Hamas's success has been manna from heaven to the Iranians, Syrians, and Hezbollahis. Though these Palestinian Islamists fought and won their own battles against the more secular Fatah, Hamas's partners in the rogue quartet were perfectly happy to reap the benefits of a new front in their proxy war against Israel.
Today, these four–two states, one near-state, and one state-within-a-state–are collectively motivated by opportunity, not fear. The opportunity arises partly because the hated Saddam Hussein is gone, replaced by weak, terrorist-wracked Shiite-led Iraqi government, propped up by a bleeding America. But each of these actors has its own reasons for exultation and brinkmanship.
Through Iranian eyes, the fact that the West has imposed no price for twenty years of lying about its nuclear program, but instead is still willing to offer ever-greater incentives, must seem remarkable. Only a preening sense of self-confidence can explain Iran's insouciant attitude toward the U.S.-E.U. offer. Indeed, U.S. and other Western diplomats who were dismayed at Iran's failure to respond to the package of carrots failed to recognize that Iran did respond, through what Clausewitz would have called diplomacy by other means: upping the ante via Hezbollah. With the threat of any meaningful U.N. sanctions months away, the Iranians took the initiative. Their goal is to make Israel just another item on the nuclear bargaining table with the West.
He ends with a stark warning for the US and the world if Israel is defeated:
Defeat for Israel–either on the battlefield or via coerced compromises to achieve flawed cease-fires–is a defeat for U.S. interests; it will inspire radicals of every stripe, release Iran and Syria to spread more mayhem inside Iraq, and make more likely our own eventual confrontation with this emboldened alliance of extremists. Victory–in the form of Hezbollah's disarmament, the expulsion of the Iranian military presence from Lebanon, the eviction of Meshal and friends from Damascus, and the demise of the Hamas government in Gaza–is, by the same token, also a victory for U.S. (and Western) interests.
We must not let this happen. When the leftist dummies such as Juan and the KosKiddies blog their conspiracy theories they need to be called on it…the Israeli's need to know we are behind them in this fight.
I wonder why the Egyptians, the Saudi's, & the Jordanians get it but our leftists don't
Voices in the Arab world are condemning Hizbullah: Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal has called on the Lebanese government to take control of its border with Israel.
"The Lebanese government must apply its sovereignty on all the country's territory," said Faisal.
Since the start of the war, Saudi Arabia has criticized Hizbullah, as have Egypt and Lebanon.
"We support the spreading out of Lebanese forces along all of the territory of the country. The decision of war on peace depend on sovereign countries and not on any other entity, otherwise there will be chaos here," Faisal said during a press conference held on Tuesday.
Saudi Arabia has been criticizing Hizbullah for a week, as well as Iran which is backing it, saying that "elements in Lebanon, and those standing behind them, are responsible for the Israeli attacks."
The Saudi government is concerned over Iranian involvement in Iraq and its nuclear arms program, and its anti-Hizbullah stance has awoken a stormy argument in the Arab world, most of which attacks the Israeli-American connection.
But Saudi Arabia is not the only one publicly condemning Hizbullah, with Egypt, Jordan, and Lebanon taking the same stances.
In an interview published by the state-controlled newspaper in Egypt al-Watan al-Yom, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak said that the activities of "Palestinian and Lebanese resistance fighters obtained only limited gains and that the people were paying the price."
"No one is doubting the rights of the people to resist the powers of occupation but the resistances must make considerations of losses and gains… the inflaming of the situation to make limited gains ignores the basic goal of the Palestinians which the establishment of an independent state," he said.
"The Israeli escalation in Lebanon drags the whole area into a dangerous slow and the Lebanese nation, like the Palestinians, is the one paying the price," Mubarak said.
Behind the scenes, King Abdullah of Jordan condemned Hizbullah, and together with Mubarak called its actions 'adventurous' during a meeting with Mubarak last Friday.
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