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Cinders of Lebanon

The United States abandoned Beirut, and Israel takes the blame

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Saad Hariri after a meeting at the White House in 2006. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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What do Americans know of tragedy? Our pattern for tragedy is theatrical, Shakespearean. Would Americans know the difference, for instance, between Hamlet’s story—a prince who cannot decide whether to kill the man who has murdered his father—and a real tragedy: having no choice but to make peace with the man who killed your father, like the current prime minister of Lebanon, Saad Hariri, had to do? Tragedy is Lebanon’s Druze leader, Walid Jumblatt, having no choice but to make peace not only with the man who killed his father but also the murderer’s son, so they won’t kill his son. Tragedy is meeting your fate with little room to maneuver, like Lebanon.

Last week’s incident on the border between Lebanon and Israel suggests that even if war between the two countries is not imminent, Hezbollah is making good on its strategic aims regarding not only Israel, but its host nation, Lebanon. Where the Lebanese government and its assorted allies, regional and international, had once hoped that Hezbollah could somehow be persuaded to abandon its arms, become a regular political party, and integrate its units into the army under the control of the Lebanese government, precisely the reverse has happened, and a monster is being born—just as Hezbollah predicted. The Lebanese state, its army, and even its people are being swallowed by the resistance.

It is ironic that Israel has also seen Lebanon as overrun by Hezbollah for some time, so that if (or when) war comes, Hezbollah won’t be the only group to suffer the consequences. Official Israel calls this strategic posture the Dahiya doctrine, after the Hezbollah stronghold in the southern suburbs of Beirut that was laid to waste in the 2006 war. What the doctrine means is that in the next round of fighting, all of Lebanon will be devastated.

How did this come to pass?

Just 14 months ago, Lebanon’s pro-democracy, U.S.-allied March 14 movement won the parliamentary majority. It seemed Hezbollah was on the defensive. And yet even then the March 14 alliance was showing cracks, as when one of its pillars, Walid Jumblatt, started to distance himself from his local and international allies, including the United States, and inch closer to one-time adversaries Syria and Hezbollah. When I spoke to him last fall, Jumblatt rationalized his tactics by pointing to how the international community, and especially the United States, seemed unwilling to defend its Lebanese allies when Hezbollah overran Beirut in May 2008. The decline of the March 14 alliance then accelerated with the new U.S. administration’s stated intentions to engage Syria. The prospect of President Barack Obama reaching out to Damascus was enough to frighten the Saudis into making amends with Syria before, they feared, Washington could cut a deal and leave Riyadh out in the cold. When the Saudis folded, their clients in Lebanon followed suit, and Prime Minister Saad Hariri went on his knees to the Syrian capital to seek comity with Bashar al-Assad, the man who had his father killed.

Two weeks ago Assad made the return trip: He visited Beirut alongside Saudi King Abdullah, a summit widely misconstrued as a harbinger of stability in Lebanon. This misunderstanding was cleared up last week in the firefight that cost an IDF officer, two Lebanese Armed Forces soldiers, and a Lebanese journalist their lives, an event perhaps best understood as what journalist Hussain Abdul-Hussain calls a “security message.” That is, Syria, Iran, and Hezbollah were intent on reminding everyone that neither the Lebanese government nor its sponsor in Riyadh calls the shots in Lebanon.

What is most moving about the collapse of the March 14 movement, the return of Syrian hegemony to Lebanon, and Hezbollah’s de facto takeover of the state is that the Lebanese have by and large refrained from blaming the United States for their fate. During the time I lived in Beirut from 2004 to 2006, the heyday of the Cedar Revolution, I was regularly asked by anxious Lebanese friends and associates if the United States was genuinely supportive of their popular movement or if Washington intended to sell Lebanon out to the Syrians, as it had when it permitted Damascus free rein throughout the 1990s. How could I answer with any authority, except insofar as I understood the American character? Sometimes I responded, no, we are serious this time; or, who knows, I said, hedging my bets, perhaps; and sometimes I said, probably, yes, invariably.

But now that we have abandoned the Lebanese to the jackals, they have accepted their tragic destiny without accusing us of failing them, as we have.

Most people outside of the Beltway did not really understand the stakes involved in the George W. Bush Administration’s democracy promotion. While the world outside Washington saw the invasion of Iraq as either a revolution in U.S. policy or a conspiracy of greedy corporations and evil special-interest groups, another way to see Bush’s agenda is as an accounting adjustment: Some of the funds that had been typically designated to support Arab militaries were to be diverted into building democratic institutions.

In the case of Lebanon, Bush’s policy curtailed our relationship with Syrian security services and put more money into Lebanese political institutions. U.S. support of the Lebanese Armed Forces was meant to enable the state to extend its sovereignty from border to border. It is hardly surprising that Hezbollah, which embodies the challenge to that state’s sovereignty, understood this better than the Lebanese government. For the last five years, various figures from the March 14 movement have come through Washington to petition for more firepower—planes, tanks, artillery—anything that would serve as evidence that, counter to Hezbollah’s argument, the LAF was capable of defending Lebanon from Israel. That the IDF colonel was killed on the border by a sniper rifle likely provided by the United States—before the U.S. aid package, the LAF had no sniper rifles—may bring that support to an end.

It is an article of faith of the U.S. foreign-policy establishment that the active component of American policy is building and strengthening institutions in faraway places—for instance, a new Iraqi constitution, the Pakistani parliament, the Afghan criminal justice system. The premise of institution-building is that it is not the particular ideas and values of foreign cultures that determine how people in those places live; it is rather the absence of U.S.-style political institutions that have kept these foreigners mired in poverty, or in a constant state of war with their neighbors, or enabled widespread corruption among their political elites.

But this obsession with building political institutions betrays a parochial innocence, a uniquely American discomfort with tragedy. It wasn’t always like this. By and large, our founding fathers were landlocked; Franklin, Jefferson, and the entire Adams family all rolled into one did not see a fraction of the globe that a typical 35-year-old development expert sees today. And yet, unlike foreign aid workers, the founders were familiar with the tragic view of life, which is why they sought to keep this experiment in democracy isolated from the rest of the world and its tragedies.

The United States wanted to help the Lebanese build political institutions but were unwilling to do anything that might alter the balance of power in Lebanon, like make war on Syria—and even that might not have changed anything. When the Lebanese first took to the streets to demand Syria withdraw its troops, I feared they did not understand that they were essentially on their own, that Washington was not going to protect them. But now I see I was wrong. The Lebanese long ago had taken the measure of our character and understood all along that the United States was not going to send troops on their behalf, so when they asked if they were destined to be sold out to the Syrians, what they were really saying was, Are you Americans watching us? We surprised you, didn’t we? We’re sort of heroes, don’t you think?

Since the 2005 murder of Saad’s father, Rafik Hariri, and 22 others in a massive car-bombing, Lebanese officials and journalists have been killed and maimed by the Syrians and their allies, but there are still those in the press attacking Damascus and Hezbollah—even after the Saudis warned the Lebanese prime minister that they don’t want to see any more anti-Syrian polemic in the Hariri-owned media. And this week after Hassan Nasrallah’s televised presentation ostensibly providing irrefutable proof that Israel assassinated Rafik Hariri, Lebanese journalists are mocking the Hezbollah leader. While Nasrallah has claimed that he has intercepted Israeli drone feeds showing that Israel tracked Hariri’s movements, his opponents are questioning whether he hasn’t merely lifted images from Google Earth.

So, who is standing with these Lebanese then? No one, even if they’ve done nothing wrong. In fact, they’ve conducted themselves heroically. But none of that will change the fact that when war comes with Israel, they too will be in harm’s way, and not just Hezbollah, the villains. This is tragic.

It is typical in Lebanon, as throughout the Middle East, to blame one’s fate on Israel. Over the last week I received emails and text messages from Lebanese friends about Israel’s “provocations” on the border. More than once I bit my lip, noting only that somewhere in Israel a family was mourning a father, a son, a brother, a husband because of Hezbollah, who was also their enemy. Too often, innocent Lebanese forget that they are no more innocent than innocent Israelis; the difference is that Israel can and will protect its citizens from Hezbollah while the Lebanese government cannot. It is not fair, it’s tragic. More often than not, the name that this maddening powerlessness and inability to change your own circumstances gives to the inchoate pattern of tragedy in the Middle East is Israel.

Of course, the Middle East is no less tragic for the Israelis than it is for the Lebanese, but that is not to say life is impossible, or, as the saying would have it, that the status quo is unsustainable. Life goes on—sons are born and fathers are murdered. Life as such is sustainable and has been sustained over the course of several thousand years—or long before we Americans entered the scene with our post-tragic ethos. That we can’t imagine that some things do not work out well does not mean they are unsustainable, only that we are incapable of fathoming the depths of tragedy.

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Lebanese says:

To be honest I read the opening paragraph and I couldn’t continue. Where’s your proof that Syria killed Hariri? Or Jumblatt?
Write an article about who killed JFK (Cough Cough).

Dani Levi says:

@Lebanese
Who else had a motive? Who has most to gain? The proof the UN will bring later in the year ( Nassrallah is already going ape s. ), so just sit back and relax, and do not think, most importantly. Lebanon made a Faustian pact with Syria and Iran, the man in the street will pay.
It is mesmerizing how Lebanon just does not learn, even after decades of slaughter. Maybe it is because people do not read enough?

Ray in Seattle says:

Dani, Maybe it’s because the Lebanese are just Westernized enough to believe that appeasing those who are out to dominate and kill you will somehow make them change their minds.

Intell Analyst says:

Ahhh, Lebanon.

Make a “Pact” with the Devil(s)Politicly and Militarily [H[i]zbollah], don’t be shocked when payment is due.

Nation’s will tolerate a [Badboy] on the block, as long as he stays on his block and plays by the unspoken “Rules.” But if he strays, there must be Consequences for these actions. I give you the Past and the Present [Bin Laden] He Strayed, from his block and the Unspoken Rules.

Lee Smith is brilliant. Good to see someone who sees the reality of the Middle East. Most Americans have their heads in the sand and are too busy watching what Angelian Jolie is doing to pay attention to the tensions about to suck the world into war. Islam as it stands today is a political ideology growing each day and feeling on hate for America and of Jews.

People prefer to pretend otherwise but its true. Talk to people from Lebanon and hear what they are saying.

There are a number of internal contradictions in your article.

You claim that President Obama “abandoned” the Lebanese, implying that this is something the US should not have done, but also note that the Lebanese were heroic for protesting against the Syrians knowing they didn’t have support. You claim that President Bush was right to support institutions in allied states, and yet you argue, “the founders were familiar with the tragic view of life, which is why they sought to keep this experiment in democracy isolated from the rest of the world and its tragedies”; yet, President Obama is somehow wrong for pulling back?

I don’t think you intended for your thesis to resemble Michael Ignatieff’s idea of ‘Empire Lite,’ but it does. This is ironic given your previous anger about the Powell Doctrine (‘you break it; you bought it’). According to Ignatieff, the US loses if it doesn’t act, and it loses if it commits resources, but not enough of them. For Ignatieff, the US needs to fully commit to the project. However, the US doesn’t have unlimited resources.

The only way for Lebanon to enter the US security umbrella is if Syria and Iran are contained, and that hasn’t happened yet. Until that time, it’s not really even worth talking about, which is tragic. However, it is not a tragedy of America’s making, as you claim.

Randall says:

Great Article Lee! I had no idea of the tensions/history between Lebanon and Syria. With great trepidation I refer to Psalms 83 and Isaiah 17.

TheDevilCanDance says:

Former Lebanon president and Hariri’s son himself don’t believe that Syria or Hizbolah are responsible.

Who else had a motive? Who has most to gain?,of course Israel….

Michael says:

“before the U.S. aid package, the LAF had no sniper rifles”

This is simply a silly comment that shows a complete lack of knowledge or understanding of the ease with which any rifle can be smuggled into any region, or the ease with which a regular rifle can be modified to become a “sniper” rifle, and the inherently covert nature of certain Hezbollah cells and other forces – the kind of forces which would use a specific weapon just to incite such idoitic comments as that above – operating in Lebanon.

Sophia says:

With respect to “The Devil” Israel had no motive whatsoever to harm Hariri.

On the contrary as Lee Smith points out the Israelis had everything to lose by his death and the ensuing power vacuum that could help Syria, Iran and Hezbollah. So, instead of a potential ally and trading partner on its northern border Israel has a hardcore enemy – how is this a “benefit?”

I’m astonished by the fact that people simply make things up regarding Israel, especially these mysterious “benefits.”

TheDevilCanDance says:

Sophia

I have no idea what you are smoking but it must be the real thing.

Israel has no”benefits” ?. Such as discrediting Hizbollah reviving old tensions among Lebanese factions?/ Of course Israel would never intervene into Lebanon internal affairs……

Devil is a troll who discovered Tablet when Smith wrote about the sewer of anti semitism in the comments sections of bloggers like Walt. Ignore the cretin and my guess is that it will crawl back into the toilet it crawled out of.

Marie Alwan says:

Great article Lee!! Thank you for brilliantly explaining the implication of recent events and the dynamics at play with Lebanon’s neighbors and with the US.

To comment on above comments, why would Israel benefit from an unstable neighbor? It does not make sense. It seems they would have a serious vested interest in promoting a strong Lebanese state for the sake of their security.

tillkan says:

If Lee Smith were not Jewish everyone would understand what a rightwing nut he is.

TheDevilCanDance says:

callie

You must be some 17 yr old with an IQ below whale shit for making such remarks. As usual you have nothing to offer but slanders and insults…..

Why don’t you argue about the content instead of exposing yourself as some hyper emotional potty mouth teenybopper.

I’ll take you on anything?, just mentioned the topic, I would love to make a monkey out of you. Try me…

Dani Levi says:

The Devilcandance really is straight out of Heiner Goebbels’s Information Ministry. How you found this website, I do not know, but why don’ you march of to Comment is Free at the Guardian and hate over there?

TheDevilCanDance says:

“Heiner Goebbels’s Information Ministry”

Hahaha, you are so original with your Nazi epithet…I have news for you, Nazis have been gone for more than 60 years & they are not coming back. Please readjust your paranoia.

By the way Dani Levy.I may be more Jewish than you, you have no idea who I am, and if you are Jewish, you are a disgrace for using the Nazi slandering like there was no tomorrow. You are a paranoid & insecure little man. Stop projecting your anxiety around you.

Dani Levi says:

@devil
You are not Jewish. No Hebrew would dare write what you leave in these threads. They would at least try for more balance, but you get off on playing this anti-Semitic game here. There is so much hate in what you write. Try and not hide in the nets anonymity and play the tribal card, it is despicable.

TheDevilCanDance says:

Dani Levi

Bite me pretty boy, show me anything “hateful” or “antisemitic” that I wrote?. You must be one of these diaspora fake Jews who wear their religion and tribal affiliation on their sleeves. It gives you a sense of identity and purpose in life. If you are so concerned about antisemitism and the sake of the Jewish people, you should be wearing a uniform and putting your life on the line , instead of playing the pathetic Nazi hunter on the Internet…..

If you were an Israeli you would know that the most virulent critics of the policies of the State of Israel, are Israeli Jews. But since you cannot label them as “antisemitic”. you have another word, “self hating Jews…” You always win whatever you do, inst it?. I hope your paranoia keeps you hot during those long winter nights.

Get off your trauma bubble, you are not a victim, your grand parents were. Don’t ever try to assimilate what the Jews experienced during WW2, with your self inflicted
emotional fragility. This is an insult to the millions who died during the Shoah.

I came here because I was tired of watching your ilk, the professional victims in their relentless whining and lamenting about the conditions of the Jews,while most of you Diaspora fake Jews have never set foot in Israel.

Get a life Dani, most of the goys don’t give a damn about the Jews, there is no conspiracy to exterminate you and your friends from Brooklyn.

Shalom.

Lebanon is a tiny country, may be one fifth of Israel. The only thing that unites its heterogeneous population, as far as I can tell, is hatred toward Israel. This is a tragic case, and nobody can help these people. It is just another mad house on the borders with Israel.

Another Lebanese says:

I hate to rain on your parade and I could point out tons of falsehoods in your article but one is quickly spotted by a trained eye: Lebanon is NOT a host nation for Hezbollah. Hezbollah supporters and fighters are 100% Lebanese with people mourning the devastation Israel forced upon them time and again (I’m not just talking about 2006). why then should we care about Israel’s losses?last time I checked, Israel and Lebanon were enemies!

Dani Levi says:

Lebanon is in so far a “host nation” for Hezb because it ultamitly is steered from Teheran, many Lebanese think that and the serial numbers on it’s weapons proove that, as does its religion and the military advisers from Iran and the training its fighters receive firm Iran. I could go on, but you get the drift.

TheDevilCanDance says:

What is the problem with Hezbollah? ,they represent a legitimate political organization with an armed branch that is dedicated to fight enemies of Lebanon. Today Hezbollah is an entity that is composed of Muslims, (Chia-Sunni-Druze-Maronite) Christians,& secular leftists.

They receive money from Iran,but Israel gets billions & billions from the US and the EU, without this money from outside, Israel would be a 3 rd world nation, that’s the dirty secret no one dares to mention. Israeli political establishment is rotten and corrupted to the core,but the vast majority of holocaust survivors live on food stamps…That’s also a dirty secret that none of you Diaspora Zionist puppets want to acknowledge.

Dani Levi says:

You are actually comparing israel with hezb? Do you voice things like this in israel? Or do you live in a darkened apartment with no access to israelis ? I wonder why not every political party in the world has its own army? That is a great idea, best idea you have written so far! And if israel is such a dark whole with corruption and human scum, why do you live there? Since it is really a third world dump inhabitated by paranoid jews?! Who produce nothing to speak of, except death terror and lies. Did you write that you moved there from the diaspora to escape jewish biggots? Do elaborate, please.

TheDevilCanDance says:

Dani

At least now we have a discussion without the casual name calling & slandering, Thank you. Now I believe in the right to self determination whether its Israelis, Palestinians or the people of Lebanon. Israelis have issues with Hezbollah,so did the Brits with Irgun and the Haganah. Hezbolah was the creation & reaction of Israel invasion of Lebanon.Prior to that,they didn’t existed and to my knowledge have never attacked anyone outside Lebanon, they are not exporting terrorism,since they describe themselves as a nationalist & patriotic resistance movement. Like it or not, but former Christian Phalanges leaders like Samaha & Maronite general Michel Aoun are now with Hezbollah. Hezbollah is now a legitimate political organization and one day Israel will have to talk to them. This is realpolitik.

As to your questions regarding my personal life and motivations, I don’t think anyone cares about that. I will ask you one thing, you may argue with me, disagree, & even dislike me, but don’t call me a Jew hater or antisemitic, we both know its not true. You know as I do that real Jew haters take great pride at how they feel, and they almost never hide their feelings.

Dani Levi says:

Hezb murdered about 80 Jews in a bombing in Argentina, when they destroyed a community centre down there. So they do certainly operate outside Lebanon.

There is no question that IRAN financially supports Hezb and also provides arms.
Iran has admitted this

Joo-liz says:

@tillkan

Lee Smith isn’t Jewish.

Devil does not live in Israel, probably never did, probably is not Jewish. No food stamps in Israel. He is probably an Arab/Iranian living in the USA. The use of various historical political terms, names ect tell a tale. He is probably not Leb. but knows some thing about Leb. see the clever use of “with Hizb”. No Leb. will say that Aoun is part of Hizb. They are going together till some body will be sent away and Israel blamed. As is known some of Aoun people have had on going connections with Isr. so did he. Israel has a lot of material on his past and so does France.

As for the idea that Israel created the Hizb. it is a common bull. It has to do with the Islamic revival all over, ever heard about a country name Turkey? Afganistan? Pakistan?. Is the Islamic revival there a product of Israel? Hizb is a product of Shia revival in Iran and exported by Iran. Amal was more local and secular Leb. Shia party, with western and USA connection, families in the USA. Iran did its best to destroy Amal and it worked.

Leb. now is a military base of Iran who have invested at least 500 million $, probably more, in weapons, bases, communication systems and buying and/or killing the right people. Iranians are in the various mixtures of bodies combining military, religious, civil that rull Hizb. Iran now has more control of Leb. than France ever had. Hizb. is an agent of Iranian Imperialism much more so than the Christian were ever to France. One of trol/devils main aims, assigned to his like by Iran, is to spin away this iron solid fact of Lebanon as a military imperial base of Iran. Hizb. weapons will not move a mm. without Iranian order and supervision. Persians, Agamii, are not known as spenders of any thing, least of all expensive weapons.
Yes, the sniper rifle could have come from other places than the USA brough by these who gave the order to prepare the ambush and to shoot to kill.

lovelyisraelis says:

The vermin of Israel massacre 20,000 Lebanese civilians but naturally, they are as pure as the driven snow.

Right.

Shove that crap up your Nazi ass, Lee Smith

This fancy theory is at odds with what is going on on the ground. If things look so dire, why did the real estate market in Beirut double since 2008? Clearly, locals and outside investors don’t feel as grim. I wonder if it is possible for any Westerner to really ‘get’ Lebanon. There is always a desire to come up with a grand theory, or a grand scenario of upcoming events. And it is always flawed due to some linear thinking. None of this sticks for long in Lebanon because the country is not just a mosaic, it’s a moving mosaic. Good luck figuring out what it will look like in a year. You can take over Lebanon temporarily but you can’t hold it for long, as all protagonists found over time.

David says:

lovelyisraelis

You should go live in the Palestinians slums that are forced upon them by their Lebanese hosts.

20,000 civilians massacred by the Israelis? You really are deranged, aren’t you. Where’s that number from. Oh right, from your a$$.You’re hatred all things Jewish is a sickness. Blah, blah, blah, you claim to be ‘Jewish.’ Whatever dude, you are an Anti-Semite to the core and you would have gladly help push the Jews in the ovens if you had the chance, you disgusting piece of excrement.

I wonder what your view of this latest Muslim on Muslim atrocity is?

http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/0,1518,711536,00.html

Silence.

I wonder what your views are about the 10,000 Palestinians massacred in September 1970 that was orchestrated by the Jordanians? Oh that’s right, it must be some Zionist conspiracy, because Arabs would never kill Arabs, since they are so peaceful and loving toward one another. If anyone is a Nazi lover, its you!

lovelyisraelis says:

“Anti-Semite”

People just LAUGH now when that term is thrown around by the sewer rodents of Israel and their depraved apologists.

Yes, the Israelis DID massacre 20,000 civilians during their 1982 abominations in Lebanon. Learn some history. And while you’re at it, quit confusing Jews with Israel. The most vociferous condemnation of the garbage scum of Israel comes from conscientious Jews.

Israel’s lies grow ever more comical. Their grotesque, toxic dump of a nation is the central breeding ground for anti-Jewish sentiment worldwide, which is why Israel remains what it always has been–the sworn enemy of the Jewish people.

lovelyisraelis says:

Rani says:

“As for the idea that Israel created the Hizb. it is a common bull. ” (sic)

“Hezbollah first emerged in 1982 as a militia in response to the Israeli invasion of Lebanon, also known as Operation Peace for Galilee, set on resisting the Israeli occupation of Lebanon during the Lebanese civil war.[3][10]” –wiki entry on hezbollah

Not that every knowledgeable person isn’t aware of this fact.

The pro-Israel filth have one card to play. Just lie. If the sky is blue, say it’s red.

Keep on lying. Lie some more.

Advertise your stupidity and vileness.

See if anyone cares.

lovelyisraelis

I love how you clump Israel into ‘murdering’ 20,000 civilians when Lebanon was still embroiled in their civil war. The Israelis fighting the PLO, the Jews fault. The Christians fighting Shia/Sunni Muslims, the Druze and Syrians; the Jews fault. The Druze fighting the Christians, the Lebanese Muslims, and the Syrians; the Jews fault. Lebanese Muslims, fighting the Christians, the Israelis, the Druze, and the Syrians; the Jews fault. The Syrians, murdering anyone they can so they can turn Lebanon into a vassal state, the Jews fault. Yep, you make a sound argument.

Like I said in my previous post, all I hear from you is silence when it come from actual Muslims on Muslim massacres.

Lets add another one to this long list. The Hama massacre. I’m interested in your take when the Assad regime murdered 40,000 of its fellow citizens into being Israel’s fault. But since you are a deranged individual, I have no doubt in my mind that you can.

What the h*ll, lets add the million or so dead in the Iraq-Iran war to this long list of Muslim on Muslim violence. Israel’s fault too?

lovelyisraelis says:

“What the h*ll, lets add the million or so dead in the Iraq-Iran war to this long list of Muslim on Muslim violence. Israel’s fault too?”

The Israelis were certainly gleeful, while the United States provided both sides with weaponry (including chemical weapons) and fully encouraged the bloodbath (though our primary alliance was with Saddam Hussein, who suddenly morphed into “the new Adolf Hitler” when he became too independent for the tastes of USrael.

Good effort to deflect attention away from the vermin of Israel and their stomach-turning crimes, but it won’t work.

lovelyisraelis says:

“Under the guise of expelling the PLO from Lebanon, Israel invaded Lebanon in 1982. Israeli troops attacked West Beirut, killing 20,000 civilians, destroying homes and businesses, and displacing 400,000 people. This is the context out of which Hizballah was created. Following 1982, a number of small groups organized under the banner of Islam, dedicated to fighting the Israeli occupation troops. By 1985, they officially coalesced into Hizballah. That year, Israel withdrew from most of Lebanon, but continued to occupy Southern Lebanon (in violation of UN resolutions that affirm that Lebanon is a sovereign country).”

http://www.criticalmoment.org/issue18/naber

What you have here on this blog is what will happen in Zero Ground in NY once these parasites are in. Arabs create nothing but hate and lies. Parasites to the core. An Arab muslim gets to a place, this blog, NY, using the systems that men created for man. Like all parasites he must live on what others have created – NY, the modern media the internet etc. To that he contributed nothing, what did arabs muslims contributed to the gigentic media revolution that you are enjoying this second? nothing but nothing but none. What did Jews and Israel contributed? a lot. So this invalid this sick parasite, living in a world of lies, is spoiling this blog. An example of the world that Arabs and Islam is preparing for humanity.

lovelyisraelis says:

By the way, I haven’t any reason to deny the Hama massacre, described in horrifying detail by Robert Fisk, who was THERE at the time. (I don’t imagine you’ll be reading that book, given its equally graphic descriptions of Israeli massacres and abominations against the people of Lebanon.)

To acknowledge and condemn the Hama atrocity is exactly what those concerned with justice and fundamental human rights do. To USE this atrocity as a sleazy means to exonerate Israel from similar (and ongoing) crimes is what Nazi apologist do.

lovelyisraelis says:

Rani’s infantile KKK diatribe speaks for itself.

..nothing to add really.

Raed Kami says:

I personally welcome Lebanons new direction and look forward to the day that it liberates Palestine and enforces the right to return. Brooklyn and Vegas, look out. Your population is going to double with Hebew speakers

Joo-liz says:

lovelyisraelis… you use quite colorful language.

“The vermin of Israel … Shove that crap up your Nazi ass, Lee Smith”
“…the sewer rodents of Israel and their depraved apologists.”
“…condemnation of the garbage scum of Israel… Their grotesque, toxic dump of a nation …”
“The pro-Israel filth … Advertise your stupidity and vileness.”
“…vermin of Israel and their stomach-turning crimes”
“… Nazi apologist…”

Then you turn around and condemn “Rani’s infantile KKK diatribe …”, that saying about stones in glass houses comes to mind.

I’m not endorsing Rani’s post, but really, of anyone here, YOU are the last person who should be criticizing him.

Your choice of language shows that you are either — the internet is bad for this — incredibly emotional about anything Israel-related, or else you are intentionally throwing in these descriptors to try and bait people into responding.

Either way, it’s clear you have made up your mind and won’t be hearing anything but you want to hear.

Joo-liz says:

Actually, stone & glass house saying doesn’t fit well… let’s go with the much more appropriate and more commonly used pot calling the kettle black.

lovelyisraelis says:

As I say, supporters of Israel invariably do more harm to their vile cause then we detractors ever will.

Still, you don’t have to go overboard in proving my point.

After exterminating all the Jews of Lebanon. 100% extermination of 100% native community [ Jews were there before any other named group existing in the place today ] you are planning the same for the Jews in Israel. Well got some hot, very hot, surprized for you, ethnic cleaners.

Brilliant. Lee, wish you were our president! :) it is almost therapeutic to read your articles. Someone who understands us, better than we understand ourselves and transfers the message clearly, to us, confused, tired and unfortunate Lebanese. Sigh.

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The parliamentary election that gets under way on Monday and Tuesday is the first step on the ruling army council’s timetable toward a transfer to civilian rule, now promised for July.

Some Egyptians yearn for stability after a week of bloodshed that has killed 42 people and wounded over 2,000, preferring for now to let the generals run a nation whose prolonged political turmoil has thrust the economy deeper into crisis.

But the demonstrators want the council to make way for a civilian interim administration immediately. They reject its choice of 78-year-old Kamal Ganzouri to form the next cabinet.

Activists had called for a mass rally in Tahrir to pile pressure on the generals, and by mid-afternoon there were thousands in the square, hub of the unrest that toppled Mubarak.

Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, head of the council, said the army would ensure security at the polling booths.

“We are at a crossroads. There are only two routes, the success of elections leading Egypt toward safety or facing dangerous hurdles that we in the armed forces, as part of the Egyptian people, will not allow,” he declared.

Abdel Moneim Aboul Futuh, an Islamist presidential candidate who opposes military rule, said: “The nation is larger than Field Marshal Tantawi and Lieutenant General Sami Enan and the military council. A government with revolutionary leadership must be formed to meet the demands of Tahrir Square.”

State television quoted Tantawi as saying the army’s role in the new constitution would be unchanged: to protect the nation.

The outgoing cabinet angered many Egyptians by floating proposals that would have given the army sweeping national security powers and protected it from civilian scrutiny.

The generals have received tacit support from Islamist parties eager that nothing should disrupt voting in the first of three rounds of an election in which they expect to do well.

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