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From Lebanon to Hezbollahstan
Wall Street Journal ^ | 5/13/2008 | Bret Stephens

Posted on 05/13/2008 5:00:42 PM PDT by mojito

On Friday, Hezbollah gunmen set fire to the Beirut offices of Future TV, a Lebanese broadcaster. On a purely symbolic level, it was an apt demonstration of where the Party of God stands in relation to the future itself.

But that wasn't the worst of what has happened in the past week in Lebanon, where scores of people have been killed in interfactional violence. More ominous was the role of the Lebanese army, avowedly neutral and nominally under civilian control. "An army officer accompanied by members of Hezbollah walked into the station and told us to switch off transmission," an unnamed Future TV official told Reuters. So much for army neutrality.

The army also countermanded government orders to dismantle Hezbollah's telecommunications network at the Beirut airport and remove the brigadier responsible for airport security, who is said to be a Hezbollah pawn. "I have called on the army to live up to its national responsibilities . . . and this has not happened," Fouad Siniora, Lebanon's increasingly irrelevant prime minister, said on national TV.

Future historians will look for the precise moment the Lebanese Republic began to transmogrify into Hezbollahstan. Was it the June 2005 murder of anti-Syrian journalist Samir Kassir – the earliest sign that Syria, whose 29-year military occupation of its neighbor had ended just two months before, intended to reinsert itself by stealth and terror (and with the connivance of Hezbollah)? Was it the role played by the Maronite Gen. Michel Aoun, a hero of the last Lebanese civil war, who returned from exile in 2005 intending to play the part of de Gaulle only to become, after striking a bargain with Hezbollah, another Pétain?

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TOPICS: Editorial; Foreign Affairs; Israel; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: hezbollah; hizballah; hizbullah; iran; lebanon; shiite; syria
The Lebanese army stood by and let this happen. The Lebanese army has cast its lot with Hezbollah.
1 posted on 05/13/2008 5:00:42 PM PDT by mojito
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All the more reason for the US to sell cluster bombs and bunker busters to Israel during this administration. ‘Cause if Obama gets in, no way will they sell anything to Israel.
2 posted on 05/13/2008 5:11:01 PM PDT by taxcontrol
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It’s anschluss by a non-state actor and we all stood by and let it happen.


3 posted on 05/13/2008 5:11:05 PM PDT by livius
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“It’s anschluss by a non-state actor and we all stood by and let it happen.”

The West no longer has the will to resist tyranny and evil. The West surrendered its will when it allowed itself to be taken over by leftists. Now leftists control pretty much every western nation.

Well, looks like I’ll be seeing a hot (meaning armed) revolution before I die, and I’m 57.


4 posted on 05/13/2008 5:56:00 PM PDT by ought-six ( Multiculturalism is national suicide, and political correctness is the cyanide capsule.)
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Just wait till Osama Obama gets in. I’m only a couple of years older than you are, and I never thought I’d see any serious disturbances in the US, but I am genuinely worried now. Hitler was actually elected, but it was sort of by accident, because of German electoral practices at that time, and once he was there he acted rapidly to consolidate his power.

Obama is a dumb bunny (albeit a vicious one, like Jimmy Carter’s killer rabbit!), but he has people behind him who are much craftier than he is, and I think we are headed for a very, very difficult situation within only a few months.


5 posted on 05/13/2008 6:12:24 PM PDT by livius
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“I think we are headed for a very, very difficult situation within only a few months.”

Yup. Keep your powder dry.


6 posted on 05/13/2008 6:21:46 PM PDT by ought-six ( Multiculturalism is national suicide, and political correctness is the cyanide capsule.)
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“Now leftists control pretty much every western nation.”

No, like usual we are behind the curve. Germany, Frnace and now England went Conservative because lefties destroyed their countries. So while they are trying to recover, we will now go to the left and really fong it up.


7 posted on 05/13/2008 7:00:30 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Shouldn't the libs love a Hunter Thompson ticket in 08?)
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