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Will Appeasing Hezbollah Work Better than it Did with Nazi Germany?

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

Death tolls don’t attract readers. Unless you have a strategic stake in an ongoing war, you will likely avert your eyes (especially if you’re mainly on the dying side, as opposed to the killing side) when the tally of dead in this conflict or that appears in the news.

Syria has been the site of an appalling state-sanctioned bloodbath for more than two years. When the UN stopped conducting its own death count there in January 2012, the senior UN human rights official Navi Pillay said the toll was more than 5,000. We went to the website of the London-based Syrian Network for Human Rights earlier today. There [this page] they offer these heart-stopping updated numbers:

  • People killed since the start of the uprising against Bashar al-Assad: 83,598
  • Of whom the number of civilians killed is 74,993.
  • Of that number of civilians, 8,393 are children and 7,686 are women.
  • The number tortured to death: 2,441.

Smaller, more human-scale numbers, are easier for some to visualize. So the same organization’s home page gives these numbers for the deaths of just the past few days: Thursday June 6: 84. Wednesday June 5: 69. Tuesday June 4: 91.

Just numbers, true. But signifying dead humans and lost lives.

It’s horrifying. But now please note that the leaders of Hezbollah, the Shi’ite Islamist terrorists based in Lebanon, want those numbers to become bigger and better. A Lebanese news source says its leaders vowed today

to continue to help Syrian President Bashar Assad in his two-year-old civil war against rebels, while insisting the party be involved in national government decisions… “We will not change our position on protecting our people and the backbone of the resistance [Syria] regardless of intensified pressure locally, regionally and internationally,” Hezbollah’s Sheikh Nabil Qaouk said… “The more the threats and the more the pressures are exerted on us, the more the spirit of the resistance and enthusiasm has flared…”

The bogus claim to be at the heart of something called ‘resistance’ has served Hezbollah well. It gets very substantial military training, weapons, explosives and money, as well as political, diplomatic and organizational aid, from Iran (Wikipedia). In fact, for all practical purposes it serves as an arm of the Iranian leadership. It gets additional cash, and support, from Shi’ites living in West Africa, the United States and the tri-border South American area where Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil meet.

Hezbollah has not always been as open about the murderous role it is playing in the Syrian killing fields. Its chief, Hassan Nasrallah, admitted to that role in a May 25, 2013 address that MEMRI also translated to English. Hezbollah “cannot stand idly by” he said, while the Syrian regime is embroiled in civil war. It was an admission that caused outrage in the non-Shi’ite parts of the Arab world, particularly in the Arab/Persian Gulf (we don’t take sides in that naming battle), with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), convening in Saudi Arabia last Sunday, deciding (see Al-Watan newspaper) “to examine taking measures against Hizbullah’s interests”. As with most of Nasrallah’s pronouncements, it was deliberate and calculated.

Hezbollah has become a so-called ‘state within a state’ in its native Lebanon, but has grown lethally active in other places too, particularly in Europe. Reuters pointed out a few days ago that while there are increasingly focused efforts to outlaw Hezbollah in Europe, this

would mark a major policy shift for the European Union, which has resisted pressure from Israel and Washington to do so for years. [Reuters]

One of the factors behind the push to blacklist the Shi’ites is a terror attack carried out this past summer in a Black Sea vacation resort called Burgas. A Bulgarian bus driver was killed, along with 5 Israeli tourists. 32 more were injured. A bomb exploded on their bus at Burgas airport, minutes after they flew in on an Israeli charter flight. Two Hezbollah “activists” were fingered along with an unfortunate third man who died while putting the bomb inside the bus. The intelligence forces of Bulgaria, Israeli and the US, as well as Europol, have said Hezbollah carried out the cold-blooded atrocity. They also believe Hezbollah’s Iran-driven terrorism is on the move, spreading out to other parts of the world.

Assad: I Won’t Quit, the People Say Who Stays and Goes, Not the US

Saturday, May 18th, 2013

Syrian President Bashar Assad said in an interview with the Argentine newspaper Clarin Saturday that he has no plans to step down before elections are held in Syria, utterly rejecting the demand by the rebels that the civil war must conclude with his departure.

Assad was described by Clarin as looking more like a business executive than a beleaguered dictator. He spoke calmly, defending the tough approach of his military offensive across Syria, and denying the veracity of the publicized body count (more than 70 thousand) in UN reports. He also denied allegations of his troops using chemical weapons like saran gas, and rejected complaints that his military, well equipped with Russian weapons, are using excessive force in the crackdown.

He said that although his government supports the international conference which will be held in Geneva in late May, between Washington and Moscow, to discuss an end to the Syrian crisis, but was skeptical about the results.

Still, Assad’s comments to Clarin were his first public discussion of his possible role in any political transition. So far, neither the Assad government nor the Syrian National Coalition have announced that they would participate in such a process.

Assad acknowledged that there is fear within his regime of a possible invasion. “It is a valid probability, especially after we have hit the armed groups in many parts of Syria and the balance of forces on the ground began to change,” he remarked. “Then these countries asked Israel to attack us, to boost the morale of the terrorist groups,” he added.

Assad wryly denied the allegations made by Israel and the United States on his use of chemical weapons in the war, and attributed their use to the rebels. “Those statements regarding chemical weapons changed daily. Chemical weapons are weapons of mass destruction. They say it was used in residential areas. If I said to you that a nuclear bomb was dropped on a suburb and the balance of casualties is ten or twenty people, would you believe me? The use of chemical weapons in residential areas means killing thousands or tens of thousands of people in minutes. Who could hide such a thing?”

Assad insisted that the rebels he is facing are ultra-Islamist terrorists, seeking to overthrow his secular government, and they’re receiving aid from the West. He accuses the Americans of cooperating with Qatar and Saudi Arabia to impose an extremist regimein Syria.

Assad said he was like the skipper of a ship in a stormy sea, “the country is in a crisis and when a ship faces a storm, the captain does not flee.”

The first thing the skipper does “is face the storm and guide the ship back to safety,” Assad declared. “I am not someone who shirks his responsibilities.”

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/assad-i-wont-quit-the-people-say-who-stays-and-goes-not-the-us/2013/05/18/

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