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Guns of August, Redux

Some may well call this a fantasy, but is it? Or is it what happens when America takes the gloves off, and decides some more winning is in order. “On July 29th 20 Iran successfully launches a Shahab rocket and orbiting satellite, proving it has a formidable functioning delivery vehicle, then announces it has produced sufficient […]

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Breaking – US Arming Hezbollah With State-Of-The-Art Missiles

 

The U.S. delivered part of an $8.6 million military aid package to Lebanon today including laser-guided artillery shells and Hellfire air-to-surface missiles. This amounts to a doubling of military aid to Lebanon.

The story from the Obama Administration is that these munitions are to help Lebanon’s military defend the country’s eastern border from what the State Department referred to as “violent extremists.”

Just one thing…speaking of violent extremists, there’s a peculiar thing about Lebanon’s Army. Like the rest of Lebanon’s military, it is now  totally integrated with Hezbollah. And it has been for years.

The armaments the Obama Administration is giving Lebanon will thus be freely available to  Hezbollah and used against Israel when the time comes.That’s why the Israelis made a formal announcement  that if they were attacked from Lebanon again, unlike the last time they would consider it an attack on Israel by Lebanon, not just Hezbollah.

And it even gets worse than  that.

Those extremists the Obama Administration  is blathering about?A reasonable person might think that would include Jaish al-Fatah, the Army of Conquest. These are the so-called  ‘moderates’ funded, armed and trained by President Obama in conjunction with Turkey, Qatar and the Saudis. Jaish al-Fatah is primarily composed of ‘moderates’ like Ahrar ash-Sham, an officially designated terrorist group and  the al-Qaeda offshoot al-Nusrah.And they’re right on Lebanon’s border in Idlib province.

 

These are the same wonderful folks the Obama administration is complaining about Vladimir Putin conducting air strikes on:

“Greater than 90 percent of the strikes that we’ve seen them take to date have not been against ISIL or al Qaeda-affiliated terrorists,” said State Department spokesman John Kirby.

“They’ve been largely against opposition groups that want a better future for Syria and don’t want to see the Assad regime stay in power.
Al-Nusrah isn’t affiliated with al-Qaedah? That’s certainly not what they say. Read up on al-Nusrah and Ahrar ash-Sham. You’ll quickly find out what kind of future these hard line Islamists want for Syria, and their differences with ISIS could basically be summed up by the phrase ‘Who’s going to be king of the mountain ?’

This is material aid to terrorism, something that is clearly against U.S. law except when President Obama does it. Even more, we’re aiding both sides in this conflict who, whatever their differences hate us and have plenty of American blood on their hands.

At least Russia’s Vladimir Putin seems to know whose side he’s on. And he seems to be actually taking on those ‘Sunni extremists’ and ‘al-Qada affiliated terrorists’ John Kirby was talking about.

As for me, I have to confess something. When my tax dollars are going to a government that funds  groups that would happily murder me and my family let alone my friends in Israel,  it is definitely food for thought.

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Breaking – US Arming Hezbollah With State-Of-The-Art Missiles

 

The U.S. delivered part of an $8.6 million military aid package to Lebanon today including laser-guided artillery shells and Hellfire air-to-surface missiles. This amounts to a doubling of military aid to Lebanon.

The story from the Obama Administration is that these munitions are to help Lebanon’s military defend the country’s eastern border from what the State Department referred to as “violent extremists.”

Just one thing…speaking of violent extremists, there’s a peculiar thing about Lebanon’s Army. Like the rest of Lebanon’s military, it is now  totally integrated with Hezbollah. And it has been for years.

The armaments the Obama Administration is giving Lebanon will thus be freely available to  Hezbollah and used against Israel when the time comes.That’s why the Israelis made a formal announcement  that if they were attacked from Lebanon again, unlike the last time they would consider it an attack on Israel by Lebanon, not just Hezbollah.

And it even gets worse than  that.

Those extremists the Obama Administration  is blathering about?A reasonable person might think that would include Jaish al-Fatah, the Army of Conquest. These are the so-called  ‘moderates’ funded, armed and trained by President Obama in conjunction with Turkey, Qatar and the Saudis. Jaish al-Fatah is primarily composed of ‘moderates’ like Ahrar ash-Sham, an officially designated terrorist group and  the al-Qaeda offshoot al-Nusrah.And they’re right on Lebanon’s border in Idlib province.

 

These are the same wonderful folks the Obama administration is complaining about Vladimir Putin conducting air strikes on:

“Greater than 90 percent of the strikes that we’ve seen them take to date have not been against ISIL or al Qaeda-affiliated terrorists,” said State Department spokesman John Kirby.

“They’ve been largely against opposition groups that want a better future for Syria and don’t want to see the Assad regime stay in power.
Al-Nusrah isn’t affiliated with al-Qaedah? That’s certainly not what they say. Read up on al-Nusrah and Ahrar ash-Sham. You’ll quickly find out what kind of future these hard line Islamists want for Syria, and their differences with ISIS could basically be summed up by the phrase ‘Who’s going to be king of the mountain ?’

This is material aid to terrorism, something that is clearly against U.S. law except when President Obama does it. Even more, we’re aiding both sides in this conflict who, whatever their differences hate us and have plenty of American blood on their hands.

At least Russia’s Vladimir Putin seems to know whose side he’s on. And he seems to be actually taking on those ‘Sunni extremists’ and ‘al-Qada affiliated terrorists’ John Kirby was talking about.

As for me, I have to confess something. When my tax dollars are going to a government that funds  groups that would happily murder me and my family let alone my friends in Israel,  it is definitely food for thought.

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Israeli Strike Takes Out Iranian General And Hezbollah Leaders

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Israel pulled off a very successful air strike today near Syria’s Quneitra border crossing.As many as 12 Hezbollah and Iranian officials took the dirt nap as an Israeli attack chopper scored direct hits on the three car convoy they were traveling in.

Among the dead were Iranian Revolutionary Guard general Mohammad Ali Allahdadi, who had just been promoted as the IRG commander in charge of Iranian troops and Iran trained Shi’ite militiamen fighting for Syria’s Basher Assad. His aides were also killed.

Another was a prominent Hezbollah commander, Jihad Mugniyeh, the son of the late and unlamented Imad Mugniyeh.

 Hezbollah supporters carry the coffin of militant Jihad Mughniyeh during his funeral in a southern Beirut suburb on January 19, 2015. (photo credit: AFP PHOTO /JOSEPH EID)

According to my sources, the Israelis got wind of a plan to ramp up terrorist attacks on their northern border and decided on a little preventive pest control.

Kol Hakavod, Chevra…well done.

We’ll see if Hezbollah responds. The IDF has already deployed a couple of Iron Dome batteries in the Golan they say they’re prepared. My guess is that Hezbollah swallows this and limits itself to rhetoric, for now.  The Israelis have been crystal clear that unlike 2006, any attack by Hezbollah will be considered as coming from Lebanon, since Hezbollah pretty much runs that country as an Iranian colony now.

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What ‘Demilitarization’ Really Means

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One of Israeli PM Netanyahu’s problems with both John Kerry’s Hamas friendly ceasefire offer and the UN’s call for an unconditional ceasefire was that neither mentioned demilitarizing Gaza, which Netanyahu rightly considers one of the prime goals of the current conflict.

But when he mentions this as something ‘the international community’ should be calling for, he’s kidding himself. And to go even farther, even if the ‘international community’ agreed to do so and put it in writing, Netanyahu and the  Israeli people would be incredibly naive to accept it at face value.

Does anyone remember the 2006 Lebanon ceasefire? That resulted in a binding Series 7 UN Security Council Resolution 1701 that guaranteed the disarming of a terrorist group , Hezbollah. In exchange for the IDF ending hostilities and withdrawing all its forces back over the border, UNIFIL and the Lebanese army were supposed to see to it that Hezbollah never returned to its strongholds in South Lebanon and to disarm Hezbollah and all other militias or ‘armed groups’ as the resolution put it. 

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With Syria and Iran in mind, there were even mention of specific penalties to be evoked in UNSCR 1701 in the event of  any foreign entity rearming Hezbollah.Even Sheik Nasrallah of Hezbollah agreed to the resolution’s terms.

So, what happened? Once the IDF pulled out all of a sudden things changed. Hezbollah refused to be disarmed, and the then United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan suddenly came up with the brand new position that the UNIFIL troops were not going to take any responsibility to do so, and that it was up to the Lebanese government..who were far too weak to disarm Hezbollah on their own.

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And when Hezbollah said that it was going to ignore UNSCR 1701’s provision that Lebanon south of the Litani River was to be a Hezbollah free zone, did the UN or UNIFIL say one word? Maybe ‘not our job’ but not much else.

And in August of that same year, when Turkish authorities intercepted five Iranian cargo aircraft and one Syrian aircraft carrying missiles to Hezbollah forced them to land at Diyarbakır Airport in southeastern Turkey, did the UN do anything about it? Uhhh, no.

That is how the ‘international community’ does disarmament and demilitarization. Especially when it comes to Islamist terrorists where Israel is concerned.

My point here? Expecting the US or the UN to demilitarize Gaza and disarm Hamas is to believe in a fairy tale no matter what either of them put on a piece pf paper.Especially with President Obama in charge.

The only way to disarm and ‘demilitarize’ Gaza and make sure it stays that way is for the IDF to defeat Hezbollah completely. And Israel can only trust Israel to actually do it.

After that, to ensure it stays that way Israel needs to annex Gaza and and remove a substantial part of the population to UNRWA camps outside Israeli territory, or to Area A, or to a combination of the two Then repopulate Gaza with Jews and watch it become a Singapore or a Hong Kong.

This would not be a solution without cost. Solutions deferred for years never are.

But in the end, peace comes from victory. And after all of the ‘sacrifices for peace’ written in Jewish blood forced on Israel since the Oslo debacle, I think the Israeli people would support this over these constant wars of attrition that grow more costly each time. Enough of the balagan gadol.

Cross Posted at The Times Of Israel

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Here’s Why A Disproportionate Response To Terrorism Works

 Here’s a good example of why a disproportionate response to terrorist aggression works.This morning, three Katyusha missiles were fired at Israeli towns in the north of the country from the Lebanese border.They landed near Kfar Yuval, between the…

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Red lines Obama, Democrats never draw

Christians, Jews, women, and freedom-loving Muslims await compassion from liberal Democrats who have showered their love on the former Soviet Union, Viet Cong, Sandinistas, Fidel Castro, Yassir Arafat, ‘Reformer’ Assad, Iranian Mullahs, and Sharia-imposing Muslim Brotherhoods. Poor Americans desiring full-time work for middle class wages would also appreciate some consideration from the food stamp, green energy, gay marriage, amnesty for illegals, Obamacare, contraceptive and race-obsessed re-elected president and | Read More » . . . → Read More: Red lines Obama, Democrats never draw . . . → Read More: Red lines Obama, Democrats never draw

Mysterious Explosion At Hezbollah Headquarters After Ambush of Four Israeli Soldiers

There was a huge explosion today in Hezbollah’s Lebanon stronghold in southern Beirut.A powerful car bomb killed an estimated 20 people and wounded many more.A Sunni group calling itself the Aisha Umm-al Mouemeneen (Brigades of Aisha) claimed respons… . . . → Read More: Mysterious Explosion At Hezbollah Headquarters After Ambush of Four Israeli Soldiers . . . → Read More: Mysterious Explosion At Hezbollah Headquarters After Ambush of Four Israeli Soldiers

US Military Chief General Dempsey’s Latest Brilliant Idea – ‘Let’s Arm And Train Hezbollah!”

 General Martin Dempsey is President Obama’s Head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. And in spite of a good record in combat in Iraq, it’s pretty obvious that he fits in perfectly with this president and his policy goals.Aside from being the point man … . . . → Read More: US Military Chief General Dempsey’s Latest Brilliant Idea – ‘Let’s Arm And Train Hezbollah!” . . . → Read More: US Military Chief General Dempsey’s Latest Brilliant Idea – ‘Let’s Arm And Train Hezbollah!”