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Posted on Oct 3, 2006
Lebanese girls
Courtesy Nir Rosen

Two young Lebanese women sport T-shirts emblazoned with the image of Hizballah leader Seyid Hassan Nasrallah, who became perhaps the most popular leader in the Middle East in the wake of Israel’s 33-day war with Hizballah this summer. They are pictured here at a Sept. 22 Hizballah victory rally in a southern Beirut suburb.

By Nir Rosen

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And unlike many of his counterparts in Iraq, Nasrallah is ingenuously urging a course of national unity in Lebanon. During his Sept. 22 speech, he went out of his way to use the rhetoric of Lebanese nationalism while condemning sectarianism. In previous speeches Nasrallah had declared that he was fighting for the umma, the world Muslim community, which is vastly Sunni. He charmed the Lebanese in a recent television interview when he looked his female interviewer in the eyes, allowed her to interrupt him and smiled with her, practically flirting. His posters can be found in Iraq, Palestine, Egypt; his name is spoken with pride in Saudi Arabia. In Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, I recently saw shops named in his honor, and heard a local cleric compare the conflict the cleric’s Islamic court militias were facing with Ethiopia and U.S.-backed warlords to Hizballah’s conflict with the American-supported Israelis.

The details of that conflict are instructive, because in it I again saw the tragic error inherent in the Bush administration’s policy of viewing the entire Muslim world through the “war on terror” prism, rather than judging each conflict on its own. In Somalia, it is widely believed that the CIA is funding a slew of unpopular and criminal warlords against a popular Islamic militia movement (which the CIA neither confirms nor denies, of course). This suspected U.S. support comes despite the fact that most analysts believe the militias are not harboring any significant terrorists nor are they likely to set up a Taliban-style regime in the country. As a result, the perception in Somalia is that the U.S. has allied itself with warlords who are terrorizing the populace in an attempt to stamp out a popular Islamic uprising.

It is this same distorting war-on-terror prism that has led the Bush administration to view resistance fighters in Iraq as mere terrorists—as opposed to elements of a popular movement made up of Sunnis and Shias with real grievances against an oppressive and increasingly onerous occupation. As a result, the inhabitants of entire towns and provinces have been branded as terrorists and “anti-Iraqi forces”—and treated as such. When I was visiting Falluja in the spring of 2004 it was clear that the vast majority of the defenders of that city were locals who believed they were fighting in self-defense against a foe that sought to destroy their city and oppress them. They were nationalists, fighting against foreign occupation. Their city of 300,000 was virtually destroyed—turned into the proverbial parking lot. Falluja became legendary in the Muslim world for its resistance to occupation and for its martyrs—much like the people of south Lebanese villages such as Aita al Shaab, who boast of their willingness to die for their ideals and of their sumud, or steadfastness.

During his Sept. 22 speech Nasrallah paid tribute to their sumud, but he also spoke of national unity, insisting that the resistance had prevented civil war from recurring in Lebanon. He called for the Lebanese state to become strong, just, capable and free of corruption. When the state became able to protect Lebanon, the resistance would give up its weapons, he promised. Hizballah was not a totalitarian movement, he insisted, and he was not a ruler—nor would his sons be.

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Support for Hizballah transcends economic class divides and the divide between religious and secular Shias. Hizballah is one of the few movements in Lebanon addressing substantive issues that transcend sectarian identity—issues like corruption, social justice, rejection of America’s new Middle East project, resistance to Israeli occupation, and support for the oppressed Palestinians.

Hizballah now has strong allies and supporters among most of Lebanon’s Christians (who make up some 40% of the population); it also enjoys the support of most of the 400,000 Palestinian refugees living in Lebanese camps. Indeed, the war has only increased Hizballah’s supporters. I spoke to Sheikh Maher Hamoud, a powerful Sunni leader in Sidon, who told me that although he had objected to many of Hizballah’s positions before the war, he had supported them during the war and had no disagreements with them now. Hizballah’s victory was a victory for Lebanon, Arabs and all Muslims, he said, adding that “our pride was restored.” I spoke to Joseph Moukarzel, owner of the newspaper Addabour, and a leading organizer of the March 14 movement that was Hizballah’s main opponent in Lebanon. “I was for taking Hizballah’s weapons before the war, and I still am,” he told me, “but in the war I had two choices, to be with Hizballah or to be with Israel. I chose Hizballah. Hizballah was David and Israel was Goliath.”


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By Hussein, May 9, 2010 at 4:34 pm Link to this comment
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Hello ,
i have read most of your comments and i saw a lot of opinions about Hezbollah .
From my point of view i can only tell you that for the people who have a wrong idea about Hezbollah , that they are terrorist .. you should visit Lebanon and see for your self who is Hezbollah for real.. they are people who seek freedom for their country against the one’s who try to invade it or take it . they are people like me and you ..

i want to ask you a question . If your country was attacked by another country , and your army is not strong enough for some reason ( such as weapons , no strong defenses .. etc ) wouldn’t you want to defend it ? wouldn’t your friend want to defend it ?
that is what Hezbollah is . and in the end , your enemy call you terrorist .. and you believe them ..

you might ask me why they don’t give their weapon to the army so they get stronger or even join them.. ?
they don’t do so for many reasons , take this for example , Hezbollah strength is in it’s secrecy , the enemy never know why they are going to be stricken or when or how .. but if it is with the classic army , they can easily strike their courters and they will be defend-less .. specially that Lebanon doesn’t have an air force of defiance line against enemy air force attacks due to some laws that us made so Israel will not be in danger against the Lebanese army ..!! in this case , if Hezbollah doesn’t exist , Israel can take Lebanon in 2-4 hours as they did in 1982 when we didn’t have a resistance .. the army couldn’t stop them , they where kicked out of Lebanon due to the strong resistance from Hezbollah and other resistance groups in 2000 .

you can look it up for more information if you guys like .

now i might see some people who disagree with me , but they cant disagree with the historical facts .
so before you say if Hezbollah is terrorist .. look up for what they did and you will know that all i said IS true ,


With my best regards
Hussein

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By maxim, September 20, 2009 at 6:19 pm Link to this comment
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im a lebanese chritian.. for the western people the reason y u think that hezbollah is terrorist is the result of the israely lobby who is taking over ur minds and channels and playin wth thee truth..for example obama knows the real and truth story about the resistance against israel bt he couldnt do anythin bcz the israely lobby stoped him from doin the right thing since the devil is beside him and in this world devil will eventually win and aboma will result as bush… second for those who say that hizboallah kills israely civilian should kno that israel was found by the help of money that was served to kill palastinians that were half critians in past times and take over their lans. to take your attention, hizbollah is fedendin critians nt only muslims bcz the fact that israel terretory was established is the result of the critian jews conflict in europe due to the nazist actions against jews so they turned against us as a response to the nzist actions. finally for us and muslims especially 2 agree that a holocost happend to jews by nazist, they should agree that they did it to palastinians. to israel people i am sad to sat that the star on the flag is always there but david had left it long ago.. the question is CAN U RETURN HIM?

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By fran, June 8, 2008 at 11:35 am Link to this comment
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In The Name Of God
Only Tell : Down With Israel &
Down With American Govenment

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By fo, January 24, 2008 at 4:58 pm Link to this comment
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thank you!
It’s nice to hear that a non-Muslim is on your side once…to hear that we’re NOT called terrorists. I’ve always learned to stand up 4 what u believe in and to fight back when there’s nothing else to do. Hezbollah is not bad, they are NOT terrorists…they are simply fighting 4 their country…they want what they deserve. I KNOW that no one in the US would give up what they own…especially not for Jews. [[not that i have anything against them]] Give us a chance just one time…not ALL Middle Easterners are terrorists…none of us are “terror"ists…

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By fo, January 24, 2008 at 4:53 pm Link to this comment
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first of all, i think it’s very offensive calling Muslims, actually ANYBODY, a terrorist. First off, Muslims are believers in Islam, and Islam is belief in peace…and terrorist??? isnt that the exact OPPOSITE of Islam??!! By the way, this is OUR war, what was your purpose of entering it anyways?? Israel wil soon stop…us Muslims never treated them badly. THE NOTSIES DID!! ADOLF HITLER DID!! We’re totally AGAINST all of this. Our tears have shed and so has our lives. But our faith, belief in God, and courage is greater than ever. We will not break down…

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By ali saleh, October 11, 2007 at 6:34 am Link to this comment
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i love nassrallah

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By misawi, June 21, 2007 at 8:00 am Link to this comment
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alah akbar

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By sarah, June 4, 2007 at 12:01 pm Link to this comment
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lets start from the beginning.Israelies were officially planning to bomb lebanon before those 2 soldiers were captured.It was great coincidence that the 2 soldiers were captured a day before the plan.then automatically the israelies found an excuse to use in the media to all the people and say that they’re threatening to bomb lebanon if Hezbollah does not return their soldiers and even though there was a fair deal given by Hezbollah, to exchange their prisoners kept in israeli prisons for years with the the 2 israeli soldiers they refused the offer and decided to kill innocent civilians however, Hezbollah had a brain to only aim at the attacking soldiers for self defence.Israel has ALWAYS and will be jealous of LEBANON, it beauty, power and people.that is the true story of the war that took place between israel and Lebanon in 2006, july.

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By kayla, April 18, 2007 at 4:39 pm Link to this comment
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what are we talking about again? oh whatever lets just talk about what i want to talk about i want to talk about cheerleading it is so fun i do stunts i do jumps i do cheers i’ll tell you one of them j-a-m we got to jam j—a—m we gotta gotta jam whooo i also so want to talk about school i made alot of honor rolls one time i got straight A’s i got about 40$ so anyways i’ll get back with you somewhere,somehow,someway goodbye

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By Spinoza, November 28, 2006 at 6:17 pm Link to this comment
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Watch Nir Rosen on Democracy Now

http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=06/11/27/1447216

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By Needlerdamus, October 21, 2006 at 10:18 pm Link to this comment
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nihado & other people who think they’re special:  Do not separate yourself from the rest of the world.  You’re gonna give yourself cancer carrying all that hatred around.  How’s that working for ya?

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By Rosen Opponent, October 21, 2006 at 6:54 am Link to this comment
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Rosen, you have absolutely no journalistic objectivity. This could have appeared in PRAVDA. I believe in the values of my own culture, like the Lebanese do, and I have no doubts I would rather be here than there.

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By nihado, October 12, 2006 at 7:06 am Link to this comment
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hizballah is the best . he staned agnist isreal all the time . let god save him and make him the nomber 1 all over the world . above the all .and crash isreal on his hands
Nihado….fair arabian

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By John, October 10, 2006 at 5:16 am Link to this comment
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Hezbollah are the only Arabs who have succesfully managed to defy Israeli plans.

Israel wanted to get its kidnapped soldiers without any condition. Which is why it launched the war. It failed to release the soldiers. Israel vowed to destroy or disarm the militias. It neither destroyed nor disarms Hezbollah. Israel then vowed to end Hezbaollah’s presence in south Lebanon and push them beoynd the Latani river. It again failed to do either.

In humiliation it is now making a deal through the UN to secure the release of two Israel soldiers. It is giving in to demands made by Hassan Nasrallah. Hezbollah vowed never to release the Israel soldiers unless Israel releases hundreds of Lebanese men and women which Israel abducted and still hold Israeli jails.

It seems that Hezbollah’s aims are fulfilled and Israel’s objectives all lie in ruin. Hezbollah even destroyed American plan for ‘new middle east’. Nasrallah is problably the only leader who simultaneouly slapped Olmert, Blair and Bush. He has declared that even the most powerful army in the world - the US military - has no incapable of taking guns from hands of Hezbollah fighters.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/5372622.stm

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/5370038.stm

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/5408724.stm

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/646149.stm

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By big AL, October 9, 2006 at 7:24 pm Link to this comment
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Hey,
Mr I cant think of my own name so ill just say “Al has a beautiful mind.“i never called libs terrorists.but i guess when you use lies as weapons then use the media to get the stupid public to mass produce your drivel,causing economic and political upheavels,even in the face of outside aggression,constantly dropping “bombshells"of propaganda and lies on an unsuspecting public incapa ble of independent thought,then id guess youd call that political terrorism.thats pretty good.now get your own name!(youre a perfect example of the incapability of independent thought,liberals have no standing dogma of what they are for but a constant shifting of what they are strictly against.and as the saying goes,“those who stand for nothing will fall for anything"by the late,great Malcolm X

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By Dan, October 9, 2006 at 7:16 pm Link to this comment
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Hating Nazirallah killed our children as he killed Jews, Muslims and Christians in Israel, just to free his murderous buddy out of prison. I pray for his arrest/death. Amen.

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By go_sleep_jihad.., October 9, 2006 at 4:28 pm Link to this comment
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gooooo..#27867 by Who-Is-This-Jihad-TABOULLI
and hey jihad MISSY.. go sleeep or cry with ur prime minister….
long live hezbullah and nasralah

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By Who-Is-This-Jihad-TABOULLI?, October 9, 2006 at 3:13 pm Link to this comment
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hey Jihad, You SPEAK as you are the leader of all the lebanese??????? U said all lebanese doesn’t want HIZBALLAH…I don’t know where u got that from???Or Maybe You are Saying that ANDDDDDDD are you to say so????
I don’t care what u think, I don’t even care if you agree with them or not, but where were you MISTER when Those ZIONIST were killing the South lebanese INNOCENT since 1972 till now???? (Let’s not talk about palestine or etc….) coz i think u are that Kind of PEople who thinks that LEBANON and it’s TABOULE Are the only GOOD CREATION OF GOD….Well Listen U MISSY…Live wherever u want and leave us ALONE…We NEVER FELT SAFE UNTILL HIZBOLLAH Came to SOUTH LEbanon….WE ARE ALL HIZBOLLAH…LONG LIVE NASSRALLAH

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By Needlerdamus, October 9, 2006 at 2:25 pm Link to this comment
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#27795 by beijair: The closest to the truth. Real Americans do not push their views on others—this is a trait of a fundamentalist missionary, not a world leader.  Shame on you Americans who voted this quack into office.  He’s gonna get us hammered on by the world.  He needs to resign before his damage is completely irreversible.  Why are there not millions protesting for that.  If only the Mexicans’ powers of protest could be channeled into impeaching Bush—oh, but that’s right—he’s already got them conned, too.  He sprekins Hispanole.  What a con-artist—and the wolf in sheep’s clothing has himself convinced of his own lies—MENTAL!

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By jihad!, October 9, 2006 at 8:50 am Link to this comment
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Lee, I am Lebanese and I love my country… But i feel as if it isn’t mine anymore! I understand why some people like HezbAllah, but this group does what Iran and Syria want…not what Lebanon needs.
Officially, 3 Lebanese are in Israeli’s prison (i am sure they are more than 3)...so that is why HezbAllah kidnaped the soldiers this summer… ok, the 3 lebanese tried to kill Israelis now they are in jail over there and hezbAllah wants them out…
The thing that I don’t understand is…officially, there is more than 2000 lebanese is syrian jail…they are journalists, young adults that didn’t try to kill anyone, they are in jail because of liberty of expression… hezbAllah woukd never want to rescue them…they don’t even care about them, in fact, they take their orders from Syria and Iran… my mother is half syrian, and if you are not from that part of the world, tou can not understand what is happening…

And to redstate, you ask me where my party was when israel started the bombing… your party is trained by iran and syria, your party is strong, it will take over Lebanon, sadly….
My party doesn’t have weapons because we don’t want to fight no one… HezbAllah began this war, not Israel…Israel acted like nazis , i know…
Israel is ready to kill every one only to protect it’s citizen… HezbAllah is ready to kill every one of it’s people only to unprotect israeli’s citizen…

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By beijair, October 9, 2006 at 7:38 am Link to this comment
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Wow, too much hate!  I too am an American and I can understand why so many countries have come to feel that America is evil.  We push our view onto others.  If Iran or others came to my country and pushed their view onto me, I would stand up and fight.  Time for America to get out of the business of world police and focus on their own country.  Time to remove religion from government as we all know religion only leads to war.  American should be an example against war and torture but instead, our christian (thou shalt not kill) president is able to manipulate the weak minded and remain in power.  It amazes me that we can do so much evil in the name of god, even in the usa.  I prefer to spend our tax dollars building a stronger america and let some of the other world leaders start to do their share in the world police force.  there are many investments we can make in our own country.  stop bombing and rebuilding other countries and make jobs for americans.

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By Alhassan Sulaiman, October 9, 2006 at 6:10 am Link to this comment
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Lallai wannan ‘ko’kari danaga kunayi Allah yasaka maku da Alkhairi amin domin kuna fe’de gaskiya iya yadda take illa dai kuma ina mai’kara maku da addu,a Allah yabaku sabatin cigaba da fa’din gaskiya yabarmu tareda Hizbullah, yakuma ba musulmin duniya nasara kan Abokanan gabansu Allah ya gaggauta bayyanar Imam Al,qaim AS yasanyamu daga cikin mataimakanshi amin summa amin ‘dan,uwanku Alhassan daga Nigeria kaduna.wannan itace lambar wayata nagode sainaji daga gareku +2348029011578.

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By redstate, October 8, 2006 at 9:08 pm Link to this comment
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long live the army of god!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
hey jihad where was your army and them other parties whenever the jews want abit of your country eh?

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By redstate, October 8, 2006 at 8:59 pm Link to this comment
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long live the army of god!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
hey jihad where was your army and them other parties whenever the jews want abit of country eh?

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By Lee, October 8, 2006 at 8:40 pm Link to this comment
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This so called jihad! Is an Israely. Speaking as Lebanese. Don’t hide behind these pages, thinking people wouldn’t read your lies….

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By Ali, October 8, 2006 at 7:59 pm Link to this comment
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My English is not good
I think that the best way for every one to know about the ather is to listen to him and read his ideas . and this site is what you need to know about “Hezbolla” :
http://www.wa3ad.org

Ali
kuwait

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By Pito, October 8, 2006 at 5:06 pm Link to this comment
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Pump it hotiies!!!!!!!

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By ed_tru_lib, October 8, 2006 at 4:35 pm Link to this comment
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Rosen reminds me of the liberal, or at least mainstream pundits in america in the days, which stretched into years, after 9-11, falling all over themselves to sing Bush’s praises, finding whole new avenues even fox “news” would have been shamefaced (then at least) to come up with, to remind us of how great our leader was, how he had “found his voice” and how we should unite “behind” him. (just parentetically, why is it always uniting “behind” somebody; never beside or on top of them?}
Hezbollah took money and weapons from Iran to murder Israelis: soldiers, housewives, schoolchildren. They are no less evil now than any mass murderers who have, hopefully temporarily, gotten away with it. Were nazi’s who escaped to Paraguay, and started going to church and occasionally volunteering at a soup kitchen any less guilty of their war crimes, or less deserving of punishment? Liberals can see the right wing enemies of freedom and decency coming-at least after a while. Its the nuts of the looney-left, like anyone who would think hezbollah was or ever could be anything other than blood-spilling, blood-drinking monsters, who will NEVER learn.

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By jihad!, October 8, 2006 at 2:36 pm Link to this comment
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and by the way… many of those people who were in hizb allah’s rally were brought from Iran…

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By jihad!, October 8, 2006 at 2:27 pm Link to this comment
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Lebanon doesn’t want Hizb Allah, they don’t take in consideration other parties… Why my country is the only one to have 2 armies???? Why are they the only party that has the right to have weapons in Lebanon? They have put posters of iranian politicians all over Lebanon… so where is the independance that we seek? To you all, Lebanese prefer to have a country that looks like France or the US than to have a country that is like Iran, we don’t want to be a “freedom killer” country.
There is no arab country that does something to help Palestinians…but all of them put pressure on Lebanon to save them and to kill “the devil” (Israel as they call it)...so Lebanon is destroyed so that arab countries can profit from our weakness…and our land…
We are peace loving people… we don’t want war, we don’t want resistance, we want peace! (Israel too i think…)

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By Patrick Walker, October 8, 2006 at 9:39 am Link to this comment
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“Would someone please explain to me why the majority of cruelty, suffering, terrorism and war in the world today always has Islam involved?”

No, it doesn’t.  Want to read about barbarity on the scale of WWI that took place during the late 1990s?  Check out Congo.  What happened there at the time made Rwanda look small.  It made Darfur into a small joke.  Southern Africa is not Islamic.  5000 were dying each day (on average) for years and it never made the papers.  Why?  Because they were a) black, and b) didn’t involve Islam.

Islam has become the surrogate for the Soviet menace.  It had to be made the New Evil Empire to keep the armaments industry going.  China couldn’t become Enemy #1, unless you wanted to make WalMart your enemy.  Muslims are the new boogeymen.

Peru has had terrorism problems for years, yet it is not Islamic.

The reason you think that is because Islam is being singled out.

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By A Norwegian, October 8, 2006 at 7:04 am Link to this comment
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What about Nasrallahs speaches where he encourages
his followers and all muslims to kill all infidels? This is not just a threat to the Jews, but a declaration of war on the Western world! When are we going to wake up and realize that there are a growing number of people in the world - islamists - who are not peaceful and hate the west and thinks threr is a war already goin on! I really hope that the peaceful muslim majority try to stop this development! The future of the civilized world depends of it!

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By redstate, October 8, 2006 at 4:01 am Link to this comment
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Long live the Party of God! The people of south Lebanon have stayed true to thier warrior roots and have both suffered graet losses and achieved a great victory, shame on those who label a freedom loving people as terrorists, if Americans want a new more peaceful middle east then just get the hell out of there and stop starting wars. Oh yeah I also agree with 27545, that guy named shawn PEACE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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By big al has a beautiful mind, October 7, 2006 at 10:03 pm Link to this comment
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big al you certainly have a beautiful mind to come up with such a warped conspiracy theory about the dangerous liberals who are really communists.  get with the times, red-baiters are now terror-baiters, you have to call liberals terrorists now not communists.  maybe your automaton mind hasn’t been plugged into the fascist radio programs of the right-wing nuts enough to realize that. you are a paradox waiting to implode from your red-faced, fascist, spastic, hot head, wet fart stained tighty whitey un-reality.

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By yours truly, October 7, 2006 at 3:16 pm Link to this comment
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Hizballah may be just what the Middle East has been looking for; Islam, open, tolerant and free.  As in Spain before the Inquisition. Perfect timing too, what with the U.S.A. already well into its “Sorry, but we gotta destroy you in order to make you over in our image” brand of colonialism.” 

And what a break for humankind should Hizballah prove to be not just ready and willing, but able to do the heretofore unthinkable -  Lead us away from this abyss and on to the ascending slopes of freedom’s majestic heights.  Way to go, Hizballah.

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By yours truly, October 7, 2006 at 3:11 pm Link to this comment
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Hizballah may be just what the Middle East has been looking for; Islam, open, tolerant and free.  As in Spain before the Inquisition. Perfect timing too, what with the U.S.A. already well into it’s “Sorry, but we gotta destroy you in order to make you over in our image” brand of colonialism. 

And what a break for humankind should Hizballah prove to be not just ready and willing, but able to do the heretofore unthinkable -  Lead us away from this abyss and on to the ascending slopes of freedom’s majestic heights.  Way to go, Hizballah.

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By big AL, October 7, 2006 at 11:16 am Link to this comment
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become the media-i can no longer argue w/the fools of this site(all people w/brains who have the capacity to think beyond sound-bites,and you had some real good ones in there,my friend)who seemingly have lost the ability to think for themselves.if you had this ability, you would see that the lib movement is communism in disguise(not all that good of a disguise even).and,yes,islam has declared war on America several times and the libs play on your heart to win your allegiance.of course we want peace thats why islam must be destroyed!so anyway ill end this with the old saying,“never argue long with a fool,lest you be percieved as one”.libs are so stupid!

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By shawn, October 7, 2006 at 10:02 am Link to this comment
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All I know is the one on the right at the top of the article is a smokin hottie.

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By Fadel Abdallah, October 7, 2006 at 9:40 am Link to this comment
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Another Physical and Psychological Israeli Barrier to Peace!

The latest 33-day Israeli all open war against Lebanon resulted in the killing of some 1000 people, most of them civilians, children, women and old. The number of injured and crippled runs in the thousands. This barbaric war left the south of Lebanon in total ruins.

However, this is not the end of the story about Israeli savagery. In the last day of the war, Israel dropped what is estimated to be between a million and a million and half cluster bombs. These bombs are killing and maiming Lebanese, again mostly children and women, at a rate of 5 people per day. Of course, the mainstream Israeli-cheering American and Western media would not consider this ongoing slow killing news worth reporting. Therefore, one has to look for the few alternative free news media outlets to learn about this tragic situation. However, God (or nature for those who don’t believe in God) has a way to send conscientious human beings to expose, document and record for history the horrible crimes of the Zionist entity. 

At Stop the War’s CEASEFIRE NOW demonstration on August 5, they asked people to bring children’s shoes to lay at the Cenotaph in Whitehall to signify the high proportion of fatalities among young children resulting from Israel’s barbaric attacks on Lebanon’s civilian areas, then taking place. The response was extraordinary and very moving and after the demonstration Stop the War collected a huge number of shoes.

They have now given the shoes collected at the CEASEFIRE NOW demonstration to Handicap International UK, which is organizing the 2006 PYRAMID OF SHOES in Hyde Park on Saturday 14 October, to support the international campaign against cluster bombs. The main focus of the event is the construction of a PYRAMID OF SHOES, each shoe representing a life or limb lost to a cluster bomb.

The Pyramid of Shoes event has added significance for Stop the War, given the many protests that they organized against Israel’s bombardment of Lebanon. One of Israel’s innumerable war crimes was the carpet bombing of southern Lebanon with more than one million cluster bombs, which it is predicted will kill and maim hundreds of civilians in the months, or even years, to come.

Members of the public are asked to participate in the Pyramid of Shoes event in Hyde Park on 14 October by bringing a pair of shoes to show their support for victims and populations under threat of cluster bombs worldwide.

Thank you Nir Rosen and thank you CEASEFIRE NOW group for being among the few warriors for peace and justice in a world constantly shifting to neofascism, with the drunk behind the weel, Satanic Bush, leading the merchants of death camp!

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بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم, أشكر صاحب هذا المقال وأتمنى عل كل صاحب ضمير في هذا العالم أن يدعم المقاومة اللبنانية الباسلة لانها فخر و اعتزاز لكل المصتضعفين  وخاصة العالم العربي و الاسلامي وما النصر الا من عند الله.

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By z., October 7, 2006 at 4:33 am Link to this comment
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Thank you Nir for this article and my best regards for u and for all Lebanese people mainly those in the south.
In response to T. article:
Im surprised that u claim knowing anything about the Israeli history or having any knowledge about Hezbollah and still dare say that Israel is anything near “humane” also im confused by how do u define humanity… is it as the Israeli children did by signing the bombs to be sent to kill children and civilians while sleeping?? Or is it as the Israelis did by destroying towns and making massacres like in “kana” and “Marwahen“ ,or by the 1200 civilian slaughtered by the Israeli bomb??? ohh there is another guess is ur definition of the Israeli humanity confirmed by the 1 million cluster bomb thrown in southern Lebanon to kill civilians most of which are children all their guilt is that there NICE and HUMANE neighbor (which became their neighbor by conquering others peoples land of course and declares there neighborhood rights by killing daily there true neighbors),this claimed neighbor understands humanity only throw war and massacres.
Another thing how do u claim knowing so much about Hezbollah and still say that Hezbollah is a terrorist act world wide,where not only to the Arabs and Muslims also to the Zionists them selves whom are the true enemies of Hezbollah its known that Hezbollah resistance soldiers are only found in Lebanon. Only if ur talking about the resistive act itself against any evil or injustice but even this eventhu its touched by Hezbollah it is not carried by its soldiers any where out side Lebanon.
… About what you said about Sedum Hussein I guess and im certain that Sedum Hussein with all his evil, he did nothing near what the US government is doing in Gwantanamo prisons or in the Iraqi prisons them selves.

And in response to the lady who called the entire terrorist Muslims just one thing Aerial Sharon was a terrorist, a war criminal and he is not Muslim.
Hitler was a terrorist and is not Muslim…
And if u’r talking about Ben laden who claims Islam and who is truly far from Islam as David is from Goliath, I want you to ask your self who sponsored him and agve him the weapones to fight the Russians in Afghanistan and plz b smart in ur answer even once in ur life.

And for those who r asking them selves what is terrorism and who are the terrorists look in and read the history of Israel and u’ll know the answer.. Those who kill mercilessly children while sleeping by weapons signed by their own children I believe to be terrorists..
Thank you for time.

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By big AL, October 6, 2006 at 8:01 pm Link to this comment
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Become the media-im sorry i worded that wrong for all of you pc"s out there.no you are right the muslims are not the enemy.and most of those people over there really just want to live their lives.they are not the enemy any more than the german people were in ww1 or 2.no more the enemy than the japanese in ww2.however , these people(and you)it seems have allowed their land to be taken over by extremists.it is not the people who wage wars on nations,it is their governments.and islam does not allow for a secular government(why dont you do some reading yourself instead of ranting about big brother,little brother or whatever that useless diatribe was)islam has waged a war on America,and it is morons like you who,if ever left in charge at the gates of our great nation that you constantly ridicule,would give it away to tyrants just like the hesbollah who are trying to decieve the world in order to strike at the weakness of our nation which is soft-hearted people like you.please,wake up.yes islam has waged war on America and they are the enemy,and they think its great that people like you dont believe it.you should really try making sense sometimes.

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By Become the Media, October 6, 2006 at 3:12 pm Link to this comment
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In response to the comment by Big AL - #27346:

No, I’m sorry Al, your viewpoint is horrendously shortsighted and just flatly wrong. “The Muslims are the enemy”??? What, did all Muslims just suddenly get up out of their chairs and declare war on you Al? Muslims are not the enemy. I’m not sure how all of a sudden, the bombing of a country by an aggressive force makes the defending force our enemy. How did this twisted bit of logic come about in your head? Have you been brainwashed by Fox News or something?
Look, if you read the article closely, you will read that almost half the population of Lebanon is Christian, and 40% of Christians in that country support the actions of Hezbollah. It is now quickly become a secular political force in the region that is interested in protecting its own people from Isreali attacks, much like the Palestinians have done in the past few decades. Isreal did nothing but aggrevate the situaion. Instead of talking fist and bombing last, they followed the path of the USA and bombed first. How can I make you understand the farcity and utter illegality of this action? Maybe I can dumb down some ideas for you: It’s the story of big brother punching little brother in the face and knocking him out for wanting to play with a couple of blocks—when big brother already stole half of little brother’s blocks years ago. But in this case, big brother didn’t think twice that little brother was so tired of his big brother’s abusive shit that’s he’d be stockpiling enough knives to eviscerate big brother.

Tell me this:
Why not send in a clandestine force to get your couple of kidnapped soliers?
Was that an impossible task? can you show me some flawed faux news intelligence saying that it would have been prohibitive for Isreal to perform a ‘traditional’ counter terrorist action?

I’d like to continue to smash your viewpoint to hell rationally, but unfortunately this ridiculous idea of George Bush wagging his fingers at those he deems, “The Evil Ones” keeps coming into my head whenever I read your post over, and I am just dumbfounded and don’t think it’s worth any more of my time.

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By Cullen, October 6, 2006 at 2:19 pm Link to this comment
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I had no idea Lebanese girls were so hot!

Make love not war. Clearly these girls are just like teenagers everywhere.

Fuck all you adults and your stupid governments. Owning things sux.

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By Anthony, October 6, 2006 at 11:16 am Link to this comment
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Thank you Nir for this article. This can’t be a biased article, while the US mainstream media describes people that bother it “Terrorist”.
But i am aware that the Nazi’s used to call any form of resistance Terrorist organisation, i bet this word lost its meaning with people like Bush and like the Zionist Israelis (not jew).

Wake up people, Hezbollah is the fruit of Israeli oppression and destruction, imagine Hezbollah a not bearded christian organisation against Israel, i bet people would call it resistance then , right?

Thanks again Nir for exposing the truth that the Olmert/Bush administration don’t want to hear about.

Anthony
France

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By big AL, October 6, 2006 at 8:07 am Link to this comment
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Andy,the muslims are the enemy!if they treated us like israel,theyd be our allies!we need israel for a military presence there,thats why we support them.they are our allies and hezbollah is our enemy!its as simple as that.and jews and muslims were fighting for israel THOUSANDS of years before 1948.wake up libs!

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By Eddie Younes, October 6, 2006 at 7:21 am Link to this comment
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You know .. i hate it when the Truth is under some one’s nose and he cant see it nor smell it.. Simply guys.. who are the terrorists here ... What exactly is terrorism?  it is the infliction of violence on civilians for political reasons, thats what Nir Rosen said, and if anyone has another Defenition .. ill be more than glad to know about it… This whole War thing that has been going on starting in Palestine (then) Afghanistan and last but not least Lebanon, passing through Iraq..it’s not a new Colonilization nor old ambitions for expansion .. oh and lets not forget its not for oil.. and yeah lets try keep the reliegious part away cuz these wars.. they could never be collison between civilizations or between jesus freak hypocrites and catholics and between Radical sunnis or shiaas.. lets simply go with the Flow and believe what they say that its a war on Terror ... Well who said that this War on Terror has to be from one side?? if terror was the killing of civilans then thanks to Nir Rosen, he described clearly ,beautifully and perceptively what is really going on in the Middle East particularly Israel’s 39 year old brutal occupation and oppression of Palestinians on their own land which continue to be supported and financed by Washington and made invisible by the media. Arabs and moslems also have the right to fight israeli and american Terrorism that is killing their Civilians As much as the israly and the Americans has the right to Fight the Arab and so called moslem Terrorism that killed all these People on 9/11, and ther;s no need to mention who started First Blood, history is Clear.

i believe that and eye should be for an eye and a tooth for a tooth and let the best Win. Armageddon is Near and im plannig to get front row tickets to watch the end of Civilization.

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By Dr Judi, October 5, 2006 at 6:07 pm Link to this comment
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Can someone explain what would happen to Lebanon, specifically South Lebanon, if the Hezbollah were not there?

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By saul, October 5, 2006 at 5:31 pm Link to this comment
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big Al

Like you I don’t like praying five times a day and the suppression of the Muslim religion, however, America if it keeps going the way it is will be run by Jesus Freak hypocrites and Catholics who will have you doing their thing.
Hizballah may not be all the all good shown here but neither is Isreal.
Israel was recognized because of the guilt of the world for the Holocaust. However, the price for this was paid for by the people in the area. Somehow, people forget how Irgun etc were considered terrorists and at the same time people forget that Israel has been under constant siege.
It is this conflict that is at the base of the problems in the area and until addressed - all the people fighting in Iraq is a complete waste.
Bush should have tried to settle this and maybe we wouldn’t have the rpoblems we do

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By kenial, October 5, 2006 at 3:35 pm Link to this comment
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Andy,

I am not an American; thank God for that would imply that I am a greedy, immoral, ruthless, slaving owning-sex driven maniancs—right?!!

Before I answer your question Andy, would you please explain to me thy the majority of colonialism, occupations (Iraq, Afganistan, India, Libya, Algeria…the list can go on if you’d like), wars (i.e. WWI and II), propaganda, sex scandals (Catholic Priesthood, Bill Clinton),  introduction of pornography and every other moral debaucary have been led by the West or to be more precise—the White Man. I’m sure you can add a few more if you look at your own American History. Now, does that mean that every white man is a colonialist, war monger, pornographer or slave owners/a racist bigot—No, but every slave owner, colonialist and a sexual deprived and abused Priest has been white. Is it fair for me to make such a conclusion. I hope you’d answer No….for your sake!

Sorry Andy, I hope not to offend you but this issue you raise is understandable but not valid. It is much more complex than that. Please try to look at the context of each situation whether they it is in Iraq, Afghansitan, Indonesia or where ever. Though, I am not condoning the action of the heinous acts done in the name of Islam—for that is undoutblly a perversion of a beautiful faith—but at the same time, such events are not because of a small nail called Islam.

Take Care and May God guide you and I to the Truth

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By Needlerdamus, October 5, 2006 at 2:41 pm Link to this comment
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...reading this article and then the comments afterward blows my mind.  We are knee deep in neo-con BS from US administration.  Notice that they are all so very careful not to incriminate themselves for war crimes.  That is, afterall, the ultimate price to pay for their denial of failure.  Even if their intentions may be dubious, Hezbollah adjusts.  US administration should be learning from their example, but they are too busy being megalomaniacs.

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By Andy, October 5, 2006 at 2:26 pm Link to this comment
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2 things hit me.
(1) many of the posts above sound exactly the same. In particular the ones the start with “I am an American”.
(2) Would someone please explain to me why the majority of cruelty, suffering, terrorism and war in the world today always has Islam involved?
Africa, Middle East, Far East, Europe, Asia. No matter where. Always the same. Muslims attacking someone. How could Islam be a religion of peace when all they do is make war? For sure, all muslims are not terrorists, but all terrorists seem to be muslim. To kill in the name of God? Sick. Thank you for your time.

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By Nasir, October 5, 2006 at 11:16 am Link to this comment
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First why is Israeli hated by the Arab/Islamic
nations first, the Zionist are the most racist and prejudice people, 2nd stalling the peace progress and UN resolutions they never follow through with any UN resolution or peace agreement. The most mistrust people.
3rd the Lobbying in US for their support.
4th The Arabs / Islamic nations don’t hate the Americans or US but their foreign policy, because the Arabs have invest in US economy - 3 trillion dollars far more the Zionist state.

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By Anthony Joseph Geha Yuja, October 5, 2006 at 10:46 am Link to this comment
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Kudos to Nir Rosen for his eloquent and moving article on Hizbullah describing how this David like popular lebanese resistance movement withstood the brutal assault of the Israeli Goliath with its deadly high tech weaponry and thousands of elite forces wantonly raining destruction on lebanese villages and residential quarters and death mostly on lebanese civilians (in a ratio of 10 to 1 Israeli).

Not content with its month long callous bombardment which devastated great parts of Lebanon’s civilian infrastructure, Israel in the 72 hours preceding the cease fire rained tens of thousands of cluster bombs knowing that these murder instruments will continue to kill hundreds of powerless Lebanese civilians mostly children and farmers for years to come.

Nir Rosen is a rare breed of principled writer/journalist describing beautifully and perceptively what is really going on in the Middle East particularly Israel’s 39 year old brutal occupation and oppression of Palestinians on their own land which continue to be supported and financed by Washington and made invisible by the media.

Israel’s relentless crimes and atrocities, coupled with its apartheid policies and contempt for the Geneva conventions and the rule of law regretfully continue to be tacitly approved by the Bush Administration and its western and middle eastern allies and ignored or covered up by a zionist controlled mainstream media whose reporting and omissions reflect a fraudulent hollywood created reality where the aggressor and occupier is the victim and whoever is resisting its assault a terrorist !

God bless Nir Rosen for being the honourable and human face of the United States of America that still has a heart and elementary decency and that is outraged by the fraudulent nature of this New World Order of greed and deceit ,wich is victimizing peace loving and working people everywhere,  whose new weapon is this so called War on Terror, which is nothing but state terror in disguise.

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By Tarek, October 5, 2006 at 10:11 am Link to this comment
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Nir Rosen is obviously a admirer of Hizbollah for whatever reason and the spirit of his article is a clear evidence of that and his idea of Hizbollah being secular is a wishful thinking. I can’t imagine that anyone not even Nasrallah himself would ever agree to consider himself or his party secular. Wake up and smell the coffee, it is burning. Secondly, Mr. Rosen does not understand the realities of Lebanon and if he really understood them he should have incorporating them into his article. What makes Hizbollah different from other Islamic party in the region is not Hizbollah`s doctrine or the way he would choose to impose his dogmatic Islamic regime on the rest of the Lebanese but it is because of Lebanon realities on the ground. He should have consulted with Robert Fisk who has more experience than him before he wrote his article.  Hizbollas is not secular and Hizbollah is not the Taliban, Hizbollah is an extrapolation of Iran Islamic revolution and an advocate of the new shia crescent power in the Middle East. Whether you fear them or not, I guess it depends on which fence you sit.

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By ugarit, October 5, 2006 at 8:25 am Link to this comment
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“Dig in the history books and you will see that every single Israeli – Arab war was caused by Arab aggression and brutality – every single one!!!!” written by T.  on 10/04 at 3:19 pm

You’ve been reading propaganda my friend.

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By ruben, October 5, 2006 at 8:08 am Link to this comment
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How easily you forget that this is the same Hezbollah that hides among civilians and takes Isrealis hostage etc. Make no mistake I’m not supporter of Israel but Hezbolla are no better. They’d take one of our journalists hostage if they wanted to. I wonder what Nir Rosen would have to say after they have AK-47’s aimed at this head and his pregnant wife. Don’t give me this “human” and “peaceful” bullshit. They are murderers! They’d blow up those two girls in the picture. They don’t care.
And let me guess this guy also thinks that Mexico should take back the southwestern United States. Wake up!

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By Adnan, October 5, 2006 at 5:26 am Link to this comment
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Jews are alienating the only group of people which always protected them throughout history, Muslims.
Next time when Crusaders start killing and ethnically cleansing them it might be to late to start looking for cover in lands controlled by Muslims.
You might want a read Uri’s article:
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15089.htm

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By kevin99999, October 5, 2006 at 4:29 am Link to this comment
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My sympathies lie with people of palestine and lebanon who have endured so much since Israel came into being and palestinians lost their land. Their suffering also caused by the stupidity of arab leaders.

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By fatima, October 5, 2006 at 4:17 am Link to this comment
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Hizballah is part of the government with 23 seats in Parliament . Hizballah has been blamed for crimes it did not commit by the zionist media . Hizballah has often TOLD the lebanese gov so many times that if given an opportunity to capture soldiers , they do it to release their prisoners .  the soldiers were captured in Aita SHAAB on Lebanese soil , check your maps . this attack was Discussed long time ago by the israelis ( New york :  Hersh )

Thanks for the Jewish person who apologized to the lebanese for the loss of life and how unethical Israel behaved (targeting UN and Citizens and water supplies and 87 bridges , and electricity and carpet bombing whole villages .

89 people died in Lebanon AFTER cease fire because of the million cluster bombs it used 5 days before the cease fire. that s hate not war. 2 died only yesterday . one 84 years old is in a coma after pruning his tree and touching a cluster bomb.  Israel should be ashamed of itself and america too for providing these deadly weapons in civilian areas .

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By big Al, October 5, 2006 at 3:22 am Link to this comment
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mark,it sounds like you hate America,why dont you go to lebanon?i hate stupid libs!these people are not worth one iota of pity or mercy.u see in the real world,nations sometimes fight wars.its usually for resources,power,etc…and whoever wins takes all.mark,i dont know,you may like saying prayers five times a day,no secular entertainment,oppression and de-sexing of women,and public executions administerd by a religious state,but me myself,i love the american way,and hippocrits like yourself love it too or else youd have your stupid self over there in lebanon.as usual another lib that makes no sense whatsoever.if i was the pres people like you would be forced to go live in an islamic state at gunpoint.love em so much please leave us true Americans alone and just go there!

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By Saqib, October 5, 2006 at 1:36 am Link to this comment
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There is quite a lot of hatred in some of these points

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By Rubber Man, October 4, 2006 at 11:22 pm Link to this comment
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I am an American, First.  I send my deepest heartfelt apologies to the people of Israel.  We have facilitated your neo-colonial experiment of finding a plot of land, ethnic cleansing the local population and settling there so that it could further expand my country’s imperial ambitions.  Forever pushing you into conflicts with your neighbors so that you will feel the need of having a big brother to stand behind you in a region where you think everyone wants to rip you apart, but in reality, you are just our pit bull sent there to keep your neighbors cowered toward us.

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By jb, October 4, 2006 at 9:59 pm Link to this comment
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The Islamic revolution in Iran started as a “secular” revolution. The people who toppled the Shah were not only the ayatollahs. Once they came into power, they eliminated the Communists and other secular nationalists and imposed their dictatorship on Iran. Nasrallah would do the same if had the chance. The fact that Lebanese pop stars are featured in racy video clips or that there are lingerie ads in Beirut says nothing about Hizbullah’s intentions. Most Lebanese Christians know that and don’t have the same romanticizing tendencies as Hizbullah sympathizers on the outside.

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By Harris Brio, October 4, 2006 at 8:46 pm Link to this comment
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An American, living in exile, I would like to send my deepest sympathies to the people especially the children of Lebanon who suffered horrific targeting by the IDF, and of course a hearty applause to Hezbullah, for providing a morale boost to people much neglected and unfairly victimized by the lunatic Evangelofascists that have taken over my country.

Hezbullah should be praised for its ability to prove Israeli weapons are prone to failure, lets face it, this war was about showing off Israeli armmenant to future buyers, all wars are, since they are never fought for security, but for weapons manufacturs corporate advertisements.

Israel has been given carde blanche via support from the world wide media and Western governments its a spoiled child that is stuck in prepetual nursery school play pen, attacking each other child whom it fears will get the rattle, spin top or soothing ring.

Its sole purpose is to be a holding pen for the Evangelofascist next Final Solution kindly termed the Rapture. I would offer condolences to the Israeli’s, but they know what they are getting into and for whom…

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By gary, October 4, 2006 at 5:40 pm Link to this comment
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What Israel does for example this last episode is why the Arab world hates them and us so much! We give them the bombs to kill these people as if they don’t deserve to live! yet we are now engaged in helping them do that in Iraq! What will it take for the U.S.A. to realize it’s our policies toward Israel that is causing this?! The Arab world use to not hate us so much but now it might be too late to change it, by design I’m sure! You can’t be so biased and think the other side won’t see through your actions. So it has to be on purpose to start WW3. Just wait until their big brother shows up meaning Russia and China and see what happens! By the way both Christians and Muslims get along in Lebanon at least until now.

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By Dr RY, October 4, 2006 at 4:18 pm Link to this comment
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Dr. Judi,

I think what the world wants is just the end of Israeli eugenics. 

People really don’t want state or liberation or other forms of terrorism, which is a separate (criminal) matter from religion.

Dr RY

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By T., October 4, 2006 at 3:19 pm Link to this comment
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This article is a good example of messing facts and personal opinion of the writer.
1.  Hizballah may look like a very tolerant movement – lets not forget that it is a bloody terror organization who has killed tens of innocent women and children not only in Israel but worldwide. The “romantic” picture that the writer is trying to give here as a “youth movement” organization is far from being true.
2.    Hizballah real test will be when it will have to govern a country according to his belief of Islam. Then we will see how free and tolerant he really is. What he is trying to do now is gain support and it is rather obvious in his situation.
3.  Hizballah’s so called “victory” (in my opinion in war neither sides wins) was based on the fact that Israel didn’t conquer all of the villages it has planned to. The reason why is for another discussion but the Israeli army has something that Arab terrorists do not know – that is respect for human life. The easiest thing for Israel was to burry those villages with 2 days of air strikes. I am sure that Saddam Hussein, Hafez Assad or the president of Iran and many Arab “peace worriers   ” would have done this without blinking if it was vise versa.
4.  Instead – The army decided to pass house threw house – against well trained hizballah soldiers – in order to find and capture only those who were involved in missile launching against innocent women and children in Israeli cities, And not to harm innocent people.
Could it be done better military wise? – Perhaps. But let’s not forget what brought Israel to enter these villages instead of striking them form the air.
5.  “30 years of Israeli brutality” – the writer doesn’t know history. All the Israeli retaliation was in response to attacks on Israeli innocent women and children
6.  . In order to stop the constant katyusha bombing on northern Israel, Israel had to attack terrorist bases inside of Lebanon. If self defense is brutality I don’t know in what world we live in.
•  Surrounded by Arab countries – the only reason Israel exists today is for her military force. Dig in the history books and you will see that every single Israeli – Arab war was caused by Arab aggression and brutality – every single one!!!!

    So please lets put everything in proportion and not be influenced by girls who walk with a pictures of nassrallah on the breasts………..

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By Dr. Judi, October 4, 2006 at 1:20 pm Link to this comment
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Kudos to Chris and Ari. Muslim terrorists do not want peace. They want the elimination of Israel and all Jews, and then the entire civilized world, including the U.S. As far as Mr. Rosen’s sympathies toward those who allow the Hezbollah to operate freely from their homes and villages, he needs to study history. There is always a civilian price to pay in war. But it is far better to fight terrorism here and now than wait until there is no one left to fight.

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By ib, October 4, 2006 at 12:26 pm Link to this comment
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I am an American of Jewish decent and I send my deepest heartfelt apologies to the Lebanese people - I am ashamed of the above comments made by Jews who have apparently forgotten what it means to be a Jew.

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By Not Mao, October 4, 2006 at 11:15 am Link to this comment
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Actually Israel served as “stage manager for the revolution” in Lebanon.

By destroying the country’s infastructure, they effectively destroyed the opportunity for a stable, secular, multicultural state and enabled the radical Shiites to come to power.

So think about that before you whine about “Islamofascism” all you neocon racist assholes. Israel should just rebrand itself as the recruiting office for Hezbollah in North Beirut.

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By salman, October 4, 2006 at 9:55 am Link to this comment
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I believe Hizballah exposed the myth of Israeli invincibility. All decent Americans and Israelis must join forces in the quest for peace in the middle east.
Who can forget Condi Rice( the grandchild of slaves) standing next to the Lebanese Prime Minister and deploring the loss of innocent life, knowing that at that very moment U.S. made cluster bombs were being fedexed to Israel to kill more Lebanese. This must go down in world history as the epitome of all evil.

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By Chris, October 4, 2006 at 9:47 am Link to this comment
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Let’s do remember what happened in Lebanon. Lebanon allowed Hezbollah’s army, supported from outside, to control a third of its territory.  Hezbollah attacked Israel, killing and capturing solders, within Israel. Israel responded and now Lebanon is in ruins.
And the Lebanonese celebrate Nasrallah!
This is a testament to the weakness of Lebanon society, and the stupidity of it’s people to follow a leader who answers to foreign interests like Syria and Iran.

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By John, October 4, 2006 at 9:36 am Link to this comment
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Thanks to Nir Rosen for writing about Hizbullah in human terms. We have often witnessed the blood, gore and cries of anguish of Israeli victims. On the Arab side we have seen mostly destroyed buildings and statistics. Nir’s piece portrays the faces behind the statistics. Let’s hope that Israelis are someday allowed to see these faces and hear the cries of Lebanese victims.

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By Texas Al, October 4, 2006 at 9:34 am Link to this comment
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Hizb Allah is nothing more than a Nazi Sturmbahn organization with a professed objective of murdering all Jews, not only in Israel but world-wide.  Nasrallah, who wraps himself in the cloak of Islam proclaimed that he wished all Jews would immigrate to Israel so it would be easier to kill them all.  This beast may say that he’s Muslim, but under the skin he’s Satanic.

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By Ari BenIsrael, October 4, 2006 at 8:17 am Link to this comment
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What a bunch of oily Arab bullshit. Y’all make it sound like Hizbullah asre nothin but a bunch of peace loving fluffy boys and girls.
These are cold stone murderers whio think nothing of using their own children as shields.
Lies, bullshit and more lies.

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By Martha, October 4, 2006 at 8:00 am Link to this comment
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As a supporter of equal treatment for Muslims in this world where they are always cast as bad actors, I have been exposed to a movement coming out America and central Europe.

This despicable movement is bent on recruiting so-called disaffected minorities to join the Muslim religion as saboteurs of Islam!

Here is how it would work: The new ‘converts’ would accept Islam and then report activities to authorities or civil commissions ordained for the purpose of arresting activists and sabotaging plans for Islamic activities organized for purposes of furthering the commands of the Koran as expedited by Imams and Mullahs.

This is despicable and a corruption of a peace-loving and peaceful religion!

I trust that Islam will protect itself from this corrupt activity!

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By Rodolfo, October 4, 2006 at 7:38 am Link to this comment
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I am an American. First, I send my deepest heartfelt apologies to the people of Israel. My goverment has not done enough in assisting you in waging war on the Islamic terrorists that threaten you.

We’re working on freedom for the Iraqis. Soon other countries will be free from nutcases such as Hezb’allah

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By Ala Sharara, October 4, 2006 at 5:28 am Link to this comment
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Kudos to Mark! I am a secular Lebanese who lived in the United States for more than 10 years and returned to my home country few years ago. It is heart warming to see that there remains a high sense of morality and political awareness in parts of the country where “Big brother” just passed the disastrous military commission act of 2006.

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By Mark Kienan, October 3, 2006 at 11:27 pm Link to this comment
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I am an American. First I send my deepest heartfelt apologies to the Lebonese people for the war waged against it by the US and Israel. Second I cheer Hezbollah and its head Nasrallah. I hope Hezbolla leads the middle east peoples to freedom from the corrupt, viscious US war machine and the corrupt regimes in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Jordan proppded up by the US. Of course I hope for freedom and peace for the Iraqi people.

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