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Monday, July 17, 2006

Who's Who

Newsweek has a good "who's who" article of the various factions in the current Mid-East crisis up on it's website. More importantly, it's a who's backing who; where groups like Hezbollah and Hamas are getting their backing.

It gives a good account of the history of Hezbollah, for those who wonder where they get the money for all those rockets and missiles.

At the same time the Washington Post has an interesting op/ed piece by Fawaz A. Gerges, Postcard from Beruit. Mister Gerges laments that "The only way out of this predicament is for the international community to resolve the deadlock between Israel and Hezbollah."

He evidently forgot that the international community was central to the removal of Syria proper from Lebanon a few years ago, and that Hezbollah ignored the requests to disarm that was followed by other militias.

Instead of looking south for the cause of their problems, the Lebanese might want to take a look east, both directly to Syria, and farther, to Iran. That's where they'll find the sources of money and weapons that allow their country to be used as a launch pad against Israel.

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Blogger Lone Pony said...

That was a great article. Very informative history.

It also shows that the Lebanese people really are supportive of Hizbullah - and why. I guess if you want to know where someone's heart is, look in his checkbook. (Deposits and withdrawals apparently.)

Just wondering, if I remember correctly, at one time you seemed to be against taking military action against Iran. Has all this changed your opinion?

6:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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7:10 PM  
Blogger shoprat said...

Thank you. Useful

8:54 PM  

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