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Tuesday, August 01, 2006

The Weather Isn't the Only Hot News Around...

I've been keeping track with some of the Middle East stuff that is going on.

I got to thinking about how Israel has been given a 'free rein' in their conflict with Hezbollah.

I can see it in my mind's eye...

The politically correct rhetoric is coming out of the world leaders' mouths, but under the table...

They're giving Israel a "thumb's up".

Perhaps their eyes have finally been opened to what is really going on. How can you reason with someone that has no sense of reason?

These folks have sworn death to Americans and Israel.

They want to cry about lost innocent lives but an organization, and a religion, that straps bombs to their children and starts training their young boys for warfare at the age of 14...

Now really, can you believe that their cries are sincere?

They don't cherish and love their very own children's lives enough to even consider giving up and denouncing their own sworn destinies.

They've sworn death to the Americans and Israel.

So what did they want? A war in which only they can launch rockets?

Permission to execute terrorist acts unihibited?

Excuse me?

Why are these "innocents" in the bull's eye anyway?

Especially since Israel gives them ample warnings of where they are going to strike and even tells the locals to evacuate.

So why are they still there?

The Lebanese government hasn't sent any buses or vans out to pick any of these people up either. Do you think maybe they would like some of the Hezbollah seats to become vacant in their government as well?

Don't you think it's a little unfair for Hezbollah, Iran, and other like supporters of this terrorist organization, to demand a cease-fire, and yet continue to "promise" that they will follow through with their death threats to Israel?

I mean really. Does this make sense to anyone?

All this has gotten me to wondering about how many enemies Hezbollah might really have. Heck... In secret, France might not even like them.

Especially since they are ~next door~ to one of the biggest dens for terrorists in Europe today.

But for right now, Israel is the only one with the guts to stand up...

And say what needs to be said...

And do what needs to be done.

I believe that a lot of other folks are thankful that Israel is doing it too.

Did you know:

Hezbollah never has launched a strike on U.S. soil, but prior to al-Qaida's Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, it was responsible for more American deaths than any other terrorist group.

Hezbollah is accused of attacking the U.S. embassy in Lebanon, killing 63, and of a spate of kidnappings and murders of Americans in Lebanon. Hezbollah's deadliest attack against Americans was the 1983 bombing of Marine barracks in Beirut that killed 241 U.S. servicemen.

Detroit is home to one of the largest Muslim communities in the United States. Hezbollah sympathizers have been caught fund-raising in the city.

U.S. law enforcement agencies reportedly have indications Hezbollah agents are on U.S. soil and may be planning attacks.

Israel needs our support, our prayers...

And our gratitude.



Blogger Dr. A said...

I definitely admit my ignorance on this one. Until the past 1-2 months, I have not wanted to understand anything about that area: not the geography, not the names of the groups, not the politics, nothing.

The more and more I learn, the more and more I get upset about what's really going on over there and how that impacts the politics in the West, particularly in Washington.

The world is ganging up on Israel on a diplomatic front and further isolating them. I agree, they need our support and prayers. Good post.

August 01, 2006 10:02 PM  
Anonymous Moof said...

TJ, I belong to a Lebanese church. No, I'm not Lebanese, I'm Franco-American. But nevertheless, it's the church I attend.

About 2 weeks ago, a little lady from our church, who hails from Beirut (as do many of the rest of our church family, including the pastor) told me that the "regular people" in Lebanon want the Israelis to succeed. They do not like the way the Israelis are indiscriminately killing civilians with their bombing, but they're not happy that Hezbollah got all of this started.

She reminded me: "Not many people know that Lebanon is not Muslim. Lebanon is the only Christian country over there."

And she's right. Not many realize that.

Israel needs to be more careful, and the Lebanese army needs to step up to the plate. It's been a very bad place to be for a terribly long time now.

August 02, 2006 9:48 AM  
Anonymous wolfbaby said...

I watched something on CNN the other day about this... gave me the weebee jeebies..

im not happy bout the innocents dying.. specially not the children but something needs to be done...

Hezbolah claims how innoncent they are but in reality i belive they are talking out of both sides of their mouths.. it was scarry watchin this guy talk about how innoncent they were he was convincing .. until i watched the other guy come across with the statistics of what hezbolah had claimed .... scary...

the rein of terror needs to stop and people need to stop side steping the issues of you can't always play nice.. and follow the rules .. that is exactly how they win.. because they know we will follow the rules.

August 02, 2006 3:46 PM  
Blogger It's me, T.J. said...

Hey Dr. A...

Without some kind of understanding of what is going on in our world, we are left without a yardstick that we can hold up to our politicians. No way to judge them, no way to know if they are governing in our best interests.

We have to open our eyes, and be willing to be the adults that we are. Take on the hard questions, and quit passing off the things that are difficult to someone else.

Hey Moof...

I know that Christianity is few and far between. I tried to get some good information on the demographics over there and discovered that Lebanon is about 30% Christian.


The rest of the demographics are:

Muslim 70% (including Shi'a, Sunni, Druze, Isma'ilite, Alawite or Nusayri)

I really do wonder where the Lebanese army is. More than likely it is a political problem that prevents them from moving the Lebanese army into the south.

Something probably akin to suicide for the government.

Hey Wolfbaby...

the issues of you can't always play nice.. and follow the rules .. that is exactly how they win.. because they know we will follow the rules.

You're right.


August 02, 2006 6:03 PM  
Blogger QualicumRN said...

interesting comments...no we can't put our heads in the sand and hope it will all go away...but there are always two sides to every story...sacrificing their children....I am not sure...that is their belief...we don't have to agree with it...but to them it is the greatest gift they can give....I don't like it....I wish it wasn't so....but we must dig deeper and as some else commented here make politicians accountable and seek the truth.....just my thoughts....

August 03, 2006 12:00 AM  
Blogger It's me, T.J. said...

Hey Mary Anne...

Thanks for the comment.

One of my big things about it all is that I would like to know the truth...

Not the media slant.


August 03, 2006 11:34 AM  

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