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July 31, 2006

Hezbollah’s human shields

Filed under: Global Jihad, Islam, Israel, Mellemøsten, Terror — limewoody @ 2:04 pm

Israel is being vilified by opportunistic politicians and the international media over the air strike that killed 56 persons early yesterday in the Lebanese village of Qana. In the rush to blame Israel, a number of relevant facts are ignored: 1) the sad fact of the matter is that, no matter how much is done to minimize the risk to civilians, civilians inevitably die in wars; 2) Israel has placed its soldiers at risk in order to minimize civilian casualties in Lebanon, while Hezbollah, in flagrant violation of international law, including the Geneva Conventions, deliberately behaves in ways to maximize harm to Israeli and Lebanese civilians; 3) in Qana there were indisputable military targets, including locations from which Hezbollah has been firing rockets into Israel; 4) pending the outcome of an investigation, there is no way to tell whether all of those killed in the airstrike were “civilians,” as Israel’s critics confidently tell us, or whether the dead were actually a mix of combatants and noncombatants.
    Senior Israeli officials said yesterday that Hezbollah rocket launchers were concealed in civilian buildings in the village, from which 150 rockets were fired over the past 20 days. They showed reporters video footage of rocket launchers being driven into Qana, from whence rockets were fired at northern Israeli towns, including Kiryat Shemona, Afula and Ma’alot. Israel targeted the building hit early yesterday because intelligence reports indicated that Hezbollah operatives were inside, along with Katyusha rockets and launchers. Typically Hezbollah fighters fire rockets at Israeli targets and then dart into nearby buildings.
    Indeed, as it has repeatedly done in the course of the 19-day-old military campaign against Hezbollah in Lebanon, the Israel Defense Forces have relinquished the element of surprise by dropping leaflets on Qana and many other Lebanese towns telling residents that they should leave the area because the IDF is preparing to conduct military operations against Hezbollah. Just as Israel tries to move Lebanese civilians out of the line of fire, Hezbollah does its best to put them in danger and peril. In a dispatch published yesterday in Australia, the Sydney Sunday Herald Sun demonstrates just how Hezbollah wages war.
    The photographs, from a Christian area of eastern Beirut called Wadi Chahrour, were smuggled out of Lebanon. One photograph depicts a fighter with an AK-47 rifle guarding “no-go” zones after an Israeli attack, and another with a group of men and youths preparing to fire an anti-aircraft gun in an apartment block, with sheets hanging out to dry on a balcony. Another shows the remnants of a Hezbollah Katyusha rocket in the middle of a residential block destroyed in an Israeli airstrike. An Australian was standing just down the street when the block was obliterated. “Hezbollah came in to launch their rockets, then within minutes the area was blasted by Israeli jets,” he said. “Until the Hezbollah fighters arrived, it had not been touched by the Israelis. Then, it was totally devastated…It was carnage. Two innocent people died in that incident, but it was so lucky it was not more.” (The pictures are posted online at http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun.)
    Hezbollah’s treatment of both Israeli and Lebanese civilians violates international law. Article 51 of the Additional Protocol to the Geneva Convention states that: “The civilian population as such, as well as individual civilians, shall not be the subject of attack.” Moreover, by using Lebanese civilians as human shields, Hezbollah appears to be violating Article 58 of Protocol 1, which requires parties to a conflict to “Avoid locating military objectives within or near densely populated areas.” Article 28 of the Fourth Geneva Convention states: “The presence of a protected person may not be used to render certain points or areas immune from military operations.”
    U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan falsely accuses Israel of deliberately attacking members of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), even as Hezbollah repeatedly targets U.N. peacekeepers. Last Monday, an Internet site called Little Green Footballs notes that the United Nations issued a press release reporting that an unarmed U.N. observer was critically wounded by small arms fire originating from a position controlled by Hezbollah. He was airlifted to an Israeli hospital for treatment. The following day, Hezbollah opened fire on a U.N. convoy, forcing it to turn back. On Friday, U.N. forces issued a press release reporting that “Hezbollah fired from the vicinity of five U.N. positions” in southern Lebanon, and that the number of troops in a Ghanaian battalion of the U.N. is “somewhat reduced” due to Hezbollah firing from near the U.N. positions, which provokes retaliatory shelling from the Israeli side.
    In sum, Hezbollah — along with its enablers in Tehran and Damascus — bears full responsibility for the carnage in both Israel and Lebanon. 
    

http://www.washtimes.com/op-ed/20060730-093558-9976r.htm

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Cry to Those Using Babies as Shields

Filed under: Global Jihad, Islam, Israel, Mellemøsten, Militær, Terror — limewoody @ 1:59 pm

by Naomi Ragen
July 30, 2006

My son is in the army. He is not the type at all, believe me. Quiet, studious, a writer, a lover of Jewish history, Talmud, ethics. He spent two years in a pre-army program in the Galilee called Karmei Chayil. He made many good friends there from all over the country; and now, he and all his friends are in the army.

One of them I know well. A bit chubby, with payot (sidelocks) and a great laugh. He and my son have become like brothers. While both of them tried out for the elite paratroopers unit, only he made it in. He and his unit are the ones in Lebanon. They were there over a week, fighting under horrific conditions, running out of food and water. Even though the Israeli air force dropped tons of leaflets warning civilians to flee because they were in terrorist territory and likely to be injured, they still encountered civilians.

My son spoke to his friend yesterday,and this is how he described it:

The village looked empty, and then we heard noises coming from one of the houses, so we opened fire. But when we went inside, we found two women and a child huddled in the corner of the room. We were so relieved we hadn’t hurt them. We took up base in one of the empty houses. And then, all of a sudden, we came under intense fire. Three rockets were fired at the house we were in. Only one managed to destroy a wall, which fell on one of us, covering him in white dust, but otherwise not hurting him. I spent the whole time feeding bullets to my friend who was shooting non-stop. We managed to kill 26 terrorists. Not one of us was hurt.

Our commanding officer kept walking around, touching everybody on the shoulder, smiling and encouraging us: “We’re are better than they are. Don’t worry.” It calmed us all down. And really, we were much better than them. They are a lousy army. They only win when they hide behind baby carriages.

Please remember this when you hear about the “atrocity” of the Israeli bomb (allegedly) dropped on Kfar Kana, killing many civilians, a place from which Hizbullah has fired hundreds of rockets at Israel. Unlike previous administrations, Mr. Ehud Olmert has my respect when he says: “They were warned to leave. It is the responsibility of Hizbullah for firing rockets amidst civilians.”

Terrorists and their supporters have lost the right to complain about civilian casualties, since all they have done this entire war is target civilians. Every single one of the more than 2,500 rockets launched into Israel is launched into populated towns filled with women and children. Just today, another suicide belt meant to kill civilians in Israel was detonated harmlessly by our forces in Nablus.

So, don’t cry to me about civilian casualties. Cry to those using your babies and wives and mothers; cry to those who store weapons in mosques, ambulances, hospitals and private homes. Cry to those launching deadly rockets from the backyards of your kindergartens and schools. Cry to the heartless men who love death, and who, however many of their troops or civilians die, consider themselves victorious as long as they can keep on firing rockets at our women and children.

Save your sympathy for the mothers and sisters and girlfriends of our young soldiers who would rather be sitting in study halls learning Torah, but have no choice but to risk their precious lives – full of hope, goodness and endless potential – to wipe out the cancerous terrorist cells that threaten their people and all mankind. Make your choice, and save your tears.

That terrorists have been unsuccessful in killing more of our women and children is due to our army, God and our prayers, not to any lack of motivation or intention on their part. If you hide behind your baby to shoot at my baby, you are responsible for getting children killed. You, and you alone.

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/print.php3?what=article&id=6421

Rehov at FPMag.

Filed under: Global Jihad, Mellemøsten, Terror — limewoody @ 8:51 am

http://www.frontpagemag.com/Articles/Printable.asp?ID=23597

Hamas and the Money

Filed under: Global Jihad, Islam, Terror, UK — limewoody @ 8:46 am

http://news.bbc.co.uk/nolavconsole/ukfs_news/hi/bb_wm_fs.stm?news=1&bbram=1&bbwm=1&nbram=1&nbwm=1&nol_storyid=4124514

Who´ll stand up to this?: All European Life Died In Auschwitz

Filed under: Eurabia, Terror, WW2 — limewoody @ 8:18 am

By Sebastian Villar Rodriguez – Spanish Writer, September 23, 2005.

I walked down the street in Barcelona, and suddenly discovered a terrible truth – Europe died in Auschwitz.

We killed six million Jews and replaced them with 20 million Muslims.

In Auschwitz we burned a culture, thought, creativity, talent. We destroyed the chosen people, truly chosen, because they produced great and wonderful people who changed the world.

The contribution of this people is felt in all areas of life: science, art, international trade, and above all, as the conscience of the world. These are the people we burned.

And under the pretence of tolerance, and because we wanted to prove to ourselves that we were cured of the disease of racism, we opened our gates to 20 million Muslims, who brought us stupidity and ignorance, religious extremism and lack of tolerance, crime and poverty due to an unwillingness to work and support their families with pride.

They have turned our beautiful Spanish cities into the third world, drowning in filth and crime.

Shut up in the apartments they receive free from the government, they plan the murder and destruction of their na?ve hosts.

And thus, in our misery, we have exchanged culture for fanatical hatred, creative skill for destructive skill, intelligence for backwardness and superstition.

We have exchanged the pursuit of peace of the Jews of Europe and their talent for hoping for a better future for their children, their determined clinging to life because life is holy, for those who pursue death, for people consumed by the desire for death for themselves and others, for our children and theirs.

What a terrible mistake was made by miserable Europe.

* This is a summary of an article recently printed in a Spanish newspaper, but it applies to most countries of western Europe.

The war against Israel (#1 + #2)

Filed under: Islam, Israel, Mellemøsten, Terror — limewoody @ 8:15 am

#1:http://www.melaniephillips.com/diary/?p=1294

#2: http://www.melaniephillips.com/diary/?p=1292

Qana and Hizb

Filed under: Islam, Israel, Terror — limewoody @ 7:55 am

http://www.mfa.gov.il/MFA/Government/Communiques/2006/Incident+in+Qana+-+IDF+Spokesman+30-Jul-2006.htm

40 % of the Moderate Mussulmen of Indonesia ready to wage war for their peacefull faith…

Filed under: Asia, Islam — limewoody @ 7:50 am

Jakarta, 28 July (AKI) – Up to 1.3 percent of Indonesian Muslims nationwide admit using violence against people or objects they consider contradictory to their beliefs, a survey found, with more than 40 percent ready to wage war for their faith. The survey spanned 1,200 Muslims in 30 of the country’s 33 provinces. Acts of violence in the survey on religion and violence by the Center for Islamic and Social Studies (PPIM) ranged from 0.1 percent of respondents admitting their involvement in demolishing or arson of churches constructed without official permits, to 1.3 percent who committed “intimidation” against those they considered had blasphemed Islam.

“The percentage looks very small but it is very high in its real figure when you note that 85 percent, or 200 million, of the country’s 230 million population are Muslims,” PPIM researcher Jajat Burhanudin said Thursday during the release of the results.

However, other scholars said violence was traditionally widespread in local cultures, and it was unfair to blame Islam for its prevalence.

The survey, conducted from 2001 to March 2006, found 43.5 percent of respondents were ready to wage war on threatening non-Muslim groups, 40 percent would use violence against those blaspheming Islam and 14.7 percent would tear down churches without official permits.

“This condition has helped terrorists easily recruit new comrades and makes the country a fertile ground for sectarian radicalism,” Jajat said.

He added that a simultaneous study on the reasons for the results found Islamic teaching and Islamism made the most significant contributions to violent behavior, both in the domestic and public spheres.

“The more Muslims give their support for certain Islamic teachings legitimizing the use of violence, the more violence will happen.”

He noted that between 30 percent and 58 percent approved of amputation of the left hand for thieves and the stoning to death of rapists, as well as other tenets of sharia law, and opposed the election of non-Muslims for president.

Simplistic understanding of Islamic teachings and the introduction of so-called “yellow books”, detailing Islamic law and regulations, in Islamic boarding schools contributed to the emergence of hard-line groups, the issuance of sharia bylaws and sowed hostility toward non-Muslims, he said.

“To end this, the government must take strategic steps to campaign for pluralism among the people and enforce the law to ensure legal certainty.”

But Islamic scholar Azyumardi Azra said the roots of the violence could not be blamed entirely on Islam, but also on the vengeful nature of some local cultures and common social and political problems, such as poverty, unemployment and political instability.

“The country’s self-image of kindness, tolerance and hospitality must be questioned because local cultures are very close to violence,” he said.

Although there has been increasing unrest since the end of authoritarian rule in 1998 and the dawning of the reform era, he said there were numerous ethnic conflicts since the 1950s.

Azyumardi, also rector of Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University in Ciputat, Tangerang, suggested the reformulation of all Islamic teachings that could be construed as promoting violence and the development of democracy through a campaign for pluralism and tolerance.

“Besides, the country is in dire need of a strong government to create political stability and good governance and ensure the rule of law, while the development of democracy should not end with the general elections and local elections,”

He warned that religious radicalism would become a dangerous threat unless good governance was created, laws were enforced and old religious doctrines were reformulated
Jakarta, 28 July (AKI) – Up to 1.3 percent of Indonesian Muslims nationwide admit using violence against people or objects they consider contradictory to their beliefs, a survey found, with more than 40 percent ready to wage war for their faith. The survey spanned 1,200 Muslims in 30 of the country’s 33 provinces. Acts of violence in the survey on religion and violence by the Center for Islamic and Social Studies (PPIM) ranged from 0.1 percent of respondents admitting their involvement in demolishing or arson of churches constructed without official permits, to 1.3 percent who committed “intimidation” against those they considered had blasphemed Islam.

“The percentage looks very small but it is very high in its real figure when you note that 85 percent, or 200 million, of the country’s 230 million population are Muslims,” PPIM researcher Jajat Burhanudin said Thursday during the release of the results.

However, other scholars said violence was traditionally widespread in local cultures, and it was unfair to blame Islam for its prevalence.

The survey, conducted from 2001 to March 2006, found 43.5 percent of respondents were ready to wage war on threatening non-Muslim groups, 40 percent would use violence against those blaspheming Islam and 14.7 percent would tear down churches without official permits.

“This condition has helped terrorists easily recruit new comrades and makes the country a fertile ground for sectarian radicalism,” Jajat said.

He added that a simultaneous study on the reasons for the results found Islamic teaching and Islamism made the most significant contributions to violent behavior, both in the domestic and public spheres.

“The more Muslims give their support for certain Islamic teachings legitimizing the use of violence, the more violence will happen.”

He noted that between 30 percent and 58 percent approved of amputation of the left hand for thieves and the stoning to death of rapists, as well as other tenets of sharia law, and opposed the election of non-Muslims for president.

Simplistic understanding of Islamic teachings and the introduction of so-called “yellow books”, detailing Islamic law and regulations, in Islamic boarding schools contributed to the emergence of hard-line groups, the issuance of sharia bylaws and sowed hostility toward non-Muslims, he said.

“To end this, the government must take strategic steps to campaign for pluralism among the people and enforce the law to ensure legal certainty.”

But Islamic scholar Azyumardi Azra said the roots of the violence could not be blamed entirely on Islam, but also on the vengeful nature of some local cultures and common social and political problems, such as poverty, unemployment and political instability.

“The country’s self-image of kindness, tolerance and hospitality must be questioned because local cultures are very close to violence,” he said.

Although there has been increasing unrest since the end of authoritarian rule in 1998 and the dawning of the reform era, he said there were numerous ethnic conflicts since the 1950s.

Azyumardi, also rector of Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University in Ciputat, Tangerang, suggested the reformulation of all Islamic teachings that could be construed as promoting violence and the development of democracy through a campaign for pluralism and tolerance.

“Besides, the country is in dire need of a strong government to create political stability and good governance and ensure the rule of law, while the development of democracy should not end with the general elections and local elections,”

He warned that religious radicalism would become a dangerous threat unless good governance was created, laws were enforced and old religious doctrines were reformulated

Lib Gov n´ Hizb and 1559

Filed under: Mellemøsten, Uncategorized — limewoody @ 7:39 am

Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs David Welch has criticized the meeting between Gen. Michel Aoun and Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, saying it could delay the implementation of an international decision that calls on Hizbullah to disarm.
Speaking at the Foreign Press Center in Washington, Welch said the U.S. viewed the meeting between Aoun and Nasrallah as a discussion between two political currents, and not a government discussion.
But when asked if he believed that the implementation of U.N. Resolution 1559 has been undermined by the statement of cooperation between Hizbullah and the Free Patriotic Movement, Welch said: “We are concerned about any understandings, whatever their status, that would appear to postpone such a decision.”
Earlier this week, Hizbullah and the FPM issued a 10-point joint statement of cooperation stating that holding arms was an honorable and sacred way for a resistance group to defend its occupied land.
The two parties also said that the Lebanese should take responsibility for protecting Lebanon especially that Israel occupies the Shabaa Farms, detains Lebanese resistance fighters and threatens the country.
Welch reiterated Washington’s position on Hizbullah, saying the Shiite party is considered “terrorist” under American law. “It receives foreign funding and it tends to respond to foreign guidance,” he said.
The U.S. official said Washington objected to comments by some Lebanese politicians that have justified Hizbullah’s “terrorist actions” committed in the past, such as the taking of hostages.
Asked if he was referring to Aoun, Welch said, “yes.” Aoun reportedly had said that Hizbullah and the FPM were the only two parties in Lebanon who were not involved in mass murders during the country’s 1975-1990 year civil war.
“American citizens have suffered at the hands of this organization (Hizbullah) and that’s why we consider it a terrorist organization, and there is no reason in our view why there should be any excuse or any loophole for them to change their behavior and disarm, as according to the rules of the international community as expressed in 1559,” said Welch.
Welch, who visited Lebanon last month, said Washington deals with the established institutions of the government. “And we ask them to respect the will of the international community.”
He said the U.S. administration understands the need for the Lebanese to have a dialogue with Hizbullah, but he stressed that such a dialogue should be directed toward the implementation of UN Resolution 1559.

http://licus.org/blog/2006/02/welch-criticizes-aoun-over-his.html

July 30, 2006

“Obsession” Update: See the whole thing…

Filed under: Global Jihad, Images/Foto, Islam, Terror — limewoody @ 9:30 pm

Hat tip:Polemiken:

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=6162397493278181614&q=Obsession%3A+What+The+War+on+Terror+Is+Really+About&hl=en

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