Ending Lebanon’s free ride

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Since Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Saniora bowed to Hizbullah's demands in Doha last month and agreed to grant the Iranian-controlled, Syrian-supported terror group control over his government, Lebanon has become an official agent of a terror group. That is, Lebanon, as a state, has become a sponsor of terror. But no one seems to notice or to care.

Truth be told, on the surface the situation in Lebanon is quite complicated. There is a power struggle of sorts going on today between Saniora's pro-Lebanese sovereignty March 14th movement and Hizbullah. Even in its diminished status, the March 14th movement is seeking to compel Hizbullah to subordinate its Iranian proxy army to the government. But this is an exercise in futility.

As Hizbullah demonstrated clearly during its armed insurrection in May that led to the Doha agreement, and as it continues to demonstrate in its attacks against Sunni neighborhoods in Tripoli, it is fully willing to use its militia to force its political opponents to accept its complete independence.

But then, while it is clear that the March 14th movement's leaders and supporters oppose Hizbullah's independence from central authority, it is far from clear that they oppose its terrorist operations. The fact of the matter is that none of Hizbullah's political opponents in Lebanon have anything but praise for its aggression against Israel and its clear intention to continue its war against Israel for its Iranian commanders.

MAKING THIS point this week, Lebanon's Finance Minister Muhammad Shatah, explained, "We are all in agreement that it will be crazy not to benefit from Hizbullah resistance capabilities, but the dispute is whether this will be done within the state or outside." The widespread support that Hizbullah's terror war against Israel enjoys in Lebanon was prominently displayed on July 16 when convicted baby killer Samir Kuntar and his fellow Lebanese terrorists were released to Lebanon by Israel in exchange for the mutilated corpses of IDF soldiers Eldad Regev and Ehud Goldwasser who were killed in Hizbullah's raid on their military position in Israel on July 12, 2006.

All of Lebanon's supposedly moderate leaders were at the Hizbullah-controlled Beirut airport to accord Kuntar a hero's welcome. President Michel Suleiman embraced Kuntar – who crushed four-year-old Einat Haran's skull – and his fellow terrorists as "our freed heroes." Sa'ad Hariri, the head of the March 14th movement, referred to Kuntar's release as "an historic day of joy." Saniora hailed the corpses-for-murderers swap explaining, "The success of Hizbullah in the negotiations led by a third party is a national success for the party and for the struggle of the Lebanese because it secured national goals which Israel always refused to respect." And Druse leader Walid Jumblatt hailed Kuntar's release as "a national holiday."

HIZBULLAH'S DOMESTIC intimidation and international terrorism is enabled by the Lebanese military which refuses to confront it. And this is nothing new. During the 2006 war, when Suleiman commanded the Lebanese armed forces, the Lebanese military actively collaborated with Hizbullah units. Then, as now, Hizbullah was a coalition partner in Saniora's government.

During the war, the Lebanese military guided Hizbullah in attacking the INS Hanit along the Lebanese coastline with an advanced, Iranian-supplied Chinese C-802 missile. The Lebanese military pays pensions to the families of Hizbullah fighters killed in battle. Since the war, the Lebanese military enabled Hizbullah to reassert its control over south Lebanon, to expand its control north of the Litani River and to massively rearm.

Moreover, throughout the war, Saniora acted as Hizbullah's mouthpiece. He condemned all Israeli efforts to defend its territory from wanton aggression and championed all of Hizbullah's demands in cease-fire negotiations. By the same token, the Saniora government backed all of Hizbullah's attacks against Israel – attacks which forced a million Israelis to flee their homes or live in bomb shelters for the duration of the war.

IN JULY 2006, understanding the Saniora government's collusion with Hizbullah, Israel's immediate reaction to Hizbullah's abduction of its soldiers and bombardment of northern Israel was to hold Beirut accountable. In his first press conference of the war, just hours after Goldwasser and Regev were abducted and their comrades killed, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert made this point explicitly. He declared, "This morning's events were not a terror attack. They were the act of a sovereign state that attacked Israel, without reason and without provocation. The government of Lebanon, of which Hizbullah is a part, is attempting to destabilize the region. Lebanon is the responsible party, and Lebanon will pay the consequences for its actions."

Israel's initial strategy for fighting the war was to disable Hizbullah's war machine by bombing Lebanese infrastructure targets such as highways, the airport, bridges, electricity grids and the telecommunication systems. All of these facilities enabled Hizbullah's war effort. It is possible that if Israel had in fact attacked Lebanon's national infrastructures, the blow to Hizbullah's war machine might have been strategically debilitating. In that event, the task of land forces charged with defeating Hizbullah forces on the ground would have been smoother.

But US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice would have none of it. Already in the earliest stages of the war, she began putting pressure on Israel not to attack Lebanese infrastructure. Her demand was formalized in the G-8 declaration three days after Hizbullah initiated hostilities.

Rice's support for Saniora's government was so strong and consistent, that she eventually forced Israel to cave to all of Hizbullah's demands in UN Security Council Resolution 1701 which set the terms of the cease-fire at the end of the war. Rice defended her support by noting the democratic character of the March 14th movement and its success – with US and French support – in forcing most Syrian forces to depart Lebanon in April 2005.

Despite the Lebanese government's and military's open and active collusion with Hizbullah throughout the war, in its aftermath, US support for Saniora's government and his military expanded exponentially. In the year following the war, US aid to Lebanon grew from $41 million to $520 million. US military assistance to the Lebanese military since the war has been in excess of $410 million, making Lebanon the second largest recipient per capita of US military aid.

US military support for Lebanon grows even as the Lebanese armed forces demonstrate at every turn that they collaborate with Hizbullah. It was supplemented after the Lebanese military, under Suleiman's command, refused to prevent Hizbullah's coup in May. Moreover, the day before Suleiman gave Kuntar the red carpet treatment at the Beirut airport, Maj.-Gen. Robert Allardice, the US Central Command's director of strategy, plans and policy, visited Beirut and announced an additional $32 million in military aid.

Since 2006, the US has given Lebanon some 285 Humvees, 200 cargo trucks, helicopter parts, assault rifles, grenade launchers, anti-tank weapons and urban warfare bunker weapons. Another 300 Humvees, mobile communications systems, several hundred anti-tank missiles and coastal patrol craft are on order.

Israel has recently begun openly expressing its alarm about these weapon transfers. Given Hizbullah's now inarguable control over Lebanon and its sway over its military forces, it is all but a foregone conclusion that these weapons will likely be used by Hizbullah and its allied forces in the Lebanese army in any future war with Israel. In recent weeks, senior Defense Ministry officials have been dispatched to the Pentagon in an attempt to convince the
US to stop the weapons transfers. Yet while the Pentagon was only too happy to give Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Gadi Ashkenazi an unrequested medal, it has rebuffed all of Israel's entreaties.

ALL OF this is depressingly familiar. In many ways, the Saniora government is to Hizbullah in Lebanon what the Fatah terror group is to Hamas in the Palestinian Authority. As is the case in Lebanon, the US trains, finances and arms Fatah. It supports Fatah politically against Israel, claiming that Fatah has earned its support through its moderation relative to Hamas. But as events have shown repeatedly, Fatah is a terrorist organization and is only too happy to collude with Hamas in attacking Israel and to form governments with Hamas so long as Hamas doesn't embarrass it too much.

Notably in the case of the Palestinians, the US cut off its assistance to the PA after Fatah and Hamas formed their unity government last year and only reinstated that assistance after Hamas ended the unity deal by seizing control of Gaza from its Fatah partner. In Lebanon's case, US support for the country has grown as Hizbullah's control of the government and the military have become more open. Indeed, today Rice is openly pressing Israel to surrender Mt. Dov and Ghajar village to Lebanon even though Lebanon has no legal claim to either. And this she does by claiming that an Israeli capitulation to Hizbullah's demands will strengthen Saniora who is controlled by Hizbullah – and believing that this will be a good thing.

With even the Olmert-Livni-Barak government calling openly for a revision of Resolution 1701 to curtail the Lebanese military's ability to facilitate Hizbullah's rearmament and assertion of control over southern Lebanon, and with even Britain finally classifying Hizbullah's militia as a terror group, the time has come to revisit US policy.

US JEWISH leaders and counterterror champions on Capitol Hill should begin a campaign to compel the State Department to place Lebanon on its list of state sponsors of terror. At a minimum, US military and financial assistance to the Hizbullah-controlled government should be abrogated immediately.

The current government of Lebanon is only expected to remain in power for another year. Hizbullah is expected to be the big winner in Lebanon's parliamentary elections scheduled for next year. As Lebanese parliamentarian Samir Franjieh from the March 14th movement explained in a media interview this week, "Weapons eliminate the principle of majority [rule]. In… 2005 the March 14 [movement] won a majority of parliamentary seats in the elections. The result was practically eliminated by the use of force. Having armed factions [running for elections in 2009] would limit the freedom of voters."

It is reasonable for the US to seek to support pro-Western democrats in the Arab world. It is unreasonable for the US to be bankrolling a terror-controlled regime populated by terrorists and democrats who support their aggression. This is particularly the case when the same terrorists are waging war not only against Israel, but against America's own forces in Iraq.

Olmert's July 12, 2006 declaration is still apt. Lebanon must be forced to suffer the consequences of its support for Hizbullah.

Originally published in The Jerusalem Post.

 

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  • Marc Handelsman, USA 07/29/2008 at 18:36

    If Hizbullah is foolish enough to launch an unprovoked war on Israel, then Lebanon’s free ride will end. Hizbullah is Iran’s parasite which is sucking the life out of Lebanon. For now Lebanon is held hostage by jihadists, and is a state sponsor of terrorism. The US Government is wasting taxpayer dollars and prestige by investing in Lebanon. The money would be better spent on joint US-Israeli projects that would benefit mankind. It’s time for the US State Department to back the right horse, and America’s genuine friend, Israel.

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  • Marcel Cousineau 07/29/2008 at 21:26

    Is it President Rice ,did I miss who is in charge or should we just skip the presidential elections and focus on a good ruling Secretary ?
    When will you realize that if Israel does not do it ,it won’t get done ?
    I read someplace that the definition of insanity is when one does the same thing again and again looking for a different outcome.If this definition is correct then Israel and Caroline are DEFINITELY insane.After two decades stuck deep in the mud of a strange relationship, trusting the U.S. and it’s failed peace agenda which always rewards the Islamic terrorists at Israel’s expense they still look to the U.S. to act in a reasonable fashion.Now that’s nuts !Any sane person might have waken up and figured out by now that Israel’s greatest ally is Instead Israel’s greatest enemy and threat who has succeeded in putting Israel in a cage for the wild beasts to finish off . It seems Caroline and much of Israel have such great faith in their treacherous betrayer that they continue to allow the same to escort them to the death camp decorated with doves of peace and colorful frills and dreamy fantastic words of peace in our time with the undefeated Islamic hordes that make the Nazi’s look civilized.
    Israel’s catastrophic plight where things have gotten so bad so gloomy,so hopeless under the Road Map for peace agenda of President Bush ,it should dawn on the few sane people left in Israel that something there’s something rotten going on and no peace in sight.So why keep holding America’s hand tightly, moving towards an even greater disaster.
    Gaza should have snapped you out of your insanity .The Bush rescue of Hezbollah during the 2nd Lebanon War surely should have waken you up.
    Are you in an irreversible coma or stubbornly resisting God’s rebuke’s which grow harder by the day ?
    This unhealthy relationship Israel has with America has brought much evil to Israel because you reject what God has told you to do and listen to his enemy Bush instead.
    It will end in a bad way because you placed a wicked nation above the Holy One of Israel.
    But then the sin of Idolatry always clouds the mind and heart of those who leave out God to the point that they cannot face reality and keep trusting in lies and delusion. This insanity will grow worse as Israel is betrayed more and more and fed to the wild beast by the Idol which Israel has placed above God.When will the final straw fall and the perverted relationship of Israel making a god out of Bush and his devious,crafty agenda end ?
    I think Israel has become too weak and desperate to extricate herself from the snare of her Trojan ally that it will take direct intervention from the God of Israel to break the U.S. yoke of addiction and bondage around her neck.
    By the way Caroline the President of the U.S. is not Condi Rice but her boss George Bush whom she work’s for,always implementing his policy and the State Department receives it’s policy agenda from the Oval Office. When will you and Israel admit you were duped by smooth words of a clever and devious enemy who successfully destroys Israel by way of his counterfeit peace When you understand this it’s not hard to understand why Lebanon in it’s present condition is pleasing to this president and he will do nothing to change it to Israel’s favor.
    Another dose of reality that the Idol worshipers of Israel are in denial about. Soon you will be forced to end this insanity, this delusion of trusting in your prized Idol to rescue you and return to Hashem.

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  • Dan 07/30/2008 at 7:26

    Hezbollah has offered sufficient provocation for the IDF to unleash and unload.
    Yet time and time again, Israel has found some expedience or other to avoid delivering on Hezbollah.
    So the idea that Hezbollah could do something new, something additional, something that will make people wake up and notice, and that all of a sudden the Israeli ruling establishment is going to all of a sudden find it opportune and appropriate that Hezbollah be wiped off the map simply doesn’t fly.
    Israel isn’t looking for excuses to go after her enemies.
    Israel is looking for every excuse under the Sun to pass the buck, to kick the can down the road, to be passive.
    It isn’t going to end well.

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  • Timothy Kriete For Israel FOREVER AMEN 07/30/2008 at 15:29

    AMEN Caroline Glick My Precious Sister STAY
    STRONG And PLEASE Never Stop Sounding The Shofar
    FOR ZION’S SAKE AMEN. Marcel, Marcel, My Dear
    Brother If Caroline Glick Is Anything She Is
    Bold, Courageous, By Far The Beautiful Sister
    Blessed With The Holy Spirit Of Jehovah With
    Insight That Seems To Just Pass Over Your Head
    My Dear Brother Like The WINDS THAT FELL ON THE
    UPPER ROOM IN JERUSALEM ON PENTECOST. Why NOT
    Just STONE ME Marcel I AGREE With Caroline, I
    Agree With Most Of What You Say Or Write But
    When You Start Casting Stones At Those Doing
    What You Fail To Have THE MORAL COURAGE TO DO,
    HOW DOES THAT MAKE CAROLINE DEFINITELY INSANE?
    Help Me To Understand Brother, What Did I Miss?
    Do You LIVE In Israel??? Have You EVER Lived In
    Israel???? Do You Know Why You Resent Caroline
    Soo Much My Dear Brother? DIVORCED HUH??? My
    Precious Mother Told Me Early In Life, “A Burnt
    CHICKEN Fears FIRE”, We Have All Had Trials,
    Tribulations, And THORNS IN OUR FLESH MARCEL.
    BOO IF YOU WANT I ADMIT I AM INSANE FOR ZION’S
    SAKE, AND FOR JERUSALEM’S SAKE I SHALL NEVER BE
    SILENT. OHHHHHHHHH MARCELLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL
    STONE ME BROTHER, FIND THE BIGGEST STONE AND
    TOSS IT UPON ME, BUT WHY BE SILLY AND THROW
    PEBBLES AT CAROLINE GLICK??? This Woman Has
    More Moral Courage THAN MYSELF, YOU, AND JUST
    ABOUT EVERY MAN AND/OR WOMAN I HAVE BEEN HONORED
    TO MEET IN MY 42 YEARS ON JEHOVAH’S GREEN EARTH.
    Let Us Be Reasonable Marcel, When You Find The
    MORAL COURAGE TO WALK A MILE IN CAROLINE’S SHOES
    IN ANY CAPACITY, AND LIVE TO TELL ABOUT IT, THEN
    Your Words Will Carry Far MORE Merit. How Is
    That You Ask??? Simple, Ready? (Handing Marcel
    A Pen And Papers To Take Notes), Since It Would
    Be IMPOSSIBLE TO REWIND THE CLOCK, SO TO SPEAK,
    GO LIVE IN SAUDI ARABIA, LEBANON, IRAN, IRAQ,
    GO SERVE THERE EVEN AS A MISSIONARY FOR THE SAME
    AMOUNT OF TIME CAROLINE HAS ALREADY SERVED IN
    THE IDF IN TIMES OF NATIONAL CONFLICT WITH HONOR
    AND VALOR, THEN IF YOU ARE BLESSED OF THE LORD
    OUR GOD TO LIVE, COME AND THROW SOME OF YOUR
    TINY PEBBLES AT CAROLINE, SIMPLE HUH??? Marcel
    I Mean NO Disrespect But You CLEARLY APPEAR TO
    NOT EVEN MERIT TO WIPE THE SWEAT FROM CAROLINE
    GLICK’S BEHIND MY DEAR BROTHER, BOO IF YOU WANT!
    Did I Hit A Nerve Marcel, Marcel??? I Pray I
    Truly Have Not Offended You BUT (STILL SINGING
    THE ISRAELI NATIONAL ANTHEM) COME AND TRY TO
    CHOP MY HEAD OFF MARCEL, COME AND GIVE IT A TRY
    MY PRECIOUS BROTHER, I WILL EVEN ALLOW YOU THE
    HONOR OF HAVING CAROLINE GLICK HANDCUFF ME SO I
    CANNOT DEFEND MYSELF, OR SO YOU THINK HUH
    BROTHER??? BRING THE BIGGEST STONE YOU CAN FIND
    AND FORGET NOT THE LORD OUR GOD IS THE
    EVERLASTING ROCK (ISAIAH 26:4 AMEN). Come On
    Marcel, We Can Drink A Cup Of Coffee After You
    STONE ME If You Wish, But It Shall Have To BE
    IN Jerusalem, The City Where Empires Die AMEN.
    THE ETERNAL UN-DIVIDED CAPITAL OF ISRAEL THE
    APPLE OF GOD’S EYE. Did I Mention Caroline
    Glick Is A Daughter Of ZION IN EVERY SENSE OF
    THE WORD MARCEL??????? So What Does This Mean
    To MARCEL, MARCEL YOU ASK??? My FOOLISH BROTHER
    YOU ARE MESSING WITH THE APPLE OF GOD’S EYES, SO
    WHAT DOES THAT MEAN TO YOU THERE GENIUS YOU ASK?
    If You Continue IN VAIN TO ATTEMPT TO STONE My
    Dear Sister Caroline, THE HOLY SPIRIT TELLS ME
    YOU SHALL SUFFER GREATER TRIALS, TRIBULATIONS,
    AND THORNS IN YOUR FLESH, BUT YOU SHALL NOT DIE.
    BOO IF YOU WANT READ IT IN THE WORD OF GOD BRO!
    How Many Times Can ANY PERSON POKE THEIR FINGER
    IN THE EYES OF GOD AND NOT PAY THAT HEAVY PRICE
    MARCEL, MARCEL??????? Come Now Let Us Be
    Friends, Let Us Drink Deeply Of The Fruit Of
    The Vine And PRAISE YE THE LORD MARCEL. :):):)
    Caroline Glick My Precious Sister STAY STRONG
    BABY GIRL AND LET NO ONE DISTRACT YOU FROM DOING
    WHAT YOU MUST DO FOR ZION’S SAKE, KEEP ON
    SOUNDING THAT SHOFAR LIKE YOU HAVE BEEN DOING
    LONG BEFORE MARCEL, MARCEL EVEN NOTICED WHAT
    HAS BEEN, AND CONTINUES TO HAPPEN IN THIS WORLD.
    I Love YOU ALL And You Can’t Do Anything About
    It My Precious Brothers And Sisters, Thy Servant
    And Brother FOR ZION’S SAKE TIMOTHY KRIETE :)

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  • IMB 07/30/2008 at 16:19

    What you say it true. Now Lebanon is “ruled” by Hezbollah. When (I say When and not IF) the next round starts, Israel should not use white gloves in its dealings with the situation.

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  • Linda Rivera 07/30/2008 at 18:08

    Bush/US Leaders Aggressively Seek a Second Holocaust. The shining city on a hill is gone. In its place, a terrifying entity.
    The U.S. are arming Lebanon/Hezbollah for one reason – the U.S. want Israel destroyed and a Second Holocaust. The exact same reason why the U.S. finances, arms and trains PA security services who have murdered more Jews than Hamas. The same reason the U.S. finances and arms Egypt. Don’t think you are safe if you are not a Jew! In 1999, U.S/NATO took the side of the KLA Muslim terrorist organization and waged merciless war against Kosovo’s Christian Serbs-the Serbs who at great cost, (an entire village was put to death) rescued hundreds of Americans and allies during the Second World War.

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  • Marcel Cousineau 07/31/2008 at 1:59

    Employment Opportuity for lap dog Prime Minister opening up in Israel.
    Applicants must be willing to roll over and remove fellow citizens from their homes and land at the direction of the President of the U.S.
    Must be a consumate liar and manipulator.
    Must speak Hebrew fluently and be a yes man or woman .
    No religious Jews need apply.
    Please contact press secretary Dana Perino at White House press office between 9am and 5 pm EDT for application.

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  • Timothy Kriete For Israel FOREVER AMEN 07/31/2008 at 12:23

    Dear Linda Rivera My Precious Sister;
    I TRULY Do NOT Disagree With Your Assessment My
    Dear Sister, But PLEASE Do NOT Let Your Heart Be
    Troubled Sweetie, The HOLY ONE OF ISRAEL Is
    Still And FOREVER MORE On The Throne In Heaven.
    Genesis 12:1-3, Proverbs 3:1-12, Psalm 119:105.
    I Am Forever More Thankful THE LORD OUR GOD Is
    In Control, And He Shall Never EVER Allow The
    Fig Tree (ISRAEL AND THE JEWISH PEOPLE) To
    Be Uprooted EVER Again, Have You Noticed The
    Increased OLIM (I Pray I Did NOT Spell That
    Incorrectly My Dear Sister)??? Jeremiah 31
    And Many Other Biblical Scriptures PROCLAIM
    THAT IT IS THE LORD OUR GOD, THE GOD OF ABRAHAM,
    ISAAC, AND JACOB WHOM SHALL GATHER HIS COVENANT
    PEOPLE FROM THE ENDS OF THE EARTH FROM WHERE HE
    SCATTERED THEM, AND BRING THEM BACK INTO THE
    LAND, THE PROMISED LAND NOBODY BUT GOD HAS THE
    AUTHORITY AND CONTROL OVER, AND THEY SHALL NEVER
    AGAIN BE UPROOTED. Are There FOOLS World Wide
    That Have EVIL In Their Hearts, That Are Selling
    FEAR And “HUDNA” As The ONLY Solution To This
    Madness, This Evil That Is Being Manifested In
    ALL NATIONS AS WE SPEAK??? ABSOLUTELY MY DEAR
    SISTER LINDA RIVERA And I Thank The LORD Of
    Glory For YOU And Everyone Sounding The Shofar
    FOR ZION’S SAKE AMEN. Evil Men And Women World
    Wide Continue To Manifest Their EVIL, But As
    Joseph Told His Brothers Whom Sold HIM Into
    Slavery, “You Meant It FOR EVIL But I Forgive
    You, The LORD OUR GOD Meant It For GOOD” Or
    WORDS To That Effect Correct My Sister???????
    Your Post Clearly Outlines What ANY NATION OR
    PEOPLE THAT TOUCHES ISRAEL AND JERUSALEM THE
    ETERNAL UN-DIVIDED CAPITAL OF ISRAEL GOD’S
    COVENANT PEOPLE FOREVER MORE, SUFFERS AT THE
    RIGHTEOUS RIGHT HAND OF THE ALMIGHTY FOR MESSING
    AROUND WITH ISRAEL,DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY AMEN?
    LOOK AT WHAT HAS AND CONTINUES TO HAPPEN TO THE
    USA, AND MANY OTHER NATIONS AND PEOPLES ALSO I
    LOVE AND SERVE WITH ALL MY HEART BUT NEVER SHALL
    I DO ANYTHING AGAINST GOD’S WILL, May The LORD
    Our God Strike Me DEAD At Anytime And Send Me
    To Hell If I Do Anything Against HIS WILL, OR
    AGAINST HIS COVENANT PEOPLE ISRAEL THE APPLE OF
    HIS EYES FOREVER MORE AMEN. Whom Truly Is
    “Safe”??? Reasonable People World Wide Can And
    Do Often Disagree, That Is Fine With Me, I SEE
    MYSELF As A Messianic Jew, THE SEED OF BOTH JEW
    AND GENTILE PARENTS WHOM BOTH LOVE ISRAEL. On A
    Daily Basis (NO REGRETS ON MY PART SISTER)
    I Pay A HEAVY PRICE FOR SHOUTING THIS FROM
    THE MOUNTAIN TOPS WHEREVER I AM SENT BY THE HOLY
    SPIRIT OF JEHOVAH, I AM THE SON OF AN ORTHODOX
    JEWISH DAD WHOM HELPED LIBERATE THE DEATH CAMPS
    IN EUROPE, DAD DIED WHEN I WAS 6 YEARS OLD AND
    HE NEVER ONCE RENOUNCED HIS JEWISH ROOTS BUT
    SHORTLY BEFORE HE WENT TO BE WITH THE LORD IN
    HEAVEN HE ACCEPTED JESUS CHRIST THE HEBREW RABBI
    AS HIS MESSIAH, DID THAT MAKE HIM NOT JEWISH???
    I MYSELF SERVED AND CONTINUE TO SERVE ISRAEL
    AND THE USA IN WHATEVER CAPACITY I AM BLESSED
    TO DO SO MY PRECIOUS SISTER LINDA RIVERA. A
    Part Of Me DIES INSIDE Every Single Time Any
    IDF Soldier/Police Officer, Etc. Dies, The Same
    Is True For Me When Any US Soldier/Police
    Officer, Etc. Dies Linda, I Am Torn Between 2
    Nations I Love And Serve With ALL My Heart
    Sis. I Am Also The Son Of A Gentile Christian
    Mother, My HERO, A Loving Caring Woman Whom
    Loves Children And NEVER TAUGHT ANYONE TO HATE
    ISRAEL OR THE JEWISH PEOPLE. Mom Went To Be With
    The LORD In Heaven 8 Years Ago, Mom And Dad Are
    Both In Heaven, This I KNOW With ALL My Heart.
    Linda My Precious Sister It Is True As There
    Surely Are Good And Evil Jews And Gentiles, I
    LOVE Everyone And Pray For Everyone To Know The
    LORD Our God JEHOVAH SHALOM, Whom Gives Me
    Peace Even IN THE MIDST OF TRIALS, BIG TIME
    TRIALS & TESTS ON A DAILY BASIS I MIGHT ADD,
    TRIBULATIONS, AND THORNS IN MY FLESH LINDA.
    Please Let Your Heart NOT Be Troubled And Trust
    In The LORD And Lean NOT Upon YOUR OWN
    Understanding, Not Because Anyone Says So, But
    Because This Is WISDOM From The WORD Of God
    Sis. I Thank You For Your PASSION, I Ask You
    To Please Continue To SOUND THE SHOFAR FOR
    ZION’S SAKE BUT Please Also Notice During The
    Previous 2 Years, And CONTINUING, The GROWING
    Numbers Of Jewish Americans Whom Are Making
    Aliyah (I Pray I Spelled That Correctly) This
    Is Bible Prophecy From God Through His
    Servants THE HEBREW PROPHETS BEING FULFILLED,
    THIS GIVES US ALL HOPE CORRECT SIS??? I Love
    You ALL And You Can’t Do Anything About, STAY
    STRONG CAROLINE GLICK, YOU ENCOURAGE ME SIS, I
    THANK THE LORD OUR GOD FOR YOU AND EVERYONE
    WHOM SOUNDS THE SHOFAR FOR ZION’S SAKE (ISAIAH
    62 AMEN). I Get Frustrated Also My Brothers
    And Sisters But I Am Also GREATLY ENCOURAGED
    By The DAILY FULFILLMENT OF WHAT THE MEN AND
    WOMEN OF GOD CONTINUE TO SPEAK AS THEY ARE LED
    BY THE HOLY SPIRIT OF ELOHIM WHOM IS FOREVER
    MORE OUR JEHOVAH EL SHADDAI. Respectfully
    Submitted, Thy Servant And Brother For ZION’S
    SAKE AMEN Timothy Kriete-US Federal Retiree
    And Honorably Discharged,Disabled Gulf War
    Veteran (Operation Desert Shield/Storm) WHOM
    LOVES ISRAEL AND THE JEWISH PEOPLE WORLD WIDE
    WITH AN EVERLASTING LOVE AMEN :):):):):):):)

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  • Farid 07/31/2008 at 14:28

    As always, Caroline’s articles are concise and factual.
    The short history of what led Lebanon, Israel, and Syria to this point started when the Syrians accepted the candidacy of Saniora as the prime minister of Lebanon. And although the fiery rhetoric of Jumblatt helped define the March 14 as confrontational against Hezbollah and pro-western, in reality both Saniora and the young Hariri helped strengthen Hezbollah internally by seeking a compromise rather than confrontation even though the US was hoping March 14 would find the courage to step-in and save Lebanon from Hezbollah’s grip. This takes us back to why Saniora was accepted by the Syrians, they knew he would not be able to confront Hezbollah.
    Some in March 14, on the other hand, were also hoping either the US or Israel would do their work for them by stopping Hezbollah (Which they both tried either through UN Resolutions or outright war). The problem is that March 14 expected too much from the west and the west expected March 14 to confront Hezbollah. Neither happened and Israel had no choice but to revert back by compromising with Syria, exchanging prisoners, etc.. and the March 14 continue compromising with Hezbollah (the Kuntar celebration).
    Hope for Lebanon and Israel resides in Damascus. As long as Assad remains in power and no country is willing to leap frog in risk taking by threatening the Assad regime directly, problems will continue piling-up for all the countries surrounding the Syrian regime. Those who believe Assad will be magnanimous in his treatment of others through the prism of his successes need to understand the roots of the Assad family and the tribal system it belongs to. None of that sort will happen and Syria will continue playing all sides and continue using terror successfully to intimidate its opponents.

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  • Marcel Cousineau 07/31/2008 at 19:23

    Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets
    Luke 6:26

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