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For Whom Does One Root?

Can they both lose?

A derisive satire of Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah, which aired on the Saudi-owned chanel MBC in Lebanon, has caused an uproar among the terrorist organization’s supporters at a time of extreme tension between both countries.

In light of the increasing tensions surrounding the civil wars in Yemen and Syria, the Saudi royal family decided two weeks ago to freeze its military aid to Lebanon for fear that the money will get into Hezbollah’s hands.

Meanwhile, a sketch on the comedy program WiFi showed Nasrallah giving one of his speeches, and claiming “We are independent. And to those who say that Iran tells us what to do, Iran doesn’t tell us to do anything. Sometimes were are aided by their opinions.” While saying this he kisses Iran’s hand several times and asks: “Is it alright like that?”

Evidently not.

Much like previous attempt to mock Nasrallah, his supporters did not find it very funny. Social networks were flooded with the hashtag “We will burn them for you, oh Said (Nasrallah)”. They also organized a motorcycle procession in a southern suburb of Beirut to protest the parody.

Protesters burned tires and blocked roads in some areas of Lebanon, such as Dahiyeh, Mount Lebanon and the Bekaa Valley. Lebanese security forces and the army had to open the roads to prevent a further escalation of the situation, and Lebanese troops were also sent to guard the Saudi channel’s studios.

Nasrallah’s son, Jawad, commented on the parody saying: “As for the despicable clip, I have a few words: Do not get mad and do not be sad. These people are descendants of those who told the Prophet he was an insane teacher and who cursed the leader of the believers (the Caliph – ed)”.

Okay, I think I know whom I am less against.

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At Least THIS is Not “Who We Are”

I’ll leave it up to you to decide which is worse: those Arab countries that haven’t accepted a single Syrian refugee; or those that have.

Aid workers call it ‘survival sex’ – Syrian refugee women and girls, some as young as 12, forced to sell themselves to earn money for their families to survive.

Vulnerable, desperate and trapped in spiralling debt as the Syrian conflict drags into another year, women are being forced or sold in to prostitution while in the most disturbing and extreme cases, girls have undergone so-called ‘marriages for pleasure’ that last just days.

Aid workers say these ‘marriages’ are a sham, the groom making a payment or dowry – a sum that is traditionally paid in Muslim society to guarantee a bride’s security – effectively in return for sex with a young bride, who is probably unaware she could be divorced or abandoned in days.

Officials claim that men have travelled from countries in the region for the ‘pleasure marriages’ which are pronounced legal by a court but can legitimately end in divorce after 72-hours.

In one case, aid workers said a 14-year-old girl was ‘dumped’ after a week of marriage having been told her husband would ‘send’ for her after he left – she never heard from him again – while in another, a 15-year-old girl, who married to care for her family of seven, had to be taken in to a shelter when her 23-year-old husband brutally beat her repeatedly.

Talk about ambivalence! A young girl is the carnal plaything of a libidinous old goat—but only for three days. In exchange for which she lives. Islamic charity in action.

The article also notes that the refugee children are exploited as cheap manual labor, but considering the alternatives, that would seem to be the least of their problems.

‘Families are desperate and ready to do whatever it takes to survive,’ a senior Western aid official in the Lebanese capital Beirut said. ‘Women or girls are undertaking a temporary marriage in return for money or sponsorship such as a visa agreement or residency…they deal with the consequences later.

‘Some are aware it is just for a few days, some are forced in to it by their families while others are left shattered because they believed it was a real marriage – and perhaps pregnant. It is obviously an area of great concern which is hard to quantify as often we do not hear about it until much, much later.’

Traditionally, ‘early marriages’ have taken place in the region but aid agencies there has been a ‘significant increase’ among Syrian refugees.

I suppose if I were called into judgement before the Almighty to defend the point of this blog, I would point to vile stories like this one and say “there but for the grace of…Thee…go we.” As our late reader, the much-missed Martino, once observed, we have “a knack for taking the already disturbing and turning it into the abjectly ghastly.”

So we do, though we still blush at such high praise. We are as touched by misery and heartache as much as anyone…well, maybe not. But we are at least touched somewhat. Our response, however, is not necessarily to end the cruelty that some people inflict on others, because we cannot; but to see that it does not spread, because that we can do. Syria cannot be “fixed”, but Israel can be spared; Muslims may be heartless to other Muslims, but Christians may be granted asylum from their savagery.

Because we cannot make everything better is no reason not to make one thing better; because we can only make one thing, and not everything, better is no shame or judgement on us. The olam needs a whole lot of tikkun, one mitzvah at a time. Choose wisely. Make it count.

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All His Exes Live in Aqsa

The former Mrs. Sammy Kuntar (pbuh, pee be upon him) opines on his untimely passing:

On December 21, 2015, Al-Arabiya network aired a short statement by Kifah Kayyal, divorced Palestinian wife of recently assassinated terrorist Samir Al-Quntar. Kayyal criticized Al-Quntar and Hizbuallh for fighting Syrian rebels and said that he deserved no solidarity. “A murderer should be killed,” she concluded.

What do you expect from a woman scorned? Not that you can blame her.

He was married to his work.

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Thots’n’Prayers

Do Shiites go to Heaven, and if so, can they play the harp?

Two explosions in a predominantly Shi’ite area of southern Beirut have killed at least 35 people, according to reports from Lebanon’s Daily Star and other sources.

Al Jazeera sources said that the two blasts were separated by minutes. Local reports indicate two suicide bombers conducted the attacks.

The explosions took place in the Ain el Sikkeh area, next to the Burj el-Barajneh Palestinian “refugee camp.”

Burj el-Barajneh is a stronghold of the Iran terror proxy Hezbollah, and has been targeted by attacks various times in the past.

Hezbollah is currently targeted by Islamic State (ISIS) and Syrian rebels as it fights alongside Iran in the Syrian civil war.

If you’re going to carry out a suicide bombing, it’s always best to do so in pairs. The first one attracts a lot of bystanders and first-responders. Then the second one strikes. But listen to me telling Hezbollah how to conduct suicide bombings! They wrote the book!

PS: In happier news:

Security forces entered Al Ahli hospital in Hebron early on Thursday and arrested 20-year-old Azzam Shaldallah on suspicion of stabbing and seriously injuring an Israeli civilian on October 25.

A video emerged of the arrest operation showing the Israeli forces in plainclothes disguised as a family coming to the hospital with a woman in labor. In the video, the group of men can be seen pushing another operative in a wheelchair who pretended to be the woman giving birth.

Special forces from the Border Police, combined with the Shin Bet intelligence agency and the IDF entered the hospital to arrest Shaldallah, and came under attack from one his relatives. Security forces shot and killed the relative before leaving the hospital with the wanted terrorist, the Shin Bet said.

Shaldallah, whose family is made up of Hamas operatives, was shot by the civilian he stabbed on October 25, but was able to flee the area.

The director of the Hebron hospital, Jehad Shawar, told Palestine radio that 20-30 men had arrived at the clinic in two mini vans.

“They held the staff at gunpoint and stormed the room of Shaldallah,” Shawar said.

His cousin, who was in the bathroom, was shot dead when he suddenly entered the room, Shawar said.

“They took Shaldallah and placed him in the wheelchair they brought the woman in and they exited the room preventing anyone from giving medical aid to the young man laid on the floor,” the director told the radio station.

Sorry about Cousin Jethro, but you harbor a terrorist, you’re fair game. Shaldallah will get better care in Israeli custody anyway.

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Blunt Force

You can take my ganja—when you pry it from my cold, dead hands:

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Inside his hash factory in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley, Ali Nasri Shamas pulls out a two-foot long machete.

“This is for ISIS and the Nusra Front and anyone who supports them,” says Shamas, referring to the jihadi groups encroaching on Lebanon’s border. He smiles, running the blade of his knife gently along the sleeve of his leather jacket before cutting the air with it. “We have the machetes ready for them, just like they do.”

Shamas’s factory is just 30 minutes from the Syrian border and he says he and his fellow hash growers are ready to take on the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and the al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front who have taken over swathes of Syria and Iraq are threatening to invade Lebanon.

Three tons of cannabis sits on the floor inside his processing plant. Workers sift through the ten-foot high heaps, separating stalks and stems amid a cloud of cannabis dust.

Lebanese Red and Blonde hash varieties are world-renowned, and Lebanon’s hash farmers have long been well-armed to defend their crops from government destruction.

That means that Lebanese security forces who once confronted Bekaa Valley drug cultivators now have a shared interest with them in defending border regions from attacks from Syria.

“We are ready to support all the factions in Lebanon against ISIS and the Nusra Front,” says Shamas.

When jihadis attacked the village of Brital in October of last year, a band of cannabis farmers headed to the area to help defend it. Abbas, who asked not to use his real name, was among them.

“When we heard they were attacking Brital, we grabbed our weapons and jumped in the trucks,” says Abbas, who spent seven years in prison on drug trafficking charges. “To us, ISIS is nothing. Their strategy is to scare people. But we were not afraid.”

Who needs the 82nd Airborne when you have the Bekaa Valley Dope Growers Association?

It’s a serious point. As dangerous and depraved as ISIS is, why nationalize the fight against it? Yet again (and again) we see how private enterprise solves problems that governments can only further screw up. In his own perverted way, Obama did more to defeat radical Islam in his pot-haze days than he could ever manage today. Spark one up for peace, sir. You know you want to.

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Lebanon Doesn’t Seem To Want War

Terrorist who fired missile into Israel arrested in Lebanon

Lebanese authorities reportedly arrested one person on Friday in connection to the rocket attack from Lebanon into Israel earlier this morning.

The Beirut-based newspaper The Daily Star, cited security forces as saying the suspect’s car had blood stains that matched blood traces found at the scene where the rocket was launched. The man was reportedly injured during the attack.

According to the report, Lebanese Army Intelligence discovered more rockets intended to be used against Israel at the suspected launching pad, as they continued to search for the militants behind the incident. Two Grad rockets were defused during the operation.

Not sure what that’s about but it is good that they don’t want war.

– Aggie

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Why Did the Lebanese Cross the Ocean?

To kill Jews!

Duh!

A Lebanese man arrested in Thailand earlier this week on suspicion of ties to Hezbollah reportedly admitted he was plotting an attack on Israeli tourists in Bangkok, local media reported Friday.

Remember this antiwar sentiment from, gosh, forever ago?

Hezbollah, the Party of God, takes that literally:

The terrorist who killed five Israelis and their tour bus driver and wounded 32 Israelis in Burgas in 2012 was an Algerian who worked for Hezbollah, Bulgaria said Monday.

It was one of the most unsurprising declarations of the year since all signs have pointed to Hezbollah since the attack at the Black Sea resort.

The suicide bomber trained in camps in southern Lebanon.

A blast from the past, if you will:

The perpetrators of a 1994 terrorist attack on the main Jewish community offices in Buenos Aires have, for the most part, been eliminated by Israeli security forces operating abroad, a former Israeli envoy to Argentina sensationally revealed Thursday.

The AMIA (Argentine Israelite Mutual Association) bombing, carried out by a Lebanese suicide bomber who drove a car bomb at the multistory building, destroying it, killed 85 people and wounded hundreds. The bomber was subsequently identified as Ibrahim Hussein Berro, an operative of the Iranian-backed Hezbollah terror group, and he was allegedly assisted by other Hezbollah and Iranian operatives.

I think the guy who said this was reprimanded, but who cares? Everyone knows Hezbollah travels the globe to murder Jews for the sole purpose of murdering Jews. If other Jews hunt down the murdering scum and deliver take-out justice, what’s the problem? They should charge for the service.

PS: To name but a few.

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Beirut Go Boom

Gee, this is awful:

Twin bombs targeted Iran’s cultural center and an army checkpoint in a Shiite neighborhood of Beirut during Wednesday morning rush hour, the latest in a series of sectarian attacks in Lebanon.

Health Minister Wael Abou Faour said five people were killed and 86 injured, including a number of children. The Iranian Embassy said none of its diplomats or staff at the cultural center were harmed in the attack.

An al Qaeda-affiliated group called Abdullah Azzam Brigades claimed the attacks in a message posted on its Twitter account.

The bombs were placed inside two booby-trapped vehicles, according to the Lebanese army, and went off almost simultaneously about 100 meters apart.

The bombs caused heavy damage to area buildings and cars in the neighborhood of Bir Hassan. Television footage showed smoke and fire billowing in the sky from several spots as rescue workers rushed to evacuate victims.

Debris, shattered glass and pools of blood covered the streets. Several cars parked the area were badly mangled. Human remains were scattered on the cement.

Bir Hassan is located near the southern Beirut suburb of Dahiya, a stronghold of Hezbollah, the Lebanese Shiite political and militant movement.

Just deplorable.

We note that it’s been 20 years since a Jewish cultural center was bombed in Buenos Aires. By Iran. And Hezbollah. Karma’s a bitch.

We condemn this reprehensible act.

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Terrorist-On-Terrorist Crime

A shame.

A statement in the name of the al-Qaida-linked militant group Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant claimed responsibility on Saturday for a suicide bombing in the Hezbollah stronghold of southern Beirut that killed at least five people two days ago.

The purported ISIL claim, which also warned of further attacks, came in a statement responding to an offensive against the group by rival forces in northern Syria over the last two days in which dozens of people have been killed.

The statement said the fighting in Syria had been launched at a time when the Islamic State had “breached the borders and penetrated the security system of the Party of Satan in Lebanon” – an ironic reference to Hezbollah, whose name means Party of God in Arabic.

BTL, you’re into sports. Which team should I root for, Hezbollah or al Qaeda? The Party of Satan or The Other Party of Satan? Someone help me out here. Either way, I say we should arm both sides.

Oh, and guess who took over Fallujah?

rejuvenated al-Qaeda-affiliated force asserted control over the western Iraqi city of Fallujah on Friday, raising its flag over government buildings and declaring an Islamic state in one of the most crucial areas that U.S. troops fought to pacify before withdrawing from Iraq two years ago.

The capture of Fallujah came amid an explosion of violence across the western desert province of Anbar in which local tribes, Iraqi security forces and al-Qaeda-affiliated militants have been fighting one another for days in a confusingly chaotic three-way war.

Heckuva job, Barry! The unclenched fist is working for sure!!!

– Aggie

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Arab World Update

I know Israeli “settlements” (i.e. Jewish homes) are a far worse scourge on the face of humanity, but just one or two other stories.

One:

Four people were killed and 77 others were wounded Thursday in a car bomb that struck Haret Hreik, a neighborhood of Beirut’s southern suburbs where Hezbollah enjoys broad support, the Health Ministry said.

Lebanon’s caretaker Interior Minister Marwan Charbel said human remains inside the vehicle used in the explosion suggested a suicide bomber may have been involved.

A judicial source told The Daily Star “DNA tests are being conducted on human remains that have yet to be identified.”

The car bombing in Haret Hreik, a densely populated neighborhood of the southern suburb, is the latest security incident to hit increasingly volatile Lebanon. The attacks are linked to the ongoing crisis in Syria, particularly Hezbollah’s military support there to President Bashar Assad.

Hezbollah MP Hasan Fadlallah said the blast occurred meters away from the party’s political council, saying “the target of the attack was Lebanon, its security, stability and national unity.”

No, the target was you, you Hezzie piece of [bleep].

Meanwhile:

Human rights groups report that thousands of women have been raped by Syrian army soldiers in the ongoing war, which is now in its third year and has left 130,000 dead. That trend appears likely to only increase, as a deputy to the Chief Mufti (Islamic scholar) of Syria has given religious permission to rape.

In the interview, Al-Dala said Syrian army soldiers have permission to “marry” unmarried and married women, sisters and mothers of the rebel fighters, without any official marriage agreement. He clarified that the rape is intended as a punishment for not reporting the rebels to the goverment forces.

In making his statement, the Sheikh placed his religious authority behind the rape of women and girls by soldiers, as part of their fight against the rebels.

According to testimony taken from captured soldiers and captains before they were put to death by rebels, rape has been employed as a common practice by the army, well before Al-Dala’s official religious support was stated.

While particularly attractive women are reportedly brought to senior commanders, rape victims include religious muslim women dressed in face veils and full-body cloaks (niqab).

It must be noted that for their part, the rebels have publicized religious permission for their fighters to do as they please with women who fall into their hands.

And an update on an earlier story:

The Czech foreign ministry expressed concern Thursday over the discovery of a large, illegal weapons stockpile at the home of the Palestinian ambassador in Prague, Jamel al-Jamal, a day after he was killed in an explosion there.

A ministry statement said that the findings possibly constitute a breach of diplomatic rules, and warrant a clarification from Palestinian officials, Reuters reported.

Respekt, a Czech weekly newspaper, reported that the discovered arsenal was enough to arm a unit of 10 men.

Czech police spokeswoman Andrea Zoulova confirmed that arms had been found in the ambassador’s residence, which is located within a newly constructed Palestinian diplomatic mission in the city.

The stockpile included heavy firearms being held illegally, unbeknownst to Czech authorities, according to a Channel 2 news report.

I would just observe that there was a terrorist bus bombing in Burgas, Bulgaria last year. Just sayin’.

Oh yeah, Jordan is trying a writer in absentia for “insulting” the state.

We now return you to your regularly scheduled Israel-bashing—though if someone can explain to me why we’re not asking Israel to take more territory, not less, I’d love to know. I’d like to see the Jewish State run from Cairo to Baghdad. (So would many Arabs!)

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Condolences

Bloodthirstan condemns terrorism in all its guises (though technically this is more of a military operation):

A suicide bomber drove an apparently explosives-laden vehicle into two vans carrying Hezbollah operatives in eastern Lebanon early Tuesday morning, causing a number of casualties, Lebanon’s Daily Star quoted security sources as saying.

The area was cordoned off and multiple ambulances were seen entering the area to deal with the casualties.

It was not immediately clear who was responsible for the incident.

Hezbollah has been increasingly subject to attacks in Lebanon as its involvement in Syria’s conflict on the side of President Bashar Assad has caused tensions with Sunni groups.

In August, a car bomb killed 20 people in the southern suburbs of Beirut, a stronghold of the Shi’ite terrorist group.

Do you think that being the victim—rather than perpetrator—of indiscriminate horrific violence will prompt the Hezzies to change their philosophy?

“The anti-Semitism of Hezbollah leaders and spokesmen combines the image of seemingly invincible Jewish power … and cunning with the contempt normally reserved for weak and cowardly enemies. Like the Hamas propaganda for holy war, that of Hezbollah has relied on the endless vilification of Jews as ‘enemies of mankind,’ ‘conspiratorial, obstinate, and conceited’ adversaries full of ‘satanic plans’ to enslave the Arabs. It fuses traditional Islamic anti-Judaism with Western conspiracy myths, Third Worldist anti-Zionism, and Iranian Shiite contempt for Jews as ‘ritually impure’ and corrupt infidels. Sheikh Fadlallah typically insists … that Jews wish to undermine or obliterate Islam and Arab cultural identity in order to advance their economic and political domination.”

Me neither.

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Scorecards!

“Can’t tell your Islamofascists without a scorecard!”

Although the old-school leaders of al Qaeda still rage against the US and jihadists welcome any chance to harm us, look at who the terrorists actually kill. We’re not the main target of Sunni extremists these days. Iran, along with its allies, tops the list.

Of course, we cannot let down our guard and should hunt down Islamist terrorists where we can, but the focus of the “field soldiers” serving al Qaeda’s most-active franchise in Syria and Iraq is on Iran’s ambitions and Shia Muslims, not on us.

Yesterday’s suicide-bombing of the Iranian embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, amplified the breadth of this distinctly uncivil war within Islam. The Abdullah ­Azzam Brigades, a Lebanese al Qaeda franchise, claimed responsibility, citing Iran’s use of Hezbollah Shia militiamen to support the Assad regime in neighboring Syria. Wounding at least 140 victims, the attack killed 23 outright and appears, to this ­analyst, to have targeted the Iranian “cultural attaché,” who was killed while walking with a Lebanese security chief. In Iranian diplomacy, “cultural attaché” translates as “spymaster.”

In this multi-sided conflict, atop the maelstrom of the “Arab Spring,” people are killed not only for worshiping the wrong god, but for worshiping the right god in the wrong way. The unleashed hatreds are so intense that we’ve been pushed to the sidelines, still a desirable target, but far away. History’s law is that, while humans may relish hating a distant enemy, they generally prefer to kill their neighbors.

Al Qaeda? Iran says Al Kazin is more likely:

Iran’s IRNA news agency quoted an Iranian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman as saying the bombs were “an inhuman and vicious act perpetrated by Israel and its terror agents.”

Iranian Ambassador Ghazanfar Roknabadi said that “whoever carries out such an attack in these sensitive circumstances, from whichever faction, knows directly or indirectly that he is serving the interests of the Zionist entity.”

Iran has been cruisin’ for a bruisin’ for a long time now. I hate the loss of innocent life, but they need to look in the mullah—mirror, I mean. They were overdue to get their comeuppance.

Loath as I am to write this, if it occurred on his watch, I have to credit the namesake of ObamaCare. Thank you, Mr. President, for returning us to the days of the Iran-Iraq War (1980-88). How Reagan-esque of you.

PS: If you have any of that nerve gas left over from Syria… no never mind. Bad idea. Forget I mentioned it.

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