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Blunt Force

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


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.


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!


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.


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.


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].


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!)



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.



“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.


Live From Lebanon, It’s Friday Night Rage!

A couple of posts below, we offered lessons in comedy to the more observant among the Muslims. Sounds like a few more lessons may be necessary:

Like every Friday evening, the privately owned Lebanese network LBC broadcast its weekly satirical show Bas Mat Watan – a play on words meaning the homeland’s laughter but phonetically similar to dying homeland.

But this week the show outdid itself, deciding to lampoon none other than Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah. One of the show’s stars dressed up as the radical cleric – a feat last attempted in Lebanon in 2006 – and the result: Dozens of Hezbollah activists took to the streets in angry protest of the defamation of the beloved leader.

During the show, ‘Nasrallah’ was asked about possible mistakes ‘he’ has made. In response, the ersatz Shiite leader responded that his group’s participation in the Syrian civil war – a move which has earned Hezbollah massive criticism in Lebanon – was a mistake.

After the interviewer agreed with him, ‘Nasrallah’ quickly added that it was a mistake “because our participation came too late. We should have been there from day one.”

When questioned about additional possible mistakes, ‘Nasrallah’ noted Hezbollah’s control of arms – also a controversial topic in Lebanon – he of course quickly elaborated his response, adding that “we should also have submarines and planes. But it’s no problem, because we have managed to get our hands on missiles.”

Grilled about Iranian control over the group, ‘Nasrallah’ was “compelled” to conclude the interview: “I thank you. Your questions were more than beautiful and exact. The interview has come to an end!”

Much like the last time a Lebanese channel dared to poke fun at Nasrallah, his Shiite supporters could not remain on the sidelines.

During the weekend, pro-Hezbollah activists took to the streets in cities throughout Lebanon – from Hezbollah’s stronghold south of Beirut to Baalbek in southern Lebanon – burning tires and blocking roads in anger over the unfavorable portrayal of their leader.

The show’s director, Charbel Halil, responded to detractors via Twitter saying “the impersonation of religious figures has become a central tenet of the show, there is no need get upset.”

Oh yeah, the Party of God really digs “impersonation of religious figures”. They especially love the one of Muhammad as a dog.

The real problem, I suspect, is the lameness of the sketch itself. It sounds about as “funny” as 99.99% of SNL sketches. The only difference is New Yorkers do not set fire to tires in Rockefeller Center in protest of bad comedy. Though it might help SNL if they did.


Can We Get a Ramadan Do-Over?

I think the lessons have already been lost.

Official sources in Lebanon have said that at least 27 people have been killed in two separate explosions across the city of Tripoli. At least 350 people have been wounded.

The al-Taqwa mosque in Tripoli was bombed this Friday after prayers concluded. Only five minutes later, a second explosion hit the city’s al-Salam mosque.

Tripoli, Lebanon’s second largest city of nearly 200,000 people, is one of the country’s most volatile sectarian faultiness, with a small Alawite community living among Sunni majority.

War in neighboring Syria has raised tensions in Tripoli between the city’s Sunni Muslim and Alawite communities.

Yet according to Wikipedia:

In Islam all good deeds are more handsomely rewarded in Ramadan than in any other month of the year. Consequently, many will choose this time to give a larger portion, if not all, of the zak?t which they are obligated to give. In addition, many will also use this time to give a larger portion of sadaqah in order to maximize the reward that will await them at the Last Judgment.

Instead, we get this:

US President Barack Obama has said the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria in an attack on Wednesday is a “big event of grave concern”.

Mr Obama said the US was still seeking confirmation such weapons were used, but if proved true the situation would “require America’s attention”.

Meanwhile, Syria’s main ally Russia has said there is growing evidence that Syrian rebels were behind the attack.

The opposition says hundreds died in a government assault outside Damascus.

And this:

The main headquarters of Global Jihad is now in Iraq and Syria. They declared that the Islamic state in Iraq and the Levant [region of Syria] will fight tirelessly against the Shiite regime in Iraq and Syria.

America’s efforts to establish a democracy in Iraq after the fall of Sadam Hussein, in the second Gulf War in 2003, were not successful. And now, Sunni-Shiite rivalry battles have become the everyday scene in Iraq.

That can’t be the lesson of Ramadan, it just can’t be. Civil War rages in Iraq and Syria, Lebanon’s on the edge of one, Egypt simmers in an internecine stew, Libya is a hotbed of Islamist violence. Where’s the love?

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Blowing This Joint

It’s not that I approach this story with wry amusement…well, okay, maybe I do. But I do so with shame that my wry amusement is inappropriate for the occasion.

But it’s just so damn wryly amusing!

A car bomb Thursday rocked a southern suburb of Lebanon’s capital — an area known as a stronghold of the Lebanese Shiite militant group Hezbollah, the Lebanese Army said.

Eighteen people were killed and 291 were wounded, the Lebanese national news agency NNA reported.

After the blast, a YouTube video surfaced in which three masked men holding weapons claimed they are part of a group responsible for the attack. They stood before a large Arabic sign containing the Islamic creed, “There is no God but Allah, and Mohammed is the messenger of Allah.”

The group, which calls itself “The brigade of Aisha, Mother of Believers,” accused Hezbollah of being aggressors. Aisha is the last wife of the Prophet Muhammad and is especially revered by Sunni Muslims.

In its YouTube post, the group called Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah a “pig” and said he works on behalf of Iran and Israel.

See, I knew I liked these guys!

“The brigade of Aisha, Mother of Believers”. Honestly, you have to laugh. How can these guys say this crap with a straight face? How can they be serious?

So deadly serious.

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Party Like the Secret Service!

They may not be Colombian hookers, but buggers—sorry, beggarscan’t be choosers:

CBS News has uncovered documents that show the State Department may have covered up allegations of illegal and inappropriate behavior within their ranks.

CBS News’ John Miller reports that according to an internal State Department Inspector General’s memo, several recent investigations were influenced, manipulated, or simply called off. The memo obtained by CBS News cited eight specific examples. Among them: allegations that a State Department security official in Beirut “engaged in sexual assaults” on foreign nationals hired as embassy guards and the charge and that members of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s security detail “engaged prostitutes while on official trips in foreign countries” — a problem the report says was “endemic.”

I’ve Googled for images of “Lebanese prostitutes” (so you don’t have to), and all I have to say is: way to go, fellas.

But how’s this for a twist (and I do mean twist)?

The State Department Inspector General’s memo refers to the 2011 investigation into an ambassador who “routinely ditched … his protective security detai” and inspectors suspect this was in order to “solicit sexual favors from prostitutes.”

Sources told CBS News that after the allegations surfaced, the ambassador was called to Washington, D.C. to meet with Undersecretary of State for Management Patrick Kennedy, but was permitted to return to his post.

Shoot! No relation. I so wanted to say something like, “Of course he let it go. Sounds like a typical Friday night for Uncle Ted.”

Next time.

PS: Where would Hillary Clinton’s security detail learn that it was appropriate to step out on her for sexual dalliances? I can’t imagine how any man closely associated with her would come up with such an idea.


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