Hezbollah

Last year, CNN’s Senior Editor of Middle East Affairs, Octavia Nasr, generated harsh criticism for praising a Hezbollah terror leader, Ayatollah Mohammed Fadlallah, who is responsible for the murders of US Marines. Hezbollah is a known a terrorist organization in several Western countries including the US and Israel. Concern is growing in the US State Department and elsewhere that Hezbollah is gaining ground with drug traffickers near the US border with Mexico. Many members have already infiltrated the US illegally.

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  • Teaching Hate and Seeing Violence is no Recipe for Peace For the last few years I’ve had the privilege and tremendous responsibility of working in civic education.  Teaching involves more than just facts or formulas, but an effort to shape the intellect and work to better the soul of one’s students.  My goal was never to foist my views, but to challenge students on their ...
  • “Who’s the more foolish? The fool, or the fool who follows him?” Clearly, this is a fraught time in Israel-Palestinian relations.  A third intifada may not happen, but violence is increasing.  Abbas– unable to achieve his goals despite grandstanding at the UN– is threatening to resign and let the Palestinian Authority fall apart (or fall to Hamas).  Many blame Israeli intransigence.  Settlements are the issue, some say.  ...
  • A Terrible, Wonderful, Violent, Peaceful Year What a year! What a terrible, wonderful, violent, peaceful year! Parts of the world are moving in slow motion, while other parts are moving too fast for us to grasp.  Israel’s neighbors are caught in a maelstrom of change.  The Arab Spring is a poisoned pill for Israel: the fall of the old despots held the promise ...
  • The Substance of Hate For what is hopefully the last time, the leaders of the world at the United Nations General Assembly were unfairly forced to endure another vitriolic speech from the “President” of Iran.  I use the term President loosely, for the Iranian people suffer under Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s rule, despite his claims of service to the noble people ...
  • We Stand In what likely is a cosmic joke, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, President of Iran will be addressing the UN on the holiest day of the Jewish calendar, Yom Kippur. Likely, it’s just a complete accident and the irony is lost on Iran. If the day was chosen as an insult, it only shows the cowardice of the ...
  • The Harsh Reflections in the Mirror There is an old adage, that one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter, a cliché meant to assuage the consciences of those who support the objectives of murderers and turn a blind eye to their means.  But are their ends any sort of freedom?  Hardly.  The terrorists Israel faces from Hamas and Hezbollah do ...
  • When Charity Comes Back to Kill Anyone who ever visits Britain should take the time to stop by the British Library. It’s in a rough area of London, but it’s an incredible site with a literal tower of books, a restaurant that serves beer to scholars at lunchtime, and an attached museum. I studied there and one moment stands out to ...
  • Delegitimize the Terrorists, NOT Israel Without a powerful patron Israel’s opponents struggle to keep pace with her military might. Her opponents, then, sponsor terrorism as a way to hurt Israel. Terrorism very rarely leads to success, but it publicizes a cause. If nothing else, terrorism keeps a people under siege. These terrorist groups are locally rooted, internationally sponsored, and directed at ...
  • Israel’s Existential Risk from Iran Question: Why #Israel can have NBC weapons and not #Iran? Answer: Israel does not pose an existential threat to its neighbors. –from the @actforisrael twitter feed. Israel acquired nuclear weapons as a deterrent.  Military victory conditioned many to see the Israeli Defense Force as a potent juggernaut capable of taking on any foe.  This was an image that Israel was ...
  • The Humanity of Grief I was planning on writing about Iran today, but the news has overtaken me. I’ve been thinking about the terrorist attack in Bulgaria.  It was a cold and calculated attack.  According to the Bulgarian government the Mossad’s safety alert for Burgas had been lifted.  The terrorists knew that Israeli tourists were coming.  They knew which buses ...

 

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