Ahmadinejad’s Deadly Triumph in Lebanon

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Then, all summer long there were rumors that the STL was about to issue indictments of several Hezbollah figures. This didn’t sit well with Hassan Nasrallah, Hezbollah’s “spiritual leader” and commander. He demanded that the government of Lebanon take up the issue of false witnesses, stop funding and cooperating with the STL, and place the blame for the Hariri assassination where he says it truly belongs; on Israel.

Ahamdinejad agreed:

Endorsing Hezbollah’s position for the first time in public, Ahmadinejad said accusations being fabricated aimed to instigate strife among the Lebanese as to empower Israel, a reference to reports that the STL’s indictment is set to implicate Hezbollah members in the murder.

The STL has been the focus of controversies between March 14 parties and Hezbollah since the latter condemned the tribunal as an Israeli project aimed against the resistance in Lebanon.

“In Lebanon, a friend and a patriotic man was assassinated. They are trying to sow strife and conflict … by manipulating the media to accuse our friends and fulfill their aims in the region,” Ahmadinejad said.

By injecting himself into a crisis that could lead to street violence if the indictments of Hezbollah figures becomes reality, Ahmadinejad has demonstrated that he is perfectly willing to intervene in the internal affairs of another country to protect his proteges in Hezbollah. Some might call that the definition of a client state and they wouldn’t be far off.

While the Iranian president was being greeted with wild cheers and songs in southern Lebanon, the March 14th coalition looks upon Ahmadinejad’s visit with alarm – as well they should. Phalange Party leader Amin Gemayel raised the prospect of a Hezbollah coup. According to Narhanet:

Phalange Party leader Amin Gemayel noted Thursday that the “Lebanese system is at risk and we should resist all that may destabilize it.”

“We should confront the plan to topple the system and components of the state with legitimacy through parliament and Cabinet,” he said.

“Experience has demonstrated that insistence on holding on to institutions and legitimacy is a resistance factor as well,” he added.

Would Hezbollah risk alienating most of the population by carrying out an armed insurrection? Only if it believed that the coming indictments by the STL would fatally weaken it with the public. That Hezbollah is worried about this is evident in its threats to ramp up street protests and confront the Sunnis in Lebanon who no doubt would seek “justice” for their beloved Hariri. Quite simply, Hezbollah cannot afford for the STL to succeed in bringing to trial any Hezbollah figure and thus, will do everything in its power to prevent that eventuality — including brushing aside the current government and installing a puppet regime loyal to Nasrallah and Iran.

Of course, no visit to a nation that borders Israel by Ahamdinejad would be complete without his usual eliminationist rhetoric:

The whole world knows that the Zionists are going to disappear…The occupying Zionists today have no choice but to accept reality and go back to their countries of origin.

By emboldening Israel’s deadly enemy, Ahmadinejad has probably made war that much more likely. And Hezbollah, confident in its unrivaled domestic position, can count on broad support by the government if it initiates hostilities against the Jewish State. This is a recipe for conflict. And it will probably occur at a time and place of Ahmadinejad’s choosing.

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  • Triple_AAA

    I would have loved to have seen an Israeli sniper take this lunatic out as he visited the Israel-Lebanon border.

  • kafir4life

    How can you not love the picture of the tiny imalittleteapot with the arabic YES WE CAN???

    Barry's emboldening his colleagues in islam.

  • SHmuelHaLevi

    It is a tragedy that we "appear" to be locked into paralysis both in Israel and the US.
    The creep was hardly a kilometer away from the border and could have been easily take out. We all will rue the day? Maybe not. Because….
    In the other hand, Iran's facilities connected to their nuclear armaments development and missile launching are being decimated. Somehow somebody is getting in there… tsk, tsk.
    I got the feeling that one of these days a little birdy will visit good ole Ahmed also.

  • Andres de Alamaya

    The sad part of it is that the majority of Lebanese are decent people and it is the minority that has hijacked them. It wouldn’t be difficult to flatten the entire country but one doesn’t want to kill innocents. Israel needs to target the leaders and as we have been doing in the Afghanistan-Pakistan border areas. They need to use drones to eliminate the Hezbollah leaders. Additionally, whenever Iran-funded rockets are fired at Israel from Gaza or Lebanon, it would be highly appropriate and justified for Israel to return the compliment by sending missiles to Tehran.

    • poetcomic1

      These good innocent people welcomed a terrorist mass murderer with an immense hero's welcome. A man who smashed a little baby girls skull as her father watched.
      An ecstatic nationwide welcome.

    • Spirit_Of_1683

      I don't recall anyone describing German and Japanese civilians as 'innocent civilians' during World War II. If missiles get fired at Israel from the Gaza Strip, West Bank or Southern Lebanon, that is an act of war and the civilians are culpable and guilty.

  • Beverley

    He is trying so hard to get something going. It is called stiring the pot. We have to hand it to Israel… what provocation.

  • http://www.myspace.com/freddawes1776/ Fred Dawes

    Israel will be here when God coming back, but the evil pig Ahmadinejad will be in hell with Hitler, Who killed million's of little white kids and millions of little people who did nothing but be alive at Hitler evil time that is what Ahmadinejad wants to do to Jews and You, understand one point this pig wants you dead,dead,dead. and if muslims go-along to get along that muslim will be in hell with Hitler and Ahmadinejad.

  • ObamaYoMoma

    It didn’t have to be that way and it wouldn’t be that way today if it weren’t for the gross incompetence of Condi “appeaser” Rice and GWB who together coerced Israel to accept the UN ceasefire settlement in the 2006 Second Lebanon War when they should have did everything in their power to encourage Israel to destroy Hezbollah utterly, which would have also handed Iran and Syria devastating defeats at the same time. In fact, it should have been a golden opportunity too good to pass up.

    Hence, we reaped what we sowed and as long as we keep electing unhinged loons, we can expect strategic blunders to keep occurring, and, of course, those responsible are never held to account. In fact, most Republicans still believe Condi “appeaser” Rice was a great Secretary of State. However, in my opinion she was one of the worse ever and GWB was the Jimmy Carter of the Republican Party, as even morons should have known beforehand that the UN would never stop Hezbollah from being rearmed by Iran and Syria. So thus the next war, which is inevitable, will make the 2006 Second Lebanese War look like a picnic in the park.

    The USA needs to elect a true conservative President who will make it one of his highest priorities to dismantle the Department of State because it has become a huge liability to the well being of the USA and to create a new Department of Foreign Service in its place and then ensure that it can never become co-opted by leftwing unhinged self-hating loons again.

    • stern

      Well said!

  • CAROLE63

    The people of Lebanon haven`t got much choice about welcoming Ahmadinejad, they know what will happen if they don`t, they are ruled by fear and bribery!

  • welldoneson

    The quisling "president" you Americans have put in the White House is directly responsible for this. Obama is an [expletive deleted] enigma.
    We know squat about this creep! Never has less information been available
    about a President's past. NOTHING about his is readily available, even during
    his time at American universities! Only the Dems could put such an America-hating,
    Marxist, hard-left backstabber in the White House. Fergawdsake, he's buddy-buddy with the bomb-thrower Ayers and other assorted lefty hate-filled lunatics. Words fail me…

  • Beverley

    Is Hizbullah trying to take over Lebanon with Iran's help? They have a common interest in escalating tensions in the Middle East.

    What other reason has that little 'Hitler' have for being there. Nothing good comes out of his heart and mouth.

  • Chezwick_Mac

    Just remember folks, our reversal in Lebanon didn't occur until 2009, when – in the early days of his Presidency – Obama effectively ended the previous Administration's policy of isolating both Syria and Iran. After he re-established effective relations with the former and sent diplomatic overtures to the latter, Obama put the anti-Syrian elements of the Lebanese government in an impossible position. Not wanting to be left high and dry, they all made their own peace with the Syrians, and the rest – as they say – is history.

    What did the USA get in exchange for its opening to Syria and its overtures to Iran? Absolutely nothing. Such is the on-the-job training of a starry-eyed political neophyte who has no clue how the real world – much less the Byzantine realm of the Middle-East – works.

    • ObamaYoMoma

      I understand a lot of conservatives desire to lay all the blame for Lebanon on Obama, but the reality is by the time Obama came into office, for all intents and purposes Lebanon had already been loss. The truth is GWB and Condi “appeaser” Rice both incompetently passed up a golden opportunity to destroy Hezbollah once and for all and to hand Iran and Syria a major strategic defeat, when they lobbied Israel to accept UNSCR 1701, which everyone and their brother predicted beforehand was going to be a farce even before it was signed, and indeed turned out to be a total farce as Iran and Syria both quickly rearmed Hezbollah with impunity, which then subsequently forced the Lebanese government to accept the Doha Agreement in May of 2008, which in effect gave Hezbollah veto power over the Lebanese government.

      However, I do agree that Obama relaxing tensions with Syria wasn’t exactly helpful either, but the fact of the matter is most of the damage had already been done by the time he took office, as both GWB and Condi “appeaser” Rice were both incredibly incompetent and leftwing in their own right with respect to Middle East foreign policy, which is one of the reasons why the Tea Party came into existence, in order to stop this leftwing hijacking of the Republican Party.

      • Chezwick_Mac

        I disagree. Bush had successfully isolated both Syria and its proxy – Hezbollah – in Lebanon. They weren't checkmated, but they were on the ropes….Sinora's government was firmly in our camp. Labanon was still up for grans, and then, Obama gave the enemy the reprieve they needed by establishing dialogue and rehabilitating their image, and there was a subsequent realignment of forces.

        • ObamaYoMoma

          Agree to disagree all you want, but had the Bush administration signaled Israel to destroy Hezbollah in 2006 instead of lobbying for Israel to sign UNSCR 1701, which everyone knew beforehand wasn’t worth the paper it was printed on and in which Iran and Syria started violating even before the ink was dry, there wouldn’t be a Hezbollah today and there wouldn’t have been a Doha Agreement signed in May 2008, which in effect gave Hezbollah veto power over the Lebanese government. Without either one of those two events, only made possible due to Bush and Condi “appeaser” Rice gross incompetence, Lebanon today would still be free.

          I don’t like leftists either, but I dislike them even more when they happen to be Republicans.

          • Chezwick_Mac

            Doha was indeed signed during Bush. Valid point.

  • iking

    and yet, the hypocrite mister ahmadinejad despises the US as the Great Satan because of imperialism but what he does in lebanon is quasi-imperialism by manipulating his idiotic war-mongering shiite puppets in the south.

  • Wesley69

    As the US and others of the international force pulled out, Syria, Hezbollah and revolutionary Iran began to get more involved in the politics of Lebanon, assassinating leaders who opposed them. After 1982, Israel invaded again in 2006, but it did nothing to reduce Syrian and more importantly Hezbollah's influence in Lebanon.

    Since then, Hezbollah is restocking with more rockets courtesy of Iran. They await the signal to attack. Should Israel attempt any action to destroy Iranian nuclear capabilities , the signal will be given and since Hezbollah sits on the border, Israel will suffer greatly. That would be pleasing to Ahmadinejad.

    All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.
    Thomas Jefferson

  • http://carnagepro.com PenGun

    Hezbollah was created by the Israeli invasion of Lebanon in 1982. It exists to fight Israeli incursions into Lebanon.

    As it has achieved it;s purpose against Israel in 2006 it now is a pariah to the west. A big problem for those with plans for that part of the world.

  • Beverley

    Oh pleeze … Israel did not want Lebanon they went in to save the Israelies and Christians … hello!