The Tricks of Hezbollah

Ryan Mauro is a fellow with the Clarionproject.org, the founder of WorldThreats.com and a frequent national security analyst for Fox News Channel. He can be contacted at ryanmauro1986@gmail.com.


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It is not a coincidence that the August 3 clash on the Lebanese-Israeli border came as the United Nations tribunal investigating the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri prepared to indict Hezbollah. The violence on the border, which was the worst since the 2006 war, was initiated by the Lebanese Army and came as Hezbollah desperately tried to blame Israel for the Hariri assassination.

The U.N. forces stationed in Lebanon confirm that the Israelis informed them of their plan to trim trees and bushes on the border to prevent the foliage from being used as cover for attacks. This sort of maintenance is routinely done in coordination with UNIFIL and Lebanese forces. When the Israelis began trimming one tree, two of their soldiers were fired upon by a sniper, killing one lieutenant-colonel. The Israelis forces struck back, killing two Lebanese soldiers and one journalist.

Lebanon maintains that Israeli forces had crossed the border and refused to leave. The U.N. says that this was not the case and they were attacked while in their own country. The tree that was being cut down when the violence began is located south of the Blue Line that the Israelis cannot cross. Prime Minister Netanyahu rightly described the incident as a “violent provocation.”

It is telling that journalists and broadcast vans were present for the fight, supporting Israel’s claims that they were the victim of a planned ambush. The journalist that was killed worked for the pro-Hezbollah newspaper, Al-Akhbar. His presence does not necessarily prove Hezbollah’s involvement, but the timing of the clash indicates this was a planned event designed to stop the U.N. from indicting the terrorist organization in Hariri’s death.

This does not necessarily mean that it was Hezbollah that gave the orders to the Lebanese soldiers. Dr. Ely Karmon of the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism at Israel’s Interdisciplinary Center told FrontPage that Hezbollah may not have directly carried out the ambush, but the incident is a reflection of the terrorist group’s power.

“It is a sign of the penetration of Hezbollah’s influence and the spirit of ‘resistance’ (muqawuma) in the Lebanese army on the background of the growing concern in Hezbollah leadership that a possible indictment by the international tribunal in the Hariri affair will provoke an internal crisis and some kind of de-legitimization of the movement,” Dr. Karmon said.

Joe Hyams of Honest Reporting, an organization that combats media bias against Israel, told FrontPage that Hezbollah did not need to carry out the attack itself. He also said that the clash not only serves as a distraction from the Hariri investigation, but also helps Hezbollah justify its existence by picking a fight with Israel.

“Having the Lebanese army do the job frees Hezbollah from the responsibility for provoking the incident and inviting an international backlash as well as a heavy Israeli response,” he said.

Hyams said it is an “open secret” that there is a significant amount of Hezbollah sympathizers in the Lebanese army, particularly in the south where the incident occurred.

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  • William Smart

    Perhaps we should remember that Lebanon, alone of Israel's neighbours, did nothing to stop the atrocities and ethnic cleansing of 1948. This, despite the fact that its own delicate religious balance was badly destabilised when it was forced to host 100s of 1000s of refugees.

    However, Lebanon's passivity only made it the most attractive first step towards "From the Nile to the Euphrates" as Moshe Sharret's diaries so damningly recount. Moshe Dayan and David Ben-Gurion plotted to wipe out all the southern Muslims and create Israel's first secure border with a Christian state to the North.

    In the event, Israel turned on Egypt instead, making spies of the Jews there, being caught bombing US and UK facilities (aiming to have Egyptians blamed) and joining in an attack on the Suez Canal. Only in 1982 did the unreformed terrorist Menachem Begin get round to trying to seize its Northern neighbour and Hezbollah beat them back in 2000.

    Now, Lebanese of all religions have learned the historical lessons, they now know that passivity doesn't pay. All faiths and none have swung behind Nasrallah because self-defence tops all other needs, while rockets are cheap and highly effective. If the Palestinians can't go back to their homes then next time round nobody in Northern Israel will be able to go back either.

    • ObamaYoMoma

      Perhaps we should remember that Lebanon, alone of Israel's neighbours, did nothing to stop the atrocities and ethnic cleansing of 1948.

      The only atrocities occurred at the hands of the Islamic Arabs who illegally invaded the sovereign state of Israel to fight an illegal war of aggression and a jihad of conquest. The reason, of course, was to prevent the re-establishment of Dar al Harb on what was formerly Dar al Islam, which according to Islam and Sharia must never be allowed to happen. Thus, the jihad being waged by the Dar al Islam against Israel is permanent with no peace possible and it will last either until Israel is re-conquered and Dar al Islam reestablished or until the Dar al Islam is rendered too weak to wage jihad.

      With respect to the so-called ethnic cleaning, overwhelming evidence proves unequivocally there was no ethnic cleansing as the majority of Muslim Arabs left at the behest of their Arab leaders who told them to leave to make way for the Arab armies that were going to annihilate the Jews and stain the Mediterranean Sea red with the blood of dead Jews. Indeed, they were told they could return shortly after the Jews had been annihilated in another 20th Holocaust of Jews to collect and confiscate the property of the annihilated Jews as booty.

      By the way, overwhelming indisputable evidence also proves that subsequent to the 1948 war, the Arabs in desperate frustrated anger after they were defeated by the Jews, ethnically cleansed from their countries approximately 800,000 Jews with nothing but the shirts on their back while stealing and confiscating their property and murdering thousands of Jews in pogroms in the process. Yet, because of your obvious obsessive/compulsive Jew hatred, you somehow forgot to mention this travesty.

      With respect to the remainder of your anti-Semitic garbage, Israel and yes even Jews have the perfect right to defend themselves.

      Hence, it couldn’t be more obvious, William Smart, no doubt a pseudonym, is not only an Islamofascist terrorist sympathizer but also an obsessive/compulsive Jew hater too.

    • J. Glueck

      You are surely a very foolish provocateur. Israel can and should possess all the land necessary to protect her from the likes of these people. There are NO Palestinians, only people who migrated into Israel during the long period when Israel was out of her land. These people need to be peacefully integrated into Lebanon and Jordan closer to their own "homelands". One day Israel will have to wipe out Nasrallah and the rest of the demonized madmen like him who promote such hatred and murder. You might want to relocate there among the people you seem to promote.

    • guest

      the plight of lebanons christians and iraqs christians has predated israel and will continue as long as islam remains the way it is. the palestinian refugees dumped into lebanon badly compounded the plight of lebanons free thinking, pro freedom christians. leftists be damned. everyone in the mideast knows what the big gorilla is… and the small gorilla.
      the commentator "smart" is either a brainwashed leftist or a western sounding islamist with good english skills and full of BS and LIES. historically incorrect and attempting to fool readers into believing that the regular lebanese back the islamist militia owned by iran. in fact more than two thirds the population, moslems included do NOT support hizballa but fear it , especially after it murdered beiruti sunnis and mountain druzes but a couple of bloody years ago while the west watched like foolish zombies. despite the wests treachery, very few lebanese percent wise, back this militia or its violent jihadi agenda. israel and lebanon are but a small part of irans grandiose agenda. sadly the slothly deaf wests lack of response may make this nightmare come true before we know it.

    • MixMChess

      "However, Lebanon's passivity only made it the most attractive first step towards "From the Nile to the Euphrates" as Moshe Sharret's diaries so damningly recount. Moshe Dayan and David Ben-Gurion plotted to wipe out all the southern Muslims and create Israel's first secure border with aChristian state to the North."

      Actually, the quotes from Moshe Sharret are faked. The myth goes that he was quoting Moshe Dayan and David Ben-Gurion (which is hearsay), the only source of the quote is from supposed "private conversations" of Mr. Sharrett. More nonesense from a not so Mr. Smart.

      "In the event, Israel turned on Egypt instead, making spies of the Jews there, being caught bombing US and UK facilities (aiming to have Egyptians blamed) and joining in an attack on the Suez Canal."

      The Lavon Affair? Are you serious? Israeli spies targeted Egpytian targets to try to destablize a hostile regime. A few of the targets were owned by US and British interests. The bombs did little damage to any of the targets and caused no injuries or deaths. I dare you to compare that with Arab and Islamic terrorism (9/11 anyone?).

      "Only in 1982 did the unreformed terrorist Menachem Begin get round to trying to seize its Northern neighbour and Hezbollah beat them back in 2000."

      You mean repel the invading Palestinian terrorists? Israel had no interest in seizing Lebanon, only creating a buffer to stop perpetual terrorism. Even after leaving Lebanon the terrorism continues. When will Arabs and Islamists learn to get along with anyone?

    • ajnn

      We have noted that some of your other posts have been filled with repugnant jew-hatred.

      This one is largely delusion and an evil fantasy.

      Are you seriously suggesting that Israel wants to conquer all of the land from the Euphrates (Iraq) to the Nile (Egypt) and kill some 200 million Arabs as a plot to colonize the region?

      This plan is not physically possible. Regardless of whether it is good/bad or real/delusional – it is not physically possible. Israel's actual population is too small to colonize or otherwise control an area of this size. it is just not physically possible.

  • ObamaYoMoma

    Hopefully, Israel will launch an attack against Iran in the next couple of days and save the free world. If they don’t the global jihad will become an exponentially greater threat for the West, and I’m sorry to say but I believe Israel’s days will be numbered as well. Of course, all of this was made possible by BHO.

    If the attack is launched, of course, Hezbollah will instantly respond by attacking Israel. I hope Israel destroys Hezbollah utterly this time, unlike the last time when they had a perfect opportunity, but a weak Prime Minister and a US Bush administration that didn’t have a clue.

  • Spirit_Of_1683

    Course he's a Muslim coward. On Friday, he'll be at the local mosque salivating at his imams remarks calling for the destruction of Israel and the total elimination of the planets' Jews.

  • badaboo

    Let's hear some more REVISIONIST HISTORY , from Mr.SMART . Roughly 360,000 arabs/ muslims left Israel of their own free will . Of course the Arab Nations attacking Israel told them to leave , lest they be destroyed along with the Jews . They went to Lebanon and Jordan where they were PUT in refugee camps , not allowed to work or own land , but to languish there , as 'poster boys " for the arab world , and to keep the Pan -Arab Dream alive .They were not even called "palestinians " . In Jordan , 10,000 of them were killed in Black September , after rioting . In Lebanon they ignited a civil war which precipitated the slaughter of nearly 10,000 Lebanese Christians in 1982 .

  • aspacia

    Dumb does not realize he is believing known liars who claim Jerusalem was never Jewish.

    Read some valid history chump.

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    I find it quite ironic that at the same exact time we are finally leaving Iraq, that Iran is crossing the nuclear threshold. Of course, this cannot be a coincidence that takes place in a vacuum but a carefully planned and coordinated event by the Obama administration and the Russians. Obama wanted our troops in harms way in Kuwait at the same exact time that Iran crosses the nuclear threshold to not only stop Israel from reacting to bomb Iran, but to also distract attention away from Iran. Indeed, how many Americans know that Iran is crossing the nuclear threshold this weekend? Where is the so-called mainstream news media on this monumental event?

    Meanwhile, at the same time we created a Sharia state in Iraq that will inevitably rejoin the Dar al Islam in its global jihad against the West, which couldn’t have been more counterproductive, we failed to stop Iran from crossing the nuclear threshold. Thus, the threat emanating from the global jihad for the West just became exponentially far greater. Meanwhile, the news media is completely missing the significance of this truly historical event, which doesn’t surprise me because they completely missed the fact that the sky-high oil prices of 2008 was a completely coordinated event as well.

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    Hence, it couldn’t be more obvious, William Smart, no doubt a pseudonym, is not only an Islamofascist terrorist sympathizer but also an obsessive/compulsive Jew hater too.

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