Complicity With Evil

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One might think that leading opinion makers in Western civilization, journalists, authors, academics, clergy and pundits would stand aghast and in deep condemnation of any society or organization that acted like “the Gambinos on steroids;” but somehow, when it comes to Hezbollah, one would be wrong.

A New York Times article of December 13 revealed, for the first time in US mainstream media, Hezbollah’s complex involvement, deep cooperation, and in some cases partnership, with international crime cartels, Columbian drug smuggling organizations, international gem smuggling, and Mexican street gangs.  Hezbollah’s motivation for involvement in these illegal endeavors, despite its name “Party of God” and despite its stated goal of creating a society on earth that carries out the will of Allah, is its need for clean money.

Hezbollah’s main sugar daddy, Iran, is in financial turmoil.  Syria, its secondary sponsor, is in political and economic collapse.  Hezbollah needs money, so it has expanded and innovated in its global web of criminal activities in order to finance its terrorism and its preparation for war.  But it needs clean money.  Hezbollah’s global money laundering schemes take drug money and auto theft profits and turn them into clean, usable cash to pay salaries, buy what Hezbollah needs to support its charitable endeavors, and underwrite the purchase of weapons and of militarily strategic property in Lebanon, especially from Christians.

The New York Times is neither a Jewish nor a Zionist newspaper.  In fact, its owners in bygone years openly expressed their antipathy to Zionism, an antipathy so strong that they stood silent, in passive collusion, as Nazi Germany annihilated Europe’s Jewry, lest the Times’ exposure of Nazi crimes before and during World War II might lend support to Zionist calls for a Jewish state (see Laurel Leff”s Buried in the Times: The Holocaust and America’s Most important Newspaper, summarized here).  One can thus be confident that its exposé
of Hezbollah is accurate and not merely Zionist propaganda.

So the Times’ revelation of such a list of illicit gains, criminal activity and partnership with criminal gangs ought to make Western supporters cringe and announce the withdrawal of any support they may have given, reverse any supportive words they may have said.  But so far neither Noam Chomsky nor Norman Finkelstein, both outspoken lionizers of Hezbollah, has done so, nor have any of the academics on public record for expressing support for Hezbollah and describing them as brave and noble “freedom fighters.” Muslims are divided today about the legitimacy of funds to Hezbollah, but world-wide many still continue to contribute to charities that may be, or have been, operating as fronts for Hezbollah.

But in addition to the mafia-like activities, including but not limited to the drug dealing, gun running, auto and gem theft, and money laundering mentioned above (and see here, here, here, and here for other exposés of Hezbollah’s criminal activity), Hezbollah is known to have kidnapped, tortured, and murdered American officials in Lebanon and elsewhere since 1982; used terrorist attacks for assassinations that involved the mass murder of innocent Arabs; engaged in armed robbery; launched terror attacks on American and other European soldiers stationed in Lebanon at the request of the Lebanese government; used assassinations and intimidation and threats of violence and terrorism to undermine the government of Lebanon; and become a dominant terrorist state within the state of Lebanon and now dominates Lebanon.

So even God-fearing Muslims who understand Islam to be a religion of peace and tolerance should blanch at Hezbollah’s long list of criminal and terrorist activities, many of which harm Muslims, and deny them any support or sympathy.

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  • Norm

    The Left's hatred of Israel and the US trumps any evil that Hezbollah and Hamas do.

    • ziontruth

      This. But also the fact that like attracts like—the evil that is Marxism is irresistibly drawn to the evil that is Islam. The former needs the latter's violence, while the latter needs the former's PC (politically correct or post-colonial) rhetoric to paint that same violence in a light of legitimacy.

      It's a two-headed monstrosity.

    • http://visionsandprinciples.blogspot.com/ InRussetShadows

      That, and the Left NEVER changes its mind.

      • PhillipGaley

        Because, "the Left" is itself, a mentality or mind set, an alteration or mere similitude of sound mind, it cannot "change its mind"—there is no whole mind to change; and further, if a mentality changes, it is a different mentality or it has evaporated, . . .

  • john in cheshire

    Amen.

  • Brujo Blanco

    Anyone who gets involved with any terrorist organization has got to be crazy. Terrorists and criminal organizations have worked together for years. Cartels have the bucks and terrorists have storm troopers and an international infrstricture. However, they may also betray one another at anytime.

  • LindaRivera

    SILENCE IS CONSENT

    • PhillipGaley

      SILENCE IS TANTAMOUNT TO CONSENT, and which is part of why this nation also, is correctly adjudged as complicit in the evil which Islam is, . . .

  • UCSPanther

    Mossad should do the world a favor and pick off Nasrallah. He needs to join Hitler and right now!

  • Ghostwriter

    This article is correct. Hezbollah is not an organization anyone with a functioning brain or heart would ever support.

  • Chiggles

    Not just a commercial spammer but a stupid commercial spammer at that. Do you really think you will get any business from a site like this one by posting comments like that?

    • http://visionsandprinciples.blogspot.com/ InRussetShadows

      C'mon. You know he'll get all the Paulbots to click!

  • g_jochnowitz

    Marxism, an atheistic faith but a faith nevertheless, and Islam, a religion, are the only two doctrines that are accepted with absolute blind faith. It is no wonder that they are allies.
    The New York Times doesn't suffer from the problem of faith, but rather from the fear that people will think it's a Jewish newspaper. Here is my review of Laurel Leff's book: http://www.jochnowitz.net/Essays/Buried.html

  • jummy

    you realize that the photo published with this article was debunked as a staged pr image in front of a garbage fire?
    http://hotair.com/archives/2006/08/08/another-bog

    • StephenD

      Because it gives a false impression that there are men with AK-47's resting on their hip ready for use at any moment? That there are fires out of control? That sunglasses are for bad guys? What is your point? PR for who and for what purpose?

      • jummy

        well, the original caption, prior to the image being debunked, portrayed the scene as one of a hezbollah fighter standing in front of the wreckage of an israeli jet he and his comrades had just taken out of the sky. the point clearly being to aggrandize hezbollah's capacity to proportions much greater than they are in reality. perhaps that's why the editors of this publication chose the image.

        • jummy

          in other words, the same image used by hezbollah to convey "hezbollah is very powerful, fear us!" is being used here to convey "hezbollah is very powerful, fear them!" when in fact they're just a bunch of schmucks running around in the desert with ak47s on their hips.

  • Marti

    The Mullahs worked with the Nazis during the second world war.
    Muslims are Nazis. Our left wing idiots here in the US have no idea what they are involved with. They will be the first beheaded!
    Islam is a theocracy NOT A RELiGION!!

  • PhillipGaley

    "Yet they are silent."? Of course, they are: there are very many men of the West who see much of what Islam offers as a big plus: institutionalized sensuality, also, "a woman's place is in the house", the woman should be submissive to the man, and the natural extensions.

    Leftists especially, but many men find an utmost challenge to see a decent woman in normal exchange of dominance with themselves. Islam erases that, . . . the while, of natural course—as with all familiar contact with the implements of malevolence—any use or employment of Islam insures that, parts of the wholeness of the man and the woman are also, somewhat erased as easily; but, . . .