Sunday, June 29, 2008

Guest Post: Hizballah disarmed? Forget it!

Long-time reader, Lori, sends in this piece drawing out her views on how a [satirical] interview with a Hizballah politburo member would read.

Through the voice of MP Hassan Fadlallah, Hizballah announced that even if the problem of the Shebaa farms and the Kfar Shouba hills will be solved, that would be solely the result of the resistance actions. And by consequence, the party will not give up its weapons. The message is: Do you want to take our arms? Really? If you are certain, than good luck with that, as we are resourceful enough to find new reasons to keep them.

Assuming that Shebaa Farms and the hills are liberated in the near future.What about Samir Kuntar? Please, don't say that what Kuntar did was appalling! He only did his duty. A sacred one at that. The laws we humans made are not suitable for such extraordinary characters. We operate under a different code, dictated to us by the Faqih and given to us by God.

Nor do we abide by the borders drawn by man, for we are all one in our crusade to bring these lands under the administration of the Jurist. After Kuntar, there are the Palestinian brothers illegally kept in Israeli jails. Their only sin is to have fought for the cause. If that means killing children and innocents, then so be it. It is all in the name of the cause. I guess that we don't really have to be very creative. There is always Palestine and Al –Quds to be liberated. Let's make sure, that by Palestine, we mean all of it. Israel is an alien implant in the region, and it represents all that we profoundly hate: terrorism, imperialism, oppression and I have merely started.

Of course, our cause is the right one. You wonder, who told us that? Are you aware that our party's name in Arabic means the Party of God, and do you know that our slogan is a verse of the Holy Qu'ran? God promised that we'd be victorious. If we doubt God's word what else stands?

Did you know that we have a new President? What do you mean who he is?! What planet do you live on? Our President is General Michel Sleiman. We proposed him thinking that March 14 will never agree. We worked well with him, when our brothers, the Syrians, were in Lebanon.

Why do you ask if we are willing to give him a chance? In theory, we are, but just in case, we let Michel Aoun dispute the role Sleiman wants to play. It is actually hilarious to see how easy to manipulate ambitious men is.

We truly respect Michel Aoun. Years ago, before MoU, when he was in exile, in France, he said we are terrorists. We convinced him otherwise when he returned home. Aoun helped us a lot. We will not disregard his wishes regarding the government posts.

Truth be told, we avoided proposing and supporting his candidacy as President. You see, we trust our Christian allies, but you can never be too careful. What if he'd go back to his previous ideas? We could not afford the risk, therefore we helped him, but without going the extra mile.

I was waiting for your question on our dearest brother, Imad Mugnyeh. Mugnyeh was among the best we have had. He was almost from the very beginning with a foot in Hizballah and the other in Iranian military. His genius was renowned worldwide, but you know that. I am not in the position to talk of Syrian involvement, but we know that those who killed him, prepared with weeks in advance the car, waiting for Mugnyeh to come. You know, there was a time when Syria preferred Amal and hunted us like we were fugitives or something, but praise be God that is behind us now. In any case, we have conducted our own investigation and our Iranian brothers helped us a lot with it. The truth will be revealed, and the perpetrators punished. Would we take it as an excuse to attack Israeli interests in the world? We don't need excuses. We base our actions on facts and truth, and the truth is that Israel's hands have to be cut, sooner rather than later.

My opinion of Fuad Siniora? In 2006, he and all the other leaders, be they Christians, Sunni, or Druze, all supported the resistance. Then it was issued the cabinet statement – bayan wizari in our support. We never quite understood the schizophrenic nature of some. We even talked among ourselves about it. Not to gossip, no, but this double speak can be a sign of a poor medical condition. That worries us.

On one hand, they hugged, kissed us and wished us all, on the other hand they said they support the UN 1559, UN 1701 that presumably ask our disarmament. I say presumably, because we don't consider ourselves to be a militia, and as such, the resolutions can't possibly talk about the resistance, although those that call themselves March 14 refer to us, as to a militia, when they talk with US.

Why do you ask if they are afraid of us? They have no reason to fear us, and we have shown friendship, toleration and restraint. You have to address them this question. The events that took place recently, the peaceful, and democratic sit in, and the fact that we have decided to put our men on the streets of Beirut, were all acts done for the best of the country. You know that we disarmed certain militias and handed the weapons over to the army. Why did not we hand ours too? You have a fine sense of humour, indeed.

We have the constitutional right to say our opinion, and that is why we have organized the sit in. Some accused us of closing downtown, but that is not the case. Maybe some shop owners, café and restaurants patrons closed down their businesses, but we did not order them to do so. I don't want to discuss this subject anymore, but good has come out of it. The Shias showed their faith in us, we respected the laws of the country, and the rules of the democratic game, and, if in the process some had to close their businesses selling alcohol and thus encouraging immorality, praise be God, we have done more than it was asked of us.

We respect the army and we want to see it as strong and capable of providing for the Resistance the support and room to maneuver it needs to fulfill its divine mission. So long as everyone understands this, we will not have any trouble.

I know you have always wondered why we can negotiate with Israel, while Lebanon, through Michel Sleiman and Fuad Siniora clearly reject it. You think we bullied them into it? Such a strong language, and no, we did not. Let them take decisions that are capable to back up.

In this world everything comes down to principles, loyalty towards a cause, faith in God, and compassion towards the others. My message? My message is one of peace, and in the same time, one of power. We will never again be ignored, and we will continue our struggle. To what end? That is for God to decide, and for us to follow.


  1. Anonymous12:17 AM

    Um. Yeah....Not really funny. Not even entertaining. Yawn.

  2. The Murder of Jewish Toddlers! What HEZBOLLAH is "ALL ABOUT!"

    On July 12, 2006 Lebanese Hezbollah militants crossed the border with Israel in an operation dubbed "Operation Truthful Promise," which was aimed at nabbing Israeli soldiers in exchange for Lebanese prisoners. Hezbollah succeeded in the operation and successfully took hostage two Israeli soldiers, Eldad Regev and Ehud Goldwasser. During the operation, eight Israeli soldiers were killed. This ignited the sequence of events which led to the Israel/Lebanon summer war. The story goes further back than July of 2006. It really began in April 1979! On Sabbath day, April 22, 1979, Danny and Smadar Haran met up with a monster named Samir Kuntar. Danny and Smadar were a loving Israeli couple. They had everything they could ever hope for... love, marriage and two precious daughters, Einat, 4 and Yael, 2. That day Smadar was home anticipating Danny's return from work and preparing for the Sabbath. She had just picked up their two toddlers from day care. Danny, on the other hand, was looking forward to nothing more than getting home and spending time with his wife and his two young daughters.
    Traditionally, the Sabbath is the most special day of the week, the day the family gets to spend time together and celebrate their bond to Judaism. It was especially important for Danny who, as a young father, had to work extra hard in order to provide for his wife and young children. Little did Smadar know that this would be the last Sabbath she would celebrate with her family because of a man named Samir Kuntar. Around midnight the nightmare began! (Samir Kuntar; also spelled: Sameer Kuntar, Kantar, Qantar, Kintar, Quntar, Qintar, Cantar)
    What's the deal with Samir Kuntar? Since April 22, 1979 Samir Kuntar has been incarcerated in an Israeli prison. Samir Kuntar, a Druze from the Lebanese mountain village of Aabey , who currently holds the dubious distinction of being the longest held Lebanese prisoner in Israeli jails. Kuntar is currently ONE of THREE Lebanese prisoners still serving time in Israeli jails. Kuntar was convicted and sentenced to a 542 years prison sentence by the state of Israel . Israel even almost tried to pass a bill to have him executed! What did he do? What was his crime? The crime Kuntar committed was one of the most sickest, heinous, barbaric crime ever committed on Israeli soil. The crime took place on April 22, 1979 when Kuntar led a group of 3 other terrorists, all members of Abu Abbas PLF (Palestinian Liberation Front), infiltrated the Israeli coastal city of Naharya and broke into the Haran family apartment and took Danny Haran and his 4 year old daughter Einat Haran hostage. When Kuntar and his gang broke into the apartment, the wife, Smadar Haran and her 2 year old daughter Yael, were also present in the apartment. Smadar managed to find a crawl space into which she, her younger daughter, 2 year old Yael, and a neighbor all hid. To prevent Yael from crying and giving away their hiding place, Smadar covered the child's mouth with her hand.
    Kuntar and his group took Danny and little Einat down to the beach. At the beach Kuntar shot Danny in the back. Danny survived the gun shot but moments later was drowned personally by Kuntar. All this was witnessed by the young daughter. Kuntar forced her to watch her father's murder so that [in Kuntar's words] "his death would be the last sight she would ever see." Kuntar then laid the little toddler down on a rock and smashed her head with the butt of his rifle. She didn’t die right away, so Kuntar beat her with his rifle repeatedly, over and over again (all this done, while she was screaming and crying), to ensure that she was dead. Meanwhile in the apartment, Smadar's attempt to muffle her daughter's whimpering proved fatal. Yael was accidentally suffocated and died within the hiding space. And on July 12, 2006, the ONLY reason why Ehud Goldawasser and Eldad Regev were kidnapped by Hezbollah, was to force Israel to release/surrender Samir Kuntar. Now the dilemma is, should Israel release Samir Kuntar in order to gain the release of Goldwasser and Regev? Unfortunately Kuntar might be freed in the next couple of days in exchange for these two soldiers, or their caskets, since there hasn’t been even one sign of life since their kidnapping on July 12th. For those who didn’t know, Samir Kuntar was the only reason that’s been holding back the release of Goldwasser and Regev, for almost a year and a half.
    [Image of Einat Haran]
    [Image of Yael Haran]
    According to Smadar Haran, her last memories of Danny and Einat, that day, were when they were being led away at gun point by Kuntar. She could hear from her closet space Danny telling Einat, "Don't be scared, my baby, it will be alright" and Einat replied to him in her little voice, "Dad, where is Mommy? I want Mommy." Smadar's last memory of her 2-year-old daughter, Yael, was when her little daughter was taken to the apartment hiding space. Right before Yael had her mouth covered by her mother, she asked her mother "Where is my little pacifier." There was no time to search for the pacifier. Minutes later Smadar covered Yael's mouth to keep her from revealing the hiding space. Smadar soon felt her daughter's tiny tongue licks and lip sucking on the palm of her hand. She didn't know what to make of it at first but hours later was told by doctors and paramedics that the reason Yael was licking her palm while she covered her mouth was because she was gasping for air. A Sad Gruesome Reality After drowning Danny in the sea in front of little Einat, Kuntar, the brave Lebanese freedom fighter, then turned his attention towards the frightened little 4-year old. He took his rifle and then swung it across the little toddler's head, knocking her to the ground. As little Einat was knocked to the ground, she was screaming and crying hysterically "mommy daddy help me," while thrashing her little legs around in the sand. But unfortunately Einat was alone, and no one was there to save her. Kuntar then dragged the little toddler a couple of feet to the closest rock he could find, this was while she was begging him not to hurt her. Kuntar, then laid her head down on a rock, with the intention of crushing it with the butt of his rifle. Einat, instinctively covered her head with her little arms, Kuntar struggled with the little toddler until he finally managed to clear her arms out of the way so that he could aim for her head. Once her arms were out of the way, Kuntar proceeded on beating her on the head over and over with the butt of his rifle, and repeatedly stomping on her little body as hard as he could as well, until blood rushed out of her ears and mouth, and her little cries faded away as she was knocked into unconsciousness. Then, to ensure she was dead, Kuntar continued on beating her over the head, as hard as he could, several more times until her skull was crushed and she was dead. The nerve of Hezbollah to honor a child killer like Kuntar. The nerve of Hezbollah to kidnap two Israeli soldiers in order to force Israel to release a child murderer from jail! This is what Hezbollah is all about. The July 12, 2006 abduction was originally named "Operation Freedom Samir Kuntar," by Hezbollah. But days before the kidnapping Hezbollah changed the name of the operation to "Operation Truthful Promise," due to the fact that Nasrallah made a true promise to the family of Samir Kuntar to have him freed from jail. In September 2000, three Israeli soldiers were kidnapped by Hizbollah, along with an Israeli businessman, Elhanan Tennenbaum. Nasrallah immediately demanded Israel release all its Lebanese prisoners INCLUDING Samir Kuntar. In 2004 Israel was holding a TOTAL of 26 Lebanese prisoners. That same year, 23 out of those 26 prisoners were released, in order to secure the release of those 3 IDF (Israeli Defense Force) soldiers as well and Elhanan Tennenbaum. This prisoner exchange also had a second phase, which involved Hezbollah providing solid evidence on the fate of Ron Arad (the Israeli pilot who went missing in Lebanon in 1986) and in exchange, Israel would release the 24th Lebanese prisoner, Samir Kuntar! Hezbollah failed to deliver the information on Arad, and the deal was off. In 2006, when Goldwasser and Regev were kidnapped Israel was out of bargain chips, its only choice in order to gain information on the fate of these two soldiers is the release Samir Kuntar. Who even knows if Goldwasser and Regev are alive! Let’s not forget, the four years prior to the "infamous Israel-Hezbollah prisoner exchange of 2004," Israel had no idea on the fate of their soldiers until the day of the exchange. Only on the day of the exchange Israel found out, they would receive 3 caskets instead of 3 soldiers.
    It is beyond sickening, a man who beat to death a little toddler is celebrated for his glorious deed. Kuntar has been dubbed by some parts of the Arab world as the "Dean of World Prisoners." Who would imagine? Hezbollah crossing the border into Israel, killing four Israeli soldiers and kidnapping 2 more, going through all this trouble, JUST to free a child killer!
    There is another point worth mentioning. Hezbollah has never claimed that Kuntar was innocent or that he may have been framed. They only demand his release as if he were being held unlawfully and that Israel had no right to imprison him. Kuntar is probably the most hated person by the Israeli public. He is known as the "killer of Nahrya" instead of "terrorist of Nahrya." And to think that this person is being released under the context of threat, extortion, and blackmail! If it wasn’t for kidnapping of soldiers, Kuntar would have continued to serve out his sentence.
    Israel has an extensive history of releasing prisoner with blood on their hands, it has been done in the past and most expect that, it would happen again. This time with Kuntar. It is important to keep in mind that prisoners who are in Israeli jails are serving time for something. Israel is not a "gangster" or "lawless" state that imprisons people based solely on a whim. Every prisoner was charged, stood trail, convicted and properly sentenced. They were not kidnapped simply because they were Arabs. Hence, there is no justification in comparing the kidnapped Israeli soldiers to Samir Kuntar. There is a fine line between a humanitarian release of prisoners or releasing prisoners for the sake of peace AND knuckling under to unadulterated extortion. There is also a huge difference between someone with hatred in his head and he who has blood on his hands! Nobody expects that someone like Kuntar who is released will become Lovers of Israel! But someone and others like Kuntar who have committed murder or collaborated in the planning of that murder should be considered an unacceptable risk. It goes beyond forgiving terrorism. It becomes an abetting in any future terrorism carried out by those released. Israel will viewed as a weak state that can be brought to its knees by extortion. If Israel was to release Kuntar it would be the biggest thing they ever surrendered! The Sinai Peninsula, Israel gave back under negotiations, the West Bank and Gaza Israel also gave back under negotiations of the Oslo Accords. In 1985 during the famous "Ahmed Jibril Exchange" Israel released 1200 prisoners for the release of 3 IDF soldiers, some of those prisoners who were released had blood on their hands including Kozo Okamoto who killed 22 Israelis. BUT even all those 1200 prisoners put together, cannot compare to the savage murderous act committed by Samir Kuntar. Israel also currently holds 10,000 Palestinian prisoners, some of which have been incarcerated for conspiring, carrying out, and masterminding murderous terrorist attacks (suicide bombings, shootings, etc…), which targeted Jewish civilians in Israel. BUT even all those 10,000 prisoners put together cannot compare to Kuntar.
    Kuntar could have shot little Einat or blown her up, but instead he took his loaded gun and just bludgeoned her on the head repeatedly for several minutes until she was dead! Lets not also forget, the fact, that several minutes prior to murdering Einat, Kuntar drowned her father in front of her, and forced her to watch.
    Anyone, who reads this article and does not shed a tear, is not a human being. What kind of country is this to release a child murderer from jail under the context of threat and extortion? If we release Kuntar, we know what message it sends to Hezbollah and other terror groups like Hamas, etc… But what obscene messages does it send to the families of those Israeli murdered, especially Smadar Haran whose daughter was beaten to death by a man who hates Jews. What Kuntar did was not only a terrorist act but should also be considered a criminal act. And what demoralizing message does it send to the Israeli troops and security services who risked their lives in order to capture and arrest the terrorists? There is no doubt that Goldwasser and Regev need to be unconditionally released from Lebanon, Syria, Iran or from wherever they are now being held. Olmert's "good will gesture" has disaster written all over it. Appeasement didn't work with Hitler and it will not work with Hezbollah. "Negotiations" will not work either for over what exactly is there to negotiate? How far will Israel go to assure its own disappearance? There will be nothing positive coming out of the release of Kuntar. There is no worst context of releasing prisoners than under the context of threat. But today October 15, 2007 there is chatter within Israel to drop the demand for Ron Arad for the exchange of Kuntar.
    The Official Website of Samir Kuntar Israel moots Kuntar prisoner swap
    (AL-JAZEERA 9/17/2006) Free the monster Samir Kuntar
    (Haaretz article 09/04/2006) Plot to free terrorist (Kuntar) may have led to fight
    (Washington Times 8/8/2006) Nasrallah says no deal without Samir
    (9/12/2006 BBC article "Nasrallah Demands Militant Free") "Hizballah Wants Israel to Free Child-Killer"
    (Cybercast News Service, 7/18/2006) More than 25 years later, militant still atop Hezbollah's list for swap
    (Seattle Times 8/16/2006) Why Hezbollah Attacked Israel
    (Mens News Daily 8/09/2006) Samir Kuntar to be released very soon
    The Jerusalem Post 1/6/2007 of an interview with Smadar Haran on CBC
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  3. Anonymous5:29 PM

    I liked it, it presented a first-hand account of the perspective of this conflict as viewed by many people.

  4. Anonymous7:16 PM

    Kuntar is a disgusting child murderer about to be welcomed back to Lebanon as a freaking hero.

    This is what the world will see...Lebanon worships child killers. Lebanon is a haven for monsters.

    Yes, this is what the world will see....barbaric Lebanon.


  5. Anonymous5:44 AM

    funny how people talk about a country that hold kills and imprisons thousands of children, women and elderly for years on end and also shoves them into territories, err massive prisons, for 60 years can have any nerve to speak about justice...

    Take the plank out of your own brothers before you try to remove the speck in mine!

  6. Well, it is all a matter of perspective. If these people continuously throw at each other's faces "who began?" we are still going to be there in 200 years, at best. Israel handles Palestinians like shit, it's a fact. Palestinians handle Israelis like shit, it is a fact too. If both sides want peace (which I really doubt), they have to go through painful compromises, like releasing terrorists from their cells to get some good will from the other side. Does that mean it is ok to praise the terrorists in question? I don't think so. Lebanese who will welcome Kuntar as a hero will show how short sighted, unfair and ignorant they are. But Israeli who move into settlements or Tsahal soldiers who bombed Beirut suburbs are no better. Like him, they are part of the problem, not of the solution...


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