Tuesday, January 23, 2007

COERCED STRIKE

"Hezbollah's actions today show that they are on the weaker side."

Ordinarily when someone calls for a national labor strike, they can rely on a goodly number of the people to agree and join in without coercion. The idea being that the anger and disquiet about a given labor situation is so widespread you can expect most if not all workers to join you without a fuss. Besides, it's a day off.

Hezbollah apparently has not worked out this concept. In Lebanon they called for a national strike and organized protests against the Lebanese government for not being enough of Hezbollah's puppet. The only problem is, they didn't have enough support from the people, so many went to work anyway, or at least tried to. Big Pharaoh explains that a strike does not mean blocking roads and terrorizing people who try to go to work:
This is exactly what the thugs of Hezbollah are doing to poor little Lebanon. They blocked roads, burned tires, and terrorized the people today. If Hezbollah was so sure the vast majority of Lebanese would heed their strike call, why did its thugs and vagabonds block roads today?? Why block roads if people are supposed to stay at home?!!
I'm not sure what Hezbollah thought they'd accomplish, their stated goals were for new elections because the present Lebanese Government is too close to the west, which translates into "you aren't obeying our radical Islamic demands sufficiently and thus we must resort to violence and intimidation."
An opposition protester manning one of the burning barricades on Beirut's airport road told the BBC that "only America and Britain" want Mr Siniora to stay in office.

"We may be causing some pollution, but it's better to put up with that for a few days than to put up with the pollution of this government," he said.
No doubt Greenpeace and other organizations will decry this air pollution soon. Commenters at Big Pharaoh discussed the events:
We’re back to civil war.

The MSM does not report it, but a line was crossed.

People blocking streets were attacked in Mount Lebanon and northern Lebanon. There were street fights as Shiites
“invaded” Sunni neighbourhoods in Beirut.

It seems the Army command is somewhat backing the protesters, but if this things goes on for too long, ther army will split.

Four things are sure, Hezb will lose, Siniora will stay, Aoun and Nasrallahd might as well be dead, but Lebanon is done...
-by Jeha


Siniora is the problem. He wants to build mosques in the centre ville whie accusing Hezbollah of forcing their religion on us all, and talk about multi-ethnicity while allowing the christians of his alliance 1 out of 24 cabinet seats. Get real
-by ik

This is exactly what the thugs of Hezbollah are doing to poor little Lebanon.
Looks like they’re turning it into France.

I’m referring to stuff like this:

Why 112 cars are burning every day

Muslims are waging civil war against us, claims police union

Révolte des banlieues; Les raisons d’une colère

Only half-jokingly.
-by SoCalJustice


Poor little Lebanon? They deserve it. They made their bed and now they get to sleep in it.
Never forget that if the Lebanese had hit Hezzebolla in the back while the Israelis’ hit them in the front, there would be no Hezzebolla today, no burning roadbloks and no mass murder tommorrow.
Lebanon had a chance to rid it’s self of Iranain control and failed to grasp it. They will be paying for generations.
BP, Marmaduke won’t live forever. Will you be ready when he kicks? If you are not, someone else will be. The MB for sure.

Blood in the streets up to my ankles,
Blood in the streets up to my knees.
Blood in the streets of old Ciaro
Blood in the streets and it’s all over me.
With apologizs to Morrison.
Civil Wars, like all Small wars, have no neutrals.
If you don’t support one side, that automatically makes you their enemy, regardless of if you support the other side or not.
So start your plannning now, the MB has been getting ready for years. You have a lot of ground to cover.
-by typos-R-us


SoCalJusttine,

I got it.. but even that sounds like a picnic to what is brewing back in Lebanon. OK, Bosnia and Chechnya were worse, but it looks like we’re gonna outdo them.

typos-R-us,

Your statement, while intriguing, shows a complete ignorance of the “facts on the ground”. Blaming the hostages will not hide the fact that Hezb is a product of Iranian terror fed by Israeli complacency and hubris.

Incidentally, a look at the history of Hamas and its rise will reveal some sobering facts. Where they not initially encouraged by Israel as a counterweight to the PLO?
-by Jeha


Jeha, Hamas started out with the appearance of being purely a charity group. The asked for, and got, Israeli funding. For a while they looked like a positive factor in the otherwise grim Palestinian arena.

Then they decided to gather Palestinian support the old way, paving their path with blood. Israel stopped being nicey-nicey with Hamas the day armament and framing documents were found in one of their offices.

We were naive, and lacking in information. We paid the price for that, and still do.
-by Roman Kalik


Now we have somebody on here blaming Hizballah’s violence on Israel! When will the Arab world (not Pharoah) stop blaming Israel for all the world’s ills from the tsunami to bird flu to Hizballah?
-by Sameole


I am the “somebody [allegdly] blaming [Hezb] violence on Israel”…

Israeli policy did not create Hezb, and that is not the point that I was making. My point is simple; you do not destroy a country, and then act surprised when cockroaches take over.

Yes, many of the targets that Israel hit over the summer were “legitimate”. And many civilians killed were because Hezb had hidden amongst them. But many targets, such as Jiyeh and LibanLait, had nothing to do with terror.

All those who support Israel do it a disservice by placing it on a pedestal. Israel is not directly linked to this, but it has a way of making a problem worse; by ABANDONING its allies when it withdrew in 2000, then by neglecting Hezb buildup for 6 years after that, then by destroying much of Lebanon’s infrastructure …

And now, by makgin encouraging noises about “engaging” with Syria again. All this emboldens our enemies, gets Israel nothing, and Lebanon ends up paying the price.
-by Jeha
Jeha brings up some great points, which is partly why I was so frustrated when Israel pulled out without accomplishing much beyond blowing things up. It's also why I support so strongly the US and other coalition nation involvement in Iraq rebuilding the nation and working to stabilize the place. Want to know what Iraq would look like in a matter of months if the coalition soldiers left? Look at Lebanon.
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