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Saturday, November 25, 2006

Ramifications of a Job Half Done Part #2

The other day I wrote about
ramifications of a job half done, showing the problems that now plague Lebanon after Israel backed away from the war and left the job half done.

Today more news comes which simply proves the point.

A senior member of Hizbollah has said it will push ahead with plans to bring down the Lebanese government, despite the mass outpouring of grief at yesterday's funeral.

The militant Shia party, which is backed by Syria and Iran, said it had delayed street protests planned for this week because of the public reaction to Pierre Gemayel's murder.

Iran and Syria are rearming Hizbullah to prepare for the inevitable battle to come. Something everyone ignores is that THEY WERE WARNED. Rice, Bush, just about everybody warned the UN and the world that if Hizbullah was not disarmed as part of resolution 1701 that the worlds attention would be back there sooner rather than later..... they were right.

As Lebanon's government tries to maintain its shaky grip on power, sources tell TIME that Tehran and Damascus are shipping weapons to the militant Shi'ite group.

Iran is smuggling weapons through Syria to re-arm Lebanese allies Hizballah, despite renewed efforts by United Nations peacekeepers and the Lebanese army to seal off the mountain borders with Syria in the wake of last summer's war between the Shi'ite militia and Israel, according to reports by Saudi and Israeli intelligence sources that have been confirmed by western diplomats in Beirut.

Israeli military officials in Tel Aviv say that Hizballah replenished nearly half of its pre-war stockpiles of short-range missiles and small arms. But western diplomats in Beirut say these calculations under-estimate the weapons flow and that Hizballah has now filled its war chest with over 20,000 short-range missiles—a similar amount to what they had at the start of the conflict, during which the group is believed to have fired over 3,000 rockets at Israel. "The Iranian pipeline through Syria was already working during the war," despite constant Israeli bombing raids on the roads into Lebanon from Syria, this Beirut source said. Officially, Syria and Iran deny that they're supplying weapons to Hizballah. As for the Shi'ite group itself, when asked about receiving a new shipment of arms from Syria and Iran, a spokesman told TIME, without elaborating, "We have more than enough weapons if Israel tries to attack us again."

I also did a Lebanon Iraq comparison piece which showed that the comparisons between the two are almost identical.

In Lebanon the press was so anxious to influence the outcome they constantly showed the death and destruction happening in Lebanon as a result of the conflict, at times even doctoring photos to accomplish that goal.

In Iraq, media such as the LA Times is doing almost the exact thing, but rather than doctoring photos they are spreading enemy propaganda and trying to pass it off as truth as shown in this excellent investigative piece done by Patterico.

CNN has also shown itself to be an agent of the enemy in showing their propaganda with the sniper video.

Back to Lebanon, we have Hizbullah being rearmed because the UN mandate was so watered down that it did now allow for the disarming of Hizbullah in the actual mandate and now we have an emboldened group now swearing to topple the new democracy.... enemy forces trying to topple a democratic government...sounds alot like Iraq, doesn't it?

See, using our media outlets to bring about political pressure is what the enemy has determined will be our driving force... funnily enough, the enemy seems to have learned the lessons of our history, (Vietnam) while our own country members still cannot learn from the very same history. Perhaps the enemy IS smarter than many here.

In Lebanon, the Israeli's left a job half done and now the country of Lebanon is paying an even higher price and if the democratic government of Lebanon does indeed get toppled, how long before Israel and a much stronger Hizbullah, backed by Syria and Iran are at war again?

I will ask the same question about Iraq.... if we were to leave Iraq to al-Qaeda, how long before we are either back there finishing the job or fighting it here on our soil?

History teaches us much, for those that have the capacity to actually learn from other peoples mistakes.

From 1776 through 1789, the history of the United States included the formation of the independent country of the United States and the drawing and ratification of its new government. In an attempt to gain autonomy and freedom from the Kingdom of Great Britain, the Americans started a revolution, which grew into a war. The Americans eventually won the war and were granted rights to the land now known as the eastern United States.

13 yrs and a war, and that does not include the 4 years between 1861-1865 for our civil war.

We expect the Iraqi's to be able to do so much better than we, ourselves were capable of? Those that believe so, must think the Iraqi's are much smarter than we were and are.

There are comparisons to be found between Lebanon and Iraq, and there are ramifications for leaving a job half done. In the short run, it looks like a grand idea to leave Iraq as a job half done, in the long run we would regret it just as the Israeli's are regretting not finishing the job in Lebanon.

Those that do not leanr from the mistakes of others are bound to make the same mistakes. Worse yet, those that do not learn from OUR OWN mistakes are bound to make even worse mistakes in the future.

Remember, we once left Iraq as a job half done.... look what has happened?

Hot Air is also pointing out the similiarities between Lebanon and Iraq.

In the meantime Lebanon backs tribunal into Hariri Murder. Matzav points out how inept the UN coalition has been in stopping Hizbullah from rearming. They never even tried.