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Hezbollah Says Lebanon Has Declared War

This morning Beirut, Lebanon has devolved into heavy gunfire as Hezbollah's leader Hassan Nasrallah said of statements against Hezbollah's telecommunications network, "the decision is tantamount to a declaration of war. . . on the resistance and its weapons in the interest of America and Israel." Almost immediately following the statement, the city of Beirut erupted into gun battle and the use of rocket-propelled grenades.

The US-backed government in Lebanon said on Tuesday that the military telecommunications network was illegal and a threat to state security. The subsequent violence appears mostly sectarian which brings up echoes of the 1975-1990 civil war that ravaged Lebanon.


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Most Sunnis are supporting the Western-backed government of Prime Minister Fuad Saniora. Shiites generally support the opposition led by Hezbollah, a group labeled by the US as a terrorist organization. Christians are split between the two. Flights in and out have been canceled, trapping many in the chaos.

Tensions began two days ago with a strike and has escalated into violence rapidly.

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hartsfull hartsfull 8 years
I definately agree with that too. I think we have to just keep our minds open to both.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
*may be
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
*may be
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
I can definitely see staging as a possibility. But if I put myself in Palestinian shoes being corralled by the Lebanese gov., the Israeli gov., flanked by the U.S. and told that we have no home land as well as being treated as second rate citizens. I could see a certain desperation begin to develop to show the world what is going on. This may manipulation, but I think this manipulation is a cry for help. Not just manipulation for propaganda sake.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
I can definitely see staging as a possibility. But if I put myself in Palestinian shoes being corralled by the Lebanese gov., the Israeli gov., flanked by the U.S. and told that we have no home land as well as being treated as second rate citizens. I could see a certain desperation begin to develop to show the world what is going on. This may manipulation, but I think this manipulation is a cry for help. Not just manipulation for propaganda sake.
hartsfull hartsfull 8 years
I know Lain! I was thinking of that too. Really I was. Remember the one where the boy was huddled up to his dad on the street? They later found out that was staged. Or, is that the same story??? :?
Cassandra57 Cassandra57 8 years
hypnoticmix said: <i>This child is in the middle of a war zone and he takes time to style his hair! Talk about diva.</i> Actually, that isn't as funny a remark as it first seems. We have learned that these pictures are sometimes staged. Do you all remember the case--I believe it was during the last flare-up between Israel and Lebanon--where a child's death was blamed on Israeli fire, the coffin was marched through the streets to much wailing and carrying-on. It was discovered later that the whole thing was faked, and our (Western) media fell for it. Never underestimate people's powers of manipulation, and the TV crews are *way* too trusting.
Cassandra57 Cassandra57 8 years
hypnoticmix said: This child is in the middle of a war zone and he takes time to style his hair! Talk about diva. Actually, that isn't as funny a remark as it first seems. We have learned that these pictures are sometimes staged. Do you all remember the case--I believe it was during the last flare-up between Israel and Lebanon--where a child's death was blamed on Israeli fire, the coffin was marched through the streets to much wailing and carrying-on. It was discovered later that the whole thing was faked, and our (Western) media fell for it. Never underestimate people's powers of manipulation, and the TV crews are *way* too trusting.
hartsfull hartsfull 8 years
I just got to comment 10 Hypno, I had to stop and say, No doubt! What you said just practically rang in my ears. And I'm knocking on wood.
hartsfull hartsfull 8 years
All the pictures are sad, but the most heart wrenching are the two children. Just awful.
Zahara-Pitt Zahara-Pitt 8 years
oh sweet Xenu
Zahara-Pitt Zahara-Pitt 8 years
oh sweet Xenu
stiletta stiletta 8 years
Of course I don't want the region to inflame a world-wide conflagration. I suppose what I meant was that Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Syria and Iran, if they really had the desire to do something for their Palestinian neighbors besides using them as a pawn against Israel have the money and the resources to fix this problem tomorrow. But it's worth more to the Middle East Arab states to use this issue against Israel than to actually help the suffering.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
"If they don't care about their futures why should we?" I do understand the frustration that brings this statement. However, I do believe that on some level we do care because it's human. It is my opinion that the U.S. in relation to the region feels that we have to impose our two cents because if things get out of control they can easily set the entire region into a militaristic chaos. It is not a pleasant thought but the match and the gun powder are already in play in regards to a possible third world war. We have found our selves in the position of having to protect our interests (mainly oil) and keep the match and the gun powder separated at the same time.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
"If they don't care about their futures why should we?" I do understand the frustration that brings this statement. However, I do believe that on some level we do care because it's human. It is my opinion that the U.S. in relation to the region feels that we have to impose our two cents because if things get out of control they can easily set the entire region into a militaristic chaos. It is not a pleasant thought but the match and the gun powder are already in play in regards to a possible third world war. We have found our selves in the position of having to protect our interests (mainly oil) and keep the match and the gun powder separated at the same time.
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
haha poor Rac! Its not been a good morning for him!
zeze zeze 8 years
"I don't think it's a coincidence that it houses some of the world's most popular religion's shrines."I think the point is that you said religions, not one. I don't think people realize that BOTH the Muslims in the region and the Jews in the reagion are unreasonable and would rather fight than work it out. We get it, Israel has biblical claim, Palestine had actual possession, 60yrs ago the super powers decided to put them back - now both sides won't concede that they must share, regardless of who is right and wrong, in order to stop the blood shed. Both draw up their own crazy demands knowing there is no way the other side will agree to it, and both keep attacking each other. Both have countries backing them, giving them fuel for the fire, weapons and money, (I'm sure we all know which two countries I'm talking about here)and both of the countries also can't agree to back off for the sake of peace because both of these governments want it their way only. And the cycle continues on and on and on...I think my grandkids in the year 3030 will be talking about Muslims and Jews fighting over the ity-bity land in the mid-east.
zeze zeze 8 years
"I don't think it's a coincidence that it houses some of the world's most popular religion's shrines." I think the point is that you said religions, not one. I don't think people realize that BOTH the Muslims in the region and the Jews in the reagion are unreasonable and would rather fight than work it out. We get it, Israel has biblical claim, Palestine had actual possession, 60yrs ago the super powers decided to put them back - now both sides won't concede that they must share, regardless of who is right and wrong, in order to stop the blood shed. Both draw up their own crazy demands knowing there is no way the other side will agree to it, and both keep attacking each other. Both have countries backing them, giving them fuel for the fire, weapons and money, (I'm sure we all know which two countries I'm talking about here)and both of the countries also can't agree to back off for the sake of peace because both of these governments want it their way only. And the cycle continues on and on and on...I think my grandkids in the year 3030 will be talking about Muslims and Jews fighting over the ity-bity land in the mid-east.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
Stephley, I see what you're saying; however, just as it is unwise to overlook the power and money aspects of the fighting, it is unwise to overlook the religious aspects of the fighting as well. Hezbollah is a group that bases their philosophies on religion. It translates to "Party of God." They are radical and not representative of all Muslims by a long shot, but to disregard the religious aspect would be to overlook a large piece of the puzzle.
raciccarone raciccarone 8 years
That's funny, I always thought that translated into "Pooping Bear". I really should have studied Italian harder. I would have been slapped a lot less while in Rome.
stephley stephley 8 years
Raci: In Italian, a raccoon is also called "l'orsetto lavatore" -"washing bear." So, like Paul's grandfather, you're clean?
stephley stephley 8 years
Raci: In Italian, a raccoon is also called "l'orsetto lavatore" -"washing bear." So, like Paul's grandfather, you're clean?
stiletta stiletta 8 years
Jerusalem has been the focal point of conflict for thousands of years and I don't think it's a coincidence that it houses some of the world's most popular religion's shrines.
raciccarone raciccarone 8 years
Kimbo, sometimes I feel that way about commenting here.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
My good point was in response to the idea of the war ships being everywhere and not just to incite violence. It takes me forever to post comments sometimes. However, good point to you, too, rac! It is such a difficult region with so many nuances and trying to evaluate it gets so frustrating sometimes.
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