Hodjanernes Blog

29 august 2006

HetZZbollahs ‘sejr’ begynder at smuldre – hvis den nogensinde har eksisteret

In a TV interview in Beirut Sunday, Nasrallah admitted second thoughts about the wisdom of capturing the two Israeli soldiers, an incident that triggered the war: “The party leadership never expected a response on such an unprecedented scale and volume [by Israel],” he said. “Had we known that what we did would lead to this, we would certainly not have embarked upon it.”

Why did Nasrallah decide to change his unqualified claim of victory into an indirect admission of defeat? Two reasons.

The first consists of facts on the ground: Hezbollah lost some 500 of its fighters, almost a quarter of its elite fighting force. Their families are now hounding Nasrallah to provide an explanation for “miscalculations” that led to their death.

Throughout southern Lebanon, once a stronghold of Hezbollah, pictures of the “martyrs” adorn many homes and shops, revealing the fact that many more Hezbollah fighters died than the 110 claimed by Nasrallah. What angers the families of the “martyrs” is that Hezbollah fighters had not been told that the sheik was starting a war to please his masters in Tehran, and that they should prepare for it.

The fighters found out there was a war only after the Israelis started raining fire on southern Lebanon. In fact, no one – apart from the sheik’s Iranian contacts and a handful of Hezbollah security officials linked to Tehran and Damascus – knew that Nasrallah was provoking a war. Even the two Hezbollah ministers in the Lebanese government weren’t consulted, nor the 12 Hezbollah members of the Lebanese National Assembly. The party’s chief policymaking organ, the Shura (consultative assembly), hasn’t held a full session since 2001.

The “new Saladin” has also lost most of his medium-range missiles without inflicting any serious damage on Israel. Almost all of Hezbollah’s missile launching pads (often placed in mosques, schools and residential buildings) south of the Litani River have been dismantled.

Worse still, the Israelis captured an unknown number of Hezbollah fighters and political officers, including several local leaders in the Bekaa Valley, Khyam and Tyre.

The second reason why Nasrallah has had to backtrack on his victory claims is the failure of his propaganda machine to hoodwink the Lebanese. He is coming under growing criticism from every part of the political spectrum, including the Hezbollah itself.

Last week he hurriedly cancelled a series of victory marches planned for Beirut’s Shiite suburbs after leading Shiite figures attacked the move as “unmerited and indecent.” Instead, every village and every town is holding typical Shiite mourning ceremonies, known as tarhym (seeking mercy), for the dead.

Nasrallah has tried to rally his base by distributing vast sums of Iranian money through his network – by the end of last week, an estimated $12 million in crisp U.S. banknotes. But if Nasrallah had hoped to buy silence, if not acquiescence, he is being proved wrong. Some Lebanese Shiites are scandalized that they are treated by Iranian mullahs as mercenaries, and see Nasrallah’s cash handouts as diyah (blood money) for their dead. And a dead man whose family receives a diyah cannot claim the status of “martyr” and enjoy its prerogatives in paradise.

As the scale of the destruction in the Shiite south becomes more clear, the pro-Hezbollah euphoria (much of it created by Western media and beamed back to Lebanon through satellite TV) is evaporating. Reality is beginning to reassert its rights.

And that could be good news for Lebanon as a nation. It is unlikely that Hezbollah will ever regain the position it has lost. The Lebanese from all sides of the political spectrum are united in their determination not to allow any armed group to continue acting as a state within the state.

The decent thing to do for Nasrallah would be to resign and allow his party to pick a new leader, distance itself from Iran and Syria, merge its militia into the Lebanese army and become part of the nation’s political mainstream.

In last year’s elections, Hezbollah ended up with 12 seats in the 128-seat National Assembly, thanks to a series of alliances with other Shiite groups as well as Christian and Druze parties. As the scale of Nasrallah’s blunder becomes clearer, it is unlikely that Hezbollah would be able to forge such alliances in the future.

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Utroligt så stille der er blevet i LSM om dette. Alene hetZZbollahs dødstal. Hvormange af de lidt over 1000 ‘civile’ er i virkeligheden terrorister? Hvis det overhovedet var en sejr er det vist blevet til en Pyrrhus-sejr.

I disse dage mindes vi orkanen Katarina

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The Jerusalem Post om bloggere i Libanon-konflikten

BLOGGERS HAVE become a critical component of the free world’s defense in the current war. During the Hizbullah campaign in Lebanon, bloggers scrutinized coverage of the war in a way that has never been done before. Their work has exposed the dirty secret of the Middle East that the media has hidden for so many years: The global media and the international NGO community, which profess to be neutral observers, are in fact colluding with terrorist organizations.

The blogosphere, and particularly Little Green Footballs, Powerline, Zombietime, Michelle Malkin, and EU Referendum, have relentlessly exposed the systematic staging of news events, fabrication of attacks against relief workers, and doctoring of photographic images by Hizbullah with the active assistance of international organizations and the global media.

The International Committee of the Red Cross, with its internationally mandated status as a protected organization, is particularly culpable. The blogoshere – and specifically EU Referendum and Zombietime Web sites – have shown that Red Cross employees in Tyre and Kana fabricated from whole cloth a tale of an Israeli airstrike against Red Cross ambulances in Kana on July 23. In an exhaustively documented report, “How the Media Legitimized an Anti-Israel Hoax and Changed the Course of a War,” Zombietime showed how Red Cross employees took an old, rusty ambulance and alleged that the IAF had attacked it with a missile that blew a hole straight through the middle of the red cross on the ambulance’s roof.

The Red Cross allegation was reported as fact by such “credible” news organizations as Associated Press, Time magazine, the BBC, ITV, The New York Times, The Guardian, The Age, MSNBC, The Los Angeles Times and the Boston Globe. Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch both published accounts of the attack as evidence of Israeli “war crimes” in Lebanon.

Zombietime clearly proved from simple scrutiny of the photographs taken of the ambulance, that the hole in the cross was not the result of a missile attack but the work of the ambulance manufacturer. It was the hole for an air vent. The pock marks on the roof were the result of age and decay. There had been no fire in the ambulance. There was no attack. It was a complete fabrication, concocted by Red Cross employees who enjoy their protected status because their organization has pledged its neutral status in this and all wars.

ONE WEEK later, as EU Referendum reports in a similarly detailed investigation of the much condemned IAF bombing of Kana on July 30, (which actually happened a mile north of Kana at Khuraybah village), Red Cross relief workers actively participated in the staging of a perverted media extravaganza where the bodies of dead children were paraded about before the waiting camera crews for hours and hours.

Rather than demand that the ICRC account for the clear breach of its binding commitment to neutrality, and rather than attack the Lebanese Red Cross for its active collaboration with Hizbullah, the international media has attacked the bloggers. They are brushed off as “Israel supporters,” and “right-wing extremists.” The aim of these brush-offs is to convince “right thinking” citizens that they oughtn’t have anything to do with these champions of truth and human decency.

As each day passes, the governments, formal and informal legal apparatuses, and media of free societies show themselves to be less and less capable of contending with the information operations conducted against their societies by subversive forces seeking their destruction.

As each day passes it becomes clear that the responsibility of protecting our nations and societies from internal disintegration has passed to the hands of individuals, often working alone, who refuse to accept the degradation of their societies and so fight with the innovative tools of liberty to protect our way of life. The vigilance of just a handful of bloggers brought us the knowledge of the corruption of our media and the network of global NGOs that we have come to rely on to tell us the “objective” truth.

It is up to all citizens of the free world, who value our freedom to recognize this corruption, applaud the bloggers and join them in refusing to allow these corrupt institutions to cloud our commitment to freedom.

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Den største trussel mod USA’s sikkerhed

Kommer ikke fra Iran eller Irak. Den kommer fra UK skriver The Telegraph og refererer til en artikel i det amerikanske tidsskrift The New Republic med overskriften ‘Kashmir on the Thames’.

I artiklen beskrives UK’s muslimske samfund som en rugegård for voldelig ekstremisme. Andre tidsskrifter og tænketanke i USA udviser stærk kritik af UK’s muslimer og den britiske regering. Nile Gardiner, fra den højreorienterede Heritage Foundation, udtalte igår til The Daily Telegraph at   amerikanere mere og mere ser Storbritannien som ‘en hvepserede af islamiske ekstremister’ betraget landet som ‘en direkte sikkerhedsrisiko for USA’.

Gardiner udtaler envidere ‘at hvis Britisk baseret terrorisme fortsætter vil USA komme med alvorlige modforholdsregler’, det kunne være de lempelige indrejseregler for UK-borgere, hvoraf 4 millioner rejser til USA om året.

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Politisk korrekt tandbehandling

Filed under: Politisk korrekte, SF — Hodja @ 17:52

Anne Baastrup (SF) foreslår i Dagens Medicin at øge prisen på en pakke cigaretter med 67 øre for at finansiere et årligt tandlægebesøg til unge og lavtlønnede, da hun mener disse bortprioriterer det halvårlige tandlægebesøg.

Dagens Medicin 24. august 2006

Rygerne er igen jaget vildt til fordel for for en af Anne Båthorns målgrupper. Hvad så hvis målgruppen har bortprioriteret tandlægen for at kunne ryge cigaretter? Og hvornår kommer der kiloafgift på de fede, som så kan gå til Moske-byggeri for de stakkels uformuende muslimer?

Jørgen Bæk Simonsen omtaler ‘israelske terrorgrupper’

På Købehavns Universitets hjemmeside under Institut for Tværkulturelle og Regional Studier kan man finde en pressemeddelelse (14. juli 2006), hvori den såkaldte islamolog (lektor i arabisk) Jørgen Bæk Simonsen udtaler:

“Krisen i Mellemøsten bliver stadigt mere intensiv for Hizbollah og Hamas, fordi den israelske regering med dagens og gårsdagens angreb har vist, at den vil slå ned på alt, hvad de foretager sig. Til gengæld kan krisen også brede sig til resten af regionen gennem de israelske terrorgrupper, som vil se dette som en oplagt mulighed for at intensivere terrorangreb – ikke mindst i Tyrkiet, Jordan og Egypten, som alle er lande med diplomatiske forbindelser til Israel, udtaler Jørgen Bæk Simonsen, lektor i arabisk ved Københavns Universitet. Derudover vil krisen yderligere destabilisere situationen i Mellemøsten, dog ikke sådan, at man vil se krig mellem lande. Ingen tør nemlig “krydse klinger” med israelerne, hvorfor terror bliver den eneste udvej for mange. Og det er det, der er så ulykkeligt, idet civile igen bliver ofrene for terrorgrupperne, siger Jørgen Bæk Simonsen.”

Mon ikke det er en skrivefejl, men hvad hjertet er fuld af løber munden over med – sprogbrugen er vist ikke helt neutralt. ‘Slå ned på alt, hvad de foretager sig’ og ‘terror bliver den eneste udvej’. For på samme side (19. juli 2006) står også:

“Når Israel sætter en straffeaktion ind over for Libanon, bliver det mødt med forståelse fra vestlige politikere og medier. Og det er der faktisk en forklaring på. Israel har nemlig altid haft tætte historiske, kulturelle og politiske bånd til Vesten, fordi Israel altid har orienteret sig mod Europa, forklarer mellemøsthistoriker fra Københavns Universitet Jørgen Bæk Simonsen, der mener, at det har været et strategisk redskab for samtlige af de israelske regeringer at understrege samhørigheden med Vesten. Jørgen Bæk Simonsen peger endvidere på, at man i Vesten har en tendens til at opfatte Israel som offer,”

Men det var egentlig for at finde dette her jeg kiggede på hjemmesiden, men det fandt jeg ikke?

Det der startede som uro mellem to indvandrergrupperinger endte i kamp mellem politi og op til 100 unge natten igennem

Mandagen igennem havde Århus politi travlt med at dæmpe en voksende uro i det belastede kvarter Gjellerupparken, der efter midnat endte med brand og flere anholdelser.

Præcis hvor mange betjente der var tilstede i Gjellerupparken, vil han dog ikke ud med. Til gengæld skønner han, at flokken af unge var på mellem 50-100 personer overvejende i alderen 15-20 år, fortæller Brian Olsen.

Ifølge ekstrabladet.dks oplysninger blev også brandvæsenet tilkaldt til området flere gange i løbet af dagen. Men her blev man mødt af sten og kanonslag.

– I første omgang blev en af vores mænd ramt, så vi fortrak os lidt. Efterfølgende måtte vi sikre os, at politiet var til stede. Det er meget ubehageligt at arbejde under de forhold, fortæller indsatsleder fra Århus brandvæsen Allan Hjort til ekstrabladet.dk

Ifølge Århus politi var der først nogenlunde styr på uroligheder ved tre-tiden i nat. Ialt tre til fire unge blev anholdt, endnu et par patruljevogne fik smadret ruder, mens en enkelt betjent måtte behandles for glasskår i ansigtet.

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Det er ikke længere siden end i sidste uge, at DR-TV havde en udsendelse med deltagelse af en tidligere socialdemokratisk minister (Sonja Mikkelsen) og repræsentanter for politiet om, hvor godt det går i Gellerup-Parken. Og at indvandrer-repræsentanter selv er med til at holde gemytterne i ro.