October 6, 2010

Hezbollah in passive voice

Many of us have noted that since the 2006 war between Israel and Hezbollah, Hezbollah has rearmed in violation of UN Security Council resolution. I always wondered when the MSM would catch up with the story. Today the New York Times published, Stronger Hezbollah Emboldened for Fights Ahead, which is a pretty good title if you're working in Hezbollah's PR department. ("Hezbollah threatens Israel in violation of UN resolution" would have been accurate.)

After informing us how Hezbollah has built up the area with houses, weapons and a command infrastructure, the reporter, Thanassis Cambanis writes:

United Nations peacekeepers and the Lebanese Army now patrol the hilly, wooded border, and under the terms of the United Nations resolution that ended the war, Hezbollah was supposed to demilitarize the area between the Israeli border and the Litani River, a distance of about 18 miles.

But Hezbollah appears to have done just the opposite. Its operatives roam strategic towns, interrogating foreigners and outsiders. New residents have been recruited to the border, and Hezbollah officials say they have recruited scores of new fighters, by their own estimates either doubling or tripling their ranks.

As we know from August, those "peacekeepers" and "Lebanese" troops are working together with Hezbollah. But what struck me here was how the reporter writes that Hezbollah was "supposed to" act and "appears to have done just the opposite" of the UN Resolution. Is there are more passive way to describe a terrorist organization operating in defiance of international law?

Really! "Hezbollah's rearming violates Resolution 1701 that ended the war," would have expressed what's going on directly.

Later in the article we have:

In addition to fortifying its ranks and replenishing its missile capacity, he said in an interview, Hezbollah has adopted a self-described policy of "strategic ambiguity" about whether it has acquired anti-aircraft capacity, advanced Scud missiles or other military equipment that could change the balance of forces with Israel. (The language consciously mirrors Israel's doctrine of strategic ambiguity over its undeclared nuclear weapons program.)

So instead of taking a stand and declaring Hezbollah an outlaw organization, the reporter finds a way to equate Hezbollah with Israel!

If someone from Hezbollah had been writing the news, with a few exceptions, it's hard to believe the article would have sounded much different.

Crossposted on Yourish.

Posted by SoccerDad at October 6, 2010 8:51 PM
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Hezbollah is clearly preparing for renewed conflict with Israel.

The lesson of the last four years is the UN cannot be trusted to safeguard Israel's security. In a future war, Israel will have to clear out Hezbollahland south of the Litani and annex it permanently to Israel and populate it with Jews. There is no other way to keep it from returning to pose a threat to Israel.

One wonders if that lesson has been absorbed in Jerusalem.

Posted by: NormanF at October 7, 2010 8:02 AM

When talking about UN resolutions and international law one should remember no other nation has ignored them more that Israel.

NormanF, your answer to combat Hizbullah, which is sworn to recover all land belonging to Lebonon, is to annex Lebanese land. Then what do you advise after Hizbullah grows to recover that land, annex more land and even more until the Jews own all the land from the Nile to the Euphrates.
The truth is Israel has tried to destroy Hizbullah and cannot which is why the mighty [cough, cough]IDF is now reduced to targeting civillians and infrastructure to restore its deterrence power while Hizbullah just gets stronger and more popular.

Posted by: sass at October 7, 2010 6:12 PM

Oh sass dear sass, without the support of Iran, the hezzies are but TOOTHLESS paper TIGERS who, according to the top UN humanitarian official, LOVE to (cough, cough) hide among WOMEN and CHILDREN while fighting the IDF. Such LAUGHABLE "sassified" WARRIORS of course SUITS sass to a T.

Posted by: CK Tan at October 8, 2010 12:49 PM

CK. A nutter like you needs to really look at the facts and not Israeli propoganda. But then again this is a web site spewing anything but the facts.

Posted by: sass at October 8, 2010 9:11 PM

So FACT-PHOBIC sass is now calling the top UN humanitarian official a LIAR. She CANNOT even see a fact even when it is front of her NOSE, Laughable.

Posted by: CK Tan at October 8, 2010 10:04 PM

The UN official name wouldn't be Richard Goldstone ?
Or is it another offical who represents that organisation which has be discredited along with all the NGOs by the Israeli propoganda machine?

Must be terrific living in a world of convenience.

Posted by: sass at October 9, 2010 4:19 AM

So sass all but ADMITS she does NOT know the name of the UN humanitarian official.

She all but ADMITS she does NOT know that this official has been WIDELY quoted - even among leftist media - as CONDEMNING her 'sassified' (cough, cough) "warriors" for using CHILDREN and women as HUMAN SHIELDS.

She all but ADMITS she does NOT know that Goldstone has NEVER been a top UN humanitarian official.

She all but ADMITS she does NOT even know that the hezzies - including their chief Nasrallah - have PUBLICLY paid homage to Iran as their BENEFACTOR and SPONSOR.

ALL she does is to keep TRYING to pass off HOT AIR as (cough, cough) facts.

So yet AGAIN, sass PROVES what an IGNORAMUS she really is.

And the real PATHETIC part is that SHE is not even REMOTELY aware of it.


Posted by: CK Tan at October 9, 2010 11:48 AM

You obviously haven't heard of the recent case in Israel of the two IDF soldiers being convicted of using 'children' as humanshields. Or the hundreds of other cases documented by the UN or a host of NGOs accusing the IDF of that very crime . What about all the cases accusing Israel of 'war crimes - or are you "now calling the top UN humanitarian official a LIAR".

Please don't accuse me of things which aren't true and are clearly stated. The WE ROCK, They suck, You suck, Everything Sucks approach doesn't work these days.

Posted by: sass at October 9, 2010 4:57 PM

Ahhhh, I see that sass decides to CHANGE the subject.

She PREVIOUSLY decried what I said about the hezzies as "Israeli propoganda" (sic). And that "this is a web site spewing anything but the facts".

She was promptly EXPOSED as being IGNORANT to the nth degree.

So NOW, sass tries to DIVERT attention away from her utter LACK of the grip on TRUTH - by whining if I am denying things that SHE NEVER MENTIONED before.

To paraphrase, it MUST be terrific LIVING in a world of PURE self-induced cranial FOG.

And the real PATHETIC part is that sass IS very very aware of it.


Posted by: CK Tan at October 9, 2010 10:07 PM

CK. Is that all you can do - abuse, abuse, abuse and abuse.

The only thing you exposed was your ignorance which is on par with your arrogance and that emotions lead your argument[cough,cough]. You have said nothing of substance at all. Your what they call a 'Know Nothing American Zionist'.

Posted by: sass at October 10, 2010 12:24 AM

POOR dear sass WAILS, "Is that all you can do - abuse, abuse, abuse and abuse." (sic)

FACT is, she is the FIRST to do what she ACCUSES me of (see above - Posted by: sass at October 8, 2010 9:11 PM).

But who knows, maybe calling someone a NUTTER is a GREAT compliment in sass's FOGGY universe. Or that FACTS are NOT important; only RHETORIC counts.

As for the rest of her FLUFF, well, I solemnly CONCEDE that sass WINS.

Cos, according to the late Mr. William G. McAdoo, it is IMPOSSIBLE to defeat an IGNORANT man in argument. (my EMPHASIS).

Or in this case, a woman.


Posted by: CK Tan at October 10, 2010 2:27 AM

Life must be blissful for you in your world of assumptions.

Posted by: sass at October 10, 2010 3:29 AM

So now sass PRETENDS that the hoo-hah of her PREVIOUS post NEVER exists to AVOID answering the CHARGE.

That is after she is promptly EXPOSED as being the FIRST to hurl ABUSE.

Hmmmm, did I ever mention FOGGY universe???


Posted by: CK Tan at October 10, 2010 4:48 AM
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