Sunday, March 26, 2017

'International community' shrugs as Hezbollah prepares massive civilian deaths

Lebanon has made Hezbollah, whose rocket launchers are in homes and villages, part of its official army, making it responsible for civilian deaths on both sides should war erupt. Where is the UN?
(INN) Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah recently warned Israel that his Iran-backed terror group could attack targets producing mass Israeli casualties, including a huge ammonia storage tank in Haifa, and a nuclear reactor in Dimona.

Also last month, Tower Magazine reported that, since the beginning of the Syrian civil war, Iran has provided Hezbollah with a vast supply of “game-changing,” state-of-the art weapons, despite Israel’s occasional airstrikes against weapons convoys.

In a future conflict, Hezbollah has the capacity to fire 1,500 rockets into Israel each day, overwhelming Israel’s missile defense systems. Should such a scenario materialize, Israel will be forced to respond with unprecedented firepower to defend its own civilians.

Hezbollah’s advanced weapons and the systems needed to launch them reportedly are embedded across a staggering 10,000 locations in the heart of more than 200 civilian towns and villages. The Israeli military has openly warned about this Hezbollah war crime and the grave threats it poses to both sides, but that alarm generated almost no attention from the global media, the United Nations, or other international institutions.

Like the terror group Hamas, Hezbollah knows that civilian deaths at the hands of Israel are a strategic asset, because they produce diplomatic pressure to limit Israel’s military response. Hezbollah reportedly went so far as offering reduced-price housing to Shiite families who allowed the terrorist group to store rocket launchers in their homes.

But if the global media, the UN, human rights organizations, and other international institutions predictably pounce on Israel after it causes civilian casualties, why are they doing nothing to prevent them? Hezbollah’s very presence in southern Lebanon is a flagrant violation of United Nations Security Council resolution 1701, which called for the area to be a zone “free of any armed personnel, assets and weapons” other than the Lebanese military and the U.N. Interim Forces in Lebanon (UNIFIL).
Because they often share the same goals as Hamas and Hezbollah.It's about delegitimizing and destroying the world's only Jewish state, not about Arab lives.

The UN has been atrocious about Israel for decades, but it got a whole lot worse over the 8 years that Obama gave his tacit approval of kicking Israel.
The resolution also required Hezbollah to be disarmed, but the terror group today has an arsenal that rivals that of most armies. Hezbollah possesses an estimated 140,000 missiles and rockets, and reportedly now can manufacture advanced weapons in underground factories that are impervious to aerial attack.

“Israel must stress again and again, before it happens, that these villages [storing Hezbollah weapons] have become military posts, and are therefore legitimate targets,” said Yoram Schweitzer, senior research fellow at Israel’s Institute for National Security Studies (INSS).

Meir Litvak, director of Tel Aviv University’s Alliance Center for Iranian Studies, agrees, adding that global attention would “expose Hezbollah’s hypocrisy in its cynical use of civilians as… human shields.”

But even a concerted campaign to showcase Hezbollah’s war preparation is unlikely to change things, said Eyal Zisser, a senior research fellow at the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies. Hezbollah exploits the fact that “the international community is too busy and…weak to do something about it,” Zisser said. All of “these talks and reports have no meaning. See what is happening in Syria.”

Israel has targeted Hezbollah-bound weapons caches in Syria twice during the past week. Syria responded last Friday by firing a missile carrying 200 kilograms of explosives, which Israel successfully intercepted.

If Hezbollah provokes a war, Israel can legitimately attack civilian areas storing Hezbollah arms if the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) first attempts to warn the targeted civilians to leave those areas, Litvak said. But “it will certainly be very difficult and will look bad on TV.”

While Sunni Arab states are generally united against the Shiite Iranian-Hezbollah axis, Litvak, Zisser, and Schweitzer all agreed that Israel could hope for no more than silent support from them when the missiles fly.

Indeed, the “Sunni Arab street” is likely to be inflamed by the images of civilian death and destruction caused by Israel that international media will inevitably broadcast, further limiting support for Israel from Iran’s Sunni state foes.

Rather perversely, the Lebanese government has embraced the very terrorist organization that could cause hundreds of thousands of Lebanese civilian deaths by converting residential areas into war zones. “As long as Israel occupies land and covets the natural resources of Lebanon, and as long as the Lebanese military lacks the power to stand up to Israel, [Hezbollah’s] arms are essential, in that they complement the actions of the army and do not contradict them,” President Michel Aoun told Egyptian television last month. Hezbollah, he said, “has a complementary role to the Lebanese army.”

Aoun’s declaration means that Lebanon “takes full responsibility for all of Hezbollah’s actions, including against Israel, and for their consequences to Lebanon and its entire population, even though the Lebanese government has little ability to actually control the organization’s decisions or policy,” said INSS Senior Research Fellow Assaf Orion.

MK Naftali Bennett, a veteran of Israel’s 2006 war with Hezbollah, believes that Lebanon’s official acceptance of Hezbollah and its policy of embedding military assets inside residential areas removes any prior constraints on Israeli targeting of civilian areas. “The Lebanese institutions, its infrastructure, airport, power stations, traffic junctions, Lebanese Army bases – they should all be legitimate targets if a war breaks out,” he said. “That’s what we should already be saying to them and the world now.”

In a future war, Hezbollah is certain bombard Israeli civilian communities with missile barrages. Israel, in response, will have to target missile launchers and weapons caches surrounded by Lebanese civilians.

But it need not be so. Global attention on Hezbollah’s abuses by journalists and diplomats could lead to international pressure that ultimately reduces or even prevents civilian deaths.

Those truly concerned about civilians do not have a difficult case to make. Hezbollah has shown a callous disregard for innocent life in Syria.

It helped the Syrian regime violently suppress largely peaceful protests that preceded the Syrian civil war in 2011. Last April, Hezbollah and Syrian army troops reportedly killed civilians attempting to flee the Sunni-populated town of Madaya, near the Lebanese border. In 2008, its fighters seized control of several West Beirut neighborhoods and killed innocent civilians after the Lebanese government moved to shut down Hezbollah’s telecommunication network.

Hezbollah terrorism has claimed civilian lives for decades, including a 1994 suicide bombing at Argentina’s main Jewish center that killed 85 people. As the IDF notes, “Since 1982, hundreds of innocent civilians have lost their lives and thousands more have been injured thanks to Hezbollah.”

If world powers and the international media genuinely care about avoiding civilian casualties, they should be loudly condemning Hezbollah’s ongoing efforts – in flagrant violation of a UN resolution – to cause massive civilian death and destruction in Lebanon’s next war with Israel.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Syria: Government Mil 17 makes a very lucky escape.

(Deir ez-Zor) The Syrian Army is currently embroiled in a huge bunfight just to the south of the self-proclaimed  capital of ISIS of Raqqah.  The area centred around the military airport at Deir ex-Zor has for some very strange reason managed to keep ISIS at bay during the entire civil war in Syria. 

Besieged since 2015, the Syrians have begun the hard task of breaking the siege. Whilst ISIS did split the area in town this past January the Syrians have stood firm and have started to take back lost ground. One advantage that the Syrians have over the terrorists is airpower and as such air vehicles are prime targets. The video clip below shows a very lucky Mil 17 helicopter.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Yemen: Iran supplying Houthi rebels with suicide drones.

(Aden) Whilst the ethical latte crowd bemoan the West for being friends with Saudi Arabia which is supporting the Yemeni government against rebels , they conveniently omit that actually everything in the region kicked off due to the mad mullahs in Iran sticking their oar into the country in which to initiate a regime change to one which was sympathetic to  Tehran,

Anyway with the left bemoaning arms sales to SA, they still haven't managed to explain how a ragtag bunch of misfits (Houthi) managed to take control of the country (well the western half anyway) or how they have managed to get hold of advance weaponry (Scud missiles, Anti-ship missiles, remote control speed boats)  For years the Yemeni Government has accused the Iranians of shipping in weapons to the rebels, and for years the Mad mullahs have said 'Err not me governor' . 

Well the latest shipment which has been intercepted (There's been loads) contained advanced suicide drones. (A UAV which loiters around and when a target is spotted it can be directed to dive down onto it) whilst the media loves to report Saudi Arabian air-strikes in Yemen, they tend not to report with the same vigour that Saudi Arabia has been under Scud missile attack from Yemen for a while, whilst a few do get through , the vast majority have been intercepted by SA Patriot missile system.
In order to bypass the Patriot System, Iran has supplied the rebels with the above suicide drone (most likely they have also supplied the operators as well) and they have started crashing these drones into the radar of the Patriot missile systems in which to ensure that their missiles get through. Which may help explain why SA used a Patriot the other week to take down a drone.  Yes something of an overkill, But if you are going to lose a multi million pound radar and then face a ballistic missile attack afterwards what else can you do.

It appears that the Iranian propaganda machine is much more effective at fighting than  the terrorists the Mad mullahs fund,  Funny enough the idiots at CND, stop the war and Amnesty International  leave out the silent partner which has been supplying the rebels with weapons.  But then I am talking about that CND which stated that Iran has a right to Nuclear power ,the same CND which invited the Iranian ambassador to talk at the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament’s Annual Conference in 2005, That Amnesty which used a former jailed terrorist as their ambassador for human rights and here are 15 things about the ISIS loving Stop the War crowd. Funny how the left whilst bemoaning the West have no problem sitting at the same table as the worse Islamic terrorists going.

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