Monday, July 31, 2006

Islam Against the World

Islam against the world - Opinion from Israel, Ynetnews: "Even if Israeli tanks stand at Beirut's door, Nasrallah will present himself as Sallah al-Din, and even if all his fighters fall in battle - he will declare victory over the Zionists. And most of his admirers (and they are many) will accept his lies. But above all, we shall not win this war because it is a single battle, just one more promotional campaign leading to the real war whose signs are already on the horizon. The third world war - Islam's war against the free world. "

Saturday, July 29, 2006

Cheap and Immoral Europe

Telegraph Opinion: "It is as if, having relinquished power, we Europeans now wish our own powerlessness upon the rest of the world. We make vaporous and offensive Nazi comparisons. We preach that unilateral action is always wrong. That position can be maintained only by people who do not have to make life-and-death decisions. It is cheap and immoral."

Saturday, July 22, 2006

Monsters and Morons on Parade

Moonbat Media has some fab photos from Saturday's anti-Israel / Pro-Hezbollah rally in London. I confess to enjoying the knowledge that the Islamists would like to beat the shit out of the British "whores" in their tight black t-shirts and shorts. Marching to support people who would gut you like a fish - a sure sight of decadence and mass idiocy.

Anti-Israel protest, London, 22 July

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Volcano of Delusion

Tuesday Ahmadinejad promised
a "rejoicing" for Muslims in the Middle East "soon," the Islamic Republic News
Agency reported.
Speaking to university officials in the town of Mashhad, Ahmadinejad said the "volcano of rage" at the "arrogant powers" was "on the verge of eruption."
Earlier this month
Iran has said it would not reply to the offer until August 22, precipitating
calls for U.N. action.
Why August 22?
The date marks the end of the Persian solar month of Mordad, and also coincides
with the Islamic calendar date Rajab 28, the day Jerusalem fell to the Islamic
warrior Saladin, in October 1187
.
Could Ahmadinejad's surprise, the "volcano of rage," be scheduled for August 22? Does 5 weeks qualify as soon? Is he deluded enough to try to conquer Jerusalem or attack Israel? Will the Guns of August begin in earnest on August 22nd?

'Army of Suicide Bombers' marches in Gaza

From Haaretz:
"About 100 veiled and heavily armed Palestinian women marched through the streets of Gaza City Tuesday.

The militant women belong to a unit recently founded by the Popular Resistance Committees. The 'Army of Suicidal Bombers,' as it is dubbed, consists entirely of women.

... The militant women burned Israeli, U.S., British, and EU flags.In an unprecedented step they also defaced an Arab League flag, which they then proceeded to set ablaze.
Take that Arab League.

Monday, July 17, 2006

Weapon Testing

The War is being used to test a new weapon. Like all weapons tests the outcome will determine how the weapon is revised for future deployment. The weapon being tested is not a drone or a missile or a bunker buster bomb. It's a rhetorical weapon: the argument against so-called 'disproportionate response'.

The disproportionate response (DR) argument is all over the left-wing Web, from Prospect.org to the disreputable wingnut sites. The DR is an attempt to restrain Israel in a situation, conventional warfare, where they have the advantage. "Proportionality" is never defined. No examples of such are ever provided aside from the cheap and easy cry to "only hit Hezbollah targets."

Hezbollah committed an act of war. The leader of Hezbollah declared "open war". Under the old rules of war, this is justification for Israel to destroy Hezbollah utterly. But under the DR argument Israel has to be restrained to only cause a 'proportionate' amount of damage. Hezbollah indescriminately targets Israeli civilians. Israel bombs runways and roads and TV stations. Israel drops leaflets telling Lebanese to evacuate certain areas prior to attacks. Yet Israel is accused of disproportionality.

There are two kinds of disproportionality weasels. The first, the most simple minded, just count the casualties on each side and declare the side with the most dead to be the "victim" of the disproportional response. This argument display gross historical ignorance and a bizarre ethical system to say the least. Under this notion, Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan were the victims of disproportionate US response. Sad.

The other DR weasels are more clever. They argue that "Israel has not taken every precaution to avoid killing innocent civilians". Naturally Every Precaution can never be taken as the number of precautions included in 'Every' would be infinite. Israel's attempts to avoid hitting civilians, which are inevitably incomplete, are dismissed because "intent is not enough." Israel is described as "belligerent" and "eager for war." These DR weasels ignore Hezbollah's belligerence. Indeed Hezbollah is dismissed as mere terrorists, or downplayed as a Shia gang, all the better to portray Israel in a worse light for "going balistic" on the poor Lebanese.

If this new rhetorical weapon succeeds then it will be deployed later against the US. I can hear it now. "Iran only killed 10,000 Americans. You can't destroy an entire country. You can't wipe out an ancient civilization. You can't," they will whine. "That's a disproportionate response."

Saturday, July 15, 2006

The War's Next Front

The War has just about taken over my life. I can't leave the laptop. I've even started watching Anderson Cooper again (gasp!). I'll spare you the minute by minute updates. Ynet, JPost and the blogs are better places to go for blow-by-blow accounts.

Hezbollah is getting its ass kicked. Their Iranian 'advisors' managed to hit an Israeli naval vessell with an Iranian-made radar-guilded C-102 missile yesterday (not a crude drone as first reported). Except that it's been pretty one-sided, as the blogger Sandmonkey says in his anti-Hezbollah rant:
Now, I for one awaited the Hezbollah surprise, and I have to say I found it rather dissapointing. They hit one f-ckin ship. That’s the surprise? That’s what the Israelis should beware? Hehehe. Dude, they blew up half of Beirut, they destroyed Nasrallah’s home and Office, and he is now hiding like a rat, declaring war on a cellphone since he no longer dares to show his face in public. He declares open war from a hideout and he doesn’t even have the means to have it televized. We are suppsoed to be impressed by this? What are your war capabilities you f-ckhead if in one day you run hiding and can’t even show your face? What is this bullsh-t anyway? And you know the Israelis haven’t even started fighting yet.
True, true. The war is not going well from Hezbollah's perspective. Indeed the war is entirely playing to Israel's strength and Hezbollah's weaknesses. What do you do in this situation? You change the entire configuration of the conflict so that it plays to your strengths and your enemies weakness.

Hezbollah is not known as a conventional military power. Hezbollah's only real weapons are the 12-15000 rockets they can fire into Israel. But at the current rate they will deplete those rockets in 2-3 weeks. The only real risk from the Israel's point of view if that the IDF may run out of targets. Hezbollah has to open the war on yet another front. Israel is fighting in the south and the north. Hezbollah will expand the war to the frontless-front: the diaspora.

Soon, perhaps withing days, Hezbollah will attempt to attack an Israeli or Jewish target far removed from the battlefield. Obviously Europe presents the most tempting and probably the most rewarding target. I'm sure the Israeli embassies are on high alert and are well guarded. But there are too many soft targets: community centers, temples, charities, schools, Jewish-owned businesses. etc. With a little help from Iranian and/or Syrian intelligence Hezbollah can kill a lot of people and cause significant damage in the heart of European cities.

And the topper is that the Europeans would blame Israel. In Lebanon, on the battlefield Hezbollah can't win. In Europe, in a terror war, Hezbollah can't lose.