Monday, July 31, 2006

Israel To Push North to the Litani River

In a move that many military experts felt is long overdue, Israeli forces apparently intend to push Hezbollah north of the Litani River in the coming days. Such a move will put most of Israel out of range of the short range Katyusha rockets that have been pounding northern Israel for the past 3 weeks. It is interesting to note that the city of Haifa has not been hit in the past four days, indicating that Israeli air strikes are beginning to have the desired effect on Hezbollah capabilities.
Iranian ForMin In Beirut: Who Knew?
Raise readiness, Assad tells Syrian Army
Islam against the world
Actually, the Middle East Is Our Crisis Too
'World Opinion' is Worthless
Israel Advances, Stock Markets Rally
Iran's Strategy Is Crudely Obvious
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Rice: U.S. will seek U.N. resolution on Mideast
Israel, the Model

Hezbollah's Human Shields

They hide behind the skirts of their women and the carriages of their babies. They refuse to allow their own civilians to clear the area, effectively holding them hostage. They fire rockets indiscriminately into civilian population centers and then rush into civilian shelters in the hope of shielding themselves from retaliation. These cowards, the lowest form of humanity, then parade the dead bodies of women and children in front of the TV cameras when civilians are inadvertently hit as a result of their own outragious actions, seeking the sympathy of those who are too naïve, ignorant or stupid to understand the context of the resulting difficult images.

Cry to Those Using Babies as Shields
Olmert: There is no ceasefire now, nor in coming days
Jaws of Defeat
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Staged Photo's from AP and Reuters

Sunday, July 30, 2006

More Proof: Hezbollah Cowards Hiding Behind Civilians

To those who still don’t get it, please notice this latest photo showing a Hezbollah anti-aircraft position right next to a civilian residential apartment complex. Also notice that some of those manning the position are dressed in civilian clothing. Should this position be hit, undoubtedly, civilians in the adjacent apartments will suffer the consequences. For those who are slow on the uptake, and still need proof that Hezbollah cowards are hiding behind, and using civilians as human shields.
No Time For 'Peace'
The Next Steps With Iran
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Rice: U.S. will seek U.N. resolution on Mideast

Sudden Jihad Syndrome (SJS) In Seattle

Earlier this year, Dr. Daniel Pipes coined the term SUDDEN JIHAD SYNDROME (SJS), which was meant to describe the behavior of a seemingly average follower of Islam with no known connection to an organized radical movement, who suddenly and independently lashes out violently in the name of Islam. There have been many such incidents, including an attack on an EL AL ticket counter at the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), and the recent SUV attack on students at the University of North Carolina. This attack by Muslim Naveed Afzal Haq in Seattle is only the latest manifestation of this Syndrome, and it is not known how many such ticking time-bombs are walking around out there.
Hezbollah is our enemy, too
To Win, Make Them Know They Are Defeated
Hezbollah was using UN post as 'shield'
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Friday, July 28, 2006

Hezbollah leader said to be hiding in Iranian Embassy

The Islmo-fascist coward, who hides behind the skirts of women and baby carriages, the snake-like coward who starts a war and then uses innocent children as his human shield, the monster who publicly prides himself that many more of his civilian hostages were killed than his armed men, seems now to be hiding out like a vermin in an embassy (probably the Iranian Embassy) according to the latest intelligence.
Hezbollah Says It Has Fired a New Rocket
'Never Before Seen in Israel'
Let Israel Win the War
Negotiations Alone Never Brought Peace
A World Unsettled by Missile Threats
Mideast Scorecard
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Thursday, July 27, 2006

The UN is Not Blameless

This is a UN observer position in South Lebanon. Please notice the UN and Hezbollah flag flying side by side. Far From implementing UN resolution 1559, which: 1) Calls for the disbanding and disarmament of all Lebanese and non-Lebanese militias; 2) Supports the extension of the control of the Government of Lebanon over all Lebanese territory; The UN was actually busy cohabitating and cooperating with a private terrorist militia, Hezbollah, in Lebanon.
An Unexpected Reason to Hope
Endgame in Lebanon
Kofi Annan shows his stripes
Iran's Day of Terror?
Iran's War
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Addressing the clerical staff of the Friday prayer sermons in Tehran, Ahmadinejad said Israel and its supporters "should know that they cannot end the business that they have begun."

"The occupying regime of Palestine has actually pushed the button of its own destruction by launching a new round of invasion and barbaric onslaught on Lebanon," the official Islamic Republic News Agency quoted the president as saying.

A top Iranian negotiator reportedly visited Damascus on Thursday for talks on the Lebanese crisis with the Syrian and Hezbollah leaders, starkly outlining the shape of the triparty alliance arrayed against Israel.

The reported meetings also supported the Israeli and U.S. insistence that Syria and Iran have a powerful influence with the Shiite Hezbollah organization and its guerrilla fighters.

In Washington White House spokesman Tony Snow said Syria and Iran "are playing leading roles" in the conflict in Lebanon "and need to step up" to the task of finding a solution.

No Diplomatic Solution to This War
The battle is about Israel's survival

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Iwo Jima Style Fighting in South Lebanon

Now that the Israeli strategy is unfolding, so is Hezbollah’s. Clearly Hezbollah intend an Iwo Jima style defense of South Lebanon. As the Japanese did before them on various Pacific islands during WWII, Hezbollah have apparently over the past six years developed an intricate system of booby traps, tunnels and deep bunkers in which to entrench themselves against Israeli fire-power. After the IDF “captures” and “secures” a location, Hezbollah terrorists then pop out of their tunnels and bunkers to ambush Israeli forces who are then forced to “retake” real estate deemed already secure. As with US forces during WWII it will take time for the IDF to adapt.
True friends of Israel cannot let the Dems take power
Bush Didn't Start the Mideast Fire
Apocalypse Soon
Arabs Disavow Hezbollah
Ahmadinejad calls for Lebanon ceasefire
Newt is Right: It's World War III
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Iranians volunteer to fight Israel
With America watching, Israel needs a knockout
Peacekeeper suggestions seem silly in the face of terrorism
For Israel, the conflict in Lebanon is a must-win situation

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Hezbollah: Strong Israeli response surprised us

Neocon Analysis:
The Israeli strategy is beginning to unfold and become more apparent to the casual observer. Clearly, Hezbollah (and many others) expected Israel, as in the past, to rush in large columns of armor and infantry 20 miles north to the Litani River, bypassing population centers to be dealt with later. Instead, unlike in the past, Israel has taken its time to warn all Lebanese civilians to evacuate, clearing the field to the extent possible. They then proceeded to cut off Southern Lebanon from the outside world, restricting movement, reinforcement into, or escape from the area, and commencing with a huge bombardment campaign from ground artillery, sea and air. In phase two which began 48 hours ago, the IDF began a patient, slow and deliberate movement into booby-trapped Southern Lebanon villages, directly confronting Hezbollah terror-fighters, and learning Hezbollah tactics before expanding the campaign on the ground.

Hezbollah are clearly surprised by the magnitude of the Israeli response, and were unprepared for the deliberate pace of IDF tactics. They expected IDF columns to move in quicker and for Hezbollah to commence with a pre-coordinated insurgency campaign against vulnerable IDF supply lines. Politically speaking, Hezbollah certainly anticipated greater pressure from the Israeli public on the Israeli government to cease the on-going rocket attacks, thus causing the Israeli government to make hasty and costly military decisions. They also expected wider Arab support (not the criticism that they got) and more pressure from the “International Community” to bring about a quick cease fire.

Israeli tactics have been effective and have up to this point kept Israeli casualties to a minimum. But the clock is ticking and the pace on the ground will certainly need to be quickened in the coming days. The patience of Israeli civilians living in bomb shelters is not unlimited, and the “International Community” is likely to up the pressure for a “cease fire” in the coming days.
How the U.S. Hopes to End the Lebanon Crisis
This is a fight for our survival
A Proportionate Response is Madness
How the UN legitimizes terrorists
Voting for Suicide
Letting Israel Be Israel
Hezbollah's Arsenal
Europe Meets Israel
Nasrallah orders 'beyond Haifa' attacks
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Iran warns the west: ignore us at your peril
Nasrallah vows to begin firing missiles deeper into Israel

Monday, July 24, 2006

UN: Hizbullah Must Stop This Cowardly Blending Among Women And Children

"Consistently, from the Hizbullah heartland, my message was that Hizbullah must stop this cowardly blending among women and children. I heard they were proud because they lost very few fighters and that it was the civilians bearing the brunt of this. I don't think anyone should be proud of having many more children and women dead than armed men."
Jan Egeland, UN Humanitarian Chief

These are unprecedented words from the UN; an organization usually dedicated to bashing the forces of sanity over the forces of hate and terror. Hezbollah are indeed cowards, hiding behind women and children. What kind of cowardly monsters use women and children as their shields... and boast about it?
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GOOD NEWS: 'Israel enjoying unparalleled International support'

Confirm John Bolton!!

The Neocon congratulates Senator John Voinovich (R-Oh), for coming around on John Bolton. It was Voinovich who was the single Republican vote against Bolton, forcing the President to bypass the Senate by issuing a temporary recess appointment. Bolton is proving himself an outspoken and aggressive defender of US interests, offending the usual nattering nabobs of nothing at the UN. We encourage the Senate to confirm Bolton ASAP
Iran pulls the war strings
It's Not World War III, but It Could Be Almost as Bad
Kos, Hezbollah, and Israel
Hezbollah negotiator rejects peace proposal
Rice vetoes ‘temporary solutions’
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Truly Sick: Nobel Peace Prize Winner: 'I could kill' George Bush

The Kiss Seen Around the World

The Lebanese continue to hide behind their own “weakness,” desperately trying to enjoy the advantages of both worlds. On the one hand they claim to have nothing to do with Hezbollah’s attacks on Israel and to be too weak to confront the Islamic terror organization in their midst. On the other hand, they recognize Hezbollah as a legitimate Lebanese “resistance” group that holds official Government Ministries in addition to their own private and separate army. In short Lebanon claims to be a sovereign country with all of the advantages that come with sovereignty, but when convenient, avoids responsibility with claims of no sovereign control over its own territory. This is the Lebanon that secretary Rice is kissing today in Lebanon. Israel, on the otherhand will apperently not be drawn into a hasty but deadly strategy to suit outside political pressures.
Is Syria Panicking? - Peter Brookes
The Terrorists Among Us
Maybe Now We'll Get It
Suez: why I blame it on Ike
A Refreshing Approach to Mideast Crisis
Lebanon Is Not Innocent
U.S. rushing bunker-busters to Israel
'Missile strike on TA still real threat'
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Solomonia: Mayhem at the Defend Hizballah Rally in Boston

This has got to be a first: A UN official telling the truth about a terrorist organization, let's hope this is a trend: U.N. Chief Accuses Hezbollah of 'Cowardly Blending' Among Refugees

Online controversy over graffiti by Israeli kids

A brew-ha-ha has broken out over a single photo of Israeli girls writing messages on Israeli artillery pieces. Of course, the Neocon agrees that such an image is indeed disturbing. The children were apparently brought to the artillery battery just outside an Israeli town by their irresponsible parents, which never should have been allowed.
That having been said, the Neocon now gives you below, a tiny sample of literally thousands of photo’s of Arab children being put in disturbing situations. I will leave it to you the reader to decide which photos are more disturbing, and to wonder why over the years these types of photos have been ignored:


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Sunday, July 23, 2006

Report: Sleeper Hizbullah Cells Activated

Various news outlets have received disturbing reports of the activation of Hezbollah sleeper cells around the world. Reports indicate that Hezbollah are on the verge of initiating a coordinated terror campaign, at least initially, against Israeli and Jewish targets around the world.

Photo: Iranian-made RPG captured by Israeli forces in Lebanon today.

Give war a chance
Hezbollah lets Iran buy time for nukes
Remove Hezbollah's missiles--or destroy them
"We are fighting to eliminate you"
Weak Horses
Are you a 'Chickenhawk'
Iran on the attack
The Iranian connection
Intellectual confusion on terror
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Saturday, July 22, 2006

Thousands of Israeli Reservists Volunteering for Military Service Despite Not Being Called Up

Motivation seems to be at all time highs in Israel as support for actions against Hezbollah are now in the 90% range according to most polls. Reserve unites being called up are reporting an extremely high response with most called up units reaching 100% capacity. In an extraordinary development, thousands of Israeli reserve troops whose units have not been called up have volunteered for service.

The Protocols of Pat Buchanan

When Jews are in the news there is always one person who can be counted on to lose control of himself, begin to salivate, and rush to the TV cameras spewing age-old conspiracy theories and stereotypes: Pat Buchanan. Like his father before him who supported the Nazis, opposed the US war against the Nazi death machine, and blamed the Jews for getting the US involved in WWII, Pat Buchanan is an indirect supporter of today’s Islamo-fascist war on America; repeatedly expressing “understanding” for their hatred of America, and of course, blaming it all on the Jew. This article in todays FrontPage Magazine artfully and acuratly captures the Buchanan Syndrome, an age-old sickness that rears it’s ugly head from time to time.

Ralph Peters: CAN ISRAEL WIN?
VDH: A Strange War
Frontpage: The Protocols of Pat Buchanan
Pipes" A War to Win
Bush: By its actions, Hezbollah betrayed the Lebanese people
U.S. Speeds Up Bomb Delivery for the Israelis
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Status quo must go in Lebanon

"One of the many failings of our educational system is that it sends out into the world people who cannot tell rhetoric from reality. They have learned no systematic way to analyze ideas, derive their implications and test those implications against hard facts.

"Peace" movements are among those who take advantage of this widespread inability to see beyond rhetoric to realities. Few people even seem interested in the actual track record of so-called "peace" movements -- that is, whether such movements actually produce peace or war.

Take the Middle East. People are calling for a cease-fire in the interests of peace. But there have been more cease-fires in the Middle East than anywhere else. If cease-fires actually promoted peace, the Middle East would be the most peaceful region on the face of the earth instead of the most violent."


Thursday, July 20, 2006

Lebanese PM Saniora: Disarm Hizbullah

The impotent Lebanese Prime Minister has been decrying Israel’s actions of defending itself against the terrorist organization embedded in his country. But now, Prime Minister Seniora firmly admits that Hezbollah needs to be disarmed. This is good news. In essence, while striping away all the empty talk about Israel’s “disproportionate response,” and continuing to hide behind his weakness, The Lebanese Prime Minister has no choice but to admit the correctness of Israel’s bottom-line position in this situation, namely, that Hezbollah needs to be disarmed. All the rest is commentary.
Leftists: Born to Run
Iran's Proxy War Against America
The End of Israel's "Peace Through Weakness
Patience is Wearing Thin
Cease-fire with Hezbollah wouldn't bring Mideast peace
Voinovich: Why I'll Vote for Bolton
Diplomatic Traps
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Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Let's Hope They Got The Bastard

Israeli warplanes dropped bombs late Wednesday on a bunker in south Beirut where senior Hizbullah leaders were thought to be, the military said. IDF officials told Ynet that dozens of Air Force fighter jets participated in the massive air strike on a south Beirut target, acting on IDF intelligence. According to the officials, the building itself was completely destroyed and the IDF was checking the results of the strike –whether the senior Hizbullah officials Israel was targeting were actually at the scene. Additionally, a senior IDF officer said that Israeli intelligence had significantly infiltrated Hizbullah.

Army officials also said top Hizbullah figures were thought to be there, possibly including Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah. The officials said the bunker was in the Bourj al-Barajneh section of southern Beirut.

Hizbullah has a headquarters compound in Bourj al-Barajneh that is off limits to the Lebanese police and army, so security officials could not confirm the strike. Hizbullah media made no immediate mention of any attack. Israel has said that one of the objects of its offensive in Lebanon is to eliminate Hizbullah leaders. The military said the attack occurred about 11 p.m., but reporters in Beirut said the last loud explosion heard there was two and-a-half hours earlier.

Israel has said that one of the objects of its offensive in Lebanon is to eliminate Hizbullah leaders.
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Update: Hizbullah claims Chiefs not harmed

The Creeps Come Out to Demonstrate in New York

It is hard to believe that the mentality portrayed in the photo below during the anti-Israel rally today in New York actually exists in this country. The troubling issue is that these folks feel confident enough to let it all hand out on the streets of New York. I certainly hope that the FBI is watching these folks carefully.
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The Only Exit Strategy
What Part of 'War' Don't We Understand?
Newt: Now isn't the time for restraint
Strategic Confusion
Arab world's awakening brings hope

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Victory in Spite of All Terror, Victory no matter How Long or Hard the Road may Be

The Neocon Express will continue to update ongoing events in the Middle East as they develop with links to hard news and opinion articles from various publications around the world. Of course, at this site we do not pretend to be unbiased – we are biased in favor of freedom and Western values of tolerance, pluralism, enlightenment and modernity – We understand that this is only part of a worldwide battle against the forces of primitive backwardness of radical Islam, totalitarian subjugation and extreme intolerance to those who are different. Indeed, this is a battle between those who were horrified by 9/11, and those who celebrated it.
A 'Cycle' of Nonsense
In Rare Unanimity, Israeli Public Rallies in Support War
IDF: Hezbollah may have drone laden with explosivesFBI eyes Hizbollah in US as tensions with Iran rise
IAF foils rocket transports from Syria
Anxiety sufferers overwhelm hospital ERs
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Israeli Pilot who bombed Nasrallah's bunker: 'We will get them all in the End'
Israeli Ground Troops Enter Lebanon
Israpundit: disturbing speculation
Fight to the Finish-A united Israel.
Israel’s war with Hezbollah is our war with Iran
Who will it be in the Mideast?

US and Israel Join Forces to Protect Evacuation of Americans

Vice Admiral Patrick Walsh said Israel was aware that the U.S. would be ferrying evacuees from the port of Beirut to Cyprus on the chartered cruise ship Orient Queen, and that several U.S. and Israeli warships would be on hand to protect Americans from an attack by the guerrilla group. "I’m concerned about attacks on ships. We do not assume anything. And that sort of scenario is something we are planning for."

Olmert: Iranian trick succeeded
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CNN Drifting Towards Old Fashion Anti-Israel Coverage

The Neocon observes that Fox News is literally kicking CNN’s #*^@!%#+! in Middle East Coverage. I just finished watching CNN’s Nic Robertson prance through destroyed buildings in South Beirut, the home of Hezbollah Headquarters with a Hezbollah “spokesman” who was given an uninterrupted worldwide platform to loudly spew unending propaganda about the evil Jews, unprovoked, purposefully attacking innocent civilians for no reason, etc…. This is typical bad-old-days-type Middle East coverage that one would expect from CNN. Fortunately, CNN no longer represents the leading platform for news that it once did, and Fox News is presenting a far superior product with a much larger audience.
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U.S. Fears Hezbollah Attacks on Americans During Evacuations
Bush Questions Syrian Activities in Lebanon
Tony Snow to Helen Thomas: "Thanks For the Hezbollah View Helen”

Congress to Vote Wednesday on Resolution Strongly Backing Israel's Right to Self-Defense

The House of Representatives is now expected to vote Wednesday on a bipartisan leadership resolution reaffirming Congress' unwavering support for Israel. This resolution strongly backs Israel's right to defend itself and take steps beyond its borders to deter further aggression by terrorist groups and their state sponsors, Iran and Syria. The resolution also demands complete implementation of U.N. Security Council 1559, which requires the disarming of Hizballah and the departure of all foreign militias – including the remaining Syrian personnel and Iranian Revolutionary Guards – from Lebanon. The resolution also calls for the full weight of American financial, diplomatic, and economic sanctions to be imposed on Syria and Iran. Sponsored by the leadership of both parties in the House, the resolution calls for the immediate and unconditional release of the Israeli soldiers being held by Hamas and Hizballah and holds the governments of Syria, and Iran responsible for these acts of aggression against Israel.
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Reuters: Iran's Hizbollah says ready to attack US

Reuters: Iran's Hizbollah, which claims links to the Lebanese group of the same name, said on Tuesday it stood ready to attack Israeli and U.S. interests worldwide.

"We have 2,000 volunteers who have registered since last year," said Iranian Hizbollah's spokesman Mojtaba Bigdeli, speaking by telephone from the central seminary city of Qom.

"They have been trained and they can become fully armed. We are ready to dispatch them to every corner of the world to jeopardise Israel and America's interests. We are only waiting for the Supreme Leader's green light to take action. If America wants to ignite World War Three ... we welcome it," he said.

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Palestinians demand That Arabs Join Confrontation
Voices in the Arab world are condemning Hizbullah

Iranian President Ahmadinejad: Day of happiness for region near

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Tuesday, “The day of happiness for the region is near… The world is on the verge of great changes,” according to the Iranian news agency. It is not clear what the Iranian President was referring to, but there words, taken with Hezbollah’s hints that "we haven't seen anything yet, are of great concern to Intelligence analysts.
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Israel capable of air strike on Iran
As Rockets Land, Immigrants Arrive in Israel

Iran: No Part of Israel is Safe

As Iranian-made missiles are raining down on Israel from neighboring Lebanon, the Speaker of Iran’s Parliament Gholam Ali Haddad, in a fiery speech before a large crowd, announced proudly that “NO PLACE IN ISRAEL IS SAFE”. This comes as Iran still officially denies its involvement in this current conflict.

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In the cockpit
Eye of the Storm: Playing the Israel card
Public backs Olmert, misses Mofaz
IDF: Hizbullah lost half of its rocket capablities
Thank You, Israel!

Mideast Conflict Hard to Solve, Easy to Explain

"The Middle East conflict is difficult to solve, but it is among the simplest conflicts in history to understand. The Arab and other Muslim enemies of Israel (for the easily confused, this does not mean every Arab or every Muslim) want Israel destroyed. That is why there is a Middle East conflict. Everything else is commentary. Those who deny this and ascribe the conflict to other reasons, such as "Israeli occupation," "Jewish settlements," a "cycle of violence," "the Zionist lobby" and the like, do so despite the fact that Israel's enemies regularly announce the reason for the conflict."
Dennis Prager

A Conflict That Will Stay Close to Home
Iran is the cause of chaos in Lebanon and Iraq.

The Neocon is plesently flabbergasted by the clear thinking of some Editorial Boards of some newspapers that are usually nattering nabobs of nothing. First the LA Times (posted earlier) correctly expressed with moral and strategic clarity what is currently going on in the Middle East. Now, stunningly, the Washington Post has accurately articulated the situation and who is responsible for this conflagration. Congratulations to these two publications, lets hope that this is the beginning of a trend.
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Monday, July 17, 2006

Thousands flee

“This is a moment of truth for Israel, we will fight with all the strength we are capable of. We will strike anyone who would strike at us. We shall seek out every installation, hit every terrorist helping to attack Israeli citizens, destroy all the terrorist infrastructure in every place . . . When missiles are launched at our residents and our towns, our answer will be war waged at full strength, with all determination, courage and sacrifice.”
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert

Lessons Learned
Will Israel Drop the Hammer?
The Israeli Army as Peace Broker
Israel’s War Aims
The rocket menace that no one wanted to acknowledge

Excellent war coverage by these three blogers:
Vital Perspective, Atlas Shrugs, Israpundit

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Canada: Belonging to Terror Group not Enough to be Deemed Air Threat

This is another one of those "we couldn't make this stuff up" moments. Canada's new no-fly policy is: "You cannot be put on the no-fly list on the sole basis that you're a member of a 'terrorist group, you have to be a demonstrable threat to aviation safety." In other words, If you've already crashed a plane into a building, you're "demonstratable" behavior will qualify you for Canada's no-fly list, otherwise... who knows.

Olmert: A National Moment of Truth

This is a link to Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s speech to the Knesset (Israel’s Parliament). This is absolute required reading for anybody seeking insight into Israel’s thinking at this moment.

Israel hits Lebanon, but thinks Iran
More Than Hezbollah Can Chew?
Where Is The "Netroots Left" On Israel?

The Neocon congratulates Fox News on its incredible coverage of the Middle East conflict. Fair, balanced, indepth, daring, unbiased. Bill Hemmer, Mike Tobin, Amy Kellogg, Sheppard Smith and Jennifer Griffin deserve all honors from the field. Fred Barnes, Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity, Greta Van Sustren are doing a killer job in the studio. Non-stop, riveting.

In the stunning Editorial, the LA Times comes out squarely in support of Israel in this conflict. This is stunning because the LA times has a history as an anti-Israel newspaper. Never did I believe that the Neocon Express will link to an LA Times Editorial, but here you have it folks, Enjoy: Middle East: Response and Responsibility
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West must back Israel
Arab world fed up with Hizbullah
Israeli policymakers debate whether to take the fight to Syria.
Apocalyptic Muslim Jew-hatred


Dispite the pronouncments of an Israeli Minister, Israel seems to be preparing for ground action with large numbers of “order #8” (call up orders) for Infantry and Combat Engineers Reserves being distributed by phone and mail. It is in addition the Reserve division already called up. This is the first real indication that Israel is considering a ground operation in the current situation.
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Palestinian caught with bomb in J'lem
Israel: Long-Range Missile Destroyed
Al Jazeera bureau chief detained again
Olmert: We'll fight on until attacks end, soldiers returned

Thank you Mr. President

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In Haifa, shock and determination
Iran In Control
Hizbullah rejects ceasefire terms

Day Five: Confusion and No Clear Direction

Economist Larry Kudlow:
"All of us in the free world owe Israel an enormous thank-you for defending freedom, democracy, and security against the Iranian cat's-paw wholly-owned terrorist subsidiaries Hezbollah and Hamas. Israel is doing the Lord's work. They are defending their own homeland and very existence, but they are also defending America's homeland as our frontline democratic ally in the Middle East."

Bush to Blair in privte conversation at the G-8:
"See the irony is that what they (the UN) need to do is get Syria to get Hezbollah to stop doing this shit and it's over,"

Respected Military Analyst Ralph Peters:
"For all of the air-attacks on targets in Lebanon, the Israeli Defense Force has not sent in ground troops. If IDF tanks don't thrust across the border in force in the next few days, it will reflect the greatest crisis of will in Israel's history. Israel is signaling its enemies that it's afraid to risk its soldiers' lives. And the terrorists read the message clearly."

Israel's Moment, the Free World's Gain
The War of 2006
Mideast Borders on Meltdown
Axis of Appeasement
Iran moves first
Bush Curses Hezbollah During G8 Luncheon
Newt: A Third World War
Thousands of Foreigners Evacuate Lebanon
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Israel: Long-Range Missile Destroyed

Sunday, July 16, 2006

IAF: 'Only a Small fraction of power used'

IAF Commander Maj.-Gen. Eliezer Shkedy said on Sunday that the IAF had only used "a small proportion of its fire power" in its attacks on Lebanon, adding that it was the IDF's prerogative how much of its military capability to use and warning that "the other side should consider all its alternatives."

Israel-Hezbollah fighting yet to reach its zenith
It all boils down to Iran
Tehran's role is extensive
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Nazareth and Afula Bombed, Southern-most Target to Date

Iranian/Syrian supplied rockets land in the Jezreel Valley, fired by Hezbollah or Iranian Revolutionary Guards. This marks the southern-most reach of rockets fired into Israel as Hezbollah’s strategy seems to be to gradually bomb further south, deeper into Israeli population centers as the situation unfolds. If, as is obvious and clear, Syria and Iran have supplied these weapons to this terrorist organization, it would not be a great leap to contemplate that they have also supplied them with chemical or biological capabilities as Hezbollah Chief Nesrallah seems to be alluding to by constantly referring to; “They have no idea of our capabilities or the kinds of weapons we have”. The current nightmare scenario involves Syrian/Iranian supplied missiles, tipped with WMD capability, landing in Israeli population centers.

Haifa petrochemical factories a ticking bomb
IAF hits 5 long-range rocket launchers

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Israeli Warplanes Bomb Palestinian Foreign Ministry for Second Time

G-8 Produces Confused Statement on Middle East Crisis

It is truly difficult to take seriously the confused statement emanating from the G-8 Summit in Russia. On the one hand, the statement briefly (and correctly) blames the Terrorist organizations for instigating the crisis; but then they proceed to dwell at length on calls for the exercise of “restraint” on the part of the victim of this aggression. No word on calls for restraining or defeating the terrorists and their state sponsors. No word on a call to disarm Hezbollah and the implementation of UN resolutions calling for Lebanon to exercise sovereignty on its own border. Basically, the statement says: ‘the terrorists are bad, but Israel should restrain itself. Wow!

Mark Steyn hits the diplomatic nail on the head in his latest piece 'Great Men' have grating effect on Mideast" in today's Chicago Sun Times. An absolute must read, a small tast below:

"I was on the road the other night and so found myself watching CNN's coverage of Israel, Lebanon, Gaza, etc. It was "Larry King Live," and it was one of those shows where Larry interviews great men about what needs to be done and the great men all agree that what needs to be done is that the president needs to get other great men involved to "broker" a "deal." Sen. Chuck Hagel proposed that Bush appoint Colin Powell or Jim Baker as his Special Envoy; Sen. Barbara Boxer proposed that Bush appoint Madeleine Albright as his Even More Special Envoy. Sen. George Mitchell, who himself served as Extra-Special Super-Duper Envoy a few years back, proposed that Bush involve the European Union. And someone else proposed the G-8. And Larry suggested Putin. Oh, and some smooth-talking apologist in Savile Row pinstripes proposed Chirac, because he and Bush had agreed a U.N. resolution on something or other a year or two back. Aside from Larry's closing tribute to Red Buttons, I've never heard more rubbish in a single hour since . . . well, come to think of it, since the last time I saw "Larry King Live."

It's easy to fly in a guy in a suit to hold a meeting. Half the fellows inside the Beltway have Middle East "peace plans" named after them. Bush flew in himself a year or two back to announce his "road map." Before that it was Cheney, who flew in with the Cheney plan, which was a plan to open up a road map back to the last plan, which would get us back to "Tenet," which would get us back to "Mitchell," which would get us back to "Wye River," which would get us back to "Oslo," which would get us back to Kansas."
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Israel strikes its tormentors
The Hand That Feeds the Fire
EDITORIAL: Defending Israel
Haifa bombing "just the beginning"
Tel Aviv told to be on rocket alert
Nasrallah vows more surprises
Bunker-busters against Hizbullah leadership
Emergency measures at Haifa oil refineries, plants
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Haifa Bombed!

In an unprecedented development with far reaching consequences, the Israeli city of Haifa was bombed indiscriminately, killing at least 9 civilians and injuring scores. This attack will undoubtedly lead to a widespread Israeli bombing campaign which will be less likely to concern itself with Lebanese civilian casualties. Shiite towns and villages and the Shiite neighborhoods of South Beirut will likely face massive retaliation.
At least 9 people killed as Katyusha rockets slam into Haifa
Hizbullah: We won’t hesitate to attack Haifa oil refineries
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Saturday, July 15, 2006

Lebanon Hints at Anti-Hezbollah Move as Arab Media Report that Hezbollah Cheif is Wounded In Israeli Attack

Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Saniora hinted that Lebanon could send its army to the South of the country to seize control from Hezbollah terrorists who now control Southern Lebanon all the way to the border fence with Israel. If in fact, the Lebanese government can now muster the courage to face down, confront and disarm Hezbollah; it could be a key to defusing the crisis. However, there is simply no chance that Saniora will agree to take such a dramatic action unless he is absolutely convinced that Israel and the West will back him fully in such an action, both politically and militarily. That is certainly a formula being discussed behind the scenes.
IAF launches heaviest raids yet on southern Beirut
IAF bombs Hizbullah TV network building
Arab League head: Mideast peace process 'dead'
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Hezbollah – An Extension of The Iranian Revolutionary Guard

Hezbollah has obtained a number of weapons systems from Iran that Israel was apparently unaware of and was unprepared for. The most obvious and troubling development was the use of silkworm anti-ship missiles. This development is also a wake-up call for the US Navy operating in the Persian Gulf in front of the same type of missiles. It is highly likely that Iranian Revolutionary Guards are operating in Lebanon alongside Hezbollah. It will not be particularly surprising if Hezbollah fire long range Iranian-supplied rockets that land in Tel Aviv.

Inquiry: Navy was unaware of missile threat
Iran Aided Hezbollah Ship Attack
Hizballah Brings out Iranian Silkworm to Hit Israel Navy
Hezbollah Could Hit Tel Aviv With Iranian Missiles
Over 500 Israelis injured since fighting began
Israel declares ‘special situation’ in home front
Lebanon Residents Openly Criticize Hizbullah leader
Arab leaders split over Hizbullah
Bush Blames Hezbollah, Syria; WTO Talks Break Down
U.N. passes resolution condemning N. Korea
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A Real Middle East Axis of Evil

Hezbollah's Nasrallah - Iran's Ahmadinejad - Hamas' Mashal - Syria's Assad. These are the bad-guy players: A mixture of Islamo-facists/nationalists. A real Middle East Axis of Evil.

* An unconfirmed press report indicates that Israel has issued an ultimatum to Syria to force Hezbollah return the kidnapped Israeli soldiers in the next 72 hours or face Israeli attacks.
* The city of Tiberias on the Sea of Galilee was struck multiple times by rockets. This did not happen even during the worst days of the Yom Kippur war in 1973. * Patriot missiles are positioned off of Haifa for the first time since the Gulf War in 1991.
* 12 Egyptian sailors killed when their ship was accidentally sunk by Hezbollah while attempting to attack an IDF missile cruiser.
* Downtown Beirut struck for the first time.

Report: Israel gives Syria ultimatum
Israel: Iran Aided Hezbollah Ship Attack
Tiberias sustains second barrage of Katyusha rockets
3 Patriot batteries stationed in Haifa
Iran, Syria, Hamas, and Hezbollah vs. Israel.
Denial Runs Through Lebanon
It's Our War
Bombs over Beirut
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World War III?