Monday, 31 July 2006

Six years preparation for war with Israel - Hezbollah

Hezbollah's Sheikh Naim Qassem tells the Sunday Times that Hezbollah has been preparing for war with Israel for six years.
Hezbollah’s stockpiling of arms and preparation of numerous bunkers and tunnels over the past six years have been key to its resistance. “If it was not for these preparations Lebanon would have been defeated within hours,” he said.
In fact, if it weren't for those preparations and the use of those stockpiled arms on Israel, Lebanon would very likely not have been attacked at all.
Hezbollah is believed to be in possession of four types of advanced missile: Fajr missiles with a range of 100 kilometres; Iran 130 missiles with a range of 110km; and Shahin missiles and 355mm rockets with ranges of 150km. He said that Hezbollah will use its weapons to strike deep into Israel should the attacks in Lebanon continue.
And what sort of places are are those weapons stockpiled? According to Israel's U.N. ambassador, Dan Gillerman, "Hezbollah has homes in Lebanon which house a missile in which a family sleeps. When you sleep with missiles sometimes you don't wake up in the morning." The Australian Sunday Herald Sun shows where those weapons are being fired from:

The images, obtained exclusively by the 'Sunday Herald Sun,' show Hezbollah using high-density residential areas as launch pads for rockets and heavy-calibre weapons.

Dressed in civilian clothing so they can quickly disappear, the militants carrying automatic assault rifles and ride in on trucks mounted with cannon.

The photographs, from the Christian area of Wadi Chahrour in the east of Beirut, were taken by a visiting journalist and smuggled out by a friend...

The images include one of a group of men and youths preparing to fire an anti-aircraft gun metres from an apartment block with sheets hanging out on a balcony to dry.

Others show a militant with AK47 rifle guarding no-go zones after Israeli blitzes.

Another depicts the remnants of a Hezbollah Katyusha rocket in the middle of a residential block blown up in an Israeli air attack.

The bravery of using children and families as human shields.

UPDATED: Link to Herald Sun story added.

LINK: Hezbollah: We've planned this for six years - Sunday Times [Hat tip Free Market News]
Photos that damn Hezbollah [Hat tip Jihad Watch]

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  1. The Wikipedia article for 2006 Qana airstrike includes a link to Israeli video of rockets being fired near civilian areas of Qana and then the launchers being parked inside ordinary dwellings. It's pretty damning.

  2. "The bravery of using children and families as human shields."

    Here is a statement made by, the website of the Israeli Information center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories.

    “20 July 2006: Israeli Soldiers use civilians as Human Shields in Beit Hanun
    B'Tselem's initial investigation indicates that, during an incursion by Israeli forces into Beit Hanun, in the northern Gaza Strip, on 17 July 2006, soldiers seized control of two buildings in the town and used residents as human shield. After seizing control of the buildings, the soldiers held six residents, two of them minors, on the staircases of the two buildings, at the entrance to rooms in which the soldiers positioned themselves, for some twelve hours. During this time, there were intense exchanges of gunfire between the soldiers and armed Palestinians. The soldiers also demanded that one of the occupants walk in front of them during a search of all the apartments in one of the buildings, after which they released her."

  3. Who do we trust? Wikipedia or the Israeli Newspaper Haaretz:

    As the Israel Air Force continues to investigate the air strike, questions have been raised over military accounts of the incident.

    It now appears that the military had no information on rockets launched from the site of the building, or the presence of Hezbollah men at the time.

    The Israel Defense Forces had said after the deadly air-strike that many rockets had been launched from Qana. However, it changed its version on Monday.

  4. Brewerstroupe said...
    [during an incursion by Israeli forces into Beit Hanun]

    Mr Brewerstroupe (or Mrs), the way you put forward your argument is beyond comprehension. I am sure that as a writer such as yourself, you must spot the cause of an event then start your reasoning from there. I have stated in my reply to your earlier post in another thread that if Israel's enemy just completely drop their terrorism against Israel, then Israel would stop their campaign against them. How hard for you to grasp that ? The incursion by Israeli forces into Beit Hanun, had started by a cause (terrrorists suicide bombing and firing of rockets into Israel), therefore Israel reacted. Here is a contradiction of logics. Person 'A' fires his shotgun at a wall. An observer person 'B' in the same room watches the bullet as it leaves the barrel on its way to the wall. 'B' claims that he can sense the effect prior to the action of the cause. That is 'B' sees the wall blasting off, just before the bullet hits that spot which he has just seen blasted off. Now the effect (huge hole on the wall) precedes the cause (bullet hitting the wall). This is exactly how you and others (anti-Israelis) reason. Every time that Israel is reacting in self-defence, the like of yours & Robert Fisk jumps up and say that it is Israel's fault. There is no attempt at all to track the cause, which is always, some suicide bombing that triggers Israel's action or rockets fired to Israel that prompted the Israeli army to cross into Beit Hanun region. Did you think that they (IDF) went into Beit Hanun to buy some icecream ? I expect you as a writer to have more sensible in your interpretations of things. If you insist that the effects is the problem and not the causes, then I can't understand why you write as a profession, because I believe that all writers have good visions.

  5. Brewer---

    I told you that if you wandered around in this madness turning up rocks, you were going to uncover a number of slimey mono-celled things, no brains, all excrement.


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