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rench

Fairly clear indeed.But these kind of photos have been taken in countless numbers.At events of Hamas,Islamic jihad,Al aqsa,PFLP The list goes on.Even during PLO rallies such insightment is on desplay for all to see.But to the photo in quastion,Time still choose a tightly foucsed shot.Clearly to limet any further acknowlgement of the larger movment and affiletets who hold such events.So Time choose to recongnize just a bit of reality.Enough to appear relavent.But not enough to inform the readers of the nature of the growing conflict.Becouse thats clearly not on the agenda.If it were,well peaple could finally get the picture.And blindness is bliss.

Thomas

Road maps, accords, pull-outs....what has it accomplished? The photo is chilling. The U.N. is as much an enemy of Israel as Hizbullah. If Israel's leaders do not stop their indecisive pandering in the face of this facism, thousands more will die. If the U.S. policy of negotiation, talking, and chasing failed diplomacy does not stop, the U.S. will be next in line. Ronald Reagan, a man well ahead of his time, said it all in one paragrapgh. George W. Bush should take note. In 1974, 32 years ago, Ronald Reagan, in his own words...

"The dustbin of history is littered with the remains of those countries which relied on diplomacy to secure their freedom. We must never forget...In the final analysis...that it is our military, industrial and economic strength that offers the best guarantee of peace for America in times of danger."

America should be massing troops in the straight of Hormuz, massing forces on the border of Syria and Iran, and preparing for war. Instead of shuffling back and forth, blabbering about "a sustainable ceasefire" we should be giving Syria and Iran the word...disarm, and back off or we will destroy you. Cut through the fat and B.S. and cut to the chase. Stuff a sock in the mouth of the appeasers, peace-niks and the Democrats who say one thing, but everyone knows, thinks another. We sit back and babble about the holocoust and how "it must never be allowed to happen again." Well, now is our chance to prevent it. If we do not act, if we continue to allow the terrorist entities of the United Nations to protect and give cover to the 21st century Hitlers that threaten us, we will see an unleashing of terror and death across the globe that will be unparallelled in our time. Israel is our allie and our friend. We must not forsake them in the face of an enemy that will destroy not only them, but us as well. In closing the honorable Ronald Reagan...

"We are not the cause of all the ills of the world. We're a patient and generous people. But for the sake of our freedom and that of others, we cannot permit our reserve to be confused with a lack of resolve."

Ric

The photos and videos of Hizbullah’s and others of this ilk perverse mindset are surely chilling. Nonetheless, the Western-media continues to banter and salivate on their behalf. How often do the media dare or care to expose the true face of Hizbullah, Hamas and others? After watching a video of a three year old Muslim girl, who had been entrenched with vitriolic doctrine and a hatred for Jews, I had to ask: Is our mass-media totally anti-Semitic/Israel? Rhetorical thrashing out on my part, as the answer, on most counts, is yes.
Perhaps, I am wrong, reading or watching the Israeli media to get the facts. I do not believe I am. There are a ‘few’ Western news outlets, where ‘most’ of the time, the reporting is, at least, balanced. Nonetheless, they are far and few between.
Bush may have his flaws but, thank G-d it is he in the Oval Office, and not some flaccid Democrat.
The unceasing vilification of Jews and Israel is propagated, as always, ad nauseam, to the point, I hold little faith in those whom profess to be allies of The State of Israel. Fearing that as they did during the Holocaust these allies shall once more say: “What the hell, they’re only Jews.”
As previously mentioned: Never Again, thanks solely to the courageous IDF, IAF and, obviously, the courageous Israelis of yesterday and today.

M. D'Souza

These are genocidal Islamo-fascists on parade. Their gestures are reminiscent of the Nazis' 'Heil Hitler' salute. This is the same parade we see of Iran's Republican Guards. So we know who is training these juvenile Nazis.

With this picture in mind, the Jews cannot take any more existential risks. Israel needs to smack down Hizbullah as one swats flies - even if it's against the clamor from the liberal leftists, the screaming media and the violent pacifists around the world.

The architects of this problem to force Israeli troops out of S.Lebanon in 2000, were ex.pres.Clinton, ex.Sec.of State Madelein Albright and Israel's ex.PM Barak. They were the ones who removed the buffer zone Israel had maintained for 18 years against Hizbullah terror attacks.

Let this picture be imprinted on the Jews around the world, especially the US Jews who vote and bankroll for Democrats. The Democrats were vehemently against US Ambassador John Bolton's nomination to the UN. He is a staunch supporter of Israel. Pres.Bush made a RIGHT move to appoint him and place him in that position as a voice for Israel.

I. Joan Pinilla

Mr Freund,

Every time I visit your blog I cannot say if it's just you are a sion fundamentalist -another type of middle east fundamentalist as I see in your press and radio, different of normal judaism- or don't take the job to contrast your informations. Don't get me wrong, my inttention is nothing a provocative this time, this war is beeing too much sad for both sides now.
When somebody takes the responsability of writting public opinion, must know about the impact of his sentences and arguments, must document himself accurately and without prejudices to give a clean picture that is not nocive; so wrong. A visit to newspapers over the world is a clear smell of who is infected of prejudices, fear or hate because its detectable errors. The autodefense of Israel can be arguable, but I am very curious how are you gonna do to defend the terrorist act of Tsahal to the peace mission of UN in Lebanon. BBC relates, as much of over the world press, how for 10 times FINUL (UN) asked israeli army to stop tele-commanded rocket bombings to their quarter, and how, 10 times, the response (conscious) was, "we are gonna stop". The result is just 4 more innocent people killed, there's no difference, but this time the crime make some things clear, if most democracies were like ISrael, this is "casus belli", yes, cause of war against Israel. No, I'm not gonna justify nazi holocaust, my grand was a Republican and was in a german extermination camp too, but you must realize this has serious repercusions.
This time you cannot say that they are human shields or terrorists, and that it was an error. This time, if you are a truthful person, must point that Israel was wrong. I know that this is very difficult for a israeli to admmit, don't be stabburn, but you must understand that as common, your attitude affects the rest of the world... these are roots for fundamentalism, don't do the same error that your islamic enemy.
I think you can be one of those responsibles to confront western countries with islam, in fact, normally crimes are solved in court, and another country could be your allied to finish ETA or Hezbollah, not an enemie. Don't get me wrong, I understand the fear and insecurity in Israel, in fact, I document myself to understand, very often, as well as with other cultures. But is about that, and common sense, that diplomacy is about. You are contributing USA to enter again in middle east, this time to control Iran, this time no massive destruction weapons needed (those that never appeared in Irak). May be that's your convenience, but we all know that USA are not justice and it's pretty evident rigth now. You are doing something very dangerous, the most similar scenery to a starting WWIII, rising injustices enougth for a crusade for islam and implying western countries. Your position is not about justice, your position is about stealing other countries efforts for their peace. Think that he truth is always finally emerging.
I really wonder if you are gonna be responsible, or how are you gonna justify this time this undeniable crime for the whole word, please, be a bit honorable this time.

I. Joan Pinilla. Infantry Col. Spanish Army.

Thomas

Being a Colonel, you certainly do not understand much about war. Bar stool Colonel perhaps. Maybe you can tell us all why resolution 1559 was neither enforced nor acted upon by the U.N. or the Lebanese eh? They set their camp up next to their Hizbollah allies and accidentally got smacked. It happens in war. Obviously it will never be clear to you that the terrorists are not looking for peace. They do not want diplomacy, save to prevent it from having Israel destroy them. In war, accidents happen. The U.N. has a responsibility not only to the world but also to Lebannon and Israel. They failed in that responsibility. Your words, together with the world chorus of apologists and dictators are irresponsible sir and you understand NOTHING of war nor it appears neither do you understand that which you say you hold so dear, peace.

Thomas

Hey Colonel, a quote to you from Mr. Zwahari:

“The war with Israel does not depend on cease-fires. ... It is a jihad (holy war) for the sake of God and will last until (our) religion prevails ... from Spain to Iraq,” he said. “We will attack everywhere.”

Well Colonel, I guess you might as well just turn in your present religion and become a muslim eh? Of course, you're an infidel in Al Zwahari's eyes so look forward to having your head lopped off.

TONY LOPEZ-CISNEROS

MR. FREUND:

THE PREVIOUS QUOTE OF "ZWAHARI" WOULD BEST BE POSTED:

"THE WAR WITH ISRAEL DOES NOT DEPEND ON CEASE-FIRES. ... IT IS UNHOLY WAR FOR THE SAKE OF SATAN AND WILL LAST UNTIL (OUR) SATANIC RELIGION PREVAILS ... FROM SPAIN TO IRAQ, ... WE WILL ATTACK EVERYWHERE."

AS FAR AS I'M CONCERNED, ISRAEL SHOULD CONTINUE TO BOMBARD ALL HER ENEMIES TO THE UTTERMOST PART OF THE EARTH.

OR UNTIL SHE HAS VANQUISHED THEM ETERNALLY.


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rockymountainneocon

Yes, this picture tells the whole story, at least to those of us who pay attention to the dangers of Islamic terrorism. The parallel images of these Iranian “scouts” to Hitler’s nazi youth movement are staggering to say the least. Another poisoned generation growing up ready, quite willing, and able to rape, torture, maim, and kill you just for being Jewish or Christian. The Quran is quite specific as to what Muslims are supposed to do to us. It instructs Muslims to fight unbelievers (Jews and Christians) until there “prevails justice and faith in Allah altogether and everywhere.” (Surya 8:39)

Yet this murderous attitude shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone. Muslims have not been coy about their fixed desire and bent to kill or dominate all non-Muslims in the world.

America Crusader

It is pretty obvious that most of these Islamist groups have a very little grasp of history. Calling Israel and Americans Nazis while they practice fascism and fascist salutes is only one example. Another example is how Israel's attacks into Lebanon are part of the larger "Crusades" now being waged in the Muslim world.
Apparently slogans hit home better than facts when dealing with uneducated peoples.

Steven Barrett

Yawohl! Very chillingly familiar. Uniforms are different, language is different, geograpy is different: Purpose is the same.

And, yet the Left on both sides of the Atlantic, STILL doesn't get it. Or, perhaps it does and doesn't have the guts to admit which side it's supporting.

Well, not all of the Left, or all liberals. But, dammit all, when are these ostriches going to wake up?

I'm a Catholic (who's "liberal on social justice issues and gov't programs, albeit "conservative" on matters of defense) - and hell's bells, I can see what's happening.

Unfortunately, Israel and her (lukewarm) supporters are losing the public relations war. Sadly, selective images and biased "reporting" has done a great deal to tarnish Israel and her righteous cause. Wars, however, must not be fought to salve the needs of p.r. flacks. They must be principled. And Israel's battle for self-defense and safe borders is principled. She's not even
hiding behind thug soldiers and she's getting hammered in the
world press.

Goebbels must be in ecstasy down in hell. However, we'll see who'll have the last laugh.

Although I hate to see democratic governments having to change horses during times of crisis; a precedent bodes well for Israel:
Great Britain's dumping of the weak and ineffectual Chamberlain for Churchill.

Could it be Benjamin Netanyahu's moment once again?
(Please forgive any mispelling of the former PM's name on my part.)
Steven Barrett

FERN SIDMAN

THE RESURGENCE OF ORWELLIAN IDEALS

BY: FERN SIDMAN

When George Orwell originally penned his classic novel "1984", I would venture a guess that neither he nor his readers ever actually envisaged a world that would embrace these warped and twisted values. Fast forward to the year 2006 and we are witness to a world that is being taunted with such strikingly similar values. We live in a world where otherwise educated and civilized people perceive an aggressor as a victim and the victim as the aggressor. Ideals and organizations that are predicated on a theology of terror and espouse a mantra of hate have been elevated to a heroic like status. They have garnered sympathy and support, while the world expresses its unabashed opprobrium towards concepts and countries that espouse justice and respect for life.

We need only look to the current crisis in the Middle East for qualification of the latest version of Orwellian values. The organization known as Hezbollah, an internationally renowned terrorist organization that is being sponsored by Iran and Syria, countries that espouse terrorism and the ultimate demise of Israel and the Western world, staged an unprovoked attack against Israel on July 12th. Since that time, Israel and Hezbollah have been embroiled in a war that raised the ire of the world. The Lebanese people have been used as human shields by Hezbollah whose main objective is to transform the fledgling democracy in Lebanon into another fundamentalist Islamic state.

Hezbollah is a well organized and thoroughly trained band of guerilla fighters who fight their battles while living in civilian populations and blending in with the civilian infrastructure. Since the inception of this current conflict they have fired thousands of Katyusha rockets into Israel from civilian strongholds and neighborhoods throughout southern Lebanon and in Beirut. Civilians are warned each and every time Israel prepares to strike back at Hezbollah terrorists. Thousands of leaflets are disseminated through these civilian areas, imploring all civilians to leave the area.

The recent incident in Qana, which aroused worldwide condemnation of Israel for the killing of 56 civilians, mostly women and children, deserves closer examination. According to writer David Horowitz, "Qana, be it noted was the source of 150 missile attacks on Israeli civilians, and the population of Qana was warned to leave but chose to stay alongside the terrorists. Like most of Lebanon, the population of Qana is on the side of the aggressors, and apparently like most Muslims in this part of the world, death for them is a badge of martyrdom and honor, and a noble pathway to heaven. They are willing instruments of the Islamist jihad."

Further evidence of Hezbollah's intent to place the Lebanese civilian population at risk has been revealed by Israel Insider's Reuven Koret, who filed on a report on 7/31/06 which stated, "On the morning of July 30, according to the IDF, the air force came in three waves. In the first, between midnight and one in the morning, there was a strike at or near the building that eventually collapsed. There was a second strike at other targets far from the collapse building several hours later, and a third strike at around 7:30 in the morning. There too the nearest hit was some 460 meters away, according to the IDF. But first reports of a building collapse came only around 8 am.

Thus there was an unexplained 7 to 8 hour gap between the time of the helicopter strike and the building collapse. Brigadier General Amir Eshel, Head of the Air Force Headquarters, in a press briefing, told journalists that "the attack on the structure in the Qana village took place between midnight and one in the morning. The gap between the timing of the collapse of the building and the time of the strike on it is unclear."

Gen. Eshel appeared genuinely mystified by the gap in time. He said, "I'm saying this very carefully, because at this time I don't have a clue as to what the explanation could be for this gap," he added.

The army's only explanation was that somehow there was unexploded Hezbollah ordnance in the building that only detonated much later.

"It could be that inside the building, things that could eventually cause an explosion were being housed, things that we could not blow up in the attack, and maybe remained there, Brigadier General Eshel said.

Eshel reported that as recently as two days ago, military intelligence reported the building area had been used by the terrorists for storage or firing of weapons. It was a bad place to cram dozens of women and children.

There are other mysteries. The roof of the building was intact. Journalist Ben Wedeman of CNN noted that there was a larger crater next to the building, but observed that the building appeared not to have collapsed as a result of the Israeli strike.

Why would the civilians who had supposedly taken shelter in the basement of the building not leave after the post-midnight attack? They just went back to sleep and had the bad luck to wait for the building to collapse in the morning? "

These are questions that have yet to be answered. Perhaps in the days that follow investigations of this incident will uncover facts that Hezbollah would prefer to hide from the world. Hezbollah has already won the public relations battle. They clearly have the United Nations in their corner, an international governmental body that sits with bated breath at every opportunity to condemn Israel. They have the EU and the Arab countries on their side. South American and Asian countries have chimed in with their vocal and strident condemnation of Israel as well.

Hezbollah has won the hearts and minds of the Lebanese people, however, in retrospect that wasn't an arduous battle. The Lebanese people have thrown their support behind Hezbollah as is evidenced in the composition of the Lebanese parliament. Over 20 percent of the members of this parliament are Hezbollah representatives. The Lebanese people never demanded that their government implement and enforce United Nations Security Council resolution 1559 issued in the year 2000, which placed the responsibility of harnessing Hezbollah forces in the hands of the Lebanese military.

The Lebanese people, particularly the Shiitte population in southern Lebanon, view Hezbollah as a big, warm and giving social service agency. Hezbollah has adroitly filled the stomachs of its constituents, fattening them up, metaphorically speaking for the kill. For the beneficiaries of Hezbollah's outreach and social service programs are now being called upon to pay the piper. They pay with their lives and the lives of the children as human shields for those who gained favor in their hearts for all the "goodness" that was bestowed upon them.

It is of no great revelation that we hear that Lebanese president Faud Siniora praised Hezbollah for its efforts in defeating the Israeli enemy as he attempts to shore up even more support from the Lebanese population for Hezbollah, thereby encouraging even more of them to die as martyrs to an organization that cares nothing for them, their lives or the future of their children.

And yet we hear no sounds of outrage and indignation at the murderous policy of Hezbollah directed at the Lebanese people. We hear of no raucous and explosive demonstrations directed at Hezbollah for placing the lives of its own people in death's doorway. Instead, we are deluged with condemnations and denunciations of Israel's military actions in Lebanon. We hear the world condemn Israel's "disproportionate" response to the constant barrage of Katyusha rockets that have rained down on Israeli cities and towns. We hear admonitions directed at Israel to exercise self-restraint when attempting to defeat their hardened enemy that seeks its destruction.

As Charles Krauthammer stated in his article entitled, 'Disproportionate' in What Moral Universe?' (Washington Post, 7/28/06), "When one is wantonly attacked by an aggressor, one has every right -- legal and moral -- to carry the fight until the aggressor is disarmed and so disabled that it cannot threaten one's security again."

Mr. Krauthammer goes on to state that, "The perversity of today's international outcry lies in the fact that there is indeed a disproportion in this war, a radical moral asymmetry between Hezbollah and Israel: Hezbollah is deliberately trying to create civilian casualties on both sides while Israel is deliberately trying to minimize civilian casualties, also on both sides.

Israeli innocents must die in order for Israel to be terrorized. But Lebanese innocents must also die in order for Israel to be demonized, which is why Hezbollah hides its fighters, its rockets, its launchers, its entire infrastructure among civilians. Creating human shields is a war crime. It is also a Hezbollah specialty.

Had Israel wanted to destroy Lebanese civilian infrastructure, it would have turned out the lights in Beirut in the first hour of the war, destroying the billion-dollar power grid and setting back Lebanon 20 years. It did not do that. Instead it attacked dual-use infrastructure -- bridges, roads, airport runways -- and blockaded Lebanon's ports to prevent the reinforcement and resupply of Hezbollah. Ten thousand Katyusha rockets are enough. Israel was not going to allow Hezbollah 10,000 more."

Today the nation of Israel faces even more deadly attacks from the Hezbollah terrorists. Today the nation of Israel, which represents the values of preserving human life, of upholding the loftiest of moral concepts has been transformed into the world's bogeyman. It is viewed as a giant and ruthless murder machine, which displays a callous disregard for civilian lives. Today the nation of Israel is being raked over the proverbial coals by a world possessed by Orwellian values. Bad is good, right is wrong, justice is injustice. The aggressor is now the victim and the victim is now the horrific aggressor.

Mr. Orwell, wherever you are, we send you a message that your ominous vision has manifested itself. It is a world gone mad, and all vestiges of morality and conscience are slowly and methodically becoming obsolete.

At this most frightening and difficult period in history, those of us left with a modicum of morality, ethics and values must speak out. We must orchestrate a campaign to challenge the purveyors of Orwellian thoughts and to neutralize their vitriolic and incendiary rhetoric.

It is indeed a dark moment in the history of the Jewish people and of the nation of Israel. Our values and ethos must come from our unwavering faith and trust in the Almighty G-d of Israel. Our morals and values must be derived from our G-d given sources of Torah. Our values must reflect the words of our prayers to G-d. Our morals and values spring forth from the divine words of King David in the book of Psalms. It is time to rededicate ourselves to serving our G-d with devotion and passion.

May the Almighty G-d of Israel protect His nation, Israel and may we see a world that can distinguish between light and darkness and of right and wrong.

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