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Sun May 26, 2013, 02:58 AM

Two rockets hit Hezbollah district of Beirut

Source: BBC

At least three people have been wounded by a rocket strike on the southern part of the Lebanese capital Beirut.

Two rockets hit a district controlled by the Hezbollah organisation, officials and residents were quoted as saying by news agencies.

Tension has been high over the conflict in neighbouring Syria.

On Saturday, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah promised his supporters they would prevail in Syria, where they are backing President Bashar al-Assad.

Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-22671565

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Reply Two rockets hit Hezbollah district of Beirut (Original post)
Turborama May 2013 OP
geek tragedy May 2013 #1
John2 May 2013 #2
Scootaloo May 2013 #3
John2 May 2013 #6
jessie04 May 2013 #4
Sand Wind May 2013 #5
Comrade Grumpy May 2013 #7
Arctic Dave May 2013 #8

Response to Turborama (Original post)

Sun May 26, 2013, 05:36 AM

1. Lebanon is a de facto part of Syria

 

so only logical that the Syrian civil war would eventually cross the imaginary line known as the Syria-Lebanon border.

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Response to geek tragedy (Reply #1)

Sun May 26, 2013, 06:54 AM

2. Don't you think that imaginary line could cross

 

to Jordan,Iraq,Qatar and Saudi Arabia? It seems to be the only way to settle this is for it to spread to every country involved and get it over with.

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Response to John2 (Reply #2)

Sun May 26, 2013, 07:23 AM

3. First, Qatar and Saudi Arabia have no border with Syria

 

Second, I imagine it'll be less Syria's fight spreading into Iraq, than iraq's spreading to syria; the Kurds are taking control of Kurd-majority towns in northern Syria, and in so doing the declaration of an autonomous Kurdistan might be in the near future; which coul d in its turn spark conflict in Turkey, Iraq, and Iran.

Unless Assad and Hizbuddies manage to reign in "the rebels," then expect Syria to fragment.. .and with it will go any meaningful adherence to the Sykes-picot borders in the region.

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Response to Scootaloo (Reply #3)

Sun May 26, 2013, 08:52 AM

6. I don't expect Assad and Hezbullah

 

will lose, because I think they are winning despite what the opposition are claiming. I don't think Assad will step down because he believes they are winning. I think Assad still controls a formidable armed forces, which includes a chemical arsenal and now upgraded air defense systems by way of Russia.

I don't think the opposition wants a peace settlement unless Assad steps down or their whole War backed by the United States,Britain,France,Germany, Turkey,Israel, and their Gulf Arab allies will be in vain. I see this as a miscalculation on their part, they are trying to savage. The huge miscalculation is Syria actually has staunch allies moreso than Ga daffi.

Hezbullah is not just a militant group but part of Lebanon's elected Government. Their military wing is even more powerful than Lebanon's actual Army. They posses over fifty thousand rockets. While the Government of Lebanon's President is Christian, the prime minister is Sunni while the Speaker is Sh ia. It is a divided Government by design. So essentially, they are calling one third of Lebanon's Government Terrorists and over thirty percent of the people who are Shiites in Lebanon Terrorists. They don't see themselves that way but resistance fighters against the U.S. and Israel. Some of those people in the military wing of Hezbullah are doctors and lawyers by profession. They are not religious extremists. They are just against the U.S. and Israel. So this is a moral cause for them in what they see as oppression by the West. So those people are willing to die for what they believe in. They go all the way back to before Israel became a State and the U.N. ignored their obligations. That is where this all started. The U.N. has no credibility, if they can't even enforce their original Resolutions. Britain had once labeled Ben Gurion and his people Terrorists but the U.S. called them freedom fighters because that is what they called themselves. The British abdicated their obligations in the Middle East and left it up to the U.S. Now the other side are called Terrorists. When the British abdicated their obligations in the Middle East, they warned the U.S. about letting more Jews in Palestine. They warned the U.S., it would throw the Middle East in chaos. What you see happening in the Middle East today, seeds were planted long ago. Your scenario is too rosy. It could be only the beginning of World War III if the U.S. doesn't right this ship in a non bias way. Regime change and dividing up countries will only make it even worse not better. The U.S. has taken advantage of internal disputes along religious lines seperating Arabs in order to protect the seed it planted. And it is only a continuation of the same Divide and Conquer Strategy, Europeans used to conquer the New World. That strategy will not work today, unless you accept Genocide. And that is what is being played out here.

Israel is talking about attacking whoever wins. Their target is Iran with 75 million people. That brings in the impartial U.S. That will set off both Russia and China with probably Pakistan, India, North Korea, South Korea and Vietnam. Japan and Germany will probably re militarize. That is the worse case scenario. You will have countries re aligning themselves into old alliances. And the U.N. will be a failure in the end because certain countries took advantage of it by influencing it for their own selfish gains. This was not the purpose of starting the U.N. after World War II. It was to prevent Wars, not start them. Just how ironic it will be if this plays out, the way it was predicted? Just like opening that pandora's box with nuclear weapons, misusing the U.N. for advantages will end up the same way. You can't trust mankind with any advantage in power because they will misuse it for advantages on others. No country has cornered the market on pure virtues. When the leaders and people of one nation began to believe in their supremacy, then what is the difference between that and what the leaders of Germany once thought of themselves? George W. Bush's address to Congress on regime change and you are either with us or against us, could have been taken right out of one of Hitler's speeches.

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Response to Turborama (Original post)

Sun May 26, 2013, 07:51 AM

4. Hezbollah the recipient of terrorism.

 

Something to be said there but I can't think of anything.

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Response to Turborama (Original post)

Sun May 26, 2013, 07:52 AM

5. I just hope some bomb will do the job in Tehran too. Nt

 

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Response to Sand Wind (Reply #5)

Sun May 26, 2013, 11:39 AM

7. Don't forget Doha.

 

Perhaps Qatar could use a taste of what it's been sponsoring.

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Response to Sand Wind (Reply #5)

Sun May 26, 2013, 02:15 PM

8. I'm thinking more like Riyadh.

 

And all the palaces in that scumbag country.

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