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5:59 AM ET
July 7, 2010
not our enemy?
fazlallah is indeeeed a good companion to the Supreme Leader of Iran. He specializes on baby-killing, lies and terror just like the Iranian government leaders.
2:53 AM ET
July 9, 2010
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3:55 AM ET
August 2, 2010
Sarcastic comment. LOL How
Sarcastic comment. LOL How could he be a good leader if he haven't done anything good for the welfare of his country and his fellowmen. If people have the choice to choose their leaders, they need to choose wisely or else, they can't no longer do anything about it.Ethan Sullivan
6:39 AM ET
He Loved Children Less Than Himself
> "What is the difference between setting out for battle knowing you will
> die after killing ten [enemies], and setting out to the field and knowing
> you will die while killing them?"
Well one difference is he got to live a long life, enjoy prestige comfort and power, and then die in his sleep of old age surrounded by friends and family.
And the young men and women who strapped on bombs at his cheerleading did not.
Seems to be a common story with this noble leaders of Islam, who all live long lives as they destroy their children and Islamic culture gains nothing in the process.
1:18 PM ET
ur comment contain many fallacies
Its a nice article , Yes fadlallah wasnt enemy for US .he support Hizballah, which is national liberty movment , against Israeli occupation and terrorism. we all knew that the unconditional US support for Israel which still abuse the international law, do u rememeber israeli attack against flotilla........
Fadlallah(along with Hizbollah and Iran) condemned the september 11,2001, terrorists attacks, and said that the attackers are just suicides not martyrs ...........as mentioned in the article .... also u should forgot to write in ur comment that he told young men to carry bombs in order to kill israeli .. we all knew that Isreali offense army was and still killing civilians in Gaza, i think that u can read Goldstone report ............... Dear u should know that Israeli policy is the root of the struggle in the middle east
5:18 PM ET
Did you forget all the wars that happened in the last 60 years, and who started them, 48 , 67 , 73, who did not agree to the partition plan.
Who is Hizbullah liberating Lebanon from these daays, not the syrians I am afraid. They have no rason to exist these days, Israel withdrew in 2000 in case you forgot and they had no reason to start the war in 2006.
Are they really serving lebanon why don't they kick out the syrians if they are such lebanese patriots, why do they do what Iran says, and are considered to be proxies. Are they helping lebanon.
The lebanese treat palestinians like dogs keep them in camps don't give them rights, and we are the unhumane ones, Lebanese people have no right to talk about oppression of palestinians because they are the worst ones, I bet you the quality of life in gaza is better than in all of the camps in lebanon, even in our prisons the palestinians get more rights than they do in Lebanon. You guys really care about palestinians????
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1:14 AM ET
also Fadi, care to explain
also Fadi, care to explain the Palestinian armed uprising a few years ago in the Palestinian "refugee" camps in Lebanon?
7:50 AM ET
He is the worst than the suicide bomber himself, may this be the
fate of all religious leaders who call upon suicide bombings, hopefuly sooner than later.there is a differance when being a kamikaze in a war and targeting civilians you forgot to mention that.
He is worse than the suicide bomber who is most of the time a poor misguided youngster. He is the one who gives him god's approval for his acts and therefor it make him responsible, yep blah balh we had some interests that might have crossed ways, he is still a Terror leader no matter what.
He is such a liberal wow, women it is okay for you to fight back you don't just have to take beatings silently so if you are strong enough it won't be wrong to hit back awsome stuff he should run for office in Vermont.
Actually I think that should be the solution to terror get rid of the rooot of the problem and target all the religious leaders who call upon Jihad
9:03 AM ET
Splitting hairs of Fadallah
So Fadallah wasn't "Hizballah's Spiritual Leader". Big whoop. Here is a religious authority authorizing terrorist activities against civilians, a war crime if there ever was one.
Both Baer', who's article in the TIME Magazine, was the source of the first third of this blog, and now Kenner, make a huge deal out of the idea that Fadallah wasn't Hizballah's spiritual leader. Honestly, at this point, that's a minor footnote given what is written about him in the artice above. A man who advocates killing civilians and Jihad. Indeed, hardly a supporter of the US.
One note about the suicide-bombing issue, its not the tactic that is a problem. Killing and sacrifice is what happens during a war, whether its someone throwing themselves on a grenade, fighting to let their comrades live, or going to kill the enemy on a risky, or one-way mission.
No, the two problems with the use of suicide bombers is that they break the barrier between civilians and combatants, disguising fighters as civilians (non-combatants), and targeting civilians. Both war crimes.
9:19 AM ET
As is often the case...
... the comments section of FP's "Argument" articles is more astute in its analysis than the actual article.
10:18 AM ET
Nice article, with an analysis that goes beyond the dumb Shia = Iran & Lebanese Shia=Hezbollah. Given how piss poor much of FP's content is it's a surprise when you come across an article like this.
1:21 PM ET
All in the eye of the beholder
Thanks for this FP, an interesting article, and predictable comments.
As I read I wonder if anyone would pick-up on the CIA terror attack that killed 80 and injured 200 in a residential suburb - and missed their target. The level of hypocrisy inherent in the US's dealings with others is always staggering. I am not saying some of those the US vilifies are not worthy of attack but it is always stunning to see the pot calling the kettle black without any hint of irony. Of course the perennial desire to depict 'them' as comic book baddies has led to the usually misinterpretations. This is another example of 'America doesn't do nuance' writ large. One day the US will learn that some of its friends are not all good and some of its enemies are not all bad but more the time being the US is going to keep thinking it is superman, while going all Mr. Magoo when it comes to its own acts, and sponsorship, of terrorism.
1:17 AM ET
it snot necessarily the pot
it snot necessarily the pot calling the kettle black. You seem to miss the distinct difference.
All of Hizbullahs doing is in order use terror to achieve their means. All the buildings they build for the communities in Southern Lebanon you think are free of ideology? No way. Of course it is just to indoctrinate the civilians into their ideology. Be a realist and be practical.
Also, the US does make a few mistakes, but the majority of its actions arent that bad. All war is bad, hence the wording that bad. Yet Hizbullah is in and of itself inherently a terrorist organization.
The difference between good and bad is the net worth, the balance between good and bad. Churchill had his faults as did Patton, etc. Yet their overall net worth was deemed positive. This mans overall net worth is bad as is Hezbollahs.
2:27 PM ET
Worth the Read?
Anyone read Woodward's book? Comments, opinions, etc....
6:16 AM ET
July 8, 2010
Sacked for having an opinion, or telling the truth?
"Sad to hear of the passing of Sayyed Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah... One of Hezbollah's giants I respect a lot."
David Kenner should count himself lucky that he does not work for CNN. The rather inocuous quote above is a tweet from a CNN foreign affairs senior editor, of 20 years service, which got her sacked. If this is the level of self sencorship required of those in the US MSM then the US does not have, and can not have, a free press. Tow the government's propaganda line or face the consequences.
I have to agree
I have to agree the level of bias is so great that balance is seen as bias. I just suspect our views of where reality lies is rather different and so what I see as propaganda you see as truthful, and vis-a-versa. We all live in a reality created by our environment and seem unable to see, or understand, each other's realities.
5:36 PM ET
more israeli breast feeding
its not surprising to hear that U.S got ANOTHER thing wrong in the middle east. this is just another item to the long list of american scew ups in the middle east, all for the sole purpose of breast feeding baby israel. israel got it what it deserved back in 2006 by getting its butt kicked by hezbullah. ever since then they have only become stronger and have gained more influence in lebanon and in the arab world. all the israeli cry babies will complain about an article like this, yet won't hold thier own government accountable for their stupidity. in a world where israel acts the way it does, having a formidable force like hezbullah is needed. if reports are true that hezbullah has acquired SCUD missles, then we should all celebrate it. israel will be mindful of what it does. the arabs have gotten used to being killed, the israelis are little cry babies who cry when they get a paper cut
9:06 AM ET
July 13, 2010
Well one difference is he got
Well said! I had the exact thought after reading this article! That's a hell of a difference.. Cheers, Martin
12:02 PM ET
What an absurd comment
Your logic that "he got to enjoy a long life while the young suicide bombers died" is along the same lines of "Obama gets to enjoy a long pampered life while our troops in afghanistan die" or "the pope gets to enjoy a long life while africans get AIDS from not using condoms."
He is a CLERGYMAN. In my church, the priest would always say a prayer for "our armed forces." I suppose my priest is also a hypocrit for not going out and shooting people himself and instead doing what a clergyman does, preaching?
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