reply to post by Rasputin13
Hmm, the Beirut truck bombing occurred when, about 26 years ago?
And you know Hezbollah didn't even form until after that attack, right?
Hezbollah seems to mind it's own business when the Israelis aren't invading Lebanese territory. At one point they almost certainly were a terrorist
organization, now it's not quite so simple - they're one of the largest political parties in Lebanon and the only
domestic entity capable of
defending Lebanon from Israeli invasions - which sadly are a fairly regular event, invading Lebanon seems to be the Israeli national pastime.
The loony right would have you believe that Hezbollah = Hamas = Al Quaeda, all acting in a unified front with the sole purpose of destroying Mother,
Apple Pie, and the Flag
Of course, the only problem is, it's not true.
While I have little use for Islamic fundamentalism (or any form of religious fundamentalism, really), these are vast differences between these
They have different agendas, use different tactics, & have very different ideologies.
Q: when was the last time Hezbollah attacked a US target of any kind?
If you can find anything within the last decade, I'll give you a cookie
The fact is, Hezbollah will almost certainly never be a friendly organization, but it is one that can be reasoned & negotiated with. Same for Hamas,
at this point. Both organizations have had to abandon much of their extremist behavior and tactics, now that they are assuming the duties of civilian
Al Quaeda is a different matter entirely - there can be no negotiating or compromise with them - we kill them first, or they kill us.
But Hezbollah and even Hamas are a very different kettle of fish.
Israel left Lebanon in 2000, but the war continues.
Insert a whole page of
Israel was launching cross-border incursions almost daily according to UNIFIL, murdering, among others, a 13 year old Lebanese shepherd boy and a
French officer serving with UNIFIL, which is how their troops got captured in the first place.
Every bit of pain Israel has suffered at the hands of Hezbollah, they have richly earned...
[edit on 1/14/08 by xmotex]