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Aug. 21 (Bloomberg) -- In a Lebanese village 10 miles west of the Israeli border, black-capped Hezbollah militiamen stand guard in front of a suspected weapons cache.
Even though they are unarmed, their presence deters United Nations peacekeepers from approaching the house in Khirbet Silim, preventing the UN troops from fulfilling their mission, which is to stop Hezbollah from rearming.
“The UN can’t just come around here and go into people’s houses,” said Rassan Salim, a municipal official in the village and a Hezbollah militia member. “Our weapons are to defend Lebanon.”
Originally posted by IDK88
Is that all these guys know...get more weapons? Who's this enemy they allege is a threat to Lebanon? Why is Hezbollah permitted to pick and chose the laws it will abide by and the ones it will not?
Why do the Lebanese permit a man to lead them into wars who doesn't even live in Lebanon, but remains safe and secure in Syria...while the Lebanonese risk relentless bombardment from Israel?
If you had israel as your neighbour i think you would be the same.. They have the right to defend them selfs. And why wouldnt the people of lebanon turn to Hezbollah, when there own westernised government are to chicken # to stand up for them.
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Originally posted by mattpryor
reply to post by ProtoplasmicTraveler
Matt I was born in the United States of America to parents born in the United States of America and the United States of America is in fact the United States Constitution.
How the individual governments interpret the constitution and conduct foreign policy is not the United States. The United States is the Constitution and the citizens.
For various reasons that is no longer politically correct, and the word politics though highlights how once politicians get involved that things that are wrong constitutionally become 'correct' because politicians find some individual benefit to them.
The reality is that the U.S. Constitution was violated and discarded in 1861 at the onset of the Civil War and the U.S. has operated as a De Facto Emergency War Time Government and Corporation ever since.
Had their actually been a Constitutional Government in place the U.S. would never have entered World War I or World War II, nor would Japan have had any reason to attack us at Pearl Harbor because of how the U.S. Empire our Constitutional Founders never wanted to exist was choking off their oil supply.
Our Forefathers did not want us to have an empire, take sides in foreign conflicts or fight wars of aggression but to simply defend our own naturally well defended borders that include two imposing oceans on the west and east, and much more sparsely populated nations on the North and the South.
In reality no I am not anti-U.S. but our politicians beholden to the Military Industrial Complex and the Banking Cartels are anti-U.S. and have been for so long it has created a distorted image of what the U.S. really is, ought to be and should be.
I am in reality simply one of the last of the Mohicans so to speak. A purist who doesn't buy into all the propaganda based on fear and panic
I am a true American who sees real value in actually following the U.S. Constitution as opposed to just saying "well we have a Constitution".
Russia like China is the East and yes they are all part of the Military Industrial Complex.
Yet more importantly and much more significantly friend Matt I am first and foremost a human being and I hold no allegiance to any G-d or Government but instead to the ideal that we are all human beings who are all equal in value and should be treated so.
I don't wish death or suffering on any human being anywhere, even those who have caused me harm at some point in life for the reality is they have caused me no real harm as 'that which does not kill me only serves to make me stronger'.
I am strong, a strong mind, a strong heart, and a strong soul. I no sooner want to see one Israeli harmed as I do want to see one Lebanese harmed.
Everyone should have the right to lead a peaceful, productive and healthy life but whether people agree or not, it gets so much easier to deny one's self and others that chance when you have a rifle in your hand and lethal force at your disposal with the push of a button.
Those who lack patience, ingenuity, compassion, empathy, and are unbalanced by fear, anger, lust or greed are all to easily tempted by a squeeze the trigger push a button solution that in centuries and centuries of total warfare the deaths of hundreds of millions of valuable human beings through violence has yet to solve one, count them one problem.
The actual U.S. Constitution was written by men escaping that reality in Europe who had watched Europe live and die by the sword for often hypocritical and false reasons for centuries and they really didn't want it for our nation.
It's why they didn't want us choosing sides and favoring one foreign nation over the other with arms and money which is of course simply leads to making enemies by becoming friends with someone's enemy as opposed to just being friends to everyone by saying not our argument, you two figure it out, we do have some Coca Cola for sale though if you would like to buy some!
It's why our founders wanted Church and State separated because much of Europe's violence as you know was over religion. Jews being persecuted in Inquisitions, infidels being burnt at the stake, the wholesale slaughter of those who would not follow Papal edicts out of Rome are all things the Founding Fathers did not want.
Oh Matt how your own people (the Jews) have suffered as a result.
Yet violence isn't the answer, it's the problem. You buy a gun and the person who imagines you are a threat to them buys a gun too. You both start to argue over something you disagree on, no one can win the argument so bang, bang.
The argument didn't go away though, just that one debater!
Yes Matt I am a real American a politically incorrect 'terrorist' by governmental definition that views the U.S. Constitution and those who cherish it's principals as an impediment to the Military Industrial Complex and Corporate Global Empire.
I am a dreamer who wants to see everyone live in peace, and a pragmatist that knows most people don't really want to live in peace if it's not a world according to how they want to see it ordered.
I am against regimentation, which is why I hold no allegiance to any G-d or Government.
I am pro-humanity and pro-peace and advocate for peace, and against war and those who see war as a convenient method to silence debaters and are too diminished in their wisdom to understand that alone never wins the argument.
Let me put it to you this way Matt had Hitler succeeded in wiping out every Jew on earth, at some point in the future, some one would have stumbled across what the Jews believed, an Old Testament, a Torah, a Talmud and said, hey this is me, I like the way these people think, it makes sense, and the argument would have been reborn.
You see friend Matt bullets don't kill ideals, they just kill people.
Originally posted by Rockpuck
reply to post by IDK88
For the most part Lebanon doesn't care about the Palestinians.. if the Israeli's would keep the death at the border.