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West rewards ‘israel’ for murdering 1000 civilians, Hezbollah responds

حزب الله يدين قرار الأمم المتحدة بترؤس الكيان الصهيوني للجنة السكان والتنمية

يدين حزب الله قرار الأمم المتحدة بترؤس الكيان الصهيوني للجنة السكان والتنمية في الأمم المتحدة, ويرى فيه تواطؤا مع كيان إجرامي خارج على القانون تأسس على قتل السكان وتدمير ممتلكاتهم وبيوتهم وخنق أية إمكانية لنموهم وازدهارهم فضلا عن أن يحيوا حياة حرة وكريمة.
إن حزب الله إذ يستنكر الدعم الأوروبي لهذا القرار فانه يعتبره محاولة للتعمية وتبرئة إسرائيل من جرائمها المستمرة ويتساءل ماذا يريد ما يسمى بالعالم الحر والمتحضر مثالا ابلغ مما تفعله آلة القتل الإسرائيلية من تدمير وقتل وتشريد وحصار في قطاع غزة. ليتوقف عن الاستهانة بحقوق الإنسان التي طالما أتحفنا بالدفاع عنها. هل هذه هي التنمية وتنظيم الإسكان التي يريدها العالم الغربي؟ انها وصمة عار في جبين الإنسانية.
يدعو حزب الله الدول العربية والإسلامية والدول الصديقة كافة إلى عدم الاكتفاء بالاحتجاج والمبادرة إلى عمل حازم لمقاطعة هذه اللجنة وإسقاط رئاسة إسرائيل لها.ا

Hezbollah condemns the UN decision to assign the zionist entity as the head of the population and development committee

Hezbollah condemns the UN decision to assign the zionist entity as the head of the population and development committee and sees in it complicity with a murderours outlaw entity established by the killing of populations and the destruction of their properties and houses and the choking off of any possibility for their growth and development as well as of a free and dignified life.

Hezbollah condemns European support for this decision and considers it an attempt at obscuring, and at acquitting ‘israel’ of its continuing crimes; and wonders, what better example does the so-called free and civilized world want in order to stop disregarding human rights which it always claimed it defended, than what the ‘israeli’ killing machine does in the Gaza Strip: destruction, murder, displacement, and siege? Is this the development and organization of housing that the western world wants? It is an affront to humanity.

Hezbollah calls on Arab and Islamic countries and all friendly states not to be satisfied merely with protesting, but to initiate decisive action to boycott this committee and shoot down ‘israel’s’ chairmanship thereof.

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Pentagon studies Hezbollah after zionist defeat in July 2006

Short ’06 Lebanon War Stokes Pentagon Debate
Leaders Divided on Whether to Focus On Conventional or Irregular Combat

By Greg Jaffe
Washington Post
Monday, April 6, 2009; A01

A war that ended three years ago and involved not a single U.S. soldier has become the subject of an increasingly heated debate inside the Pentagon, one that could alter how the U.S. military fights in the future.

When Israel and Hezbollah battled for more than a month in Lebanon in the summer of 2006, the result was widely seen as a disaster for the Israeli military. Soon after the fighting ended, some military officers began to warn that the short, bloody and relatively conventional battle foreshadowed how future enemies of the United States might fight.

Since then, the Defense Department has dispatched as many as a dozen teams to interview Israeli officers who fought against Hezbollah. The Army and Marine Corps have sponsored a series of multimillion-dollar war games to test how U.S. forces might fare against a similar foe. “I’ve organized five major games in the last two years, and all of them have focused on Hezbollah,” said Frank Hoffman, a research fellow at the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory in Quantico.

A big reason that the 34-day war is drawing such fevered attention is that it highlights a rift among military leaders: Some want to change the U.S. military so that it is better prepared for wars like the ones it is fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, while others worry that such a shift would leave the United States vulnerable to a more conventional foe.

“The Lebanon war has become a bellwether,” said Stephen Biddle, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations who has advised Gen. David H. Petraeus, head of the U.S. Central Command. “If you are opposed to transforming the military to fight low-intensity wars, it is your bloody sheet. It’s discussed in almost coded communication to indicate which side of the argument you are on.”

U.S. military experts were stunned by the destruction that Hezbollah forces, using sophisticated antitank guided missiles, were able to wreak on Israeli armor columns. Unlike the guerrilla forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, who employed mostly hit-and-run tactics, the Hezbollah fighters held their ground against Israeli forces in battles that stretched as long as 12 hours. They were able to eavesdrop on Israeli communications and even struck an Israeli ship with a cruise missile.

“From 2000 to 2006 Hezbollah embraced a new doctrine, transforming itself from a predominantly guerrilla force into a quasi-conventional fighting force,” a study by the Army’s Combat Studies Institute concluded last year. Another Pentagon report warned that Hezbollah forces were “extremely well trained, especially in the uses of antitank weapons and rockets” and added: “They well understood the vulnerabilities of Israeli armor.”

Many top Army officials refer to the short battle almost as a morality play that illustrates the price of focusing too much on counterinsurgency wars at the expense of conventional combat. These officers note that, before the Lebanon war, Israeli forces had been heavily involved in occupation duty in the Palestinian territories.

“The real takeaway is that you have to find the time to train for major combat operations, even if you are fighting counterinsurgency wars,” said one senior military analyst who studied the Lebanon war for the Center for Army Lessons Learned at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. Currently, the deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan have prevented Army units from conducting such training.

Army generals have also latched on to the Lebanon war to build support for multibillion-dollar weapons programs that are largely irrelevant to low-intensity wars such as those fought in Iraq and Afghanistan. A 30-page internal Army briefing, prepared for the Joint Chiefs of Staff and senior Pentagon civilians, recently sought to highlight how the $159 billion Future Combat Systems, a network of ground vehicles and sensors, could have been used to dispatch Hezbollah’s forces quickly and with few American casualties.

“Hezbollah relies on low visibility and prepared defenses,” one slide in the briefing reads. “FCS counters with sensors and robotics to maneuver out of contact.”

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates is expected to stake out a firm position in this debate as soon as today, when he announces the 2010 defense budget. That document is expected to cut or sharply curtail weapons systems designed for conventional wars, and to bolster intelligence and surveillance programs designed to help track down shadowy insurgents.

“This budget moves the needle closer to irregular warfare and counterinsurgency,” Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell said. “It is not an abandonment of the need to prepare for conventional conflicts. But even moving that needle is a revolutionary thing in this building.”

The changes reflect the growing prominence of the military’s counterinsurgency camp — the most prominent member of which is Petraeus — in the Pentagon. President Obama, whose strategy in Afghanistan is focused on protecting the local population and denying the Islamist radicals a safe haven, has largely backed this group.

The question facing defense leaders is whether they can afford to build a force that can prevail in a counterinsurgency fight, where the focus is on protecting the civilian population and building indigenous army and police forces, as well as a more conventional battle.

Gen. George W. Casey Jr., the Army’s top officer in the Pentagon, has said it is essential that the military be able to do both simultaneously. New Army doctrine, meanwhile, calls for a “full spectrum” service that is as good at rebuilding countries as it is at destroying opposing armies.

But other experts remain skeptical. “The idea that you can do it all is just wrong,” said Biddle of the Council on Foreign Relations. Soldiers, who are home for as little as 12 months between deployments, do not have enough time to prepare adequately for both types of wars, he said.

Biddle and other counterinsurgency advocates argue that the military should focus on winning the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and only then worry about what the next war will look like.

Some in this camp say that the threat posed by Hezbollah is being inflated by officers who are determined to return the Army to a more familiar past, built around preparing for conventional warfare.

Another question is whether the U.S. military is taking the proper lessons from the Israel-Hezbollah war. Its studies have focused almost exclusively on the battle in southern Lebanon and ignored Hezbollah’s ongoing role in Lebanese society as a political party and humanitarian aid group. After the battle, Hezbollah forces moved in quickly with aid and reconstruction assistance.

“Even if the Israelis had done better operationally, I don’t think they would have been victorious in the long run,” said Andrew Exum, a former Army officer who has studied the battle from southern Lebanon. “For the Israelis, the war lasted for 34 days. We tend to forget that for Hezbollah, it is infinite.”

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/04/05/AR2009040502235_pf.html

Cluster bombs

Middle East and North Africa: US Cuts Cluster Bomb Supply

US Export Ban Should Spur Countries to Sign Treaty Banning the Weapon

(New York) – A new US law permanently banning nearly all cluster bomb exports by the United States will end a long period of transfers of the weapon to Israel and other countries in the Middle East and North Africa, Human Rights Watch said today. The measure should spur the countries in the region as well as the US to join the international treaty prohibiting cluster munitions, Human Rights Watch said.

The US export ban was included in an omnibus budget bill (HR 1105) that President Barack Obama signed into law on March 11, 2009. Under the law, the US can only export cluster munitions that leave behind less than 1 percent of their submunitions as duds. These duds act like landmines on the ground, exploding when touched by unwitting civilians. The legislation also requires the receiving country to agree that cluster munitions “will not be used where civilians are known to be present.” Only a tiny fraction of the cluster munitions in the US arsenal meet the 1-percent standard.

“US-supplied cluster munitions have caused great harm to civilians in Lebanon, Iraq, Western Sahara and elsewhere in the region,” said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East and North Africa director at Human Rights Watch. “These countries should consider the export ban a first step toward ridding the region of this unreliable and inaccurate weapon that claims civilian lives and limbs for years following its use.”

The 2008 Convention on Cluster Munitions prohibits the use, production, stockpiling, and transfer of cluster munitions, and provides strict deadlines for clearance of affected areas and destruction of stockpiled cluster munitions. A total of 95 countries have signed the convention, including Lebanon and Tunisia from the Middle East and North Africa.

The United States has transferred cluster munitions to at least eight countries in the region, including Bahrain, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Morocco, Oman, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. Israel has been a major recipient of US cluster munitions and used the weapons extensively in its 2006 armed conflict in Lebanon (http://www.hrw.org/en/reports/2008/02/16/flooding-south-lebanon ).

The US export ban was first enacted in a budget bill in December 2007, but that law mandated it for only one year.

“The permanent US export ban will prevent the potential transfer of millions of cluster submunitions to Israel and other states in the region,” said Whitson. “But unless governments in the region join the international treaty banning the use as well as transfer of cluster munitions, the threat will remain.”

In December 2008, the Obama transition team said that the president-elect would “carefully review” the new treaty and “work closely [with] our friends and allies to ensure that the United States is doing everything feasible to promote protection of civilians.”

US policy on cluster munitions was last articulated in a three-page policy directive issued by Defense Secretary Robert Gates in July 2008. The directive described cluster munitions as “legitimate weapons with clear military utility” and said that the US will continue to use cluster munitions and, after 2018, will use only munitions with a tested failure rate of less than 1 percent.

Human Rights Watch co-chairs the Cluster Munition Coalition, which it helped found in November 2003. Human Rights Watch and others stepped up pressure for an international treaty to deal with cluster munitions after Israel’s massive use of these weapons in southern Lebanon in July and August 2006. These weapons left large swaths of Lebanon contaminated by the deadly, unexploded submunitions.

Cluster munitions can be fired by artillery and rocket systems or dropped by aircraft, and typically explode in the air and send dozens, even hundreds, of tiny submunitions or bomblets over an area the size of a football field. Cluster munitions cannot distinguish between military targets and civilians, so their humanitarian impact can be extreme when they are used in or near populated areas. Cluster submunitions often fail to explode on initial impact, leaving the duds that act like landmines and pose danger to civilians.

This is what zionist failure and defeat look like: part of Reuters headline: Israel’s toilet-paper rules for Gaza

If this is what zionist “victory” and “achievements” look like, I don’t know what their defeat would look like…. Read on to get a sense of how close the liquidation of the terrorist neo-nazi state of ‘israel’ is to becoming a reality.

U.S. queries Israel’s toilet-paper rules for Gaza

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – The United States is protesting to Israel over seemingly random restrictions on deliveries to the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip of harmless goods such as soap and toilet paper, diplomats said Wednesday.

Diplomats fear day-to-day crisis management on Gaza was diverting the United States and other Western governments from bigger issues like the goal of restarting peace negotiations for a Palestinian state.

In one case, Israel blocked for weeks a World Food Program (WFP) shipment of chickpeas, used to make the Palestinian food staple hummus, the U.N. food agency said.

“We’re certainly asking the Israelis questions about this,” a U.S. official said of the restrictions on what is allowed into Gaza.

A Western official said: “The Americans and international NGOs (non-governmental organizations) are raising their concerns… We’re protesting.”

Israel says it has opened Gaza’s border crossings to larger amounts of food and medicine since a January military offensive that killed about 1,300 Palestinians, destroyed 5,000 homes and left large swathes of the coastal enclave in ruins.

But U.S. and Western officials complain the limited list of humanitarian goods that Israel allows into Gaza changes almost daily, creating major logistical problems for aid groups and donor governments which are unable to plan ahead.

Protests have been made to Israel via diplomatic channels, and have increased since last week’s visit by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, U.S. and Western officials said.

“It is totally surreal,” one European diplomat said of Israeli decision-making. “One day we had 600 kg (1,300 pounds) of pasta at the Kerem Shalom crossing but they said, ‘Today, pasta can’t go in’.”

Another Western diplomat said: “It’s ever-changing. One week jam is okay and the next week it’s not.”

In addition to soap and toilet paper, the officials cited restrictions that come and go on imports of certain types of cheeses, toothbrushes and toothpaste.

Israeli defense official Peter Lerner said in response: “I’m not aware of any problems with toilet paper, toothpaste, dairy products … and other food stuffs. Basic necessities are being met and are going in on a daily basis.”

TRANSITIONAL STALL?

Diplomats said the current political transition in Israel was part of the problem, with many decisions on access to Gaza and demolitions in Arab East Jerusalem of Palestinian homes being taken by relatively low level bureaucrats that are slow to change and hard to influence.

The Jewish state held a parliamentary election on Feb 10 but rightist prime minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu is still in the process of forming a coalition government.

In addition to pushing for expanded humanitarian access to Gaza, the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama has protested the East Jerusalem demolition plans.

The European Union have also protested to Israel about access to Gaza and its actions in Jerusalem.

In a letter of response, obtained by Reuters, Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni and Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Israel was cooperating with international organizations and would keep Gaza’s border crossings open to humanitarian assistance “for exclusively civilian needs.”

Israel has long banned military equipment and most commercial goods from entering Gaza, and those restrictions may hinder a multibillion-dollar reconstruction plan backed by Western and Arab governments.

Chas Freeman on the zionist lobby

“The tactics of the Israel Lobby plumb the depths of dishonor and indecency and include character assassination, selective misquotation, the willful distortion of the record, the fabrication of falsehoods, and an utter disregard for the truth. The aim of this Lobby is control of the policy process through the exercise of a veto over the appointment of people who dispute the wisdom of its views, the substitution of political correctness for analysis, and the exclusion of any and all options for decision by Americans and our government other than those that it favors.

I have never lobbied any branch of our government for any cause, foreign or domestic. I am my own man, no one else’s, and with my return to private life, I will once again – to my pleasure – serve no master other than myself. I will continue to speak out as I choose on issues of concern to me and other Americans.”

At last, a courageous American: Chas Freeman slams parasitical zionazi control of the U.S.

Except that only those who have resigned their posts or withdrawn their candidacy are ever allowed or dare to speak the truth about the zionazi tentacles that stretch deep into every aspect of American foreign (and domestic) policy-making. But, at least there are still a few independent and brave minds left in america that dare speak out against zionazi agitation, agitation being one of the many tactics utilized by the zionazis in their quest to maintain their domination of the U.S and the whole world.

U.S. official slams Israel ‘lobby’ after withdrawing from post

Ha’aretz

Charles (Chas) Freeman, who was slated to be picked as the new chairman of the National Intelligence Council, slammed the Israel ‘Lobby’ Wednesday after withdrawing his candidacy for the post the previous day.

“I regret that my willingness to serve the new administration has ended by casting doubt on its ability to consider, let alone decide what policies might best serve the interests of the United States rather than those of a Lobby intent on enforcing the will and interests of a foreign government,” Freeman said in a statement to Foreign Policy.

Freeman’s withdrawal was announced in Washington by Dennis Blair, the director of National Intelligence. Since news of Freeman’s nomination, Jewish organizations have leveled criticism at the pick due to his history of opposition to Israel’s policies in the Palestinian territories.

He added that, “The outrageous agitation that followed the leak of my pending appointment will be seen by many to raise serious questions about whether the Obama administration will be able to make its own decisions about the Middle East and related issues.”

Some lawmakers protested about remarks he made in the past on Israeli “oppression” of Palestinians, and about China.

Freeman’s withdrawal came just hours after Blair defended him in Congress as a man of “strong views, of an inventive mind and the analytical point of view.”

“I think I can do a better job if I’m getting strong analytical viewpoints to sort out and pass on to you and to the president than if I am getting pre-cooked pablum judgments that don’t really challenge,” Blair told the Senate Armed Services Committee earlier on Tuesday.

The intelligence council that Freeman had been picked to head prepares the formal assessments by U.S. intelligence agencies of major issues such as Iran’s nuclear capability.

The council also produced a controversial, and inaccurate, prewar assessment in 2002 that Iraq was continuing its weapons of mass destruction programs. Former President George W. Bush’s main justification for the U.S.-led war he launched in 2003 was the threat of Iraqi weapons of mass destruction.

The National Intelligence Council position does not require Senate confirmation.

But Freeman’s past remarks on Israel and a comment seen as condoning China’s Tiananmen Square crackdown, have stirred controversy. He is quoted as saying in 2007 that “The brutal oppression of the Palestinians by Israeli occupation shows no sign of ending,” and “American identification with Israel has become total.”

Freeman’s professional ties had also come under scrutiny from critics. He had served on the board of the China National Offshore Oil Co. and as president of the Middle East Policy Council, a Washington think tank funded at least in part by Saudi Arabia.

Freeman is a former U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia and assistant secretary of defense for international security. He was also a senior U.S. diplomat in China in the 1980s.

26 years in zionist dungeons: kidnapped Iranian diplomats and the imminent prisoner exchange

The 4 Iranian diplomats who were kidnapped by ‘Israeli’-allied Lebanese Forces (headed by war criminal Samir Geagea who was welcomed in the White House not long ago) and handed over to ‘Israel’, are still alive despite being kept in zionist dungeons, tortured, and abused for the past 26 years. The question is: will they be coming home with all the Lebanese prisoners and Martyrs, and the large number of Palestinian and other Arab prisoners and Martyrs?

في الرابع من تموز المقبل تصادف ذكرى مرور 26 سنة على اختطاف الدبلوماسيين الايرانيين وهم، القائم بالأعمال محسن الموسوي، والملحق العسكري أحمد متوسليان، ومصور كاظم إخوان، وسائق السفارة تقي رستكار مقدم.
وتعتقد إيران أنهم ما زالوا أحياﺀ وأن ميليشيا القوات اللبنانية سلمتهم إلى” إسرائيل”.ا

وفي ذلك التاريخ من العام 1982 كان الجيش “الاسرائيلي” قد وصل الى مشارف بيروت، لذا اختلطت الروايات حول مصير الدبلوماسيين حيث اشار احد مرافقي الوزير السابق ايلي حبيقة المعروف بـ “كوبرا”، انهم قتلوا في مركز قيادة الامن في القوات في الكرنتينا في اليوم الثاني من اختطافهم، في الوقت الذي اكد بعض الشهود في شهادات موثقة، بحسب دبلوماسي ايراني في بيروت انهم كانوا احياﺀ في الكرنتينا في منتصف تموز من ذلك العام.ا

المعطيات المتوفرة لدى الايرانيين وانطلاقا من شهادات ووثائق لبنانية ومن داخل السجون “الاسرائيلية” ان الدبلوماسيين نقلوا الى داخل “اسرائيل” في ذلك العام وكل الشهادات التي قدمت لم تتوصل الى انهم قتلوا وان هناك ما يثبت ذلك، بما فيها الرواية التي تشير الى ان رفاتهم رميت بعد مدة في منطقة نائية في جبل لبنان.
الدبلوماسي الايراني في بيروت اكد ان اسرائيل لم تعلق على كل ما ورد في شان هذه القضية، فلم تنف ما تقدم من اتهامات بانها لا تزال تحتجزهم ولم تؤكدها كذلك، وهذا الموقف “الاسرائيلي” يزيد من قناعة الحكومة الايرانية بان “اسرائيل” معنية بهذا الملف.ا

يعتقد بعض المتابعين لما كان يجري في تلك المرحلة ان هذا الاختطاف كان احد اسباب حصول عمليات خطف لدبلوماسيين اجانب في بيروت، ويروي ان الطريقة التي تم فيها خطف الايرانيين اثناﺀ عودتهم عن طريق سورية الى بيروت عبر الحدود الشمالية، تمت رغم ان انتقالهم كان بحماية جهاز امن السفارات التابع لقوى الامن الداخلي، الذي لم يستطع حمايتهم.ا

وتشير المعلومات التي رشحت عن المفاوضات الجارية بين حزب الله و”اسرائيل” عبر الوسيط الالماني، الى ان الحزب قد وضع شرطا من ضمن شروط اتمام الصفقة، ان يتم تقديم معلومات تشير الى مصير الدبلوماسيين الاربعة، في مقابل الاصرار “الاسرائيلي” على ان يقدم حزب الله تقريرا يكشف مصير مساعد الطيار الاسرائيلي رون اراد الذي اسر في العام 1986 من قبل حركة امل، وما لبث بعد مدة ان فقد بعد انتقاله الى قبضة جهات قريبة من الايرانيين. وينفي المصدر الايراني ان تكون الحكومة الايرانية قد طلبت ادراج قضية دبلوماسييها في المفاوضات الجارية بين “اسرائيل” وحزب الله.ا

لكن ايران التي دأبت في السنوات الاخيرة على طرح هذا الملف بقوة في اكثر من منبر دولي مختص في حقوق الانسان، تولي دبلوماسيتها في بيروت اهتماما متزايدا برصد كل التفاصيل المرتبطة بعملية الخطف، كما باتت صور هؤلاﺀ الدبلوماسيين حاضرة في مختلف النشاطات التي تقوم بها الدبلوماسية الايرانية في بيروت، ويدرج هذا الملف في الاهتمامات الرئيسة لوزارة الخارجية الايرانية، وينفي الدبلوماسي نفسه الذي زار الاسير المحرر نسيم نسر في بلدته البازورية قبل ايام ان يكون الاخير قد قدم معلومات اضافية على هذا الصعيد.ا

في هذا السياق تستعد السفارة الايرانية في بيروت لاحياﺀ هذه الذكرى في الرابع من تموز المقبل، باحتفال يقام بالتعاون مع نقابة الصحافة اللبنانية، بمشاركة عائلات هؤلاﺀ الدبلوماسيين وهو احتفال قد يكون الاخير قبل انكشاف مصير هؤلاﺀ الدبلوماسيين، ويعتقد ان خلال هذا الحفل سيكون جزﺀ كبير من خبايا هذا الملف قد انكشف وقد يغلق هذا الملف. وربما قد يفتح على ملفات جديدة، هذا ما تقرره الوقائع في الايام القليلة المقبلة مع تنفيذ صفقة التبادل بين حزب الله و”اسرائيل”.ا