Monday, July 24, 2006
Some clarifying comments from Hezbollah
Today's Washington Post had a story of a Hezbollah press conference that provides some clarity amid all the diplospeak about `ceasefires'. Highlighting this even more is that the statements made to reporters took place at a conference in Iran attended by the Tehran-based representative of the Palestinian group Hamas,the Iranians and the ambassadors from Lebanon, Syria and the Palestinian Authority in Tehran.
Hossein Safiadeen, Hezbollah's representative in Iran echoed Hezbollah leader Sheik Nasrallah's statements that Hezbollah would widen its attacks on Israel until "no place" is safe for Israelis.
"We are going to make Israel not safe for Israelis. There will be no place they are safe," Safiadeen told a conference that included the Tehran-based representative of the Palestinian group Hamas and the ambassadors from Lebanon, Syria and the Palestinian Authority.Those attending Monday's conference also included a top Iranian Foreign Ministry official and Gen. Mirfaisal Bagherzadeh of Iran's Revolutionary guards.
"You will see a new Middle East in the way of Hezbollah and Islam, not in the way of Rice and Israel."
"We will expand attacks," he said. "The people who came to Israel, (they) moved there to live, not to die. If we continue to attack, they will leave."
"This war will be remembered as the beginning of the end for Israel," Safiadeen said.
The Palestinian ambassador, Salah Zavavi, also weighed in and said he believes the chances for a comprehensive political solution have passed.
"The resistance groups will not accept a political end to this," Zavavi said. "They will not put down their weapons."
This is an existential war between Israel and people that do not want `negotiations', but Israel's destruction. I hope the Israelis realize that. And I hope President Bush and Condaleeza Rice realize that it isn't just the Israelis Hezbolah, the Palestinians and the Iranians are talking about.
In such things the Jews are historically merely the preliminary targets.
One of the things war does,like elections, is to provide clarity. It's well past time to take sides in this war and to understand the implications of those choices.
In other words, distasteful as it maybe to some people, this is a war on us as well as on the Jews.