March 4, 2009

Hezbollah Scouts Out The Hague

A United Nations tribunal to investigate and put on trial the assassins of Lebanon’s former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri opened this week in The Hague, and Hezbollah has been caught running reconnaissance missions outside the grounds.

According to French newspaper Le Monde, Dutch police have caught individuals affiliated with Hezbollah taking photographs of the tribunal headquarters on three separate occasions. A Hezbollah spokesman denies the accusation, of course, and I might even believe him if the police didn’t insist it already happened three times. If one person were caught taking photographs, we might write this off as a fluke or a misunderstanding. Two separate incidents are harder to dismiss. Three make a pattern.

If anyone would have asked me a week ago if I thought Hezbollah might use or even threaten to use force against the tribunal I would have said no, and I would have said no with confidence. Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah desperately wants to be thought of as the leader of a “resistance” movement instead of a terrorist army. He spattered his own brand with blood when his fighters, along with armed men from Amal and the Syrian Social Nationalist Party, seized West Beirut with automatic weapons last year. But still, in recent years, he has only pointed and fired his weapons at Lebanese and Israelis. Westerners, even Jewish Westerners, have been strictly off limits.

Never forget, though, that Hezbollah has, in the past, used violence against people who are not Lebanese and who are not Israeli.

Until September 11, 2001, Hezbollah was responsible for killing more Americans than any other terrorist organization in the world. A Hezbollah suicide truck bomber killed 241 Marines when he rammed his payload through the gate at the barracks near the airport in the suburbs south of Beirut. Fifty eight French soldiers were killed by another Hezbollah suicide truck bomber in West Beirut two minutes later.

In 1994 another Hezbollah suicide bomber exploded himself and his vehicle outside a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and killed 85 people two years after the same group ignited a car bomb in front of the Israeli embassy there and killed 29.

Hezbollah men armed with pistols and hand grenades hijacked TWA Flight 847 from Athens to Rome in 1985, and cells led by Hezbollah commander Imad Mugniyeh kidnapped 96 foreign civilians – mostly Westerners – between 1982 and 1992. After they kidnapped Beirut’s CIA station chief William Buckley, they tortured him to death, and they did it on video.

Read the rest in Commentary Magazine.

Posted by Michael J. Totten at March 4, 2009 9:19 AM

It would of course be so very wrong to say, "Yes, do it, please do it!" because it would probably mean the deaths of innocents and perhaps a victory for terror.

OTOH it would surely be Col. Kurtz's "diamond bullet to the forehead" as a teachable moment, no?

OTTH, Holland is a "s--tty little country" too, right? The more so as they are one of the few of any use in AF.

An evil side of me wants 'em to blow up the joint and see the Europeans trying to figure out how to apologize and surrender some more. It really seems that people will not learn unless and until you blow them up or blow up something directly within their field of view.

But the really evil side beckons 'em to First Ave in the Forties. We really need the real estate back. And then we can see what President Obama is really made of.

Why does anybody even listen to these people? Why not just kill 'em on sight? Is it legal to offer say $5 apiece for their pelts?

Hostis humani generis, indeed!

Posted by: Nichevo Author Profile Page at March 4, 2009 5:36 PM

The Thunder Run has linked to this post in the blog post From the Front: 03/06/2009 News and Personal dispatches from the front and the home front.

Posted by: David M Author Profile Page at March 6, 2009 8:13 AM
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