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Hezbollah Delares War

Hezbollah's chief, Hassan Nasrallah, today declared open war on Israel. He said that because Israel has gone beyond the natural borders of the battlefield that Israelis are open for targeting all over the world.

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"You have killed Hajj Imad outside the natural battlefield," Hassan Nasrallah said, addressing Israel and referring to Hezbollah's longtime contention it only fights Israel within Lebanon and along their common border.

"You have crossed the borders," Nasrallah said in the fiery eulogy at Mughniyah's funeral in south Beirut. "With this murder, its timing, location and method - Zionists, if you want this kind of open war, let the whole world listen: Let this war be open."

A couple things seems to have slipped Nasrallah's mind. The first thing is that there is no proof that Israel had a thing to do with the assassination of Imad Mughniyah in Syria.
Another thing that he seems to have forgotten about is the 1994 bombing of the Jewish center in Argentina. That attack didn't kill a cold-blooded murderer but killed 85 and wounded approximately 300. In case Nasrallah isn't sharp on geography, someone needs to tell him that Argentina is not part of Lebanon.

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"Mughniyah's blood will lead to the elimination of Israel. These words are not an emotional reaction," he said, drawing roars from the crowd which raised fists into the air.

"In every future war there won't be one Imad [Mughniyah] or a few thousand fighters, but tens of thousand loyal fighters who are willing to die as martyrs," he warned.

Soon after he finished speaking, volleys of celebratory gunfire echoed around the city's southern suburbs.

Iran's Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki attended the funeral in Lebanon and offered condolences to the militant's family in a south Beirut hall.

Beirut was divided into two worlds on Thursday, separated by an abyss.
At 10 A.M., in the Martyrs Square in the center of town, thousands attended a rally marking three years since the assassination of former prime minister, Rafik Hariri. At 2 P.M., Hezbollah flexed its muscles during a mass funeral for Mughniyah.

Lebanon is a divided country, and its citizens have a sharpened sense of political awareness. The two events that were held on the same day in the same city were expected to turn into a competition over death: in which event will there be more participants?

Have you ever stopped and thought about the children who will never know the idea of a childhood as we Westerners think of the concept? In Israel, children are painfully aware of the need for bomb shelters and, at such a tender age, are more aware of mortality than they should. In Lebanon, children are taught to hate, to want to kill and to look forward to being a martyr. Here, we have two events on the same day. One to memorialize the death of one person and the other is a funeral of another. Hundreds of thousands of people will be at these events. How many children will be at Mughniyah's funeral, shouting death chants about Israel and the U.S.?

By the way, let's not forget who this "martyr" is. Starting his violent career out as a sniper on the Green Line in Beirut shooting Christians on the other side, Imad Mughniyah was destined to do much more. He was linked to kidnappings and murders, such as the kidnapping of Teri Anderson and the kidnapping and killing of William Buckley, was responsible for the attacks on the Marine barracks in Lebanon as well as the highjacking of a plane on which he killed a U.S. navy diver who was travelling on the plane. After killing the sailor, he dumped his body out of the plane and onto the tarmac.

This man was no hero but a cold-blooded murderer.
By Thomas_Crowne: posted on 15-2-2008

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