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Is there a way for them both to lose?

Is there a way for them both to lose?

From The Daily Star in Lebanon, one of the best websites for news about what’s happening there and in Syria, Three Hezbollah fighters, 12 Syrian rebels killed in clashes:

Three Hezbollah fighters and 12 Syrian rebels were killed in fierce battles near Syria’s border with Lebanon, security sources said Sunday, as the Syrian opposition accused the party of “military intervention” in the neighboring country’s bloody conflict.

The fighting, the worst near the border with Lebanon since the uprising erupted in Syria nearly two years ago, underlined Hezbollah’s increasing involvement in the Syrian crisis. It also renewed fears of the Syrian conflict between government troops and opposition groups fighting to topple the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad spilling over into Lebanon.

“In the past two days, 12 Syrian rebels were killed and 30 wounded, while three Hezbollah members were killed and 14 others were wounded in battles,” a Lebanese security source told The Daily Star.

From Now Lebanon, another good site, Hezbollah conducting ground offensives in Syria, rebels say:

Free Syrian Army spokesperson Louay al-Moqdad said that the Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah has been coordinating with the Syrian army and is now waging ground offensives inside Syria.

“For the first time [Hezbollah] is conducting ground offensives [in Qusayr] with the help of the arsenal stationed in Syrian villages and Lebanese border-towns that are under its control,” Moqdad said in remarks published by An-Nahar newspaper on Monday.

He added that the military operations of Hezbollah were lead by two of its officials, Mustafa Badreddine Din and Wafiq Safa.

Badreddine was indicted by the Special Tribunal for Lebanon for involvement in the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri.


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While I’m not proud about having reached this point, I hope that the conflict lasts for decades with heavy casualties every day on both sides.

    David Yotham in reply to Rick. | February 18, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    Yes, I understand – and agree fully. Although I do hope they’re better at killing each other than they’ve proven so far. Decades is a long time – I would settle for 5-10 years with lots of financial treasure from Russia & Iran evaporating in the process.

Not enough hezbollah scum were sent to their 72 virgin goats.

“Is there a way for them both to lose?”

Call in the Israelis for close-air support…?

This is good news. Let them kill each other and spare the American taxpayer’s bomb, bullets, and Guantanamo lemon chicken fees.

The truly sad part of all this is there are so many innocent, decent, hard-working civilians in Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, and Iran who have been subjected to so many decades of despotism and barbarism.

For them, no relief is in sight any time soon.

    BannedbytheGuardian in reply to Estragon. | February 18, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    Oh they love it. 5000 years & counting.

    They have always been very political societies .

    That they have the fight still in them is preferable to the sand lizards to their east .

I R A Darth Aggie | February 18, 2013 at 4:02 pm

Of course there is.

Give the rebels a bit of support, mostly bullets and beans. When they start getting the upper hand, pull the support and give Assad the bullets and beans.

Rinse. Lather. Repeat. Bit of bummer if you’re a civilian caught in the crossfire. I hear that Turkey is lovely this time of the year…

As much as I have mixed feelings about our time spent in Iraq and Afghanistan, the one definite positive I can think of is that a lot of wannabee jihadi’s went there and assumed room temperature. At least while the ROE was fairly open.

    Uncle Samuel in reply to I R A Darth Aggie. | February 18, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    Turkey is lovely for male visitors, but not if you are a female.

    Even the Peace Corps has stopped their programs in Islamic hell-holes. Too many young white women raped and/or murdered.

Islam is stuck in the movie scenario of Ground Hog Day – no Spring – they just live the same continual Winter of war century after century. (from Dan Greenfield/Sultan Knish)

Their only source of recreation is raping, bombing, burning, pillaging and rioting.

As for the Syrian conflict – it’s the same as the Libyan and other current Islamic conflicts, the ‘protestors’ ‘rebels’ and others are made up of Islamists from every Islamic nation and some Western nations (UK, US, Canada, etc.).

Here’s a quote from Dan Greenfield’s, ‘The Road to Damascus’ –

“Forget the Grand Prix or the Daytona 500, the real race right now is the race to Damascus. The racers include Syrian rebels in pickup trucks with mounted machine guns and homemade tanks, toting weapons and equipment supplied and paid for by Qatar and Turkey, and more covertly by the British and French intelligence services. Racing along with them are carloads of international diplomats urging their governments to give the militias more money and more weapons.” […] “The Iranian Revolutionary Guard and Hezbollah’s militias out of Lebanon are shooting at Al Qaeda and Muslim Brotherhood militias from across the Middle East and even Europe in one of those unique displays of family entertainment that you wish would go on forever, but that won’t, because despite the Hasish-fed bravado, supplemented with meth from Iran’s top laboratories, the whole shooting match only as long as it takes the side with the weakest bladders to run away, and then both sides brag about their great victory on YouTube and Facebook.”

Only difference between this year’s Islamic conflicts and those of yesteryear is the technology.

[…] The fighting in Syria has not only approached Israel’s borders, but equally as important, is embroiling Lebanon via Hezbollah, who have been involving themselves in the fighting in Syria, to the extent of conducting ground offences there. (h/t Legal Insurrection): […]