Tag Archive: Lebanon


… And Liking What They See

 

 

 

 

” Early in American Sniper, the title character, Chris Kyle, stares through his crosshairs at a woman and child who may be preparing an attack on American troops. Even when the woman hands the boy an RPG, Kyle waits to pull the trigger. In one particular theater, with “the entire audience on the edge of their seats,” patrons start screaming, encouraging Kyle to “Just shoot him!

  Where was this theater? Somewhere near a U.S. military base, maybe? Or perhaps in the heart of a red state? Actually, this packed theater, “full and rowdy,” is in the Mansour Mall, in Baghdad.

  As everybody knows, Clint Eastwood’s film has been a box-office smash, praised for its directing and its performances, and attacked as a work of bloodthirsty, racist, militarist propaganda. One of the few things about the film that has received little attention is that it has been playing well in the Middle East, including in Iraq.

  A piece at Global Post addresses audience reaction at one upscale Baghdad theater, though the article is dependent on a small handful of interviews. The story is credited to “Susannah George in Beirut and a journalist in Baghdad.” 

The film has also been drawing big crowds in Lebanon. Edited versions have opened in several Gulf states, with cuts to a scene involving the Quran. Jordanian censors originally rejected the film outright, though distributors plan to submit a re-edited version. “

 

 

Reason has more

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Lebanese Ice Bucket Challenge Has Morphed Into Burning Islamic State Flags

 

 

 

 

” Last weekend, several Lebanese activists started a trend which has since gained prominence under the hashtag #BurnISISFlagChallenge or #BurnISIS. The protesters burned an Islamic State flag in retaliation to the presumed beheading of a Lebanese officer, an idea which quickly motivated others to post similar pictures or videos.

  The self-perpetuating campaign follows the model of the well-known #IceBucketChallenge, and has found supporters on Twitter, Facebook and other social networks.

  Although having been praised by some Internet users, the campaign has been strongly criticized by the Lebanese justice minister who even called for “sternest punishments” for those who burned flags of the IS militant group last Saturday. In a statement, Ashraf Rifi declared it was necessary to “bring to justice those individuals who burned the ISIS flag in Sassine Square.” “

 

 

Washington Post

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dynamite Fishing in Lebanon! 

 

 

 

” Fishing with dynamite is illegal in Lebanon. These guys posted their video on their Facebook page, and will be found soon after that video was shown in the news.

From Wikipedia:
Blast fishing or dynamite fishing is the practice of using explosives to stun or kill schools of fish for easy collection. This often illegal practice can be extremely destructive to the surrounding ecosystem, as the explosion often destroys the underlying habitat (such as coral reefs) that supports marine life.”

… And Most DON’T Want The Face Covered

 

Survey: Chart shows how people from seven different countries with a majority-Muslim population believe women should dress

 

 

” The way Muslim women should dress in public has been a strongly debated topic in recent months.

  But a new study has now revealed what the citizens of different Muslim countries believe is appropriate female dress – and how widely views differ between them. 

  The survey was conducted across seven countries – Tunisia, Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Turkey – which all have a majority Muslim population.

  And the research from the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research found that most residents in these countries prefer women to cover their hair with a traditional hijab, al-Amira or head scarf rather than cover their entire face with a full burqa or niqab. “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rocket Fire On Hezbollah-Stronghold Brings Syria’s Civil War

Into TheHeart Of Lebanon

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Sunday’s rocket fire on Beirut signals to Hezbollah that if it openly fights on the side of the Assad regime and aids and abets the massacre of the regime’s opponents, someone will see to it that a response will hit the militant group’s home court.

Months of bloody fighting in northern and eastern Lebanon did not generate anywhere near the major chaos created by the two Grad Katyushas that fell on Sunday morning in the southern Beirut Shi’ite neighborhood of Dahiya, injuring four people. If proof was still needed, Lebanon is gradually sliding into the murderous civil war in Syria.

Exactly who launched the rockets is still not known, but there seems to be little difficulty in understanding the motives behind the act: As with previous attacks by the Syrian rebels and sympathetic Sunni Lebanese groups against Hezbollah targets in Lebanon, the rockets take the war in Syria right into the heart of Lebanon.”

 

 

    We say good on them . While we have no desire to support either the murderous Assad regime or the equally barbarous FSA , the more that they fight among themselves the less time the Muslims have to attack the West .

    Let’s face it , there is no side of good in the mess that is the Syrian civil war , nor in Libya ,or Egypt . Each side when finally done with killing the fellow Muslims will quickly return to terrorizing the West . Let them kill each other without our support . That is what we are continually told that they want … an end to western intervention . Give them their wish . 

  Crank up energy production here at home , rid ourselves of mideast oil dependence , destroy Iran’s nuclear capacity and leave the middle east once and for all . Let them have their sand , their barbarism and their Sharia . Muslims be damned .

 

 

 

 

U.S. Currently Fighting 74 Different Wars … That It Will Publicly Admit

 

 

 

 

 

” Linda J. Bilmes and Michael D. Intriligator, ask in a recent paper, “How many wars is the US fighting today?”

Citing a page at US Central Command’s (CENTCOM) website, they highlight the “areas of responsibility” publicly listed:

The US Central Command (CENTCOM) is active in 20 countries across the Middle Eastern region, and is actively ramping-up military training, counterterrorism programs, logistical support, and funding to the military in various nations. At this point, the US has some kind of military presence in Afghanistan, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, U.A.E., Uzbekistan, and Yemen.

US Africa Command (AFRICOM), according to the paper, “supports military-to-military relationships with 54 African nations.”

[Gosztola points out that the U.S. military is also conducting operations of one kind or another in Syrian, Jordan, South Sudan, Kosovo, Libya, Yemen, the Congo, Uganda, Mali, Niger and other countries.]

Altogether, that makes 74 nations where the US is fighting or “helping” some force in some proxy struggle that has been deemed beneficial by the nation’s masters of war.

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A Congressional Research Service (CRS) provides an accounting of all the publicly acknowledged deployments of US military forces

But those are just the public operations. “

 

 

 

 

 

 

IAF Strike In Syria Hit Iranian Guards

 

 

 

 

” Iraqi daily Azzaman quoted a Western diplomatic source as saying Thursday that the alleged Israeli attack on Syria reported on Wednesday caused heavy casualties among special Iranian Guards stationed at the Syrian facility. The source also said that the attack took place more than 48 hours before it was reported, eventually being leaked by Israel.

The source for the story, who was interviewed by the paper in London, said that the report about a strike on a convoy to Lebanon was probably meant to divert attention away from the main objective of the operation, which used F-16 aircraft to fire at least eight guided missiles at the facility.

The source also said that the base was heavily fortified and contained experts from Russia and at least three thousand Iranian Revolutionary Guards, who have been guarding the site for years. Many of these Iranian Guards suffered casualties.”