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Laycock, HenryView Profile. The Globe and Mail [Toronto, Ont] 31 July 2006: A.12.

The people of Canada have every right to expect from their Prime Minister a categorical denunciation of the war c...
letters_to_the_editor  2006  Lebanon  Israel  Hezbollah 
march 2013 by jerryking
Let's make a deal
August 2, 2006 | G&M | Patrick Martin
Hezbollah  Lebanon  2006  Israel  ceasefires 
march 2013 by jerryking
Is this a bias I see before me? - The Globe and Mail

From Monday's Globe and Mail

Published Monday, Jul. 31 2006,
Lebanon  biases  Hezbollah  human_rights  anti-Israel  anti-Semitism 
march 2013 by jerryking
Hezbollah: A history of violence
Feb. 05 2013 | The Globe and Mail |by PATRICK MARTIN
Hezbollah  history  Patrick_Martin 
february 2013 by jerryking
Amid Ties to Iran, Hezbollah Builds Its Own Identity -
July 21, 2006 | WSJ | By JAY SOLOMON in Beirut, Lebanon, and KARBY LEGGETT.
Shiite Group's Leader Vows Defiance After Israeli Hit; A Gift for Propaganda 'Frighteningly Professional'

Hezbollah quickly became the leading force in combating Israeli and U.S. influence in the region. After U.S. Marines occupied Lebanon in an attempt to enforce a United Nations-sponsored peace agreement between warring Lebanese factions, Hezbollah carried out a string of kidnappings and suicide bombings against American targets in Beirut and elsewhere. In October 1983, a Hezbollah bomber killed more than 241 Marines in a suicide attack on the Americans' barracks in Beirut. It was the largest terrorist attack on U.S. citizens at that time.
Iran  Hezbollah  Lebanon  Shiites  USMC  propoganda 
june 2012 by jerryking
Honest brokering is nice work -- if you can get it -
11 Aug 2006 | The Globe and Mail A.17 | by Clifford Orwin.

Doubtless, there are dishonest brokers, but it pays to be an honest one. It's only if parties see you as honest that they'll choose to deal through you. And you have no reason to favour either party: Wheat or rye, bauxite or bdellium, it's all the same to you. Broker a deal that makes the parties happy, pocket your percentage, and you'll be happy, too. One of them may be unhappy tomorrow, but that's his worry: Your commission is non-refundable.
ProQuest  Clifford_Orwin  Lebanon  2006  Hezbollah  Iran  Israel 
june 2012 by jerryking
The New Cold War
May 14, 2008 | New York Times | By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN.

The next president is going to be a cold-war president — but this cold war is with Iran...As the May 11 editorial in the Iranian daily Kayhan put it, “In the power struggle in the Middle East, there are only two sides: Iran and the U.S.”

For now, Team America is losing on just about every front. How come? The short answer is that Iran is smart and ruthless, America is dumb and weak, and the Sunni Arab world is feckless and divided...Ehud Yaari, one of Israel’s best Middle East watchers, calls “Pax Iranica.” In his April 28 column in The Jerusalem Report, Mr. Yaari pointed out the web of influence that Iran has built around the Middle East — from the sway it has over Iraq’s prime minister, Nuri al-Maliki, to its ability to manipulate virtually all the Shiite militias in Iraq, to its building up of Hezbollah into a force — with 40,000 rockets — that can control Lebanon and threaten Israel should it think of striking Tehran, to its ability to strengthen Hamas in Gaza and block any U.S.-sponsored Israeli-Palestinian peace.

“Simply put,” noted Mr. Yaari, “Tehran has created a situation in which anyone who wants to attack its atomic facilities will have to take into account that this will lead to bitter fighting” on the Lebanese, Palestinian, Iraqi and Persian Gulf fronts. That is a sophisticated strategy of deterrence...Alas, the right question for the next president isn’t whether we talk or don’t talk. It’s whether we have leverage or don’t have leverage.

When you have leverage, talk. When you don’t have leverage, get some — by creating economic, diplomatic or military incentives and pressures that the other side finds too tempting or frightening to ignore.
Lebanon  Iran  U.S.foreign_policy  Tom_Friedman  nuclear  Hezbollah  incentives  deterrence  Middle_East  Mideast_Peace  Cold_War  leverage  ruthlessness  influence  Palestinian  Iraq  Persian_Gulf  multiple_stressors  grand_strategy 
january 2012 by jerryking
Israel, Iran and Hezbollah -
NOVEMBER 19, 2011 | WSJ | By NICHOLAS BLANFORD. Hezbollah Waits and Prepares
With new tensions over Iran's nuclear program, the militant group stands ready to retaliate against Israel...The rate of recruitment into Hezbollah's ranks has soared. New recruits are bused to secret training camps in the Bekaa Valley, where they endure lengthy marches over the craggy limestone mountains carrying backpacks weighed down with rocks. They learn fieldcraft and weapons handling, and some go on to receive advanced training in Iran. The military instruction is interspersed with religious and cultural lessons, teaching them the importance of jihad, martyrdom and obedience to Hezbollah's religious figurehead, currently embodied by Ayatollah Ali Khameini, the supreme leader of Iran.

Hezbollah never divulges details of its ever-improving military capabilities, but reports claim that the organization has amassed as many as 50,000 rockets, including guided missiles that can strike targets in Tel Aviv. Hezbollah fighters have repeatedly hinted that they are being trained to slip across the border into Israel in the next war, a development to which Sheikh Nasrallah himself referred for the first time in a speech earlier this year.
Hezbollah  Israel  Iran  retaliation  IAEA  Lebanon 
november 2011 by jerryking
Canada can help stop this march to the abyss
Aug 1, 2006 | The Globe and Mail pg. A.15 | Michael Ignatieff

Hezbollah's strategy is to lure Israel into an escalation of violence that will radicalize the Arab world and cause Israel to lose its remaining international support. The terrible tragedy in Qana, which claimed more than 50 lives, is thus a victory for Hezbollah. But that is not all. Hezbollah then hopes to draw Israel into a wider conflict that would result in its ultimate destruction. In this terrible struggle, Israel cannot win, Hezbollah cannot lose and Lebanon perishes.
ProQuest  Michael_Ignatieff  Lebanon  Israel  Hezbollah  Canada  legitimacy  Arab-Muslim_world  Middle_East 
october 2011 by jerryking
Iranian Plot to Assassinate Saudi Arabian ambassador to the U.S. was uncharacteristically unskilled - TIME
Oct. 12, 2011 | TIME | By Robert Baer.

According to the Department of Justice indictment, an Iranian-American used-car salesman attempted to recruit a Mexican drug cartel to carry out the hit. Other parts of the plan included bombing the Israeli embassy in Washington, as well as the Israeli and Saudi embassies in Argentina. The Iranian was willing to pay the cartel assassins $1.5 million to murder the Saudi ambassador.

...The other man in the plot, a member of the Quds Force, a secretive special forces unit of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, remains at large.(Read "Did Iran Hire Narcos as Assassins?")

Before examining these claims, it's helpful to remember what we know about the Iranian unit implicated in the indictment: The Quds Force was responsible for the truck bombing the Marine barracks in Beirut. It was behind most of the kidnappings in Lebanon in the 1980s, including that of CIA station chief Bill Buckley. It organized the 1992 and1994 bombings of the Israeli embassy and cultural centers in Buenos Aires, as well as Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia. And most recently, it undoubtedly was behind the execution of five American soldiers in Karbala, Iraq in 2007. In other words, the Quds Force has been happy to target the United States, Israel, and Saudi Arabia.

Read more:,8599,2096747,00.html#ixzz1al73dpql
Iran  Washington_D.C.  assassinations  Hezbollah  Iranians  Quds_Force  Revolutionary_Guards  Saudis  Qassim_Suleimani 
october 2011 by jerryking
Being Hassan Nasrallah -
JULY 18, 2006 | | By BRET STEPHENS. Nasrallah is the
secretary general of Hezb Allah, or Party of God, which holds 14 of
parliament's 128 seats, including a seat in the cabinet. He provoked the
2006 war with Israel....Hezbollah's political future. Here's a fact
about Lebanon that many people would rather forget: The birth rate among
Shiites averages between eight and nine per household. By contrast,
Sunni households produce about five children, while Christians and Druze
average two. Yet Lebanon's antiquated "confessional" political system,
based in part on a 1932 census, gives Christians half the seats in
parliament (as well as the presidency), while Shiites, who may already
be a majority, are allotted only 27 seats. Is this "democratic"?
Nasrallah thinks not. For years, his political strategy has been to
consolidate Hezbollah's position among Shiites and co-opt the
ever-weakening Christians in a common alliance against the Sunnis.
Lebanon  Israel  2006  Hezbollah  Hassan_Nasrallah  Bret_Stephens  demographic_changes  Shiites 
april 2011 by jerryking
Ahmadinejad's Successful Publicity Tour in Lebanon
Oct 14 2010 | The Atlantic | Ruthie Ackerman. See comments /1 & /2
Ahmadinejad  Iran  Lebanon  Hezbollah  provocations  2006 
october 2010 by jerryking
Why Is Everything Such a Surprise? -
AUGUST 3, 2006 | Wall Street Journal | by CHRISTOPHER HITCHENS
Christopher_Hitchens  Israel  Lebanon  Hezbollah  2006 
may 2009 by jerryking
Israel's Secret War With Iran -
MAY 16, 2009 | Wall Street Journal | by RONEN BERGMAN. Article
details recent successes of the Israeli intelligence community but
concludes that there remain limits to the utility of intelligence.
Israel  security_&_intelligence  Iran  Syria  Hezbollah  Hamas  Mossad  covert_operations 
may 2009 by jerryking
Hezbollah as 'a hot cell for innovation'Why our intentions 'don't just fail, they backfire'
Apr 19, 2009 | Toronto Star | Lynda Hurst.

we're still using anachronistic ideas to hold together a global order that no longer exists. A revolution is in progress where the unthinkable all too readily becomes the inevitable.

The result? More – and more dangerous – reversals of intent and outcome.

"What's happening today is that our intentions don't just fail, they backfire on us," says the Beijing-based geo-strategy analyst. "We deliver the opposite of what we intend because we so misunderstand the way the system now works."

The "war on terrorism" creates even more terrorists. The attempt to build a risk-proof financial system produces more risks than anyone is able to foresee. The bid to spread capitalism across the globe widens the chasm between rich and poor. The effort to contain nuclear proliferation leads to rogue states such as North Korea and Iran playing gimme-gimme games (or maybe not) with the final option.

Think Mikhail Gorbachev setting out only to reform the Soviet Union, but instead triggering its downfall, which in turn leads the U.S. to conclude its values have won the Cold War. Not so, Ramo says. Or George W. Bush reckoning he can inject democracy into Iraq and, presto, out comes peace: "Absurd in the extreme."

The new rules are
still being formed. They will be based on one central premise: countless
variations in the scheme of things will continue to occur at warp
speed, and adapting to them equally as quickly will be crucial. The
unpredictable demands of constant newness can immobilize institutions,
however, not just individuals. It can blind them to unsprung traps,
freeze once-honed navigation skills. The structure of the U.S. State
Department has barely changed since the end of World War II.

Governments can't prepare for everything in the future, but they can
build resilience into their systems. Real power will be the ability to
come back strong after an unexpected shock. That will mean persistently
assessing the big picture, not just its component pieces.
new_normal  uncertainty  Joshua_Cooper_Ramo  geopolitics  unpredictability  resilience  21st._century  adaptability  managing_uncertainty  Hezbollah  unintended_consequences  unexpected  political_power  accelerated_lifecycles  U.S._State_Department  immobilize  paralyze  constant_change  revenge_effects  rogue_actors  unthinkable  misunderstandings  Cambrian_explosion  iterations  Octothorpe_Software  Mikhail_Gorbachev  the_big_picture  warp_speed  financial_system 
may 2009 by jerryking
Keeping up with the Chavezes
February 1, 2007 | WSJ | op-ed by Francis Fukuyama. It points
out that Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Hezbollah’s Hassan Nasrallah and
Venezuela’s Hugo Chávez all have activist social agendas. The NGOs in
this group run schools and clinics directly. Chávez opened clinics
staffed with Cuban doctors in poor barrios throughout Venezuela;
Hezbollah has provided social services for years and is now in the
business of using Iranian money to rebuild homes in the devastated south
of Lebanon.
Hezbollah  USAID  anti-Americanism  social_policy  Iran  Ahmadinejad  Hugo_Chávez 
march 2009 by jerryking
Hezbollah's intent
Aug 31, 2006. pg. A.16 The Globe and Mail. Toronto, Ont.:
letter to the editor by Brian G. Segal. In 2002, Hezbollah's leader,
Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, openly stated: "If they [Jews] all gather in
Israel, it will save us the trouble of going after them worldwide."
Furthermore, 10..
letters_to_the_editor  Lebanon  Hezbollah  anti-Israel  anti-Semitism 
march 2009 by jerryking
Canada's Liberals are pulling a George Washington
12/08/06 G&M op-ed by MARK MILKE condeming Liberal party tendencies to seek neutrality in
the Hezbollah-Israeli war of summer 2006.
History  op-ed  Hezbollah  neutrality  Canadian  Liberals  isolationism 
march 2009 by jerryking
(1) Two confusions, and counting (2) How do we thwart the modern version of the Persian?
August 23rd, 2006 | Globe&Mail | Jeffrey Simpson. (1) Two confusions, and counting
(2) How do we thrwart the modern version of the Persian?
Iran  Hezbollah  geopolitics  Jeffrey_Simpson  multiculturalism  filetype:pdf  media:document 
march 2009 by jerryking
Black-hearted equations
G&M lletter to the editor posted on September 14, 2006 by reader RENA SHESKIN
letters_to_the_editor  Israel  Lebanon  Hezbollah  moral_equivalencies 
february 2009 by jerryking

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