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Father Roy writes: There’s an interesting article from Ha’aretz pasted below.  Let’s take a closer look at Hezbollah.  Have you noticed?  There’s something about Muslim Militant Groups that’s refreshingly honest.  Muslim Militant Groups tend to take responsibility for their militant activities.  Not so with the CIA.  Not so with the Mossad.  Muslim Militants generally don’t engage in covert activities such as false flag operations.  I’m not making an unpatriotic statement here.  I’m merely suggesting that all of us should consider the speck and the mote before we presume to pass judgement on our neighbors.  Because hypocrisy does not facilitate the peace process.

Israeli aircraft penetrate Lebanon’s air space all the time: israeli planes lebanon airspace – AOL Search Results.  It was Hezbollah … in the year 2000 … that ended Israel’s 18-year occupation of the southern 1/10th. of Lebanon.  Hezbollah is an integral part of Lebanon’s government now.  Israel still occupies Sheeba Farms.  Bibi wants the EU to put Hezbollah on their list of terrorist organizations as the US has done.  The EU has resisted doing that … so far.

Is everybody on the mailing list aware that Hezbollah maintains a vast social services network?  hezbollah social services network – AOL Search Results.   Please read on … about the drone.

Peace,Roy

Hezbollah chief claims responsibility for drone that entered Israeli airspace

Nasrallah says drone aircraft flew over ‘sensitive installations’ and was shot down near the Dimona nuclear reactor.

Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah on Thursday claimed responsibility for a drone that was shot down by Israel after it had entered its airspace last week.

Israeli officials had previously hinted that the drone might have been the work of the Shiite movement, which is believed to have advanced Iranian weapons and has sent drones over Israel in the past.

Nasrallah said on Thursday the drone aircraft which his group sent into Israel was shot down near the Dimona nuclear reactor.

“The drone flew over sensitive installations inside southern Palestine,” he said in a televised speech.

“The Resistance in Lebanon (Hezbollah) sent a sophisticated reconnaissance drone from Lebanon toward the [Mediterranean] Sea … before it entered [Israeli airspace] and hovered over many important locations before it was discovered by the Israeli air force,” Nasrallah said in a televised speech on the movement’s al-Manar television.

He said the unarmed drone was not Russian made, but Iranian and was assembled in Lebanon

“The drone managed to arrive in an area close to the Dimona plant,” Nasrallah said.

The Hezbollah chief said that the main achievement of the drone was to fly that far in an area secured by U.S.-Israeli air defense systems.

“We will leave it for the Israelis to sit down and discover the drone’s abilities … We are only revealing part of our capabilities and concealing many others,” Nasrallah added.

The United Nations peacekeeping force in Lebanon denied earlier this week that the drone had come from Lebanon.

Earlier Thursday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Hezbollah of sending the drone.

In a statement from his office, Netanyahu said during a tour of the southern frontier with Egypt that Israel would “act with determination to defend its borders”, just as “we thwarted over the weekend Hezbollah’s attempt” to penetrate Israeli airspace.

Under surveillance by Israeli fighter jets, it was shot down on Saturday over a forest near the West Bank.

On Saturday, the Israeli Air Force shot down an unidentified aerial vehicle that penetrated Israel’s airspace.

The IDF said Saturday that the drone arrived in Israel from the west after flying over the Mediterranean and the Gaza Strip.

After the drone traveled east some 35 miles (56 km) across Israel’s southern Negev desert, the drone was shot down above a forest in an unpopulated area near the border with the West Bank, the IDF spokesperson said.

On at least one previous occasion, Hezbollah has launched a drone into Israel across its northern border with Lebanon.

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Some folks honestly believe that Julian Assange is doing the world a great service.  Let’s examine the matter for ourselves.  It’ll help us understand the situation in Syria.  The article pasted below (highlights mine) was published in the Jerusalem Post.   Ha’aretz covered the story, also, and included a highly controversial video: Julian Assange interviews Hezbollah chief (28:00)  Peace, Roy 

Assange interviews Nasrallah in new TV program

By JPOST.COM… STAFF

04/17/2012 16:42

Hezbollah leader speaks with WikiLeaks founder about group’s support of Assad, engagement with Syria rebels.

Hezbollah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah
Photo: REUTERS/ Ali Hashisho

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange premiered his new television show on Tuesday with an exclusive interview with the outspoken but largely elusive Sayyid Hassan Nasrallah, Lebanese Hezbollah’s secretary-general.

During the interview – which was Assange’s first for his new program on the Kremlin-funded English-language Russia Television, The World Tomorrow – the Hezbollah leader rejected claims that the group, recognized as a terrorist group by Israel, the United States, Canada and the Netherlands, fires rockets towards Israeli civilians and towns.

Speaking with Assange via video feed and seated in front of a blue curtain and the Lebanese and Hezbollah flags, Nasrallah explained that Hezbollah began "reacting" to "Israeli aggression" following the "resistance years" between 1982 and 1992, "strictly to stop Israel from shelling our civilians." He said Israel has been "shelling Lebanese civilians since 1948," when the Jewish state was founded.

Today, Nasrallah continued, Hezbollah and Israel have an "understanding" whereby both sides agree not to fire on civilian targets. He referred to a 1993 US-negotiated ceasefire between Israel and the Lebanese group which ended a flare-up of hostilities between the two sides, which was reaffirmed in a written ceasefire in 1996.

"That understanding makes sure both sides don’t fire at civilians," Nasrallah said.

The Hezbollah leader explained to Assange, who sat next to a translator in a television studio, how the group’s fighters are able to outsmart Israel’s "sophisticated technology, weapons and communications."

"The resistance is popular," he said. "Most of the men in it are village boys, from small towns and agricultural communities."

He explained that the "code" used by the group’s members to confuse the IDF is "simply the use of slang from their villages – from their families."

"Anyone listening trying to decode the language will not easily be able to find out what they mean," Nasrallah said, smiling as he recited "code" such as "cooking pot" and "donkey."

Hezbollah periodically claims to out Israeli spies within its ranks, and uncover Israeli espionage equipment stashed in southern Lebanon, the terrorist group’s stronghold, while Israel decries the terrorist group’s use of Lebanese villages and populated areas to hide weapons.

While Hezbollah’s "resistance" to Israel is carried out via paramilitary operations, the group has worked for years to build political clout in Lebanon, and today boasts 12 members in the March 8 Alliance, Lebanon’s ruling coalition.

Underling such regional political influence, the Hezbollah leader spoke extensively about his group’s attempts to encourage the armed opposition in neighboring Syria to work with Syrian President Bashar Assad, whom Hezbollah supports.

Nasrallah reiterated his group’s support for the Assad regime, despite strong international and Arab objection to the Syrian president’s violent handling of the anti-government opposition.

Hezbollah, along with Iran and Russia, have been the most outspoken supporters of Assad as he continues for over a year to battle rebels demanding he step down. The Syrian conflict has resulted in the deaths of more than 9,000 people, according to the United Nations.

Still, while Nasrallah recognized that both Assad and the opposition may have crossed "red lines," he said Hezbollah “hasn’t backed down in the face of Israeli and American pressure" and shifted alliances.

Hezbollah encouraged armed rebels to engage in a dialogue with Damascus, an offer that the opposition refused.

As long as the doors to a political solution are closed, Nasrallah warned, then the fighting will continue.

Nasrallah explained that Hezbollah’s support of Assad was rooted in the Syrian president’s service to the "Palestinian cause." He insisted that Damascus is "willing to undergo reforms and prepared for dialogue," and added that Hezbollah would happily fulfill the role of an external arbiter between Assad and the opposition.