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It's August - but the news will not quit. Reutersgate update, at Pajamas. Another Reuters scam. God knows how many times this same distraught lady has lost a home in Lebanon? Ynet notes that the Qana thing was staged, and by now everyone knows about the ubiquitous Mr. Green Helmet.
Moslem London big wig copper blames Brit Moslem rage on Islamophobia. Has he been chatting with Al Sharpton?
An excellent - if slanted - review of Lebanon, and the role of Hez in their politics, appearing in this coming Sunday's NYT Magazine. One quote:
Hezbollah’s crowning moment came in May 2000, when Israeli forces withdrew from Lebanon after a 22-year presence. Refusing to accept the U.N.’s judgment that the withdrawal was complete, Hezbollah vowed to continue its ‘‘resistance.’’ While Hezbollah never quite made clear whether its resistance was ‘‘Lebanese’’ or ‘‘Islamic’’ in spirit (both terms were used interchangeably), this ambiguity went to the heart of the matter. Hezbollah simultaneously represented radical religious militancy and a peculiar sort of Lebanese patriotism, based on an existential struggle against Israel and the convenient ignoring of Syrian domination.