Understanding Hezbollah’s history as a ‘proxy of Iran’

A view of the damage to the U.S. Embassy after the bombing. April 1983. Iran and Its proxy Hezbollah were accused of being behind the bombing that killed 63 people, mostly embassy staff members and several soldiers. The top U.S. court ruled that $2 billion in frozen Iranian assets must be paid to American victims of attacks blamed on Tehran.
A view of the damage to the U.S. Embassy after the bombing. April 1983. Iran and Its proxy Hezbollah were accused of being behind the bombing that killed 63 people, mostly embassy staff members and several soldiers. The top U.S. court ruled that $2 billion in frozen Iranian assets must be paid to American victims of attacks blamed on Tehran.

*By: Tony Duheaume

During the early days of the Iranian regime, one man who had spent his entire career in the IRGC, who was devoutly committed to his military role as senior commander, had stood out more than most amongst his peers as a resolute leader, and this man was Hossein Dehghan.

After Israel had invaded Lebanon in 1982, Dehghan, who was dedicated to the Iranian Revolution, and would later become Hassan Rouhani’s defence minister, left Tehran for active service there. After arriving in Lebanon, Dehghan worked alongside other military commanders to establish a fighting force that would be powerful enough to hit back at the Israeli invader, which eventually named itself Hezbollah (Party of God).

It was during his stint in Lebanon, Dehghan received orders from Tehran to carry out an attack against the multinational peacekeeping forces stationed in Beirut. On October 23, 1983, under the watchful eye of Dehghan, an Iranian suicide bomber named Ismalal Ascari drove a 19 ton Mercedes explosively-laden truck, containing an equivalent of six tons of TNT, through a barbed wire fence, and travelling past two guard posts, he trundled across a courtyard, driving the truck into the lobby of the 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regimental Battalion Landing Team barracks in Beirut, situated at Beirut International Airport.

The barracks housed US Marines that were part of a multi-national peacekeeping force, who were sleeping at the time, and as a result of the devastating blast, the four-story building housing them had collapsed into a heap of rubble, killing 220 marines, 18 sailors and three soldiers.

Then minutes later, before the dust had even settled, a second truck bomb was driven into the underground car park of a separate building, in the Ramlet al-Baida area of West Beirut, which housed French paratroopers, and the resulting blast killed 58 soldiers of the 1st Parachute Chasseur Regiment. From the amount of damage the bombs had caused, it was estimated that the explosives were equivalent to 9,525 kg (21,000) of TNT.

At the time of the attacks, a relatively unknown group calling itself “Islamic Jihad” had claimed responsibility for the bombings, but right from the start the Americans suspected the fledgling terror group Hezbollah had committed the atrocities, carried out at the behest of Iran and Syria.

Pulling strings

Hezbollah didn’t even admit to its existence until 1985, in its early years it was suspected of using the alias of Islamic Jihad, and was run by Imad Mughniyeh, who became notorious for the amount of attacks he eventually carried out in both the Middle East and the West, during his term as commander of Hezbollah. While leading the terror group, Mughniyeh was often spotted in both Iran and Syria, and was bankrolled by the mullahs, until his assassination by a car bomb in Syria on February 12, 2008.

During the 1980s, with the Quds Force still pulling its strings, Hezbollah continued to be a subservient proxy of Iran, and the regime often used it to carry out terrorist attacks, which allowed the mullah leadership the opportunity to claim plausible deniability to. As time went on, Hezbollah became a crucial wing of Iran’s overseas terror capabilities, with it having become obvious to the regime at an early stage, that by using its proxies to carry out the operational side of its attacks on foreign soil, it would leave its own military forces clear of any blame through lack of evidence, and the more the mullahs were getting away with mass murder, the bolder they became.

As acts of terror continued across the globe throughout the 1980s, a series of atrocities were placed at the door of Hezbollah, which included the 1983 hijacking of a TWA airliner, a series of fatal bombings in Paris killing 12 people, a series of kidnapping, tortures and murders of US, citizens in Lebanon throughout the 1980s; on a list that was forever growing during that era.

As far as Hezbollah’s terrorist activities were concerned, not even the likes of Hassan Rouhani, Iran’s current “moderate” president, could claim that he was exempt from blame. Rouhani himself was tainted by the deaths of dozens of people, as during the 1990s, when he was national security advisor to the then President of Iran, Hashemi Rafsanjani, two very devastating terrorist attacks took place, instigated by the Qods Force, both of which he was certain to have been linked to.

The first of these attacks took place March 17, 1992, when Rafsanjani was alleged to have ordered the truck bombing of the Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires, when a 1985 Ford pickup truck containing approximately 225-340kg of TNT exploded near the front entrance of the embassy, destroying much of the building’s facade, killing twenty-nine people. Then two years later, on July 18, 1994, in the same city, the bombing of the Argentine-Israeli Mutual Association (AMIA) took place, in which 85 people lost their lives, and Hezbollah claimed full responsibility for both terror attacks.

In the Jewish Community centre attack, a Renault Trafic van driven by Ibrahim Hussein Berro, a 21-year-old Lebanese citizen, and a known operative of Hezbollah, entered a heavily built up commercial area of Buenos Aires, and driving close to the entrance of the Jewish Community Centre, at calle Pasteurr 633, Berro detonated explosives that were packed inside the van.

The bomb was said to have been the equivalent of 300 to 400 kg of TNT, it was composed of ammonium nitrate, combined with aluminium, a heavy hydrocarbon, TNT and nitro-glycerine, and the resulting explosion brought down the front of the building, devastating the inside structure, wrecking buildings within a radius of around 200 metres, killing 85 people, and injuring over 150, many seriously maimed.

Then at a later date, during a press conference on October 25, 2006, Argentine prosecutors Alberto Nisman and Marcello Marquez accused high level Iranian ministers of being behind the 1994 terror attack against the AMIA. But it was claimed that only after the U.S. had applied diplomatic pressure on Argentina, arrest warrants were issued for Hashemi Rafsanjani, Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Velayati, Intelligence Minister Ali Fallahijan and National Security Secretary Hassan Rouhani, for their involvement in the planning of the attack.

Too much on its hands

From a report published on May 29, 2013, the Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman issued a 500-page indictment, which also accused Shiite cleric Mohsen Rabbani of supplying logistical support for the AMIA attack, and at the time, although claiming to be a representative of the Ministry of Agriculture of Iran, he was in fact a leading member of Ayatollah Khomeini’s Intelligence Bureau.

Having originally arrived in Argentina as a tourist in 1983, within a year Rabbani had attained permanent residency, and through the use of three Shiite mosques, all of which were under his control, he was able to brainwash young students, recruiting them to take part in terrorist acts; a process which the Iranian regime is well accustomed to.

The report went on to explain how young recruits from poorer communities in Argentina, were offered payments to help them with their studies, which Rabbani was ordered by the Iranian regime to pay them. Then with his young recruits becoming financially indebted to the Shiite cleric, he was able to persuade them to fly to Iran for training at so-called religious centres, which were in fact IRGC military training facilities.

Then two years later, in 1996, Hezbollah’s role in the Khobar Towers apartment complex bombing in Saudi Arabia was highlighted, in which nineteen US servicemen and one Saudi were killed, and 372 people of various nationalities were wounded. Then following this came the October 2000 attack on USS Cole by al-Qaeda, of which Iran was said to have been involved in, and more recently the October 2011 plot to murder the Saudi ambassador in a New York restaurant. Then during the following year, on January 24, 2012, a three-man terror cell run by Iran was exposed for planning to attack the Israeli ambassador to Azerbaijan.

With much more terrorist activity having taken place that year, 2012 was a busy period for Hezbollah, but now that much of its force is tied up in Syria, aiding its Iranian masters to prop up the Assad regime, it presently has too much on its hands to be a threat elsewhere. But as soon as that war is over, Iran will be once more back in the business of exporting terror, and Hezbollah will be back to its old tricks of dishing it out, a sentiment that has already been echoed by IRGC commanders, threatening future attacks on Bahrain once the Syrian conflict has been settled.

*Having had a strong interest in Middle East politics for over forty years, Tony Duheaume has come to fully understand the present threat that Islamist extremism can bring to both the Middle East and the West, and having had four books published related to the Iranian regime on Amazon, he has become a powerful critic of the Iranian regime.

Originally published in al Arabiya

  • Omega

    Originally published in al Arabiya

    Well done, YaWahhabi-bentovers pretending to give a shit about Libnan.

    The 1983 US Embassy, the 1983 US barracks bombings and 1996 AMIA bombings were the job of Mossad blamed on Hezbollah and Iran by Israel.

    • Arzna

      You seem upset and i can understand why.
      Are you one of those that believe in the conspiracy theory that Mossad and not Hezbollah killed Hariri ?
      If yes then you must be extremely upset about the article on Hezbollah and I feel sorry for you.
      If you truly are Lebanese you should understand that Hezbollah is the number one liability for you and every Lebanese. God help Lebanon after Hezbollah comes back home

      • Rascal

        Oh yes, he is fully programmed in lying and denying. I am not sure if his motive is to toe the party line blindly and attempt to distract and deceive, or if he is actually that far removed from reality to believe all he spouts.from his playbook? I am sure any Party of god member is indoctrinated from birth with an alternate reality story they have been fed, so he may actually be that blind. There is no amount of proof that will change his programming, so it is a waste of time to reeducate him with real history as he probably prefers the faerie-tales Nasrallah and Khamenei tells him. .

        • Omega

          Go ahead and show me where I have lied and denied based on automation. I am waiting.

          I used to think/believe Hezbollah killed Hariri myself. I have said this many times before. When facts emerged and show otherwise, I could not continue with the same thinking/belief. Any semi-intelligent person would do the same.

          You, on the other hand, regurgitate non-sensical propaganda based on absolutely nothing but your bigoted opinion. You don’t care about facts. You support the agenda of some blindly.

          You can search ‘Hariri’ in counterpunch.org and read the articles to see for yourself: http://bit.ly/2jhRAlw – all of it is based on facts. Everything from the ‘evidence’ to the bribed investigators to the court was orchestrated to blame Syria, Iran and Hezbollah.

      • Niemals

        Hezbollah is Lebanon’s worst nightmare.

        • ali

          Hezbollah is ur worst nightmare not lebanons

          • Rascal

            The POG is a militant group of Islamic radicals not much different then any other Islamic radical groups. They are an evolutionary dead-end with a relatively small following. But keep wasting your time following these extremists.

          • Omega

            YET, you only seem butt hurt and always call out Hezbollah. Why? I don’t ever see you point the finger, call out and critique ISIS, the Salafists in Lebanon, the Wahhabis in the ME, etc.

          • HebAlba
          • Omega

            Zionist and Wahhabi radicals are okay in his book.

          • Hannibal

            Did you notice it is an ugly race? inside (spiritually – if they have a spirit) and outside (so unattractive)

          • HebAlba

            Outside is the mirror of inside…scary.

          • Hannibal

            Well said… and because they refuse the Holiness of the Spirit: Mark 3:28-30: “Truly I tell you, all sins and blasphemes will be forgiven for the sons of men. But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven, but is guilty of an eternal sin.”

          • HebAlba

            They say ‘we are humans goy are animals’ it’s a contradiction…..

            “anima ‎(plural animas)
            (chiefly philosophy) The soul or inner self of a person, especially the irrational part of a person as contrasted with the rational animus. [from 10th c.]

            (Jungian psychology) The inner self (not the external persona) of a person that is in touch with the unconscious as opposed to the persona. [from 20th c.]

            “A cat is an animal, not a plant. Humans are also animals, under the scientific definition, as we are not plants.”‎

          • Y K

            ‘The talmud say ‘We are humans, goy are animals’,’
            I bet those Talmudists were thinking about you when they wrote this. But then, of course, you are no animal. Animals are cute.

          • Y K

            Arab morons teaching the world about beauty and the Holy Spirit. Would have been funny if it wasn’t so pathetic. 🙂

          • Hannibal

            Repent and heed the word of the Lord!
            Convert and save your soul…

          • Y K

            Nah, I kinda prefer eternal damnation. They say the parties in hell are much better. 🙂

          • Niemals

            Hezbollah as far as I know, have no foothold in our region (EU).

          • Omega

            No but the Salafist/Wahhabis do. Yet, you never call them out. Strange. I take it you love a Salafist/Wahhabi sausage once in a while.

          • ali

            you like salafi susage lol

          • Omega

            About your edit …

            Why are Hezbollah and Iran on the terror list when they fight ISIS?

            ‘Proscribed’? Paid attention in ESL or have you taken that straight from Wikipedia?

            The European Union, New Zealand and the United Kingdom[55] have proscribed Hezbollah’s military wing as a terrorist organization, while making a distinction with Hezbollah’s political wing

          • ali

            Hezbollah are terrorist and isis and European union and Israel are angels lol and stop pretending to be European you jewish conehead

          • HebAlba

            He’s European Jew, a Zionist wannabe..

          • ali

            crook

          • HebAlba

            “Hezbollah as far as I know, have no foothold in our region (EU)”..IS IS your region?
            Do you know anything beyond your nose..haha

            “Haplogroup J2 is also a significant marker in throughout Lebanon (29%). This marker found in many inhabitants of Lebanon, regardless of religion, signals pre-Arab descendants, including the Phoenicians. These genetic studies show us there is no significant differences between the Muslims and non-Muslims of Lebanon”.
            “Shia Islam in Lebanon has a history of more than a millennium. According to CIA study, Lebanese Shia Muslims constitute 27% of Lebanon’s population of approximately 4.3 million, which means they amount to 1,160,000.[1] ” Wikipedia.

        • ali

          shmoloko

          • Y K

            Is this in Lebanese Arabic?

        • Omega

          I would argue that Hezbollah is the filthy Zionist vermin’s worst nightmare.

        • HebAlba

          The parading parrot

        • Hannibal

          When the LAF can protect Lebanon Hezbollah will go back home.
          When Israel comes back to its senses and free Palestine it will also do the entire region a favor because it will deny Hezbollah and Hamas and other movements their “raison d’etre”
          a just settlement will send them all home.

          • Niemals

            No doubt about it, if the LAF can protect Lebanon Hezbollah may go back home.

            Regarding the Israeli senses it is a hard nut to crack, this country will crackdown within sooner than anyone expect it.

            The main obstacle is and was Netanyahu.

          • Y K

            “No doubt about it, if the LAF can protect Lebanon Hezbollah may go back home.”

            The LAF will always remain a joke as long as it’s Nasrallah’s goons running the shots. And of course, the last thing these goons are doing is “protecting Lebanon”.

          • Niemals

            Hezbollah is “protecting Lebanon”, simply because the LAF have nothing to put against the military might that Hezbollah have.

            Had the LAF that military might, Hezbollah would be disarmed – Hezbollah would never consider to be a part of the LAF.

            That explain why the political game in Lebanon could easily be hampered by the political branch of Hezbollah.

          • Y K

            “When the LAF can protect Lebanon Hezbollah will go back home.”

            Beyond the obvious chicken-and-egg conundrum contained in this statement, your belief that the Fat Sack of Shit’s troops are actually “protecting Lebanon” is touching. 🙂

          • Hannibal

            They got you running twice so far… Waiting for round 3 with passion because this time around we will free Aramaic Galilee.
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fkEdgrK5AdM

          • Y K

            “Aramaic”? Why are Arabs so ashamed of who and what they are? (The question is purely rhetorical, as the answer’s pretty obvious). 🙂

          • Hannibal

            Your lack of history/geography knowledge is sad… Where do you get your noodles washed? In the occupied territories? The Levant is made of 5 nations:

            1. North Africans: Egypt, Libya, Tunis (despite their punic history), Morocco, Algeria (Except for Egypt Berber Arabic spoken)

            2. Arabian: Saudi Arabia and the peninsula (Peninsula Arabic spoken)

            3. Aramaic: Lebanon, Syria, Palestine, Jordan, Iraq, Kormakitis Cypriot (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ODysXq1fS6Q) (Levantine Arabic spoken)
            “Lebanese is a Semitic language that was derived from the Aramaic language. Aramaic replaced the Canaanite language that was spoken by the Phoenicians in the region until around the days of Jesus Christ. Aramaic was spoken in the whole region until about 900 AD. Later, the people in Lebanon were speaking several dialects of Aramaic especially in the mountains of Lebanon. Syriac-Aramaic was the dominant dialect in the mountains and North Lebanon, while some Arabic dialects were spoken in some coastal cities and South Lebanon by the 13 th century. By the 17 th Century, a large population had moved from the Lebanese mountains to the coastal cities. The people of Lebanon blended their Aramaic with Arabic utilizing Arabic words in their spoken Aramaic.”

            4. Persian: Iran (Persian spoken)

            5. Turkish: Turkey and Turkic tribes (Turkish spoken)

          • Niemals

            You are confusing me with the term “Aramaic Galilee”, when others claiming it to be Palestine.
            https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/271761fe833bfc28fa45dfeee4274862557bebb49a7858578f43ee82137a4561.jpg Aramaic Inscription
            https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d54d2578e76fcc56401752be20085c258c228d953e9348a5bf22b0ceddcf50d9.gif The Changing Alphabet

            You clarified some points for “Y K”, will you be so kind to determine what is what.
            Is Galilee Aramaic or is it Palestina?

            I’m far from expert on languages of the middle east, but I can detect Arabic inscription as well as the Israeli modern Hebrew inscription and it is very easy to see the resemblance.

            Pan Arabism was an excuse to spread Islam to a region which historically was Christian.
            Now the Jihadist-Salafism is doing the same (repeting it) by spreading Islam to our region which historically is Christian.

          • Y K

            Wow. That’s quite impressive. How much spare time to you have? Don’t you have a job? A hobby? A pet? A family? A torrid lover? Are you a spinster, an orphan, an early retiree? 🙂

            On a more serious note, Arabs living in a fantasy world is nothing new. There is, however, a peculiar (Christian) Lebanese variation of this reality-morphing: the non-Arabness of Lebanon narrative. Well, when it came from someone like Abu Arz, there was at least heartfelt, albeit deluded, sincerity to it. 🙂

            Deal with the fat, hairy, stinking, armed-to-the-teeth and definitely non-Aramaic gorilla in your living room, pal, then start teaching other people anthropology for dummies.

          • Hannibal

            At least we agreed on me teaching you the dummy part… LOL
            YK are you sure you’re not mekenseh? do you have a dual persona? Pretending to be someone you’re not?

          • Y K

            “YK are you sure you’re not mekenseh?”
            Of course I’m him, and he’s me. My name is Legion, pal, my name is Legion.

          • HebAlba

            The Zionist Legion on the http://WWW...

          • HebAlba

            No he’s himself.. paid-parrot-puppet-non-persona.

          • Hannibal
          • Niemals

            Is this specific data game available at any data games retailer in the EU?

          • Y K

            If this is for my benefit, you’re wasting your breath, bud. You know I don’t watch this drivel. But then maybe your “Resistance” brethren here can appreciate it.

          • HebAlba
      • Omega

        The fact that you repeated ‘upset’ twice doesn’t make me any more upset. What I feel and believe is irrelevant – facts are. Hezbollah, Iran and Syria had nothing to do with the killing of Hariri. Everything from the ‘evidence’ to the bribed investigators to the biased court was a mega circus to put the blame on Syria in order to remove it from Lebanon, create another conflict in Lebanon and disarm Hezbollah.

        Search ‘Hariri’ in http://www.counterpunch.org and read the articles (all evidence based) to see for yourself.

        Here are some excerpts:

        The politicization of the UN investigation was in full swing when the tribunal issued several reports accusing the Syrian regime, based on non-credible witnesses. It took four years for the tribunal to admit that much of “the evidence” used against Syria was fabricated by false witnesses, some of them even tied to Israeli intelligence (Abdelbasit Bani Odeh) or the CIA and other Western intelligence agencies (Ahmad Mari‘e and Zuhair Siddiq).http://www.counterpunch.org/2010/08/16/who-killed-hariri/

        According to United Press International, Stratfor’s report on the Hariri crime concluded that the Lebanese assassinations were “so sophisticated that few in the world could have done it.” Burton told UPI that only five nations had such advanced resources- Israel, US, Britain, France and Russia.

        Several of the UNIIIC’s prime witnesses have admitted to perjury, accusing the US-Israeli backed Lebanese government of bribery and foul play. Witness Hussam Taher Hussam claimed Future Movement MP Saad Hariri (son of former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri) offered him $1.3m USD to incriminate top Syrian officials. Witness Ibrahim Michel Jarjoura said he was assaulted and forced to lie by Lebanese Telecommunications Minister Marwan Hamade. Star witness Zuhir Ibn Mohamed Said Saddik, who had accused Lebanese President Emile Lahoud and Syrian President Bashar Assad of ordering Hariri’s murder, bragged of earning millions by falsely testifying to the UN Commission. Though much of their discredited testimony is still included as evidence, both UNIIIC prosecutors Brammertz and Mehlis said that the use of lie detector tests was not an option.

        In his country, Mehlis has been rebuked for unethical and unprofessional practices. According to Germany’s Junge Welt magazine, former UN investigator Detlev Mehlis received a $10m USD slush fund to rig the UNIIIC outcome against Syria. An inquiry by German public TV Zweites Deutsche Fernsehen found that Mehlis had relied on CIA, MI6 and Mossad intelligence in prior investigations, namely the Berlin Disco bombing of the 1980s where Mehlis knowingly used testimony supplied by Arab Mossad agent Mohammad Al Amayra in his case against Libya. Mehlis also relied on NSA intercepts of fake telephone calls that former Mossad officer Victor Ostrovsky revealed were made by Mossad agents, posing as Arab terrorists. The phone calls proved Libyan guilt and justified America’s bombing of Libya. http://www.counterpunch.org/2007/02/08/the-salvador-option-in-beirut/

        What do you say we continue this discussion in Lebanesen Arabic and see if you really are one yourself?

      • ali

        nobody is upset you are the only one sitting on the middle finger

        • Arzna

          The picture in the article says it all.
          Anyone whether al Qaeda, a Salafist, a Wahhabi , an Iranian Rev. guard , an Iranian Basij member , a Zionist, a Hezbollah member , an ISIS or Islamic State member … whoever does this kind of bombing is a Terrorist in my book , you included if you are a member of any of these organizations.
          By the way stick it in your rear end , that is where it belongs .You are real vulgar and don’t belong here among the civilized

      • HebAlba

        So you’re one of those who invited Sharon invade your own country? Hezbollah didn’t exist then..
        US gunboats in Beyrouth port were shooting on Chouf Mountains civilian homes, to help Israel.. you call defending Lebanon from Israeli invasion terrorism? You fake patriot or Zionist troll.

        • Rudy1947

          You forgot to mention that US planes were fired upon by Syrian SAMs.

      • ali

        your reply is under my comment

      • master09

        He is the special head shoe polisher for the dress wearing Hassan assralah.
        Everything but HA is bad in his books.

      • HebAlba

        The Arzionist agent-Y K- fellowship disguised as a Lebancheese
        ‘Ruthie Riegler likes’..
        “Discussion on Middleeasteye 2 comments
        Syria: Russian victory, American defeat

        Ruthie Riegler 3 days ago

        Assad torture of ‘War on Terror’ suspects for the CIA and British intelligence services during Bush’s tenure is very well documented As is the fact Blair wanted to give the great “anti-imperialist” leader a knighthood in 2002 for his services. And the WikiLeaks cables published in 2010 detailed the Assad regime’s close cooperation with both Washington and Al Qaeda as and when expedient for both. The “Axis of Resistance” rhetoric, like Washington’s “supporting Arab freedom” rhetoric, was only ever that – rhetoric, empty hot air…”

    • 5thDrawer

      Facts & Numbers … The rest of the list doesn’t exonerate Iran from being on the ‘T’ lists … and as with Hariri, a great many ‘non-combatants’ – epecially maimed.

      • Omega

        Not sure what you’re talking about but …

        – Saudi Arabia is the financier of the likes of al-Qaeda, al-this-, al-that, ISIS, etc. Rather hypocritical for them to call out others for ‘terrorism’.

        – Iran (Hezbollah and Syria) had nothing to do with the killing of Hariri.

        • 5thDrawer

          Yes … ok … and a lot of civilians still being blown up every day too.
          I would hope that doesn’t leak back into Lebanon.

          • Omega

            Did you read the links I posted on this page? Here they are: http://bit.ly/2jhRAlw

            When you write ‘a lot of civilians still being blown up every day too’? Which country are you talking about?

          • 5thDrawer

            Several .., like Afganistan, Iraq, and not so long ago in Lebanon .. and Syria we know .. Turkey ..

          • Omega

            And who are you blaming for ‘Sveeral .., like Afganistan, Iraq, and not so long ago in Lebanon ..’ ?

          • Omega

            And who are you blaming exactly for all that?

          • 5thDrawer

            Basically? ‘God’.

          • Omega

            As in ‘God’ told frat-boy Bush to invade Iraq? 🙂

          • 5thDrawer

            Well sure … isn’t everyone using that ‘excuse’ after all? Seems to be ‘the rage’.
            When HE gets tired of hearing it, we’ll have the much-vaunted Armageddon thing.
            (After which will be ‘Natural Science’ once more.)

          • Omega

            Everyone may use that excuse but only some drop thousands of bombs per pay to end up killing millions.

          • 5thDrawer

            Nice to find a ‘gathering’ of ALL Hariri-related gradual bits – leading to the end soon, perhaps, of a ‘tribunal’ set to find the facts … and we can’t say that it hasn’t – at least by eliminating some of the ‘players’.
            If a few of them had showed up for ‘confessionals’, perhaps it would have cost Lebanon a whole lot less in the exercise of finding ‘truth’ concealed well by many.

    • Y K

      Yep. The Mossad also toppled the Shah of Iran in order to install the Mullahs who, in turn, would later create Hezbollah, who would NOT commit any of the crimes attributed to them. That’s Arab Nazi dialectics for you. 🙂

      • Omega

        Considering Netanyahoo’s decades-long lies about Iran’s nuclear arsenal and how much the far-right Zionist degenerates in Israel want Iran bombed by the USA, negating Mossad’s involvement in any past events in Iran would be ludicrous. As a matter of fact and this is just one recent example, leaked document show that Mossad chief wanted to enlist Iranian opposition groups to revolt against government.

        In regards to the (crypto-Jewish) Shah, he was placed and removed by his Anglo-America-petrol friends – just like Mossaddegh before him.

  • Rudy1947

    Jobs of the Mossad include the destruction of Pangea, extinction of the dinosaurs, the San Francisco earthquake, Atlantis, Nile floods, Krakatoa, Sahara desert, fire ants, psoriasis, acne, Ghangis Khan, flatulence, bad hummus, tsunamis, bad beer, Bermuda Triangle, hemorrhoids, San Andrea Fault, Mount Hood, killer bees, Atilla the Hun, “B” movies, poison ivy, Idi Amin Dada, Sarin Palin, Edsel, bubonic plague, Pol Pot, Jeffrey Dahmer, AIDS, FGM, slavery, over cooked filet mignon, and of course peach fuzz.

    • HebAlba

      Yes yes yes..Wow! You got those Zionists parasites up-votes, many on YaLibnan but then from outside.. even Ruthie from Middle East Eye..hahah..!

      • Rudy1947

        Just another way to express the idiocy of the paranoid party attendees. Between you and Omega the Jews and Zionists were also responsible bad hair days, planter’s warts, Sahara Desert, venomous snakes, Kimono Dragons, tight bras, the number thirteen, in-laws, Jack the Ripper, dandruff, and of course the girdle.

        • Omega

          You are most certainly entitled to blindly believe the imposed narrative but turning your ignorance and lack of critical thinking to a mockery only makes you dumber.

          In the case of the 1983 Beirut barracks bombing, the Israeli military had foreknowledge of the attack but did not alert the US military. Why?

          The mainstream narrative of the 1992 bombing in Argentina stated that a car-bomb caused the blast but experts (requested by the State Prosecutor and the Court) attested/confirmed the blast came from inside the building. No trace of the car-bomb was found.

          The case of the 1994 AMIA bombing was not any different: car-bomb in the mainstream story but no trace of the car-bomb (other than the one piece (of the alleged car-bomb with the serial number on it!) found miraculously by Israeli Army Inteligence – which was rejected in Court as ‘planted evidence’.) Expert, once again, attested/confirmed the blast came from inside.

          The assassination of Hariri in Lebanon was not any different: a Zionist/Mossad false-flag meant to put the blame on Hezbollah/Iran and Syria.

          • Rudy1947

            “You are most certainly entitled to blindly believe the imposed narrative but turning your ignorance and lack of critical thinking to a mockery only makes you dumber.”

            Right back at you.

          • Omega

            How is it ‘right back at you’ when I do not blindly believe any narrative, especially an imposed one?

          • Rudy1947

            zzzzzzzz

          • Omega

            I didn’t expect anything more from you.

          • Rudy1947

            Nor I you.

          • Omega

            Right. I brought facts. You brought ‘bad hair day’, ‘overcooked filet mignon’, etc. Feeling dumb or dumber?

          • Rudy1947

            The fact you’ve brought is that you are both dumb and dumber.

          • Omega

            How are the conclusion of Argentinian bomb experts showing that the blasts of the 1992 and 1994 bombings in Argentina came from inside the buildings and not from (non-existent) car-bombs ‘dumb and dumber’?

            Do explain, I am waiting.

          • HebAlba

            Time lost

          • Omega

            Comme toujours.

          • Rudy1947

            Lebanon didn’t think so and awarded Ibrahim Hussein Berro a commerative plaque in southern Lebanon for his suicide car bombing.

          • Omega

            Lebanon awarded no such thing. Quit lying.

          • HebAlba

            Now you’re in for a loong dizguzion..

          • Rudy1947

            The combined garbage that the both of you spew would bore anyone.

          • HebAlba

            That’s why i blocked you.. to get a break on Christmas.. crazy glue

          • Rudy1947

            Didn’t you something else to do at Xmas?

          • HebAlba

            Did you say something again crazy glue?

          • Y K

            Sometimes Heblabla is unintentionally hilarious, “Omega” rarely so.

          • Omega

            He has a tendency to ‘zzzzz’ when he has nothing to say – which is 100% of the time.

          • Hannibal

            dizgu-zionism hilarious!

          • HebAlba

            ;-)..

        • Hannibal

          Do you suffer from a grandeur delusion? 13 is American… 😛

    • Barry

      Don’t forget AstroTurf.

      • 5thDrawer

        ‘Rug Burns’ … but the water runs to a drain system. :-))

      • Y K

        “Ahhh, ASTROTURF! You know who’s responsible for that, don’t ya? The JEWS! The Jews hate grass! Always have, always will!” (c)

    • Hannibal

      You missed the most important one: zionazism

      • Y K

        A very smart addition to the list, pal. I especially liked that you put it in bold for more effect. 🙂

        • Hannibal

          Anything Nazi has no place in modern society… Including Nazi, SSNP, Zionism, Islamism, etc.
          60 million people did not die in WWII so you call “my addition” smart. Where do you draw the line with bigotry? Where do you draw the line with apartheid? Where do you draw the line with racism? Sieg Heil my YK pal (is that short for Palestinian?) ;P

  • Y K

    Good article. Viewing Hezbollah as a simple “proxy” is a gross oversimplification, however. Most importantly, it absolves the hundreds of thousands of Lebanese who support this totalitarian movement, either actively or passively, of agence and responsibility.

    • Omega

      I don’t ever see you call/critique the Wahhabis (al-Qaeda, al-This, al-That, etc). Why? Aren’t they the real enemy?

      • Y K

        I could call the likes of you “the real enemy”, paI, but I’m afraid you don’t really deserve the honor. 🙂
        By the way, Iraqi Al Qaeda/ISIS are largely the offspring of that great modern-day Saladin, Saddam Hussein. Ain’t I supposed to be revering him for his valiant Resistance against Zionist neo-cons?

        • HebAlba

          Really? Israeli Intel Chief:
          ‘We Don’t Want ISIS Defeated in Syria’.
          ‘ISIS Faces Difficulty, Loss Would Put Israel in ‘Hard Position’.

          • Rudy1947

            Still trying to sell that crap I see.

          • HebAlba

            Unlike you i sell goods free speech is not tolerated in Is-ra-el.

          • Rudy1947

            After checking your sources many times you are NOT selling “good” free speech, but some manufactured garbage.

          • Y K

            You see, I never bother to check her “sources”. Saved me like 20 aggregate minutes of my life. 🙂

        • Omega

          How exactly does your diversion answer my question?

          • HebAlba

            His shift is over he goes to 15 other sites a day it’s his job

          • Omega

            Mdr, c’est vrai.

          • Y K

            Thank goodness you don’t have a job, sista. Hence your constant presence here. Do you even take bathroom breaks? 🙂

          • HebAlba

            Hence find me somewhere else if this is my job.
            You have no mind of your own zombie beside the insignificant hasbara booklet
            You said Al Qaeda- ISIS was born in Middle East i say ISIS was created by Israel & allies Schwartz Arabia.

          • Y K

            “find me somewhere else ”
            The last thing I’m gonna look for anywhere is you, believe me. 🙂

          • HebAlba

            Haha…because it’s not my job, however you can be found all over the WWW halve sized Zio IQ stupid halve sized man

          • HebAlba

            Shift here started 8 hours ago ..;-)))

            “Discussion on Ukraine Today USA 36 comments

            Y K Gizmo 5 minutes ago
            He’s not dumb, make no mistake. He’s quite sure his butt services will be nicely rewarded in the form of lucrative business deals.
            Reply View in discussion

            Y K Scradje 7 minutes ago
            This is all part of the old and successful Austrian business modell: fishing in the murky waters between East and West. Has been in place for the last 70 years.
            Reply View in discussion

            -Harry’s Place 189 comments
            ‘Employee of Israel Embassy Does Job’

            Y K peterthehungarian 8 hours ago
            Hesitant to click on that one. My nerves aren’t what they used to be.
            1 Reply View in discussion

          • Y K

            What on Earth made you think I’m here to answer/address/engage with your questions/quieries/concerns?

          • Omega

            What on Earth makes you think that is what I think?

          • Y K

            I don’t think much about what you think, pal. In fact, come to think about it, I think you are incapable of thinking. Kinda comes naturally with being a retarded Arab Nazi Counterpunch reader.

          • HebAlba

            ‘Israeli think tank: Don’t destroy ISIS; it’s a “useful tool” against Iran, Hezbollah, Syria’
            http://www.salon.com/2016/08/23/israeli-think-tank-dont-destroy-isis-its-a-useful-tool-against-iran-hezbollah-syria/

          • Omega

            Yes, your comments show critical thinking. What’s wrong with counterpunch? You don’t like facts?

          • HebAlba

            He never answers never discus only insultes.. supremacists make me laugh.. always an exit, pratico pratique

          • HebAlba

            So why you engage with faeries?
            Israel & Schwartz Arabia allies created ISIS.

            The Destruction of Islamic State is a Strategic Mistake
            BESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 353, August 2, 2016
            Hebrew version of this article

            “EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: The West should seek the further weakening of Islamic State, but not its destruction. A weak but functioning IS can undermine the appeal of the caliphate among radical Muslims; keep bad actors focused on one another rather than on Western targets; and hamper Iran’s quest for regional hegemony.

            US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter recently gathered defense ministers from allied nations to plan what officials hope will be the decisive stage in the campaign to eradicate the Islamic State (IS) organization. This is a strategic mistake.”
            https://besacenter.org/perspectives-papers/destruction-islamic-state-strategic-mistake/

        • HebAlba

          By the way, Israeli Intel Chief say; ‘We don’t want ISIS defeated In Syria’
          http://www.mintpressnews.com/israeli-intel-chief-dont-want-isis-defeated-syria/217671/

        • HebAlba

          Al Qaeda didn’t exist in Irak under Saddam Hussein.
          You’re not on a Zionist neo-cons site..and don’t insult Kurds.

          • Y K

            I don’t insult Kurds. I insult turds like you.
            The soft spot for Saddam is a litmus test that 90% of Arabs fail miserably (and most of the remaining 10% are Iraqi Shias, who are not really much better).

          • HebAlba

            Don’t insult Salah elDin

          • Y K

            Is there a single (human) language that you’re actually capable of expressing yourself in? 🙂

          • HebAlba

            Yoo underzdand verry vell, Salah elDin was Kurd!

          • Y K

            I understand perfectly that you are a singularly dumb, subliterate and hateful creature. No linguistic skills are required for that.

      • HebAlba