"An entire family had been killed, the Can'an family, four children all dead, and the mother, the father, and the grandfather. The mother was still hugging one of the children. And she was pregnant. The eyes of the children were gone and their limbs were cut off. No legs and no arms. It was awful."
"But on that day, when the final onslaught came, hundreds of the Christians were killed. Father Labaky goes on: 'The attack took place from the mountain behind. It was an apocalypse. They were coming, thousands and thousands, shouting
'Allahu Akbar! God is great! Let us attack them for the Arabs, let us offer a holocaust to Mohammad '
And they were slaughtering everyone in their path, men, women and children.'
Whole families were killed in their homes. Many women were gang-raped, and few of them left alive afterwards."
is the only engagement of the Irish army that I think is actually
harmful and should stop.
Everyone should simply support Israel
against its enemies.
We should not be neutral.
UNIFIL do not help the IDF fight Hezbollah.
(Just as previously they did not help the IDF fight the PLO.)
They do not help disarm Hezbollah.
They in effect give cover for Hezbollah re-arming and re-building their military infrastructure in South Lebanon.
(Just as previously they in effect gave cover to PLO attacks on Israel and on Lebanese Christians.)
They restrict IDF operations against Hezbollah.
(Just as previously they restricted IDF operations against the PLO.)
During the Israeli invasion in 1982,
UNIFIL (including Irish troops)
were actually under orders to try to stop the Israeli force.
UNIFIL are harmful and should be disbanded.
The Irish army force
should be brought home from the Lebanon.
No brave Irish soldier should risk his life for the UN's false political view
of the Israel-Lebanon situation.
I support the IDF in Lebanon.
I don't support the UN mission.
It should be shut down, and all UN troops should leave.
7 killed by anti-Israel forces (Islamic terrorists).
2 soldiers killed probably by the PLO in 1981.
Aonghus Murphy, killed by an anti-Israel militia in 1986.
3 soldiers killed by a Hezbollah-backed militia in 1989.
Peter Ward, killed by Hezbollah in 1992.
1 killed by unknown group.
Michael Nestor, killed by an unknown group in 1982.
2 killed in crossfire.
Michael McCarthy, killed in crossfire between Hezbollah and the SLA in 1991.
Billy Kedian, killed in crossfire between the Amal militia and the SLA
Some count this as a direct killing by the SLA rather than crossfire.
As a result of the above Irish deaths in Lebanon at the hands of Israel
or Israel-backed Lebanese Christians,
many in the Irish military have become anti-Israel,
and of course pro-UN.
Being Irish military is now almost a warning flag for me
for bad opinions on the Middle East.
See Tom Clonan
Irish UNIFIL soldiers honour their dead at the memorial in
No more should be put at risk.
Israel should manage her own security.
Irish troops should come home.
Also found here.
Hezbollah (or Hizbollah)
are an Islamic terrorist group
funded and armed by the terrorist state of
They act as an agent of Iran's foreign policy in Lebanon
and as part of Iran's northern front against Israel.
They are supported by the terrorist state of Syria.
They aim to destroy the country of Israel,
expel or exterminate the Jewish population,
and enslave Lebanon under Islamic rule.
Lebanon will never be free as long as Hizbollah exists.
Beirut explosion, Aug 2020.
A load of 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate was
removed from a ship in 2013
and held in Beirut port for years.
It seems likely, though unproven, that Hezbollah was holding onto it
for terrorist uses.
In 2020 it
It was one of the
largest accidental non-nuclear explosions
bombed Buenos Aires
in 1994, killing 85.
It was Argentina's worst terrorist bombing ever.
Hizbullah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah says the Holocaust is a myth, Feb 2006.
"I love America. Tell Bush to come here. Thank him, thank Chirac.
This is a great day for all Arab people."
"Thank's Free World.
... We thank Mr. Bush for his position.
... We love the American people. Please don't let Bush forget us. Your support is very important.
... We want to change. We need freedom. Please don't let Bush forget us.
... Our hope is America. We believe in democracy in the Middle East."
He is delighted that Islamist Hezbollah is fighting back:
"US propaganda about democracy in Lebanon has been answered by 500,000
Lebanese on the streets rejecting calls for Syrian withdrawal
and telling the US to stay out of their affairs."
He smears the democracy protesters:
"The smaller US-supported protests were in large part organised by the same Christian Phalange
forces that carried out the massacre of Palestinians with Israel's assistance
in Sabra and Shatila in 1982."
The same day he wrote this,
1 million brave Lebanese came out to protest for democracy, against Syria
and against Iranian-backed Hezbollah.
Many people were struck by a quote from
the America-hating, Jew-hating,
Lebanese Druze leader, Feb 2005:
"It's strange for me to say it, but this process of change has started because of the American invasion of Iraq.
I was cynical about Iraq. But when I saw the Iraqi people voting three weeks ago, 8 million of them,
it was the start of a new Arab world.
The Syrian people, the Egyptian people, all say that something is changing.
The Berlin Wall has fallen. We can see it."
With American troops on his border ready to intervene,
the Syrian dictator Bashar Assad
is getting scared:
"Please send this message: I am not Saddam Hussein. I want to cooperate.",
said the unelected thug.
Gates of Vienna
on the Arab world waking up:
"It's the "thirst to live a democratic life with dignity"
that is driving this change in attitude.
Imagine having lived in the desert for a long, long time, dreaming of water.
Imagine a well being drilled right in your own courtyard."
Gates of Viennathanks Lebanon for taking the baton after Iraq.
If this revolution sweeps the Middle East, it will be because of Lebanon.
Truly the Lebanese are heroes.
"Thank you, Lebanon, for rushing in where angels fear to tread."
"We are not fighting so
that you will offer us something. We are fighting to
former leader of
summing up what Islamists want from the West.
"The Jews invented the legend of the Nazi atrocities.
So long as there is a state called Israel, disasters and suffering will continue.
This is a cancerous body in the region.
... When a cancer is discovered, it must be dealt with fearlessly; it must be uprooted.
Anyone who reads the Koran and the holy writings of the monotheistic religions
sees what they did to the prophets, and what acts of madness and slaughter
the Jews carried out throughout history.
Anyone who reads these texts cannot think of co-existence with them, of peace with them,
or about accepting their presence, not only in Palestine of 1948
but even in a small village in Palestine,
because they are a cancer which is liable to spread again at any moment."
current leader of Hezbollah, Apr 2000.
"It is an open war until the elimination of Israel
and until the death of the last Jew on earth."
taking responsibility for the suicide bombing of the
Israeli Embassy in Argentina.
"If they" [the Jews]
"all gather in Israel,
it will save us the trouble of going after them world wide."
current leader of Hezbollah, October 2002.
"a few years ago, a great French philosopher, Roger Garaudy, wrote a scientific book.
He did not offend, curse, or insult anyone. He wrote a scientific research of an academic nature,
in which he discussed the alleged Jewish Holocaust in Germany.
He proved that this Holocaust is a myth."
- Hassan Nasrallah,
complains about the one-sidedness of these quotes,
and I reply.
His blog seems to have vanished,
so here is the discussion:
Blocked on Twitter by the regressive left and Islamists:
I love debate.
I love ideas.
But the Western left
and their friends the Islamic right
do not return the favour.
Their response to opposing ideas, whether expressed politely or robustly, is often to block.
See Who blocks me on Twitter.
I will debate almost anyone.
Stick to ideas and I will debate you.
But I do have rules.
See Who I block on Twitter.
Twitter is broken, 2016 on:
I am on Twitter at
Twitter was a great place for debate before 2016.
You could meet everyone in the world, and argue about ideas.
Starting in 2016,
Twitter became increasingly broken.
It became full of reporting and bans and censorship.
In 2019, Twitter even started
for no reason that was ever explained, or could be appealed.
promised to end the censorship.
But it looks like a false dawn.
One day, we will have a better place to gather.