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Submitted by Ayan (United States), Jul 29, 2006 at 13:43

is what?

We can argue that a terrorist, terrorism sponsoring state, or terrorist nation is one that seeks to use violence, specifically political violence to further a political agenda. This violence is usually directed against civilians in order to create fear and panic to achieve an objective. By this objective definition which side fits the definition more honestly: Israel or Hezbullah. With Hezbullah killing 20 Israeli civilians and Israel killing over 400, inluding Christians, Sunnis, Women and the elderly, the honest and objective person would conclude that Israel is the agressive force here. Killing of Canadians, UN peace keepers, and even threatening American civilians who were safe in Hezbullah dominated Lebanon until Isreal started its air war, who is the real threat to Middle East peace. Pay attention to reporters on the ground, they generally develop an anti-Israel position after seeing what the Jewish state has done to the Lebanese people. Sitting in the burbs watching TV it is easy to be a neo-con.

We have to remember that Iran did not create Hezbullah, no matter what the Israeli lobby says. It was the misguided invasion of Lebanon in the early 80 that created a grass roots resistance movement called Amal which later was taken over by Hezbullah. Iran did come to its aid, but after it ended its war with Iraq, which was much later. Remember the movie "Red Dawn", when Russians invade America and the people rise up to fight and kick them out of their homeland. It is what any people, whether Christian, Muslim, Jew, Hindu would do. As long as Israel respects its frontiers and does not launch expansionist missions they will be safe. As soon as they do, the native populations will rise up and give them a bloody nose. There is so much distortion of information going around out there about Hezbullah that the entire dialogue has gotten twisted. I welcome responses and comments; please make them factual and not emotional.

Ayan

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