There Goes the Neighborhood
What happens when you become too weak to kill innocent Israeli citizens? Kill innocent American citizens â€“ that is the modus operandi of the Hezbollah, these days.
US Republican Congresswoman, Sue Myrick of North Carolina says that Hezbollah agents are coming to Latin America, learning Spanish and then working with drug cartels in the Mexico-US border region to obtain falsified entry passes for entrance to the US. She warned that the terrorist organization could start threatening the southern United States from Mexico just as it threatens northern Israel from Lebanon.
Well, I guess now those new US state immigration laws are beginning to make more sense.
Myrick, who is a member of the House Intelligence Committee, has called on Janet Napolitano, Homeland Security secretary to look into the matter.
Apparently, the Hezbollah has been operating drug trafficking rings in South America for some years now. The largest one operates along the Brazil-Argentina-Paraguay border.
Well, Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez has also befriended the terror group. Just a few years ago he invited Hezbollah to operate freely in his country.
Meanwhile, in Lebanon, whose military has become none other than the Hezbollah itself, President Michel Sleiman said that he would sign death penalties against spies for Israel.
The Lebanese Cabinet has stressed the need to speed up investigations into Israeli spy networks and follow them by rapid verdicts amid increasing pressures by domestic parties after the arrest of an employee at a mobile phone operator on suspicion of spying for the Mossad.
The Lebanese Cabinet met at the Grand Serail and was headed by Prime Minister Saad Hariri.
According to the Constitution in Lebanon, death sentences issued by the judiciary require the joint signature of the president, the premier and the justice minister.
Sleiman also said that spy cells will be subject to strict punishment, stressing that they constituted a violation to UN Resolution 1701, which put an end to the 2006 summer war with Israel.
President Sleiman said:
â€œI trust verdicts issued by the military court and I will sign themâ€¦we should not go backwards; there was a national will in the past to issue lenient sentences â€¦ but after the liberation [of occupied Lebanese territories] in 2000, all spying acts and collaboration with Israel should be severely punished.â€
Many of the Lebanese who were enrolled in the South Lebanon Army, which fought alongside Israeli forces south of Litani river, prior to the liberation of most of Lebanese occupied territories in 2000, were given lenient sentences when they surrendered to the judiciary following the withdrawal of Israeli forces.
But many Lebanese still reside in the Jewish Country for fear that upon their return, they would face life sentences or death penalties.
Beginning in April 2009, Lebanon embarked on a wave of arrests as part of a widespread espionage investigation in which dozens of people have been arrested on suspicion of spying for Israel. Over 20 people have been formally charged, including an army colonel, since.
Last week, a technician from the state-owned mobile phone firm Alfa, Charbel Qazzi, had been detained by the army on suspicion of spying for the Jewish Country. Qazzi was responsible for maintaining equipment that connects cellular network stations.
Well, for all of those arrested for spying, Hezbollah has called for the death penalty.
On the threat posed on Lebanon by Israel, Sleiman said:
â€œAn Israeli aggression against Lebanon is possible but I do not fear it since the issue is not an easy one for Israel.”
Lebanon’s General Prosecutor Saeed Mirza ordered the arrest of three individuals last week, after authorities interrogated them on charges of libel, slander and defamation against the president on one Facebook social networking site.
â€œWe should know how to use freedom because when it collides with public conduct and ethics, its practice becomes corrupt â€¦ the issue is not a political one but rather an issue of personal insults and slander.”
The real insult, Sleiman will find, is letting Hezbollah take over his country, poisoning it with hate-filled venom and strangling its chances for peace in the region.
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