South Lebanon Welcomes Country's Army

South Lebanon Welcomes Country's Army

There are 32 comments on the The Associated Press story from Aug 17, 2006, titled South Lebanon Welcomes Country's Army . In it, The Associated Press reports that:

Villagers throwing rice and Hezbollah supporters holding banners welcomed the country's army to south Lebanon on Thursday after a nearly 40-year absence, and the first airliner landed at Beirut airport since ...

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Tamara MN

Burnsville, MN

#1 Aug 17, 2006
The US better not give one penny to help rebuild Lebanon. Israel shouldn't either.
Everson

Australia

#2 Aug 17, 2006
Lets hope this means that the Lebanese Army will become strong enough so that Israel doesn't have to intervene again.
Bill R

Davenport, WA

#3 Aug 17, 2006
Everson wrote:
Lets hope this means that the Lebanese Army will become strong enough so that Israel doesn't have to intervene again.
You've got to be kidding. The Lebanese army is
Hezbollah. The Lebanese Army of which you speak
is scarcely better armed and trained than the
campus cops at your nearest college. Expect them
to be absorbed into the Hezbolese Army.
saramarie

Honolulu, HI

#4 Aug 17, 2006
why has the Lebaneses army not been to the south in 40 years? Is it just me or does this seem strange?
Charbel

Québec, Canada

#5 Aug 17, 2006
saramarie wrote:
why has the Lebaneses army not been to the south in 40 years? Is it just me or does this seem strange?
Why? Because the lebanese army at the time was not able and did not have the capabilities to face Israel is a situation of war- and god knows how many times Israel tried to invade and attck lebanon. Therefore, the hezbollah- legitimate lebanese resistance took care of the south and were facing head to head the israeli who were constantly a theath to lebanon.
Bill R

Davenport, WA

#6 Aug 17, 2006
saramarie wrote:
why has the Lebaneses army not been to the south in 40 years? Is it just me or does this seem strange?
No maps?
USMC Wife

National City, CA

#7 Aug 17, 2006
saramarie wrote:
why has the Lebaneses army not been to the south in 40 years? Is it just me or does this seem strange?
The Lebaneses army is extinct. It was put on the endangered species list back in 1982. No one from Lebanon came forward to protect this endangered species and now they are no more. Much like the extinct do do bird.
Charbel

Québec, Canada

#8 Aug 17, 2006
USMC Wife wrote:
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The Lebaneses army is extinct. It was put on the endangered species list back in 1982. No one from Lebanon came forward to protect this endangered species and now they are no more. Much like the extinct do do bird.
What about the resistance??...they came and protected the lebanese by kicking the IDF out....These brave fighters did a damn good job ISRAEL WILL REMEMBER....
Bill R

Davenport, WA

#9 Aug 17, 2006
Charbel wrote:
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What about the resistance??...they came and protected the lebanese by kicking the IDF out....These brave fighters did a damn good job ISRAEL WILL REMEMBER....
They kicked the IDF out? Charbel, on another thread
you quoted a columnist after claiming Israel admitted
that no army ono the face of the earth could defeat
Hezbollah. Now you seem to forget that now, as we
post back and forth, the IDF is still in Lebanon.
If you wish to post, that's fine ... both sides and
folks in between are here ... but if you post
nonsense you'll be regarded as a troll and ignored.

So I'll ask the question: Exactly when did the IDF
get driven out of Lebanon and how did everyone miss
it?
Udi

Israel

#10 Aug 18, 2006
Charbel wrote:
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What about the resistance??...they came and protected the lebanese by kicking the IDF out....These brave fighters did a damn good job ISRAEL WILL REMEMBER....
And how exactly did they protect Lebanon? The brought it on Lebanon to begin with, and then they were trying to stay a live, and launched rockets sporadicaly way behind the front line.

So I wonder how exactly can someone possibley think the HEZ protected Lebanon?
Bill R

Davenport, WA

#11 Aug 18, 2006
Udi wrote:
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And how exactly did they protect Lebanon? The brought it on Lebanon to begin with, and then they were trying to stay a live, and launched rockets sporadicaly way behind the front line.
So I wonder how exactly can someone possibley think the HEZ protected Lebanon?
It is interesting how the myth-making has already
begun, despite the fact that for a month the
now-heralded Hezbollah forces were powerless to
prevent the destruction of Lebanon's infrastructure
by Israel which struck virtually at will. Even
more, the destruction could have been much, much
worse had Israel not committed itself to precision
bombing rather than total decimation of Beirut and
the rest of Lebanon.

Nonetheless, for whatever reasons it seems that
Hezbollah and its supporters must live in denial
believing that they were victorious even though
Israel elected not to pursue a ground war whole-
heartedly and limit air strikes. Charbel lives in
a strange world where just surviving a 75% effort
by another nation is considered an earth-shattering
victory. I suppose its a bit sad to know Lebanese
standards of success are so low.
saramarie

Honolulu, HI

#14 Aug 23, 2006
Tamara MN wrote:
The US better not give one penny to help rebuild Lebanon. Israel shouldn't either.
The US needs to assist Lebanon, and it must. I am certain I give more money to the US than most and I vote we , as a country assist Lebanon in any way that Lebanon will accept our help.
When you REALLY examine the damage caused by Israel, an intelligent person can only come to the conclusion that Israel had a secret agenda other than the 2 soldiers that it has not even saved. This attack on Lebanon was not about 2 soldiers.
Screw Syria. Screw Iran and Screw Israel....America
should most definitely give aid to Lebanon.
PS I am certain you don't pay enough in taxes to have a say anyway.
saramarie

Honolulu, HI

#15 Aug 23, 2006
Bill R wrote:
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It is interesting how the myth-making has already
begun, despite the fact that for a month the
now-heralded Hezbollah forces were powerless to
prevent the destruction of Lebanon's infrastructure
by Israel which struck virtually at will. Even
more, the destruction could have been much, much
worse had Israel not committed itself to precision
bombing rather than total decimation of Beirut and
the rest of Lebanon.
Nonetheless, for whatever reasons it seems that
Hezbollah and its supporters must live in denial
believing that they were victorious even though
Israel elected not to pursue a ground war whole-
heartedly and limit air strikes. Charbel lives in
a strange world where just surviving a 75% effort
by another nation is considered an earth-shattering
victory. I suppose its a bit sad to know Lebanese
standards of success are so low.
Its interesting that you mention "precision " bombing. Thats exactly what it was. Do some investigative research into EXACTLY what businesses were hit and you will wonder what agenda ISRAEL had,
and still HAS. ISRAEL ha 6 years to bust HEZBOLLAHS chops. Instead it busted Lebanons. Whats up with that.????
Lebanon is like Switzerland or Costa Rica. ISRAEL could have attacked Hezbollah and Hezbollah alone.
DO SOME INVESTIGATIVE RESEARCH.TALK TO REAL PEOPLE.
VISIT IF NECCESSARY, you will discover the truth for your self.
Long live Lebanon....screw the political crap!
saramarie

Honolulu, HI

#16 Aug 23, 2006
saramarie wrote:
why has the Lebaneses army not been to the south in 40 years? Is it just me or does this seem strange?
ITS nice to see Lebanon has "olos" now.
Better late than never.
Stay independant Lebanon and you will prosper beyond your wildest dreams.
P.S. I like the idea of the Italians helping out more too.
Also , notice how Syria does not want "foreigners" at its border?.... Its Lebanons border too. Stand strong Lebanon. You don't have to sleep with Israel,
but make peace. Lebanon will PROSPER IN PEACE.Aloha
Bill R

Davenport, WA

#17 Aug 23, 2006
saramarie wrote:
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Its interesting that you mention "precision " bombing. Thats exactly what it was. Do some investigative research into EXACTLY what businesses were hit and you will wonder what agenda ISRAEL had,
and still HAS. ISRAEL ha 6 years to bust HEZBOLLAHS chops. Instead it busted Lebanons. Whats up with that.????
Lebanon is like Switzerland or Costa Rica. ISRAEL could have attacked Hezbollah and Hezbollah alone.
DO SOME INVESTIGATIVE RESEARCH.TALK TO REAL PEOPLE.
VISIT IF NECCESSARY, you will discover the truth for your self.
Long live Lebanon....screw the political crap!
Saramarie: Uh, hate to tell you this Saramarie, but
the Hazbollah army is a part of Lebanon. It has
representation in the Lebanese cabinet and is in
southern Lebanon by agreement with the government of
Lebanon. They represented Lebanon there.

Israel did nothing for 6 years because there was no
specific provocation to justify it in theie own eyes,
let alone the eyes of the world. The incident which
did was a direct provocation thatcaused the death of
Israeli soldiers and thekidnapping of 2 others to
secure the release of a convicted murderer being held
in prison ... tired and convicted legally in a court
of law.

Your romantic notion of Lebanon being like Switzer-
land or Costa Rica is among the most absurd things
found on any forum about the war I have read. If
Switzerland had an army with 10,000+ rockets and
commited the acts against any neighbor (say Italy
or France) it would be regarded as a warlike nation
with evil designs ... especially if its sole reason
for existence was to destroy Italy or France. Get
real and learn about your subject before you write
about it.
Udi

Israel

#18 Aug 25, 2006
saramarie wrote:
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The US needs to assist Lebanon, and it must. I am certain I give more money to the US than most and I vote we , as a country assist Lebanon in any way that Lebanon will accept our help.
...
should most definitely give aid to Lebanon.
I have no problem with anyone assisting Lebanon to recover, just make sure you are doing it through the Lebanese government, and not through the HEZ. Peres also called for assisting the Lebanese government to recover Lebanon before the HEZ do so.
saramarie wrote:
<quoted text>
When you REALLY examine the damage caused by Israel, an intelligent person can only come to the conclusion that Israel had a secret agenda other than the 2 soldiers that it has not even saved. This attack on Lebanon was not about 2 soldiers.
Screw Syria. Screw Iran and Screw Israel....America
1. Like you could do a better job givent the opening conditions
2. I guess there was another agenda, but I don't think it was a secret - removing the HEZ threat.
3. Secrew yourself.
Udi

Israel

#19 Aug 25, 2006
saramarie wrote:
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ISRAEL ha 6 years to bust HEZBOLLAHS chops. Instead it busted Lebanons. Whats up with that.????
Israel left Lebanon 6 years ago and tried to let the Lebanese government implement its sovreignty. The Lebanese government failed to do so, and let the HEZ hit deep roots. Israel didn't bust Lebanon, it busted the HEZ, and was acting to prevent the HEZ from achieving its goals.
You can read what a Lebanese Journalist (Michael Behe) blames the Lebanese government (below are several URLs, in case one is down):
http://www.standwithus.com/news_post.asp...
http://www.cggl.org/scripts/opinion.asp...
http://www.bigdoggie.net/messageboards/freesp...
http://www.aish.com/jewishissues/middleeast/S...

The above sites extracted the artical from "The New Republic" (requires free registration):
http://www.tnr.com/user/nregi.mhtml...
saramarie wrote:
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Lebanon is like Switzerland or Costa Rica.
No it's not. Those countries don't let rockets, missiles and other weapon enter their country and go to the hands ofterrorist.
saramarie wrote:
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ISRAEL could have attacked Hezbollah and Hezbollah alone.
It did.
You are wellcome to try and do a better job, there are still few HEZ left there.
By all means, PLEASE come and do the dirty job.
I know you wont, cause you CAN'T!
Udi

Israel

#20 Aug 25, 2006
Bill R wrote:
<quoted text>
...
If Switzerland had an army with 10,000+ rockets and
commited the acts against any neighbor (say Italy
or France) it would be regarded as a warlike nation
with evil designs ... especially if its sole reason
for existence was to destroy Italy or France.
...
But France would probably just wave their white sheets to the Swiss.:)
saramarie

Kailua, HI

#21 Aug 30, 2006
well well Udi,

Israel infact attacked Lebanon for something that Hezbollah did.Hezbollah is not a country. Lebanon is.
If Israel were really interested in peace with its neighbors why idnt Israel contact the country Lebanon prior to attack and give the country the opportunity to hanle Hezbollah and return the hostages.?

Because Israel was looking for an excuse.
Why did Israel bomb local businesses like the bottling company that we all know was not harboring Hezbollah rockets.?
Israelis are starting to hold Israel accountable as americans are starting to hold America accountable for her actions. sign of the times.
saramarie

Kailua, HI

#22 Aug 30, 2006
Well Bill got heated and rude quickly.....no room for discussion? isnt that just like a person that wants peace ugly Israeli style.?
similar to the ugly american?
my point was exactly what you stuttered, why not contact the govt of the country whose political party attacked Israel? give Lebanon the opportunity to correct the situation. Instead Israel ripped the country/s innocent people in the process and Israel
is still minus 2 kidnapped soldiers.

Yes I am certain I could do better,

As Condi Rice said, now we shall see who really wants peace. More Americans have awakened thru Israels attack this time than have in the last20 years. Which is an improvement because more Americans are seeing aand starting to adress the root of the problem which is the Palestinian issues and right to self determination.

Also more americans are on to American and Israeli propoganda, Israel NEEDS to be at peace with its neighbors. Times are changing. And though we worry
about your safety with Nasrallah and Iran calling for Israels Annihilation which is scarey enough in itself, Israel really needs to WANT peace and Lebanon is not your enemy and Lebanon was just gaining its strength from The 1982 Israeli attack when ''''you said it yourself,... in the Eyes of the world. well we're watching now ''''will Israel instigate another situation.?? I would like to see Israel exist peacefully as I am certain alot of people would but its time Israel really negotiates peace too. I am certain Israeli citizens suffer too.
Theres so much anger and hostility in your discussion that it breeds failure. for all sides and
you cant keep acting like a kid who says "well he started the fight" and you carried it on, so you also need to be accountable for the results which is NO PEACE. Its crazy, your children die ,their children die and for what. Only the Industrial war machine companies prosper.

Peace has to start somewhere and if its going to happen and I hope it will, why not sooner than later before you lose more friends and loved ones.

Why not think of how we can make this process stick?

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