Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Hezbollah officially takes control of Lebanon
From NYTimes -- After days of political wrangling, the candidate supported by Hezbollah and its allies, Najib Miqati, a billionaire and former prime minister, won 68 seats in Lebanon’s 128-member parliament, enough to name the next government in a country as divided as it is diverse. His elevation was a clear victory for Hezbollah, which has ruled out Mr. Hariri’s return to power, and was the culmination of what was already accepted as a fact of life here: that Hezbollah is the country’s pre-eminent military and political force.
It has been widely reported that Hezbollah operatives intimidated and threatened anybody who would oppose them. I wonder if Obama will continue to funnel 100's of millions in taxpayer dollars to Lebanon now that terrorists officially run the joint? As long as he's promising to cut spending, might as well start by stopping all aid to Lebanon and cutting of all funding of UN operations. That would be a good start.
There are those(I'm talking to you Glen) who would suggest that we stop all aid to Israel too. It may surprise you to find that I would support a gradual draw down of financial support of Israel as they build up their economy toward independence. 60 or so years of underwriting care of US taxpayers is probably enough already. On the other hand, we'd need to balance the money savings with the likelihood of an attack by the Arab community that would wipe Israel off the map. Is that an acceptable eventuality in the 21st Century?
My opinion is that Israel needs to stand economically more on her own but we should always make sure her enemies know that she enjoys our military protection. But that's just me.