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Is Nasrallah Dead?:

Last night (Israel time), the IAF dropped 23 tons of bombs on a bunker thought to be hiding Party of God (Hezbollah) leader Nasrallah and other top Party of God terrorists. The bunker was completely destroyed, Party of God's t.v. station claims that neither Nasrallah nor any other top leader (or even member) was killed, and that Israel actually hit a mosque under construction.

It's now 5:00 10:30 pm Lebanon time, and Nasrallah has yet to appear in public to prove that he's still among the living. Contrast this with last week, when rumors of his demise led Nasrallah to appear on Party of God t.v. within hours. And the "mosque" cover story doesn't lend much credibility to Party of God denials.

We shall see.

UPDATE: He's alive. Guess Hell will be one man short for a while.

te (mail):
Are you chilling champagne?
7.20.2006 3:34pm
Paco Jones:
Apparently, according to the headline on Drudge, he's still alive.
7.20.2006 5:47pm
Greedy Clerk (mail):
David -- I am waiting for you to condemn those crazy liberal MSMer's at the Jerusalem Post who continue to use the terms "Hizbollah" and "Hamas" instead of their English translations. Moreover, they use "National Religious Party" often instead of Mafdal (which is an acronym for Miflagah Dati Leumi -- translated to, you guessed it, National Religious Party).

Also, I await your condemnation of Bill O'Reilly's comments about "those Jewish liberals." http://mediamatters.org/items/200607200004
7.20.2006 5:53pm
Allen Asch (mail) (www):
Many Israelis seem to be waiting for Nasrallah's death. See, e.g., this link: Nasrallah, ...Your head was attached to your body too much
7.20.2006 6:17pm
Just:
"Guess Hell will be one man short for a while."

Some say it's still hell where he maybe is right now...

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Or:

*So... so you think you can tell
Heaven from Hell?

Blue skies from Pain?
Can you tell a green field,
from a cold steel rail?
A smile from a veil?
Do you think you can tell?

Did they get you to trade...
your heroes for goals?
Hot ashes for trees
Hot air for a cool breeze?
Cold comfort for change?

Did you exchange...
A walk on part in the war,
for a leading role in a cage?

*Floyd, Wish You Were Here
7.20.2006 7:17pm
Dave Hardy (mail) (www):
23 tons? Must have been one flat bunker after the visitation. That'd be about the load for a eight to twelve B-17s.
7.20.2006 9:03pm
Just:
Damn. All that ordnance and they missed 'em?

Sounds... ineffective. Not a fuck up exactly, unless they killed some kids, old people or non-involved civilians. Then, maybe it is a good old fashioned fuck up -- "spending" a lot, but not getting what you paid for.

I can see a story here... Young child survives yesterday's blast. Goes on to blow up an American family visiting the region, in a "payback" suicide bomb. He grows up, and remembers what happened yesterday and how the game is played. Who knows whose family will be killed in 15-20 years, thanks to the unthinking actions being undertaken today. Seriously though, if someone were writing those human stories... linking the actions, dates and people involved, I suspect we'd have a more human face on the utter destruction being caused over there in Israel and America's name. Funny how we only pity victims, based on how they relate to our identity group, eh? Is that the true legacy of all those 8th grade trips to the Holocaust museum, state-mandated education about the subject, etc? But what if their people are currently vowing "Never Again" too? What if their justice is just a bit delayed, and comes when say your daughter is visiting her homeland for a vacation? Well, maybe then you'd call today an ineffective fuck up?
7.21.2006 9:40am
Harry Eagar (mail):
Just, please follow the link and note Nasrullah's comment that the 2 Arab kids he just killed have just been elevated to martyrdom in his church, then get back to us about putting a human face on events.

At least since the story of Abraham and Isaac, the Jews have refrained from killing their own children in order to make martyrs out of them.
7.21.2006 7:52pm
Mike Lorrey (mail) (www):
Dave H: 23 tons, i.e. 46,000 lbs, is the weapons load of 4 F-16's, which is about half of what the Israelis dropped on the Osirak reactor. Whether they used cannon barrel-type penetrators, I can't tell yet.

The best way to avoid that fate, is of course, to not spend much time in your own 'leadership bunker', and of course forcing a bunch of women and children into it at gunpoint and calling it a school for a week is also a nice propaganda coup.

My bet is that he's living in a spider hole somewhere a little better appointed than Saddam's, or just some suburban house (like Qusay and Oday).
7.21.2006 9:43pm