Congrats to Bizzyblog for spotting more photo fraud from Lebanon, this time in the New York Times.
The American Thinker compares Hezbollah’s strategy in Lebanon to Imperial Japan’s strategy on Iwo Jima:
The pro-Iranian, Lebanese Shiite terrorist organization has turned a number of southern Lebanese hillsides and towns into fortified death-traps. It has spent the better part of the past six years since the Israeli withdrawal from southern Lebanon turning several hilltop towns into an Iwo Jima-like maze of fortified bunkers, spider holes, pill-boxes, sniper dens, fields of anti-tank mines and IEDs, and interconnected tunnels.
Over whatever time remains before the conflict is forced to end, the IDF will take apart the Hezbollah terrorist-guerrillas that made the ultimate error of remaining in fixed positions. It is Hezbollah that is stoked in the passions and delusions of over-confidence. If Hezbollah takes comfort from fighting in fixed positions, they need only brush up on Napoleon, who said “the army that remains in its forts is beaten.” Or perhaps read up on how General Kuribayashi Tadamichi’s Japanese force of 21,000 at Iwo Jima was reduced by the United States Marines to just over 120 POWs (an additional 900 wounded were captured).
I’m glad someone else notices the similarities here. I’ve been thinking along these lines for awhile now.
More Iwo-esque commentary:
Update: Steve Schippert at ThreatsWatch.org thinks Hezbollah’s on the ropes. Maybe so, if Israel stays focused on crushing the Hezbos where they sit, andif the IDF can do it fast enough to beat the unspoken deadline (defined as “the point when political pressure inevitably weakens the Bush Administration’s willingness to delay a ceasefire”).
Hat tip: Hugh Hewitt
AP reports that Cpl. Hassoun is back in U.S. custody:
A U.S. Marine who was reported missing in Iraq more than two weeks ago is alive and at the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, where American officials are meeting with him, authorities said Thursday.
NBC reported the Navy was investigating whether his disappearance may be part of a kidnapping hoax. A Marine spokesman confirmed the Navy investigation remains open.
“I don’t think they’re ruling that out. It would be fair to say they’re not ruling that out,” Maj. Nat Fahy said earlier Thursday.
A spokesman for the Bahrain-based U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet said the “matter is under investigation by Naval Criminal Investigative Service” and referred further questions to the service in Washington. A call to the service seeking comment was not immediately returned.
This ought to be interesting. If this guy pulled some kind of stunt or hoax, just imagine the circus that would develop. I’d bet my eyeteeth that five minutes after any negative results crop up in the NCIS investigation, the Council on American Islamic Relations will rush to Hassoun’s aid against “Muslim-bashing right-wing extremists.”