Live from an Israeli bunker

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Answer to US security in my pocket, and News

Unsurprisingly enough, most European countries are not tripping over each other to send troops to south Lebanon as per the new UN resolution that they pushed for so badly. France, for example is only willing to send 200 troops (in addition to the 200 they have there as part of UNIFIL already), their secretary of defense saying: "You can just send people there not being able to defend themselves and not being allowed to fire back", no kidding.

Other the Italy (world cup champions, great food) who are leading the way with 3000 (nonetheless, one of their generals was quoted saying the UN resolution was a joke) most countries are side stepping this, not that I blame them, except I do because those hypocrites pushed for this to pass but when push comes to shove they don't own up to their words. Muslim countries however are more then happy to offer their services, in fact they are yearning to do it, Malaysia and Indonesia who do not recognize Israel have asked to participate and send their own forces. Naturally, our ambassador intervened and hopefully that nightmare won't come to pass.

The Lebanese army so far has deployed about 4,500 out of the 15,000 it's supposed to. But again, it was said time and time again by them that the Lebanese army has no intention of disarming Hezbollah. That's great because the Hezbollah has no intention of taking on the Lebanese army (or so they claim right now): "There is no chance of that because we favored this from the started, there is coordination between us and every social and political movement in the south, especially with the army."

The geopolitics here are so complex it's sometimes hard to keep track, but the Muslim countries who are allied with the US and are uncomfortable with the thought of Hezbollah growing in power and popularity are setting up their own Arab summit in the next few months. Before you get your hopes up they still blame Israel for failing the peace process anyway.

As for the political situation in Israel, as I said before the Likud and Bibi are going to win this big time. It's starting already. More on that in the future.

I'd like to close with my own experiences of today and previous days. I bused from Canada into the states, on the border we stopped, everybody got out of the bus with just their passports, wait in line, get stamp, scan fingers, take picture, go on your way. In my pockets I had an iPod and headphones, and a wallet, they were bulging but nobody checked them. I could have easily taken anything I wanted, the lack of control is frightening.

Today I was in NYC, I haven't been here since 1999 and I didn't know what to expect. It's largely the same. Going into the Metropolitan Museum two bored security guards were idly checking bags and passing people thru, no metal detectors. My point being that following the foiled terror plot in the UK news networks kept asking if America is safe and if attack here is possible. There's your answer.


  • Interesting that you think Bibi will win in the next elections. I personally think that Bibi is one of the reasons that we're in this mess in the first place ~ well really, second place. Barak gets first place. If Bibi hadn't forced Sharon out of office, Kadima just wouldn't be. It was Bibi's greed that made him do what he did to the Likud party and I'm just not sure I could ever vote for him again. And you should understand that until that all happened in the Likud party, I was a staunch Bibi supporter.

    To be honest with you, I don't know who I would vote for now.

    By Blogger RJ, at 6:58 AM  

  • We have a real problem with leadership now and other then Bibi there isn't a lot left to vote for. For better or for worse I believe he is what we need right now.

    By Blogger Live from an Israeli bunker, at 7:06 AM  

  • if the security is so lax, and still no terror attacks, doesn't this kinda point to the possibility that the threat of terror (on the US, i know israel has a huge problem) isn't as big as people make it seem?

    By Blogger qzx, at 7:22 AM  

  • QZX, that's a post in it's own right but it's getting late here. I was planning on writing a lot more about the issue in the following days.

    By Blogger Live from an Israeli bunker, at 7:29 AM  

  • Will you be leaving NY via JFK? If so, you'll be absolutely shocked by the lack of security at the international terminal. Anyone carrying anything has free access to the entire terminal, right up to the gate area. If someone had it in their mind to do damage to the terminal itself and the hundreds of passengers hanging around, waiting for their flights, that's a perfect place to do it. For someone that welcomes getting searched before entering the supermarket or a cafe, that came as quite a shock to me.

    By Blogger RJ, at 9:32 AM  

  • qzx........Pearl Harbour also found Americans napping yet the Japanese repeated the trick they had performed at Tsushima in 1905 against the Russians..............complacency is a drug.

    Americans are busy making foreigners go through security hoops to enter the US forgetting that all the airliners crashed on 9/11 were domestic flights.

    Israel needs better military leadership - politics has failed for so long to produce leaders that generals have been made Prime Minister.

    It is time to use the rest period to gear up and be ready for the next assault. Israel's enemies have abundant manpower, and the question is how long Russia and China will permit their technology to be in the hands of terrorists before the thouht of Chechens similarly equipped alarms.

    By Blogger Voyager, at 2:07 PM  

  • guess who broke the ceasefire?

    By Blogger qzx, at 6:11 PM  

  • guess who broke the ceasefire?

    There is NO ceasefire - there is Resolution 1701...........perhaps it has not been implemented.........

    The U.N.-brokered cease-fire began on Monday, 14 August 2006 at 8:00 AM local time after increased attacks by both sides. The demands[1] sum up:

    * Full cessation of hostilities (OP1)
    * Israel to withdraw all of its forces from Lebanon in parallel with Lebanese and UNIFIL soldiers deploying throughout the South (OP2)
    * Hezbollah to be disarmed (OP3)
    * Full control of Lebanon by the government of Lebanon (OP3)
    * No paramilitary forces, including (and implying) Hezbollah, will be south of the Litani River (OP8).

    NOw tell us which components of Resolution 1701 have been fulfilled

    By Blogger Voyager, at 6:21 PM  

  • none have been fulfilled. good point.

    so, should hizbollah then use this same excuse and resume firing rockets into israel?

    By Blogger qzx, at 8:42 PM  

  • so, should hizbollah then use this same excuse and resume firing rockets into israel?

    As a matter of fact, that's exactly what Israel was trying to prevent. The operation was part of efforts to curtail Hizbullah's smuggling of weapons from Syrian.

    By Blogger RJ, at 8:58 PM  

  • Hey. Im a 15 yr old Jew from america and I like your blog. It's a very truthfull to the point view. Please write me back in an email to if you can

    By Blogger Guri Zeigerman, at 9:39 PM  

  • You know,

    for a lithuanian who passively supports you in this bloody conflict i'm not very happy with your prospects.

    In the past guerrillas were defeated only when long term drastic actions were taken against the local population.
    French were successful in supressing violent resistance in Algeria, English in... In one of Asian countries. But just read about what they had to do! There's no way you can successfuly repeat that in today's world.

    Even with american help you will continue being under a severe financial and mental strain for a long time.

    Well, sorry for being useless, but i wish you luck. Maybe something good will come up. I don't know... Maybe US will nuke Iran or something.

    What i would do in your place is, i would emigrate. Life's too short for this sort of stuff.

    Get out of there guys, let the pensioners fight it out!

    Vitalijus from Plymouth (England)

    By Blogger Vitalijus, at 3:05 AM  

  • Whatever you think of Hezbollah you have to admit that they know politics as well as warfare.

    I've seen videos on CBS and CNN's website of them already handing out cash for reconstruction, getting to bombed out villages before the regular humanitarian mob arrive, even logging all the details of the damaged properties done in south Beirut down to the details of the type of wood and glass damaged.

    I think for Israel this presents a major problem unless there is a RADICAL TACTICS RETHINK. Can anyone who knows more history than me tell me where overwhelming military force has defeated an entrenched guerilla force with massive popular support? Here examples of where it didn't:

    - Veitnam, obviously
    - the French in the Algerian War of Independence
    - The Russians in Afghanistan

    Israel cannot win this particular fight miltarily and will look weaker everytime they score a draw with Hezbollah. The Americans, French and Russians had the luxury of withdrawing from Vietnam, Algeria and Afghanistan. What are Israel's options?

    By Blogger olufela, at 4:18 AM  

  • "Maybe something good will come up. I don't know... Maybe US will nuke Iran or something."

    interesting. nuke and good in the same train of thought.

    By Blogger qzx, at 4:31 AM  

  • Yah, well look, sunshine, here's how it goes.

    The Islamists have this romantic attachment to this death cult of theirs. What they never lived through was the Second World War. Firebombings. Auschwitz. And of course, Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Especially the latter two. So they think it's all neato-keen to get one of these thingies and set one off in a Western City and then watch what happens. Dig?

    They have no conception of the pandora's box they open up when they go down this road. Ahmdhi Nutter thinks that if he throws a nuke at, say, an American Carrier group, we run away and then negotiate. He doesn't get it....

    By Blogger Chris, at 5:05 AM  

  • QZX - "so, should hizbollah then use this same excuse and resume firing rockets into israel?"

    If you look at that list of demands for the cease fire again...which one of them would you say hizbollah would be trying to accomplish by doing that? Israel is trying to accomplish the third in order to enable the others.
    (Israel isn't required to withdraw until there is a simultaneous deployment of Lebanese and Unifil soldiers -which isn't happening on more than a token basis and there certainly isn't full control of Lebanon by the government of Lebanon. Israel, on the other hand, has the right to require, per the resolution, that hezbollah be disarmed. And certainly to require that Hezbolloah not be rearmed.

    By Blogger Sloopy, at 5:09 AM  

  • don't tell me the arabs never lived through war and atrocities. in a sense, what's happened in the mideast is far worse than hiroshima and ww2.

    at least those events were condemned. the violations of human rights in the mideast seem to be rewarded with billions of dollars.

    there are some sick terrorists out there. but alot of them turn to violence because they are pissed.

    watch the video and keep in mind that this is just a fraction of what's been going on all this time.

    you're all concerned about iran funding hizbolla. about iran having nukes. well, many people are concerned about the US funding israel. and about israel having nukes (they already do). but i guess those opinions don't count now do they?

    and israel's "retaliation" hasn't weakened hizbolla. just check the news. they have so much support now that people are fearing they could become a majority in the lebanese government. this wasn't the case before all this happened. strengthening democracy? good job!

    By Blogger qzx, at 8:09 AM  

  • what's happened in the mideast is far worse than hiroshima and ww2.

    Sorry but you are wrong. 64.000.000 people died in WWII, 38.000.000 in Europe alone.

    Warsaw was flattened, Rotterdam was firebombed, 12% Germans were killed - that is 12% of 80.000.000 people.

    There were hundreds of thousands of refugees streaming into Germany after 1945 - they were sleeping in former concentration camps. Britain introduced bread rationing in 1948 so as to send bread to Germany.

    The Middle East has never seen situations like WWII and its people could not handle it, they are not resourceful enough. It is Europeans and Americans who feed Palestinians in a giant Welfare Program unlike any anywhere on earth while people in Darfur starve. They have mobile phones in Palestinian Authority areas but neither food not water in Darfur.

    The Middle East is very cushy because of oil and generous benefactors..........maybe gzx you should look at the state of Ukraine, Poland, the Caucasus after 1944......look at cities like Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich, Dresden, Berlin, Cologne, Duesseldorf, Hamm, Dortmund, Hanover, Essen..............

    By Blogger Voyager, at 1:35 PM  

  • 1) the oil is in the gulf and iraq, not the middle east.

    2) people adapt to survive their environments. i don't think the europeans of today, dropped into an israeli/palestinian/lebanese life, would do too well. what you're saying is starting to sound pretty racist.

    3) on the off-chance you're talking about israelis (being of european origin) being more resourceful than palestinians, israel gets $15 million a day in aid, the palestinians almost a quarter million. who do you think would suffer more if their aid was cut?

    4) why are we even having this discussion??

    By Blogger qzx, at 6:46 PM  

  • voyager is right when he says the middle east has never gone threw what eourope went threw in ww2 but i do think they could handle a situation much like the one britian and eastern and western europe went threw, though on a much smaller lvl (not because there not good enough simple dont have have the reasourses). but what i ask is if a meteor hit eourope now would the middle east put aside there hatred and treat them as equals? less than 4 yrs after ww2 the brits and other european nations were helping a ppl that a few yrs before where trying to conquer them all....what i wonder is if the ppl of the middle east and persia would so the same?

    and just a couple more things

    my grandfather was slated to be on the 3rd wave into mainland japan....hundreds of thousands of americans would have died if we had not droped the bomb.more than likly also my grandfather an italian imigrant to this of the best men i will ever have the honor of knowing? and the japanese? i like them there cool...we have forgiven the fact they attacked and killed not more than 5000 ppl at pearl...not to mention the rape murder and torture of 100,000 of americans aussies and brits in the pacific.........though the fact that japanese women are hot probbly helps:P

    as to if a large force has ever deffeated a gurrila force.

    the romans deffeated a the jews in massada before they broke the walls though every jew in the fortress killed each other

    yes a large supior army can beat an insugency if they only try very bruttle(to us anyway)methods.
    and the romans didnt wish to kill all the jews.....or they probbly would have succeeded most romans were once jews in the middle east then a large majority converted to catholosism.....disagreement between the two groups inevitably lead to wars

    oh yea ever want to see something funny compare early christianity to todays islam youll find a lot of similarities

    if history has tought us anything its nothing last for long there is a season for all things a season for war a season for peace a season for pride and forgivness

    all nations fall all of them if they do not change they will fall faster
    what are our childrens children going to be left with?
    will the children of todays suicde bomber be left with a ruined land scape and a war they know only threw stories or a peaceful prosperouse landscape because where will there money come from when the oil and natural gas is gone?

    By Blogger james, at 9:41 PM  

  • to see something funny compare early christianity to todays islam youll find a lot of similarities

    Yes - the whole of modern Turkey, Egypt, Israel, Syria, Iraq, Morocco, Algeria, Libya was CHRISTIAN.......................I wonder which Muslim "missionaries" converted all those Christians to Islam ?

    By Blogger Voyager, at 12:45 AM  

  • i was talking about all the wars the europeans fought over who had the right way to worship know the wars in germany in the 1600s italy britain and all the other places.........

    and i dout just because the byzantine emporer declaired christianity the state religion all byzantium followed christ,also the ottoman empire was at first very tolerant of other religions.....of course as time went on things changed

    ah yes and jihad=crusade
    the religious leaders in europe at the time declared all muslims infidels and ststed that for any man of christ to kill a muslim was a act of god most crusaders were nothing but murderers and rapist

    ironic that the last bastion of said christianity in that region byzantium constantinoble was sacked not by muslims but by crusaders payed of by merchant princes in venice thus giving all that land to muslim hands most modern day curds are the decendants of byzantium to give them a state is there sole wish and one of the islamo facist biggest fears.....christains earned there fate in the crusades..modern day christians are blamed andattacked for acts started over 700yrs ago.....forgivness apparently to much

    ....i wonder if the iatolas and sheiks in the muslim world though of the fate of the crusaders when they began this again the same acts of murder betrayal and brother against brother always the innocent on both sides suffer for the gain of a few

    By Blogger james, at 6:11 AM  

  • who had the right way to worship know the wars in germany in the 1600s italy britain and all the other places.........

    Had little to do with that at all - it was about models of government. Roman Catholicism was associated with Absolutist Power which is why France and Spain were England's main enemy.

    Britain did not exist before the 18th Century since The Act of Union with Scotland is dated 1707. Scotland is Presbyterian not Episcopalian...........that is another difference.

    The English Civil War was political rather than religious..............

    Why do you think Muslims attacked Jerusalem ? Why did Mohammed send ultimata to Persia, Byzantium, Egypt ?

    Why did Muslim armies attack Vienna in 1683 ?

    Why did Muslim armies massacre Christians in Smyrna in 1922 after massacring Armenian Christians in 1915 ?

    By Blogger Voyager, at 10:13 AM  

  • you know the wars in germany in the 1600s italy britain and all the other places.........

    None of these countries existed in the 1600s

    By Blogger Voyager, at 10:13 AM  

  • ........dude they were still there look it up and yes britain was there just as england over 1,000,000 germans died in those wars they had between prodistant and somethin else

    By Blogger james, at 4:21 PM  

  • ude they were still there look it up and yes britain was there just as england

    Britain did not exist before 1707.....Germany did not exist before 1871..........England and France are the oldest nation states in Europe - possibly Poland would count

    Then again you are obsessing about Sweden and its war with Poland.........England was not involved - it was having a civil war instead

    By Blogger Voyager, at 5:23 PM  

  • ok ok god your anal.....ok christiams never went on crusades never sacked jerwsalem(no i dont care if i misspelled it) when they first sacked the city.they pretty much killed everyone jew,christian,muslim all were equaly dead but no no christians never did anything like that........

    get your head outa your but alla im saying is that early christian history bears alot in common with todays islam or was the spanish inqusition a bad dream

    now chill!!!!....what are we today at least in america we calmed down now down boy

    i though about printing a page from the history of "what we today call germany" but said screw it im tired just got off a 14hr shift

    By Blogger james, at 2:43 AM  

  • James you are very don't unload your private problems on us.

    Thankfully Christians did go on Crusades and thankfully they stopped the Muslim invasion of Europe but unfortunately lost Constantinople and Syria and The Levant.

    They were not dissimilar to those men who went ashore on 6th June 1944 in Normandy - my there was a lot of destruction at Caen and Falaise - and such a lot of destruction - but they did manage to push back the pagan hordes and keep Europe free for a few more years

    By Blogger Voyager, at 10:22 AM  

  • omg ppls accualy use the term pagan

    you retard i am a pagan and you listen to your fairytales to much..
    compaireing crusaders to d-day vets..bite your tounge boy you see this as a black and white....sorry no...ottoman rule was for the most part kinder to christians and jews than europes kings and little lordlings were...ok ok no lets just admit this you and i agree modern day islamic extremist are cowards, murderers and evil honorless men good only for death

    but if we carry on a grudge on both side never forgiving never stopping the death we are doomed to war forever while a small mean part of me thinks honnorable battle forever aint a bad idea...the rational human part says it must end. your way of seeing only in black and white has lead to genocide in the past...remember that be vigilent but merciful if a people stick to that way they keep there honor while showing a willingness for peace in most things israel has followed this way...IN MY OPINION...there now dont go pastin stuff saying no no your wrong look..its my opinion every human being has his or her own opinion wheither it agrees with anyone elses or not...even you

    at the first crusade the pope declared any man who goes on the crusades would be forgivin of all sins in this world and the next
    this brought the worst ppl in europe oh and dont forgett the fact that rape and looting where an accepted part of warfare then

    so accept it most...not all crusaders where just criminals bent on rape and loot

    today we face an enemy that if they succed will feel no quallms what soever in visiting the same sentence on us.

    and voyager....ignorant about most things i may be but at least i can accept when the world dosent fit my way if your to ignorant an fanatical to accept that a christian can behave as bad as the worst muslim than your just as delusional as the guy who said muslims couldnt rape because they were forbiden by islam to have sex out side of marriage delusional and no nothing about your fellow man or war

    so god just give us peace in israel lebanon and all the world

    By Blogger james, at 11:11 AM  

  • If I was Israel I'm not sure I'd want the un suppling troops the Weekly Standard reported that unifil had posted on their website Israel's movements during the war. So much for being neutral.

    By Blogger Dakotaranger, at 12:14 PM  

  • James - learn to spell "hordes" all you had to do was copy it..........even people who cannot understand English can cannot even copy it correctly. Pitiful !

    So you're a self-confessed Pagan........enough can't get more pitiful than that.

    By Blogger Voyager, at 12:39 PM  

  • dude .......there are alot of things i could say to that.....alot............but your an idiot will work fine and i appologize for any misspelling of words and biggotry expressed by idividuals on this site(i try not to be but thats just me i find bigotry offensive) and im sorry im to buisy to be anal about spelling

    ps um voyager could you tell me what your ocupation and religious standing are and stop making fun of mine? oh and answer more of my questions

    By Blogger james, at 7:17 PM  

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