March 6, 2009, - 11:42 am

Reaching Out to Hezbollah: UK Takes Page From Failed Bush Playbook, Obama Future

By Debbie Schlussel
Remember, back in 2005, when the Bush Administration floated a ridiculous trial balloon about making nice with Hezbollah, via the New York Times’ front page?

Earlier this year, while thousands of Lebanese people called for the ouster of Syria from their country, U.S. bureaucrats openly floated the idea of embracing Syrian-controlled Hezbollah. “U.S. Called Ready to See Hezbollah in Lebanon Role, A Sharp Policy Reversal,” read the headline in an outrageous March 10, 2005 front-page New York Times article. Incredibly, the U.S. was following the lead of France in embracing the terror group, only a few weeks after Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice was blocked–by France–from getting the EU to formally label Hezbollah as a terrorist group.

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Britain’s New Mickey Mouse Foreign Policy: Recognize Hezbollah

Condi Clueless and George W. Bush wanted to recognize and reach out to the terrorist group that tortured Navy diver Robert Dean Stethem to death, murdered over 300 American Marines and civilians in bombings of the Marine barracks and U.S. Embassy in Beirut, and murdered over a 100 others in bombings of the Jewish Community Center and Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires, Argentina (not to mention so many other murderous offenses around the world).
The idea was so outrageous (though little noticed) that even liberal Tim Russert, then-host of NBC’s “Meet the Press,” hammered Condi Clueless about it, in an appearance on the show. But, secretly, the Bushies pushed on with this ridiculous plan (and failed). They sent pro-Hezbollah U.S. Congressman Darrell Issa a/k/a “Jihad Darrell” to repeat his many Hezbo-loving trips to South Lebanon and to suck up to Syrian dictator, terror-host and Hezbollah surrogate Bashir Assad.
President Obama, during the campaign, made no pretensions about being against these groups bent on our destruction. Now, the Brits are openly pursuing his announced plan–and Bush’s secret one. They’re now looking to do what Bush wanted to do, recognize Hezbollah as a legitimate political party. Say what you want about Tony Blair (of whom I wasn’t a fan). Even he had the guts to point out that Hezbollah was training the terrorists in Iraq who murdered British and American soldiers, and he pointed out that the IEDs were supplied by Hezbollah.
Looks like this new guy Brown is just completely clueless and dangerously so:

Britain overturned its policy on a key Middle East issue yesterday by agreeing to talk to Hezbollah, the Lebanese Shia movement which fights Israel and is banned as a terrorist organisation by the US.
Bill Rammell, the Foreign Office minister, told MPs the government would authorise “carefully selected” contacts with the political wing of Hezbollah, which is represented in the Lebanese parliament. Other EU countries, including France, already deal with the group.

“Carefully selected”? As in, negotiating with “carefully selected” SS and Gestapo members. Or “carefully selected” 9/11 masterminds from Al-Qaeda. You don’t negotiate with these people. Period.

The move, urged privately by British diplomats for some time, may be partially intended to encourage the US to follow suit as Barack Obama’s administration pursues a fresh approach of engagement with parties shunned by George Bush.

“Fresh”? There’s nothing fresh about it. On the contrary, it’s purely rotten. Just because something’s different–and insane–doesn’t make it “fresh.”

But Foreign Office officials said the decision would not create a precedent for talking to Hamas, the Palestinian Islamist movement in control of the Gaza Strip, although calls have increased recently for the government to do just that.

Um, yes, it will creat precedent. Hello . . . .? Anyone home?

Hezbollah (Arabic for “Party of God”), was created after Israel’s 1982 invasion of Lebanon. In its early years, it was linked to hostage-taking and acts of terrorism, and claimed credit for leading resistance to Israel’s 18-year occupation.

WRONG. As I’ve repeatedly noted on this site, Hezbollah was founded much earlier to resist PALESTINIAN occupation of Lebanon (and rape, torture, and murder of Shi’ites by Palestinian Sunni P.L.O. terrorists) and was known originally as the Organization of the Oppressed on Earth (because of the way Shi’ites were treated like garbage by Sunnis around the world). Parts of Lebanon were then called “Fatahland” for a reason. As noted above, Hezbollah still takes hostages and commits terrorist acts.

“We have reconsidered our position on no contact with Hezbollah,” the Foreign Office said, “in light of more positive recent political developments in Lebanon, including the formation of the national unity government in which Hezbollah are participating. We are exploring certain contacts at an official level with Hezbollah’s political wing, including MPs.”

Thank President Bush, in part, for that, since he urged free elections in Lebanon, which brought Hezbos even more power.

Britain faced a classic dilemma of how to distinguish between a movement which engages in political and military activities. Last July the government announced it was banning Hezbollah’s “military wing” – Foreign Office officials insisted that the distinction was valid.

PUH-LEEZE. That’s so much bullcrap. A distinction without a difference. The “political wing” of Al-Qaeda? The “political wing” of the Nazi Party? Maybe we should have had relations with them.

Rime Allaf, a Middle East expert at London’s Chatham House, said the decision was the right one.

No kidding. An Arab Muslim thinks Britain should recognize Hezbollah. Shocking. Who’da thunk?

“It’s a different matter with Hamas, as they are still involved in a daily struggle against Israel. Current western policy doesn’t make any sense. You can’t base Middle East policy on whether a party has good relations with Israel or not.”

Um, we base western Mid-East policy on whether a “party” murders innocent civilians–including hundreds of Americans, like Hezbollah did. Hezbollah isn’t in a daily struggle against Israel? Are you joking? They continue to rocket Northern Israel and to vastly re-arm, courtesy of Iran, for the next attack.
The Foreign Office said Britain’s ambassador in Beirut attended a meeting last month of British and Lebanese MPs, including one from Hezbollah. The UK envoy urged all sides to show restraint during the ongoing crisis in Gaza.
Restraint = not blowing up any of the stupid infidels who are useful idiots in your fight for world domination.
Hmmm . . . if they’re gonna talk openly with Hezbollah, why not Al-Qaeda? There’s really no difference between the groups, except that one is Shi’ite and the other is Sunni. But both murder innocent westerners at the drop of a hat, and they work together to do it (Hezbollah is part of the Al-Qaeda network, and they worked together in Iraq to kill our and British troops).
Disgusting. Extremely stupid. And incredibly dangerous.

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Agreed. And its not conditioned on Hezbollah abandoning terrorism and cutting its ties to Iran. Its just an outright reward to a group of jihadists.
Sickening. But not surprising. Gordon Brown’s UK banned Geert Wilders from speaking to Parliament but allowed an extremist Islamist, Anjem Choudary, to march unmolested through London calling for the imposition of Sharia in the UK.
So its a short step to openly talking to a murderous terrorist group as though it were a civilized political party. The Nazis had a military wing too and it was indistinguishable from its political head.
Those who refuse to learn from history are condemned to relive it.

NormanF on March 6, 2009 at 1:16 pm

I don’t think anything is going to change until us the people raise up and say enough is enough. These government employees our representatives are clueless on both sides of the aisle. They all have pensions and health care for the rest of their lifeĆ­s. While most of us don’t except of course for some union workers. They should all get what we do a 401K match of say 3 to 5 percent and then when they retire they can go on SS and Med just like the rest of us. And save this country billions of dollars. Then they might start working on fixing these problems along with putting a stop to letting Muslim animals into this country. And believing this is a religion of peace.
You want to accept them then have them denounce their religion or remove all the passages that promote murder on anyone who is not into their bull shit believes. You should be able to believe in anything you want as long as it does not promote violence and death to those who don’t believe in what you do.
And if that is not enough now they are trying to sneak through HR 45 that will really limit your right to own guns along with making ammunition more expensive so they can finally unarm all the citizens so we can repeat the same mistakes that keeps happening when the citizens have their guns taken from them. Wake up people smell the F*&*^&*^ roses. Please look up HR 45 and send something to your representative and tell him to say no to any legislation that takes away your right to bear arms. I could on and on but then you will never read all stuff spewing out of my fingers.

ohboyohboy on March 6, 2009 at 2:09 pm

Duncan Hunter, where are you?

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barrypopik on March 6, 2009 at 8:22 pm

“Disgusting. Extremely stupid. And incredibly dangerous.”
I completely agree with you Debbie.
I may add that in the next election we shall see that a Lebanese Muslim Shi’a from Dearborn will be a member of the Congress or the Senate. AND OF COURSE IN THE NAME OF DEMOCRACY.

Daniel on March 7, 2009 at 2:36 am

Every terrorist and nut group around understands now that if you have a so-called social service wing of some type, it is possible to prevent countries like the United States and Britain from being harsh on you.
The Panthers had the Breakfast for Children program, and Farrakhan has his nutty community service activities. Essentially the West has been appeased, and is looking for any pretext to justify it. The terrorists are smart enough to give them one and make it easier for them. Unfortunately, even some so-called conservatives are either taken-in or intimidated by these groups and go along with this.

c f on March 7, 2009 at 8:32 am

This is not to negate Debbie’s point about
negotiating with “carefully selected” terrorists.
But at the end of WWII Allen Dulles of the OSS/CIA
was negotiating with an SS General Karl Wolff in
command of the German forces in Northern Italy.
This was successful because it saved many lives
(Allied and German) as it kept the Germans from
fighting “to the death”.
This was a historical oddity and I fully agree
with Debbie’s main point.

Hawkins on March 8, 2009 at 11:42 am

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