Monday, June 8, 2009
Hezbollah Defeated in Lebanese Elections
Good news out of Lebanon. I’m particularly pleased that Hezbollah was the loser in Lebanese elections. Even though I often speak out about the dangers of Islam, the truth is I left a piece of my heart in Beirut, Lebanon, where I lived for two years in the late ‘60s.
Back then, it was an absolutely beautiful city with friendly people and a strong French influence. Of course, I was only in the Christian section of the city and maybe drove through the Muslim sector once or twice. I remember hating to leave Beirut to come back to the States. I feel confident I would not feel comfortable there today with the Islamization that has taken place in what I remember as a beautiful cosmopolitan city.
Needless to say, I am pleased to report that Hezbollah was defeated in the Lebanese elections. Perhaps, the recent discovery that the terrorist group may have been involved in the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri was a factor in Hezbollah’s defeat.
Read from Jihad Watch:
Electoral victories in Lebanon, Europe
“Hizballah loses, Wilders gains.
A dramatic reversal of fortune, and a setback for the Syrian/Iranian jihad in Lebanon. ‘Lebanon's ruling coalition claims election victory over Hezbollah,’ by Hugh Macleod in
The Guardian, June 8:
‘Jubilant supporters of Lebanon's US-backed ruling coalition took to the streets last night, claiming a decisive election victory. It marks a dramatic reversal of fortunes after polls showed it losing its slim majority to a Hezbollah-led coalition backed by Syria and Iran.
Fireworks streamed from the Beirut home of Saad Hariri, leader of the governing coalition and the top Sunni politician who is now expected to become prime minister. The post was held five times by his father, whose assassination in 2005 triggered a prolonged crisis.
“We extend our hand to work together seriously and in earnest for the sake of Lebanon … to build a strong and sovereign state," Hariri told supporters in the early hours of the morning. "Long live democracy."
Appearing to concede defeat, Hezbollah MP Hassan Fadlallah told the Hezbollah-run Al Manar television: "Whatever the results are, it won't change the sensitive equilibrium. Lebanon's only choice is consensus."
Official results will be announced early today, but supporters of the ruling coalition, known as March 14, last night began the celebrations on the streets of Beirut, blaring car horns and flying party colours. Local media reported that with 80% of the votes counted, March 14 – which won elections in 2005 by opposing Syria, which they blame for Rafik Hariri's assassination – had a slim lead over the Syrian-backed opposition.…’
And Geert Wilders's party, venomously portrayed (as usual) in this AP story, gains seats in the European Parliament: ‘Poll: Right-wing party second in Dutch Euro vote,’ by Mike Corder for the Associated Press, June 4:
History also shows that being conquered and Islamized are not paths to prosperity.”