16 July 2006

The mask is coming off

For years various newspapers and miscellaneous information sources were reporting that Hizbullah is accumulating thousands of missiles and artillery pieces transferred from their sponsors in Tehran via Syria. For years these reports were disregarded and even derided.

And of course, the Ayatollahs strongly denied any and all accusations of feeding the flames of war on our northern border. But now the truth comes out:

London-based Arabic-language newspaper al-Sharq al-Awsat quoted a senior Iranian army official as saying that The Islamic republic'’s Revolutionary Guard set up dozens of advanced rocket and missile bases in the Lebanon Valley and along the border with Israel. Between 1992 and 2005 Hizbullah received some 11,500 missiles and rockets, 400 short and mid-range artillery shells as well as rocket launchers. According to the report, Iran transferred some 40 different types of missiles and rockets to Hizbullah over the years.

In 2005, for instance, Hizbullah received the first shipment of huge 333 millimeter rocket launchers, as well as large quantities of ant-aircraft SAM-7 shoulder missiles and C-802 missiles, originally manufactured in China. The C-802 was used in the recent attack on the Israeli Navy ship off the Lebanon coast.

To remind our readers: ostensibly the reason for Hizbullah's armed wing existence is to "free" the tiny piece of ground called Shaaba farm, the fact that according to UN measurements and the Syrian claims belongs to Syria notwithstanding.

An astute reader will definitely ask him/herself: why would anyone need thousands of missiles, including the long range ones and even ground-to-sea ones, in order to free a smallish piece of real estate that lies on the border?

In Israel, an intelligence official said Saturday that elite Iranian troops helped Hizbullah fire a sophisticated radar-guided missile at the Israeli warship. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the information, said 100 fighters from Iran'’s Revolutionary Guard were in Lebanon.

These nice folks should be between the first to be targeted. They have no business to conduct on the soil of Lebanon, but all the good reasons to be planted in this soil.

So, after all, at least one good thing is happening amidst the death and destruction: the ugly face of the terror instigator and sponsor is showing itself more and more clearly to the whole world from under the dilapidated mask of pious religious purity.

Cross-posted on Yourish.com