In Lebanon, police have been
chasing after Islamic terrorists outside Palestinian refugee camps, and have
found a car bomb workshop, with three cars rigged and ready to go, in eastern
Lebanon. In the last few weeks, there have been four bombing attacks in the
capital, most of them in Christian neighborhoods. Recently, three foreign
Islamic terrorists were arrested, and the police believe Syria and Iran are
sponsoring terrorist activity against those who oppose Iranian and Syrian
domination of Lebanon.
The battle in the Palestinian refugee camp in the
north, and another camp in the south, has so far left at least 120 people dead
(20 civilians, 60 terrorists, and 40 soldiers and police), and several
hundred wounded. Police have indicted 31 Fatah al Islam members for terrorist
acts. So far this week, twenty Fatah al Islam have surrendered, and others are
negotiating their terms of surrender. Police believe only about 75 Fatah al
Islam members are still fighting up north, where 3,000 civilians refuse to
leave the refugee camp which, it turns out, had only 31,000 residents. Earlier
reports of 39,000 residents were based on UN records. But it's a common scam to
get people, who don't exist or have moved elsewhere, registered with the UN and
collect their refugee benefits. Thus the Palestinians have another thing to be
mad at the Lebanese for, as the fighting has forced the UN to do a headcount,
and many of the phantom refugees have been discovered, and their benefits cut
This week, the Lebanese army stopped a truck
at a check point in eastern Lebanon and seized a load of rockets and ammo
belonging to Hizbollah. This is rare, and may represent a dispute over the size
of the bribe Hizbollah is supposed to pay to get their weapons shipments past
For the last few days, there has been fighting between
Islamic terrorists and soldiers at another Palestinian refugee camp in southern
Lebanon. So far, this has been much less intense than the combat up north, with
only 20-30 casualties so far. The police are cracking down on foreign
terrorists, who were long tolerated when the country was occupied by the Syrian
army. Although the Syrian troops are gone, Syria and Iran still want their
people to run the country. This is difficult, because about two-thirds of
Lebanese are opposed to this foreign domination. The core of pro-Iranian
support is in the Shia community, which is about 40 percent of the population.
The biggest Shia faction is Hizbollah, but even this group is not powerful
enough to start a civil war and expect to win. So Syria and Iran appear to be
using terrorists to stir up trouble, and weaken the Christians and Sunnis who
currently run things.
June 7, 2007: Fatah asked Israel for
ammunition, anti-tank missiles (for use against fortified houses) and hand
grenades. Israel is hesitant to supply the stuff, because many Fatah gunmen are
defecting to Hamas. At the moment, Fatah has 30,000 armed security personnel,
and Hamas only 6,000. Fatah is also allied with private militias, with
several thousand gunmen. The Hamas fighters, however, are better led and
motivated, and usually win battles with Fatah, unless greatly outnumbered.
Israel is afraid that any weapons and munitions it gives to Fatah will either
be sold off on the black market (Fatah is still very corrupt), or seized by
Hamas. Fatah officials are so corrupt, that some have been known to sell
weapons and ammo to anyonw (Hamas, independent or Fatah factions).
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon has become more
outspoken about Iranian officials talking openly about destroying Israel. Moon
points out that membership in the UN includes agreeing to respect the existence
of other members. Iran is a barely functioning member of the UN as it is, a
process that began in the late 1970s, when the clerics took over the country.
Iran has long talked of attacking Israel, but done little about it. Now,
however, Iranian money and weapons are killing Israelis because of attacks from
the north (the Hizbollah rockets last Summer) and the south (Hamas has been
receiving cash and technical assistance). Thus Israel takes the prospect of
Iran getting nuclear weapons very seriously. Iran already has ballistic
missiles that could deliver such a weapon.
June 6, 2007: After three weeks of ceasefire,
fighting again broke out in Gaza between Fatah and Hamas forces. There were 18
casualties, after several hours of fighting. There was a confrontation between
Hamas and Fatah last week, but no one was hurt.
June 4, 2007: Israeli troops made a raid into
southern Gaza, searching several houses and arrested eight men.