Cross Your Fingers

Monday, August 07, 2006
and hope they got Nasrullah. Yoni reports:
"IAF has hit according to my sources a 10 story building in Beirut with several high value targets in inside the building at the time of the attack."
That ties in nicely with this heavy hinting from Haaretz
Therefore, it is expected that in the coming days the IDF will carry out a frantic effort to locate Nasrallah, alone or with some of his associates, and try to kill them. In one morning recently such a moment had come: a "highly valued" Hezbollah target emerged and all the right ears were perked up, the weapons systems were put on alert, and then the target slipped away - at least until the next time.
Assasination by air strike is fine but it has had a very limited success ratio. Hitting a ten-story building hard enough to assure a kill on one individual is extraordianrily difficult. If the IAF managed to do it, they deserve the world's admiration.

This strike also means that Olmert has taken up the challenge from Nasrullah - Tel Aviv will be hit should Nasrullah survive.

UPDATE:CNN has this:
BEIRUT (CNN) -- An Israeli strike hit a south Beirut street Monday evening, killing at least 10 people and wounding 65 others, Lebanese security forces said.

The strike occurred about 8 p.m. (1 p.m. ET). It hit a building near a mosque in the southern suburb of Shiyah, an upscale neighborhood on the edge of mostly Christian east Beirut, officials with the security forces told CNN.
CNN is being cute again - why does "near a mosque" seem not to fit too well with "mostly Christian"?

SECOND UPDATE: This fellow was also an excellent target. No ten-story involved, though. As yet, I can't find any reference to Nasty appearing anywhere today.

14 comments:

lurker said...

I just came from Yoni's site and read that tidbit. I wondered how they could destroy that ten story building but then I thought that perhaps IDF got its elite soldiers surrounding that building to work their way into the building.

I hope they got Nasrallah this time!

Crossing my fingers!

David Thomson said...

I cynically suspect that Nasrallah is safely hiding in some country’s embassy.

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vnjagvet said...

Maybe Nas and Castro are jigging it up together somewhere tonight.

Too good to ask for, I fear.

David Thomson said...

It would be nice to kill Nasrallah. He might be recording his messages behind the walls of an embassy. How can the IDF best destroy the remaining TV and radio stations? This might the only real option on the table.

ex-democrat said...

i agree with a comment i read elsewhere: that a direct hit on the iranian embassy should be made just to hear the iranians complain about embassy inviolability.

Rick Ballard said...

Vnjagvet,

I hope what Nasty said was "Fidel, is it hot in here or is that just me?"

I've seen reports of loud explosions during the night in Beirut but it's still too early in the morning for daylight pictures to be up. I'm wondering if Yoni put a teaser up for traffic but he really doesn't seem like that kind of guy.

vnjagvet said...

Those beards might be a touch combustible, Rick. And the virgins might be ugly, too.

Syl said...

Israeli Amb to the US said on CNN tonite about that hit that they were going after a high value target, but he could not say more. When asked if they were successful, he said again he could not say more.

Since it's been almost 12 hours, I doubt they got Nasrallah (if that's who they were aiming for) because by now the Israelis would have picked up chatter.

chuck said...

why does "near a mosque" seem not to fit too well with "mostly Christian"?

Well, I've seen pictures of mosques and churches next to each other in Beirut. I wouldn't jump to conclusions.

Rick Ballard said...

Chuck,

I don't doubt it - but read the sentence again and note "on the edge of" - what did that actually add except a highlight that the bloodthirsty Israelis are indiscriminately bombing innocent Muslims AND maybe Christians. It's straight propaganda.

Knucklehead said...

Rick,

...hit a building near a mosque in the southern suburb of Shiyah, an upscale neighborhood on the edge of mostly Christian east Beirut

That bit is so overloaded with the bigotries of the Presse Ancienne that it flirts with being a masterpiece.

If the loathesome Israelis don't actually blow up a mosque then, dangit, look how close they're coming!

But the second half of the propoganda snippet is where the wonderous overloading takes place. It isn't enough that those perfidious, blood-lusting Jews are waging genocide against the poor, destitute, defenseless moslems. Look how they even go after "upscale" people (i.e, tie this in with the leftist fellow travelers) and endanger Christians.

The point of the exercise is, of course, to keep hammering at the Israelis with "disproportionate" and "indiscriminate" themes. What's so diabolically cute about this particular exercise is the neat little attempt to set the hook in the heartstrings of the "upscale suburban neighborhood" and even "Christian" audience.

There are those among us who believe this sort of presentation is subconsious and they don't even recognize their ingrained bigotries. I believe it is too carefully crafted to be done subconsciously; they know precisely what they are doing and they do it willfully, with forethought and malice.

gumshoe1 said...

"There are those among us who believe this sort of presentation is subconsious and they don't even recognize their ingrained bigotries. I believe it is too carefully crafted to be done subconsciously; they know precisely what they are doing and they do it willfully, with forethought and malice."


Knucklehead -

i think,in fact it is done with
one eye on the mirror
and the other on their
very own personal bag of skin:

when you're a tranzi
in geo-symchronus orbit,you aren't,in reality,
"speaking truth to power",
half as much as you're very careful to have a soft place to land when indeed you need one.

look at poor ole' Eason Jordan.