Upper Left Coast

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Monday, July 31, 2006

Quote of the Day: Hezbollah & al-Qaeda

Jonah Goldberg makes an interesting (and, I think, accurate) comparison between the two terrorist organizations:
Immediately after 9/11, the argument was made repeatedly that al Qaeda should be treated like a bunch of militant Palestinians. It was our support for Israel, our military presence in Saudi Arabia, etc, etc, which "created" al Qaeda and sustained them. Stop doing what bothers them and they will go away. True or not, the fact is the question of what created al Qaeda in particular or Jihadism in general is irrelevant at this pont. Hezbollah was created by Israel's occupation of Lebabon. But until three weeks ago Israel no longer occupied Lebanon. This didn't make Hezbollah disappear. It made Hezbollah stronger. America could pull out of Afghanistan and Iraq tomorrow. This would not make al Qaeda weaker. It would make al Qaeda stronger. And not long thereafter we'd hear how if "we" only gave them Spain, we could have peace.


  • At 8/03/2006 11:10 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Actually what made Hezbullah stronger was the pull out from Lebanon of the Syrians a couple years ago. Syria was the only force which kept a lid on them.


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