Support for Hezbollah: Act of Disloyalty

Previous posts have discussed Hamas, but what about Hezbollah? Mahmoud El-Yousseph, a local and vocal Muslim considers himself a patriot. He is an ex-marine and claims a tremendous love for the United States, yet he supports Hezbollah, calling its mujahadin "freedom fighters."

Is it possible to be an American patriot and also support Hezbollah, really?

The Hezbollah charter published February 16, 1985, says in part,
We combat abomination and we shall tear out its very roots, its primary roots, which are the US. All attempts made to drive us into marginal actions will fail, especially as our determination to fight the US is solid.
...
Our Objectives
Let us put it truthfully: the sons of Hizhallah know who are their major enemies in the Middle East - the Phalanges, Israel, France and the US.
Hezbollah acts upon its enmity with the United States:
  • April 1983: Hezbollah sent a truck laden with explosives into the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, killing 63, including 19 Americans.
  • October 23, 1983: Hezbollah sent a suicide bomber against the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut causing 241 deaths.
  • Throughout the 1980s, Hezbollah was behind the kidnapping of many Westerners in Lebanon throughout the 1980s, including the capture and brutal murder of CIA Beirut Station Chief, William Buckley. Journalist Terry Anderson was kidnapped and would eventually spend 2,454 days in captivity, along with several officials from the American University of Beirut.
  • In June 1985, Hezbollah terrorists seized TWA Flight 847 en route from Athens to Rome, and diverted the plane to Beirut. When the terrorists demands were not met, a US Navy Seabee diver on board, Robert Dean Stethem, was shot and his body dumped on the airport tarmac. Other American military personnel were savagely beaten. The plane’s passengers and crew were held for 17 days.
  • In 1990, Hezbollah captured, tortured, and eventually hanged Marine Corps Colonel Richard Higgins
  • A Saudi Hezbollah cell was involved in providing al-Qaeda operatives with explosives training in their June 1996 attack on the Khobar Towers in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, which killed 19 American Air Force servicemen with the 4404th Wing and injured more than 500 others.
Are these simply old news and Hezbollah has changed? No. Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah in February 2005 in a speech to a crowd of Hezbollah supporters:
We consider it [America] to be an enemy because it wants to humiliate our governments, our regimes, and our peoples. Because it is the greatest plunderer of our treasures, our oil, and our resources, while millions in our nation suffer unemployment, poverty, hunger, unmarriageability, ignorance, darkness, and so on. America… This American administration is an enemy. Our motto, which we are not afraid to repeat year after year, is: "Death to America."

Crowd: Death to America
Death to America
Death to America
Death to America
Death to America
Death to America
[Thanks for Patrick Poole, Central Ohioans Against Terrorism for this summary]

When confronted with these facts, Mr. El-Yousseph defends his loyalty and patriotism with insults, but offers absolutely no reasoning or rational analysis to defend his Hezbollah support. As far as I can see there is no reasoning or rational analysis possible.

Hezbollah is an enemy of the United States. It says it is. It has engaged in both hostile words and deeds. It is our enemy.

Support of Hezbollah is therefore, and unarguably, disloyal to the United States.

Comments

Eolande said…
Great work.

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