Media Helping to Soften Hezbollah’s Image
- 25 August 2006 by Author 0 Comments
Media Helping to Soften Hezbollah’s Image
By Richard Larsen
Published Idaho State Journal, 08/25/06
Some have reacted with incredulity at recent assertions that the major news wires were in cahoots with Hezbollah terrorists during the most recent skirmish with Israel. It’s understandable why we would have such a reluctance to acknowledge such collusion.
We’re so completely dependent on the major newswires for information worldwide. Since we can’t be there in person, we are beholden to those who can be. That places us in the unenviable position of depending on those newswires for an objective and factual representation of what occurs.
Last week, NBC’s Andrea Mitchell, appearing on PBS’s program “Washington Week,” said, “And, I have to say, if you look at the mainstream media around the world everywhere other than in the United States, it is remarkably pro-Hezbollah. Hezbollah at this point is being described in most places now as a social service organization and a legitimate part of the Lebanese government, not as a terror group.”
Earlier on in the week she seemed to be doing all that she could to mold the U.S. media more after the fashion of her international counterparts. She ran a piece on NBC news where she reported, “…Hezbollah’s charismatic leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah has become Lebanon’s best known and most controversial politician. A Shiite populist, Nasrallah provides social services where Lebanon’s weak new government cannot, has ministers in the cabinet and operates militias.”
This is commentary on the man who was hand picked by the Ayatollah Khamenei to take Musawi’s place in 1992 as head of Hezbollah, the military branch of Iran in Lebanon after Musawi was killed by the Israelis. The man who amazed CNN’s Anderson Cooper a couple of weeks ago when he had an exchange with Jeff Goldberg where the latter said: “One of the things about Nasrallah that’s so interesting is how straightforward he is. And you see that in all of his statements on Israel and even his statements on America. There’s no attempt to soften the language. And the other thing about it that’s so shocking, I think, when you first hear it, is I always notice this, one of the first things I noticed, was the use of epidemiological metaphors to describe the role of Jews in the world, not just Israel but Jews, talking about Jews as a cancer, talking about Jews as a parasite on society.”
These “professionals” are surprised at how anti-semitic Nasrallah is! One who is quoted once as saying, “With respect to us, briefly, Islam is not a simple religion including only praises and prayers, rather it is a divine message that was designed for all of humanity. Islam is a religion designed for a society that can revolt and build a state.”
In 2000, Nasrallah had an interview with the Washington Post in which he said, “I am against any reconciliation with Israel. I do not even recognize the presence of a state that is called Israel. I consider its presence both unjust and unlawful. Hezbollah refuses any conciliation with Israel in principle.”
Nasrallah has stated that the whole reason he and Hezbollah exists is for the extermination of Israelis, and the elimination of Israel. Yet we have CNN, the New York Times, and NBC running “puff” pieces on the terrorists humanizing him and trying to create a case for their “grievances.”
And how does the U.N. side in all this? If there’s any doubt in your mind, you can “google” a picture of Nasrallah and U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan both smiling and shaking hands in June, 2000. That should be no surprise in light of the consistent condemnations and resolutions uttered by the self-righteous U.N. against Israel!
While his ability to incite and direct terrorism against Israel has long fueled concern in Washington, Nasrallah poses a much more direct threat to American national interests. Testifying before the Senate Select Intelligence Committee on February 24, CIA Director George Tenet warned that Hezbollah has cultivated an extensive network of operatives on American soil and an “ongoing capability to launch terrorist attacks within the United States.” In recent months it has infiltrated the Iraqi Shiite community to prepare the groundwork for a terror campaign against American-led coalition forces. Nasrallah is today viewed in American government circles as a greater threat than Osama bin Laden.
With the financial and military backing of Iran, Nasrallah and his ilk should concern us greatly. Don’t fall for the efforts to humanize him and his fellow terrorists.
Some of you still think all this is “fear-mongering” by a President who identified years ago the axis of evil sponsoring, fostering, and financing terrorism. How ironic it is that those subscribing to such a tenet are the same who have such problems over the separation of church and state. What kind of separation do you think there will be if Islamic extremists have their way?
Richard Larsen is President of Larsen Financial, a brokerage and financial planning firm in Pocatello, and is a graduate of Idaho State University with a BA in Political Science and History and former member of the Idaho State Journal Editorial Board. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.