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Heavy-Handed Politics

"€œGod willing, with the force of God behind it, we shall soon experience a world
without the United States and Zionism."€ -- Iran President Ahmadi-Nejad

Friday, November 04, 2005

Lebanese army flexes muscles

A Lebanese infantry unit supported by armored cars and armored personnel carriers put a siege on a hill used by Palestinians as a terrorist base on the Syrian border.

The troops sealed all approaches to the base of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, PFLP – GC. The decision to try and remove the small terrorist unit from the hill top was made at the highest level of the Lebanese prime minister’s office following complaints by the U.S. Syria continues to smuggle large amounts of small arms and ammunition from border towns into Lebanon.

Source: G2 Bulletin


  • Is this anywhere near the area where we lobbed a few sixteen-inch shells from the New Jersey back around 1982 or '83?

    Hopefully this operation will have better results in terms of "bang for the buck."

    By Blogger Wayne, at 4:14 AM  

  • I hope its effective. Pressure has to be applied to Syria and Iran by someone.

    In early 1984 the NEW JERSEY was on a three-month shakedown cruise off Southern California when there were political flare-ups in Central America that demanded her attention. Then, the Beirut crisis began. She transited the Panama Canal, having been designed to do so with a clearance of approximately two feet. NEW JERSEY remained on station with the Sixth Fleet for six more months in support of U.S Marines in the Multi-National Defense Force. On three occasions, she fired her 16-inch guns in defense. On February 8, 1984 she fired 288 rounds into the surrounding hills to effectively knock out Syrian anti-aircraft missile sites. The accuracy of the guns was questioned by some critics, but the mission was clearly accomplished. Toward the end, volunteers began relieving many of the crewmembers, but in May, 1984, eleven months after departure, NEW JERSEY returned home. Her presence in tandem with aircraft carrier groups was significant in that it couldn't be countered. Her rounds weren't flown in by vulnerable pilots in expensive jet aircraft, and a one ton bullet could hardly be deterred from its target.

    At any rate, any help is good help and at least its their "buck" and not ours.

    By Blogger HeavyHanded, at 9:06 AM  

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