Larry “small wonder Rove’s mother killed herself” Johnson doesn’t think Hezbollah is a terrorist organization
Remember Larry Johnson, the supposed CIA ‘expert’ the media loves to turn to when it wants a former CIA ‘official’ who will slam the President’s handling of the war on terror? The same jerk who wrote that it was "small wonder [Karl Rove’s] mother killed herself" (which the liberal blogosphere was curiously silent on)? The guy who launched a nasty attack blogger Seixon by suggesting that he had a "latent homosexual man crush" for the President because he defended him against the likes of Johnson?
Well, here are the latest blatherings from this prominent member of Moonbat Central, in response to Israel’s attacks on Hezbollah in Lebanon (which were in response to Hezbollah’s capturing of several Israeli soldiers):
Apparently not content to let the U.S. do a self-immolation act in the Middle East by itself, Israel decided to set itself on fire by invading Lebanon. Burn baby burn? Like George Bush, Israel’s Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert, never served in a combat unit and launched military operations without thinking the matter through. In fact, Olmert reportedly never even served in the military.
As LGF notes, Olmert did serve in the Israeli military (for starters, it’s required). Here’s Olmert’s CV:
November 1963 – Began his military service in the 13th Regiment, Golani Brigade. During his service he suffered injuries to a leg and an arm, which required prolonged medical treatment. He completed his military service in 1971 at the “Hamahane” newspaper.
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1979-1982 – Volunteered in the IDF and completed officers’ course while serving as MK. Volunteered for reserve service in Lebanon.
That’s not all Johnson is wrong on. Here’s more from what he wrote:
What about Hamas and Hezbollah?
They are not terrorists. They carry out terrorist attacks, but they are not terrorists. They are something far more dangerous. They are fully functioning political, social, religious, and military organizations that use terrorism tactics, but they are far more formidible than terrorist groups like Al Qaeda or the Basque Terrorist Organization. They do have the resources and the personnel to project force, sustain operations, and cannot be easily defeated. Unlike the Egyptian and Syrian armies in 1973, Hamas and Hezbollah will not easily fold and cannot be defeated in a seven day war. If that is the assumption among some Israeli military planners it is a crazy fantasy.
While most folks in the United States buy into the Hollywood storyline of poor little Israel fighting for it’s survival against big, bad Muslims, the reality unfolding on our TV screens shows something else. Exodus, starring Paul Newman, is ancient history. Hamas and Hezbollah attacked military targets–kidnapping soldiers on military patrols may be an act of war and a provocation, but it is not terrorism. (And yes, Hezbollah and Hamas have carried out terrorist attacks in the past against Israeli civilians. I’m not ignoring those acts, I condemn them, but we need to understand what the dynamics are right now.) Israel is not attacking the individuals who hit their soldiers. Israel is engaged in mass punishment.
Hmm – so Hezbollah and Hamas can carry out terrorist attacks but shouldn’t be considered terrorists.
Hat tip: The Jawa Report
Sidenote: Here’s Johnson defending those innocent victims of a Rovian plot Joe Wilson and Valerie Plame. (Thanks to Jason for the reminder)
Here’s the latest news on the conflict between Israel and Lebanon. Allah’s got more links.