Who will defend Lebanon??? 
"Who will defend Lebanon in case of a new Israeli offensive?" he asked. "The Lebanese army and international troops are incapable of protecting Lebanon," he said, flanked by Lebanese and Hezbollah flags.


That's from Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah. It just begs the question... would Lebanon need defending if Hezbollah didn't go around starting conflicts?

Hmm...

Now to answer his question... wouldn't the Lebanese army defend Lebanon if such defense were needed? As I understand it, they weren't involved in this ordeal because Israel wasn't attacking with the intent to hurt Lebanon but, rather, with the intent to hurt Hezbollah who was using Lebanon as their playground. So really, if Lebanon was in need of defense, it was against Hezbollah making them a target. Seems to me that Israel was actually helping them out in this regard. I don't recall hearing anything about the Lebanese army going in and stopping Hezbollah from keeping the conflict raging.

Maybe that just didn't make the news... but I doubt it.


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Time to take over the world. 
So now that I'm a millionaire, who would like to help run my campaign?

NotWeasel for Prime Minister.

Or... rather... NotWeasel for... umm... member of parliament? Stupid political system.


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More money than you can shake a stick at. 
Our lottery here has ballooned up to $42 million. That's a lot of money and I fully intend to win it.

For all my concerns about the complete incompetancy of our government, a big chunk of change like that would go a long way toward getting me into office where I can make a go at setting things straight.

I have to wonder though. Is there anyone in office right now who went in wanting to make possitive changes to this country? Is anyone concerned with stopping the misappropriation of taxpayer's money?

If so, what happened? Is the system so corrupt that even those with good intentions end up buried within the beaurocracy and reduced to ineffectual mouthpieces, held off to the side for their lack of political affiliation? Is there really anything that can be done to prevent the eventual slide into a complete collapse of government?

God willing, we'll all get a chance to find out.

A tax on people bad a math, eh? I suppose it's to the benefit of my unrealistic ambitions that I couldn't count apples with an abacus if my life depended on it.



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Is it MY fault you're stuck in a war zone? 
I add a caveat here... if this Liliane chick is an employee of our embassy in Lebanon or some such thing then she may have a point. I make these comments under the assumption that she is a vacationing Canadian like so many others we're hearing about on the news.

EDIT: I've just confirmed that she is, in fact, on vacation and thus, trying to blame our government for her own lack of planning.

From the Ottawa Citizen:

Ms. El-Helou travelled to her native country for a family vacation, but found herself trapped when the bombings started last week.


After getting flown back to Canada on Prime Minister Stephen Harper's private plane, Liliane El-Helou had this to say:

She said that officials told her that they were not ready for that kind of an emergency. “Excuse me, if you are in Switzerland, a country that is not at war, an evacuation plan is the last thing you do for your employees,” she said. “But when you are in the Middle East, a volcano area where war could begin any time, you have to train your staff.”


Well then! Excuse our government for not being your babysitter when YOU choose to go to a country that you yourself know that war could begin at any time!

I commend our government for putting their best efforts into evacuating people and I think those people should be HAPPY for it. If you choose to go to one of the potentially violent hotspots of the world, I think that YOU should have an exit plan in place for when bombs start dropping around you. It's not OUR responsibility!!!

Our government should and does help out where it can, but it is not obliged to SAVE YOUR STUPID ASS nor is it at FAULT when you don't like the way the rescue effort has gone.


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Aww crap! Has Israel gone too far? 
Beating down the Palestinians is one thing. I feel for the innocent civilians getting caught up in the whole thing, but their militants ARE randomly firing rockets into Israeli towns so I understand the retaliation.

But Lebanon? Is Israel getting ready for another all-out war with a neighbouring sovereign nation?

WTF were the Lebanese thinking, kidnapping Israeli soldiers?

Will this once again rally together all the surrounding Arab nations for a massive conflict?

Will this send our gas prices through the roof?

Israel's got nukes, so they can't be taken down. The Arabs know this. So what then are they trying to accomplish?? Armageddon??

Let's all pray this gets smoothed over quickly before it gets entirely out of control.


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