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Something I’ve always found sporting about Islamic terrorist groups is their ability to make absolutely crazy, self-contradictory demands with a tone of total self-seriousness. A sense of irony is not a common trait with these folks.

Here is Hezbollah’s latest tirade:

A senior Hezbollah official on Monday said the Lebanese militant organization believes that large swaths of northern Israel belong to Lebanon, far beyond the line Israel pulled back to in 2000.

“The Zionist terror organizations moved the border from that of 1920 to that of 1923, and Lebanon lost seven villages and twenty farms. One must be cautious before moving the border to the Blue Line, because then Lebanon will lose millions of square meters,” said Nawaf Musawi, head of international relations for Hezbollah. …

He branded Blue Line [the UN-approved border between Israel and Lebanon], which runs very close to the 1949 Israel-Lebanon border known as the Green Line, as merely a “withdrawal line.”

What’s fun about all of this is that Hezbollah doesn’t endorse any Israeli borders, not even new ones that swallow up swaths of northern Israel. As Sheikh Fadlallah, Hezbollah’s ideological godfather pointed out, “our struggle will end only when this entity [Israel] is obliterated.” What’s less fun, I suppose, is all the westerners who will use this proclamation to insist that Hezbollah is a reasonable group with limited ambitions and a flexible political agenda.


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