PERSON OF THE WEEK - July 9-15, 2006
Conflict between Israel and Islamist terrorists dominated the news yet again this week, but this time with a new villain. Forget Khaled Mashal of Hamas and his puny little insurgency; center stage now belongs to the better armed, better funded, and better organized Hezbollah. Instead of sporadic rocket fire from Gaza, Israel now has to contend with a constant rain of Katyusha rockets from Lebanon, where Hezbollah claims to have amassed 10,000 of the devices. The man behind this massive bombardment is not a scraggly guerilla like Yasser Arafat or a well groomed politician like Mashal and Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh. Those images have been replaced by the black turban and robes of a Shi'ite cleric named Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Hezbollah.
Nasrallah was not as well-known as other terrorist leaders because of Hezbollah's relatively quiet ways in recent years, but this week he made sure that everyone remembered that Hezbollah, not Hamas, was the number one anti-Israel terrorist organization. His forces kidnapped two Israeli soldiers (part of me wonders if that was just to show up Hamas, which only took one), killed eight more, and began pelting Northern Israel with rockets. By doing so, he triggered a massive conflict which has killed a number of Lebanese civilians.
In my opinion, Nasrallah is personally responsible for every death in this conflict, whether Israeli or Lebanese. He carried out an unprovoked attack on a sovereign nation, which now is asserting is right (and responsibility) to defend itself. Had he not carried out these despicable attacks, innocent citizens of Lebanon would not be at risk.
So, for killing innocent Israelis in cold blood and doing massive harm to his own country by inviting Israel to attack, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah is ConservaGlobe's Person of the Week.
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