See The Difference?

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I was just GoogleEarthing the Israeli/Lebanon border. I haven't done any homework to see if this has been pointed out anywhere else, but I thought I'd share the screen shots with you anyway.

Building on the prophetic Michael Totten dispatches from earlier this year and last, these ariel shots of the landscape also somewhat revealing. Notice the brown, dried up fields on the top portion of the screens. Contrast them with the Isaeli side on the bottom half. I don't know if there is a sudden patch of heat and dry land after you cross that white borderline, but something seems weird there. The landscape is dead. Hostile. Threatning. The IDF has been monitoring the areas for years now, and against all cibvebtuibs if common sense, refrained from incurring into soverign Lebanese territory. The spoke of the Hezbullah infested region with seriousness and dissapointment. Emphasis mine.

“I have worked on the Jordanian and Egyptian borders,” he said. “This is the worst. The strangest feeling here is that the other side is a no-man’s land. There is no authority that you’re working against. It is extremely out of the ordinary to see any Lebanese police or army. Only Hezbollah is armed.”

“What do you see when you look at Lebanon?” I asked the lieutenant.

“I see poverty and difficult circumstances,” he said. “I see poor farmers who work hard. After so many years of war, the last thing they probably want is more war.”

“Do you know what you’re looking at when you look into the towns?” I said.

“We track movement on the other side,” he said. “I can tell you exactly what each of those buildings are for.”

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You can tell the IDF soldiers were exactly right in their assesments just from gleaning sattelite images of the area. You can also note the difference in the "life" of each side of the border. Death surrounds Hezbollah. Life surrounds Israel. Creepy but undeniable.

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Cross-posted at Mein BlogoVault.

Posted by: Good Lt. at 04:07 PM

Comments

1 Good Lt., I vividly remember those dispatches Michael Totten sent from Israel and the wierd feeling I had when I read them. I think Michael did a great job on his dispatches from this area because he made you feel like you were there andyou could almost feel the hackles on your neck as he described this area along the Israel-Lebanon border. As a matter of fact, all parties on that border felt that it was only a matter of time before a war exploded. What a great piece of work by Michael. He deserves a Pulitzer, but some dickhead who exposed a successful intelligence program and helped the terrorists will no doubt receive the award. What a completely screwed-up world we live in.

Posted by: jesusland joe at July 28, 2006 08:38 PM

2 /slightly OT

The IDF has been monitoring the areas for years now, and against all cibvebtuibs if common sense

What exactly is a cibvebtuib? Is it something similar to a civilian?

Posted by: James at July 29, 2006 12:54 AM

3 I've seen borders like that in a couple of other places. In Africa at the edges of game parks etc. - everything outside is overgrazed down to bare dirt, and at the Texas-New Mexico line, where Texas has the water rights and irrigates while New Mexico is just high plains grazing land. The Israel-Lebanon border may be a combination of the above two situations: Lebanon is overgrazed and Israel does more irrigating.

Posted by: Glenmore at July 29, 2006 08:22 AM

4 See what the excellent Michael Totten has to say about the Israeli incursion these days. He asks why they are destroying the Lebanese government, and wonders what will follow. I agree, while also agreeing that Israel has the right to take strong action to defend itself. But it also has the responsibility to take wise strong action.

Posted by: jd at July 29, 2006 06:25 PM

5 "But it also has the responsibility to take wise strong action."

And what responsibilities do Hezbollah and the Lebanese Govt have?

None, apparently. Interesting. Just because they don't have 1/15 the firepower of Israel, they are now the "victim," even though they insitigated the current skirmish, have Hezbullah in their government and a military state in their southern region taht attacks Jewsih civilians which the Lebanese governement didn't (and couldn't) control. Israel is doing their job for them, while insuring the safety of their civilians.

Islamists will not stop their attacks or their murders of Israeli civilians, so Israel will take them out one by one until they do. The end. Welcome to the real world - governed by the aggressive use of force, not diplomatic kabuki dances.

If Israel had responded to every rocket attack and terror strike on its civilian populace in the past decade, there would be nothing left of the surrounding region. This battle was long overdue, and Israel is not going to return to the status quo. They have every right to destroy these psychotic Islamist pigs, and they are doing it. See here.
They are just as guilty as any terrorist. They often pay the price. That's just the way it is. War is hell - you'd better get used to it if you aren't going to expec the Islamists to lay down their weapons.

Posted by: Good Lt at July 30, 2006 11:10 AM

6 You can see a similar phenomenon of N and S Korea at night. N Korea = black, S Korea = lights. The whole region in the ME was desolate until the Jews moved there and started planting trees.. the sultans-of-olden-days taxed people on the number of trees they had, so all the mussies chopped them down. Mark Twain went there and said it was the most god-forsaken place on earth. The Jews have revived the land, and the mussies want it back now (who wouldn't?), but they have in mind "stealing" rather than putting the hard work into planting....

Nice blog:>) I might steal your photo and give you a hat tip, if you don't mind!

Posted by: eyesallaround at July 31, 2006 11:23 AM

7 You can see a similar phenomenon of N and S Korea at night. N Korea = black, S Korea = lights. The whole region in the ME was desolate until the Jews moved there and started planting trees.. the sultans-of-olden-days taxed people on the number of trees they had, so all the mussies chopped them down. Mark Twain went there and said it was the most god-forsaken place on earth. The Jews have revived the land, and the mussies want it back now (who wouldn't?), but they have in mind "stealing" rather than putting the hard work into planting....

Nice blog:>) I might steal your photo and give you a hat tip, if you don't mind!

Posted by: eyesallaround at July 31, 2006 11:23 AM

8 You can see a similar phenomenon of N and S Korea at night. N Korea = black, S Korea = lights. The whole region in the ME was desolate until the Jews moved there and started planting trees.. the sultans-of-olden-days taxed people on the number of trees they had, so all the mussies chopped them down. Mark Twain went there and said it was the most god-forsaken place on earth. The Jews have revived the land, and the mussies want it back now (who wouldn't?), but they have in mind "stealing" rather than putting the hard work into planting....

Nice blog:>) I might steal your photo and give you a hat tip, if you don't mind!

Posted by: eyesallaround at July 31, 2006 11:23 AM

9 Go ahead. Give the stein a hoist!

Posted by: Good Lt at July 31, 2006 12:27 PM






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