If you’re in the mood for a mind-bending experience, read about Michael Totten’s visit to Hezbollah’s Disneyland

Michael Totten is a true journalist — an endlessly curious, extremely brave, open-minded but opinionated man who doesn’t just sit in a field office taking information from locals who have an agenda.  Instead, he goes out there and investigates.

Totten’s most recent foray took him to Hezbollah’s very own theme park, an homage to Hezbollah’s fight against the “evil Zionist entity.”  The description of the theme park reads almost like parody, except that the parodists have guns (and possible WMDs), and aren’t afraid to use them, preferably (from their point of view) in a genocidal fury against Jews.

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  1. says

    In other words, he thinks for himself and has proven his ability to survive on the field by numerous years of sometimes risky involvement with bloodthirsty killers.
     
    Not everyone is capable of thinking for themselves.

  2. lee says

    Because I look all sorts of weird stuff up on Google Maps… This is, I think, what you see when you type in “Mlita” at what is labeled, “Mlita landmark” on Google Maps/Satellite. (I don’t have Google Earth…. Some day…)
     
    I read about this some time ago. The thing that frosted my the most is that they are bussing in CHRISTIAN kids from Lebanon.

  3. 11B40 says

    Greetings:
     
    Several weeks, or so, ago, I read one of Mr. Yon’s articles about Hezbollah. If I understood him correctly, he seemed to think that the Hez was having some degree of estrangement from its core (Shiite) constituency. Now that the military situation with Israel has stabilized and the Hez has assumed a high degree of control of the Lebanese government, a good bit of its raison d’etre has evaporated. Adding to that, the thuggish behavior of its more militant members vis-a-vis the not so committed local Shi’a and now their mercenary adventure in and for Assad’s Syria a bit of a rift seems to be emerging among what was previously thought of as a relatively, at least by tribal Arab Muslim standards, politocally homogenous population.
     
    I don’t know that I was completely convinced by Mr. Yon’s obsevations. I’m pretty much a subscriber to Fouad Ajami’s assertion that those are the lands of “I against my brother; my brother and I against our cousin; my cousin, my brother, and I against the stranger” so I see that area as a place where no one is on anyone else’s side for too long. But I guess that all organizations have a need for a bit of pita and circuses.

  4. 11B40 says

    Greetings:  especially “Ymarsakar”  @  5
     
    Once I got someone to explain your algebra to me, I did a quick check and found out that the article I was referring to was, in  fact, by Mr. Totten.  Sorry for the carelessness and misinformation.

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