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Massive car bomb rocks Hezbollah stronghold in Beirut
2013-07-09
At least 18 people were injured by a car bomb explosion in Beirut's southern suburbs on Tuesday, security sources said. The sources were unable to confirm initial reports from medics at the scene that an unspecified number were killed in the massive blast.

"This is the work of agents trying to create strife in Lebanon," said Hezbollah parliamentary Deputy Ali Meqdad at the site of the explosion.
And boy howdy do you have to work hard to create strife in Lebanon!
A reporter on the scene saw a large fire raging at the site of the explosion, which apparently targeted a shopping mall in the Bir al-Abed area. The area is also home to many Hezbollah political offices.
You mean they didn't have their offices in a hospital or baby milk factory?
Hezbollah gunmen cordoned off the area near the explosion, which damaged cars and buildings. Fires were raging in dozens of cars which were set ablaze in the parking lot where the car rigged with explosives was left.

A woman in southern Beirut said, "I haven't heard an explosion like this one since the 1980s (when a car bomb targeted Hezbollah's late spiritual leader Sayyed Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah."
Posted by:ryuge

#10  Mitch H:

True, and yet wars are won that way. It's how, for example, the early American settlers were able to defeat the natives.
Posted by: Iblis   2013-07-09 18:36  

#9  I for one am awarding Spot my share of the interwebs, that was spectacular.
Posted by: Shipman   2013-07-09 15:59  

#8  Far easier to bomb someplace soft where maybe the hard boyz' cousins, nieces and nephews might be doing civilian crap.

And your point?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru   2013-07-09 15:01  

#7  The problem with cheering red-on-red terrorism: it's *hard* to bomb the other faction's hard boyz with any accuracy. Far easier to bomb someplace soft where maybe the hard boyz' cousins, nieces and nephews might be doing civilian crap.

We went over this in my freshman anthro course some twenty years ago. Studying primitive tribal cultures, yeah, the ritualized open-field daily "wars" make for spectacular documentary footage, with bare-assed strutting young SOBs running back and forth chucking spears and rocks and such at each other - but the body count in those displays is fairly low. All the fatalities in those cultures - and lord, there's a hell of a lot of deaths from violence in those cultures - was from the nighttime raids when the SOBs snuck into each other's hamlets and cut throats and smashed babies heads and all that.

So much easier, making war on those who can't defend themselves!
Posted by: Mitch H.   2013-07-09 13:02  

#6  a reminder that the Hezbullies aren't that safe at home anymore? Or the start of a rear-action?

Rear-action by FSA elements seems the most likely, tho I wouldn't discount Imam Asir's followers of getting payback.

That's the wonderful thing about booming in Lebanon: anyone can play.
Posted by: Pappy   2013-07-09 12:56  

#5  Rockin' the Casbah?
Posted by: Muggsey Mussolini   2013-07-09 11:36  

#4  GOAL!!!!!!
Posted by: Iblis   2013-07-09 10:54  

#3  The area is also home to many Hezbollah political offices.
The man in the gray flannel keffiyeh?
Posted by: Spot   2013-07-09 10:46  

#2  Popcorn!
Posted by: g(r)omgoru   2013-07-09 08:55  

#1  a reminder that the Hezbullies aren't that safe at home anymore? Or the start of a rear-action?
Posted by: Frank G   2013-07-09 08:38  

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