Hezbollah announced their possession of surveillance drones way back in 2004 I was stunned to discover. Using the Iranian made Mojaher in surveillance missions over Israel in 2004 and 2006,
The use of surveillance drones is now commonplace, even amongst non-state actors. It is little more than a remote-controlled plane with a camera attached when you get down to it.
Attack drones, on the other hand are still an “upper end” item requiring a high degree of technical sophistication.
In 2011, Iran gained possession of a US Sentinel drone and claimed to have hacked into the device’s communications a claim that was borne out by the fact that the Iranians were able to display the US drone completely intact.
Breaking News Footage from captured U.S drone RQ 170 by Iran
In October 2012 a Hezbollah drone flew over Southern Israel, near the Dimona Nuclear site, before being destroyed by an Israeli F 16 aircraft. .
Video: IDF downs drone that entered Israel airspace
Later Iran used the information gleaned from the Sentinel, produced by Lockheed Martin, to make their own version. This was followed by a very strange incident in April 2013, when it appears that Hezbollah remotely hacked into and seized control of an Israeli drone forcing the IDF to destroy it.
ISRAEL ARMY Shoots Down Unmanned AIRCRAFT, Is This A HEZBOLLAH DRONE ?
In September 2014, Hezbollah commenced the use of armed drones, killing a claimed 23 al Nusra fighters in a drone attack in Western Syria. This week Hezbollah conducted at least two drone strikes against al Nusra fighters in the Qalamoun border region.
In recent days Hezbollah’s media outlet al Manar television released footage shot by their drones that have successfully targeted al Nusra front fighters in the Syrian/Lebanon border area. This is a video that shows the strikes.
Syria: Hezbollah Operations in Qalamoun – Part 8: Ambush
In the wake of the September, 2014 attacks, Israeli newspapers released imagery purporting to show the site of a Hezbollah runway in the Bekaa Valley region of Eastern Lebanon.
Drones- An Ethical Means of Warfare?
These attacks took place in a remote area and there appear not to be any civilians or villages in the vicinity of the strikes. If Hezbollah were using the drones in the manner of the United States they would blow up the homes of militants and kill their extended family. Armed drones are a tremendous battlefield tool for fairly obvious reasons. They enable the enemy to be identified and targeted without any risk to your own fighters.
The problem with the US drone attacks has been the targets that have been chosen. The funerals, the family homes, the attacks on civilians helping the wounded from previous attacks. Therefore in my opinion the rules for drones are basically the same for any other weapon. If militants are targeted on a battlefield, the use is ethical, if civilian areas are targeted the use is unethical.
War is Not a Game.
The idea that in war you are supposed to give the enemy an even chance and “fight fair.” that you should stand on one hill with a rifle firing at the opposition on another hill and the person with the best aim and eyesight wins, is hopelessly naive. War is the destruction of human beings and infrastructure in pursuit of a political goal. The object is to destroy the enemy. There is no fairness, no even chance. This is not analogous to a sporting contest. That was a lie the war party sold to a naive public in order to promote war in my opinion. To make it seem like a fun and harmless game. It is the exact opposite.
Will Israel Strike Lebanon?
From the psychopathic Zionist point of view, it would make sense to attack Lebanon while the Hezbollah group are heavily engaged in the Syrian Civil war and taking heavy casualties there. If the Israelis believe that another war with Hezbollah is inevitable, it would make sense for them to conduct the war whilst Hezbollah are stretched, reasoning that this will give them a greater chance of Military success.
The Israelis know that they cannot destroy Hezbollah, or anything resembling that and the Hezbollah possession of attack drones may give the Israelis pause, contemplating the fact that there would be no defense against a large number of Hezbollah UAV’s deployed simultaneously. Even a superficial attack on the Dimona Nuclear plant could lead to a major World War 3 type of dramatic escalation that in a worst case scenario could see both Israel and the surrounding region destroyed.
Israel may well hope to somehow provoke an Iranian response that could derail the detente currently underway between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the West. A detente that is the biggest slap in the face that either Israel or the Saudis could ever suffer. Israel may hope that an attack on Lebanon, under whatever pretext could trigger an Iranian response that would destroy the diplomatic process. Mondoweiss speculated upon this scenario recently,
Two of the three months between the implicit Nuclear agreement and the date to actually sign the deal have now passed. If the month of June passes without calamity the Zionist war party may be facing the death of the cherished dream of the United States violently destroying Iran forever.
If Israel wanted to attack Iran, they would attack Iran, they do not . They want the US to do it and that has been obvious for years.
The Saudis have responded to this disappointment by engaging in the campaign of mass murder and crimes against humanity that is still underway in Yemen. The campaign is ongoing after more than two months and achieving absolutely nothing for the dead men walking of the House of Saud. Israel’s response, if experience is anything to go by, will make the Saudi crimes against humanity look puny.
I can only describe my response to the article as being stunned disbelief.
Because while the entire tradition of scapegoating and persecuting religious and ethnic minorities is repugnant, the assertions made in this piece are so contrary to reality that I thought, this must all be an hallucination.
It must’ve been the Jewish nation of Afghanistan that was bombed and occupied completely pointlessly for thirteen years as “punishment” for a False Flag terror attack conducted by Westerners and not blamed on Afghans or the Afghan government by even the arch liars.
It must have been Jews who were haphazardly rounded up on the battlefields of Afghanistan and sent to the legal black hole of Guantanamo Bay, tortured and imprisoned indefinitely.
It must have been the Jewish nation of Iraq that was attacked outside the provisions of International Law in 2003 and lost millions of citizens in the subsequent fighting and chaos. It must have been Jewish Iraqis whom the US military were simply rounding up and torturing. It must have been a Jewish Iraqi woman forced to watch as her young son was anally raped in an American dungeon while the cameras rolled.
It must have been the Jewish nation of Libya that was bombed by Western aircraft and left as a smoking ruin by the feckless Obama,Cameron and Sarkozy. Whose concern for the people of Libya apparently expired the day they achieved the “fig-leaf of legality” in the UN Security Council.
It must have been the Jewish people of Pakistan who were targeted in hundreds of US drone strikes that saw thousands of civilians killed as Unmanned Aircraft were used to attack people on the ground who appeared to possibly be militants.
It must have been the Jewish people of Yemen who were also subjected to dozens of the identical US drone strikes killing hundreds of civilians including a sixteen year old American,
It must have been the Jews of India who were massacred in 2002 in Gujarat state in the anti Muslim pogroms known as the Gujarat riots.
It must have been the Jewish population of Palestine who were forcibly and illegally removed from their land, repeatedly slaughtered en masse and in Gaza placed in an open air prison camp and regularly bombed by Fighter Air Craft.
It must have been the Jews of Egypt whose major political party was outlawed and declared a terrorist group and whose supporters were slaughtered in the street, locked up and tortured because they belonged to the “wrong” political party.
It must have been the Jewish Somalians who were also attacked by US Aircraft and an Ethiopian invasion because their government, (the Islamic Courts Union) their first stable government in decades, was deemed “unsuitable” to the interests of the Empire.
It must have been Jews that were portrayed as the insane and irrational bad guy in every Hollywood movie and US television series.
I assume the point has been made. The point is that the group who are under attack, who are being scapegoated, demeaned defamed and oppressed are Muslims. Of course many others are also suffering oppression, but since 911 millions of Muslims have died in Western wars that achieved nothing but misery and destruction. It is absolutely extraordinary that Mr. Littlejohn cannot grasp this basic and obvious fact.
The answer to all this is to recognise our mutual humanity across all boundaries and refuse to participate in a scapegoating campaign against any group.
There is a tremendous taboo against anti-Jewish hatred in the West and that is perfectly legitimate and understandable. It is so disappointing the way humanity repeats the identical errors across generations and civilisations. It is sickening the way we are all apologetic to former victims whilst not realising we are still perpetrators. Only this time it’s justified, right? “Well they told us it was a threat?” They told us that “Communist North Vietnam” was such a threat that it was worth the deaths of more than 50,000 US soldiers and up to 3.8 million Vietnamese citizens.
The Communists won the war and where was the threat? Did we even care? It meant nothing to people living in the USA, absolutely nothing. These tactics are old hat, they are really a joke at this stage.
If you are upset about the crimes committed against the Jewish civilians of Europe during World War 2, please recognise that “never again” means never again to anybody and it is Muslims who are in need of protection against defamation and harassment in the modern day Western world.
Please remember that the entire War on Terror narrative is built around False Flag attacks conducted by Western Intelligence Agencies and their cut-outs.
Please understand that we are the threat, we are the tyrants and the barbarians. We are the Evil ones. These operations have nothing to do with “Democracy” or “Liberation: or any of the nonsense we are told. They are wars ultimately for the sake of War. War is an even bigger Racket than Smedley Butler could ever have imagined. I am not trying to suggest that Westerners are inherently wicked, but we have clearly fallen into an offhand, casual supremacism, and it is a tool that is being used to destroy the lives of the people of the Middle East and this should be unacceptable to all.
Former SAS soldier Ben Griffin – I Will NOT Fight For Queen and Country
(Warning! This is very distressing and unpleasant)
The Video the Pentagon doesn’t want you to see!