Hezbollah, Israel

Fearful Symmetry


Source: al-Akhbar (english.al-akhbar.com)

Below is a translated excerpt from the most recent speech by Hezbollah Secretary-General Sayyid Hassan Nasrallah. His discussion of the timing and planning of Hezbollah’s retaliation for Israel’s attack in Quneitra a couple weeks ago was absorbed, characteristically, with the question of symbolism. Nasrallah’s postmortem glosses on his party’s operations often assume this pose of the charismatic schoolmaster, drawing the attention of his students to the whorls of significance and shrouded meaning underlying the work they are reading.

The trope of symmetry, in particular, stood out in this speech. Nasrallah has been keen to suggest that this operation was not simply about saving face or warning Israel against further provocations. Rather, the message (directed at enemy and friend alike) was a reminder that the party was still capable of carrying out precision strikes in its old killing fields, and that it had not neglected its southern flank since turning northward to fight in Syria. Any pop-up jihadi group (your AQAPs, your Jabhat al-Nusras) can plant a bomb by the road in the Golan, he seemed to suggest. Only Hezbollah can choose the exact time and place of its confrontations with Israel.

Have a look and listen; the excerpt translated below starts around minute 56:00.


Nasrallah: “The operation took place under the conditions of maximum Israeli military mobilization and preparedness. This is one of the distinguishing characteristics of the operation, and it has been widely recognized; I’m not saying anything new. They were under the highest level of mobilization, because they knew in advance of Thursday that an operation was being planned.

“From about Sunday, the Israelis saw a number of different steps taken across the country by the Resistance. They spy on us, they listen to us, and at the end of the day, our communication is not all over fiber optic cable. There are also cell phones, and people talk, and many individuals are involved, and there are many steps to take… So, they understood that something was happening.

“Therefore, by Sunday night or Monday, they had set the highest level of mobilization: intelligence, strategy, informants, spies, borders, precautions, front lines, everything. They were practically counting every ant on the border, and had taken every possible location into account.

“Nonetheless, the Resistance launched this special operation in the Shebaa Farms in the light of day, and under these conditions of maximum Israeli mobilization. And here, let me address the enemy and his people, who believe that their army is so powerful. Even under maximum mobilization, and in a territory where they have military positions and drones in the sky and complete domination in terms of intelligence and strategy, the Israeli army was unable to comprehend what was happening from the beginning of the operation until the end of it. Only once our boys had returned from the field did the Israelis finally wake up.

“This is a message to the enemy and to the friend — to our own people, who are constantly treated in ways to shake their confidence in the Resistance. We say: “No, this is your Resistance, whose operations have been described — even by the enemy — as intelligent, skillful, masterful, professional, concealed, and secretive… Yes, this is your Resistance.”

“What was the result of the operation? First of all, they killed us in the light of day, and so we killed them in the light of day. Their operation was at half past eleven, or a quarter to twelve… Our operation was at half past eleven, give or take five minutes. Two cars destroyed in exchange for two cars, and a grain of musk. Casualties in exchange for martyrs; as for the mismatch in numbers, we’ll sort that out in the future. Rockets in exchange for rockets. We didn’t go bury a bomb… No, in the broad light of day, the boys went into the field with rockets on their shoulders, and executed the operation.

“But there are two differences between us and Israel. First of all, because they are cowards and not men, and because “they will not fight against you … except in fortified cities, or from behind walls” (Qur’an 59:14), they stabbed us in the back. Whereas the men of the Resistance, because they are men and are not afraid of death, they came at them from the front, face to face.

“The second difference is that the Israelis did not dare to take responsibility for their dirty deed, while the Resistance took responsibility for its operation immediately after it had taken place.”

[End of excerpt…]


265 thoughts on “Fearful Symmetry

  1. I was mostly intrigued by the fact that he had cotton mouth.

    Posted by Vulcan | January 31, 2015, 10:52 pm
  2. so, by timing his so-called operation at the same hour as the Zios timed theirs absoves him of invading Galilee as he promised just couple weeks ago?

    C’mon, the Hizzies he talks to in Beirut and elsewhere may well be schoolchildren and can easily be fooled but not us!

    He better get up from his bunker and head south to Galilee with few hundred rocket-launching hizzy mujahedine or from now on he better keep his mouth shut.

    We ain’t buying his crap no more.

    Posted by Mustap | January 31, 2015, 10:55 pm
  3. Like a Salesman who just achieved his target he’s going to milk this until the cows come home.
    What’s strange about his bravadery is the fact that he executed the operation in perfect symmetry, I.e time, and number of vehicles hit etc. but if we weigh up the two operations, the Israelis succeeded moreso by wiping out high profile figures as opposed to two IDF soldiers. To compensate Nasrallah uses the ‘honour’ rhetoric that his followers are accustomed to. “We fought them face to face” and “we claimed the attack while they did not”

    Posted by Maverick | February 1, 2015, 12:18 am
  4. Thanks for the post. May I ask where you got the really excellent translation? There was a time when it was easy to find them but I dont find satisfactory ones anymore.

    The speech was, in my view, one of his most powerful to date. And the importance of him being willing to measure carefully and strike back is of critical importance. In maintains the hot peace. My only issue is with the amout of gunfire during the speech. He needs to bring that under control. Even if I doubt they are his men he can use his pulpit.

    Posted by qusu | February 1, 2015, 1:07 am
  5. Deeply insightful interview with Jonathan Tepperman on his recent visit to Syria and his interview with Assad.

    Chilling !

    Posted by Ray | February 1, 2015, 3:51 am
  6. Why do such electoral stances actually work with people in Israel?

    That is the question.


    Posted by Ray | February 1, 2015, 4:48 am
  7. What is so insightful about this interview?

    Posted by ithzak | February 1, 2015, 6:03 am
  8. Qusu,

    هيدا شغل البيت

    Posted by Qifa Nabki | February 1, 2015, 6:46 am
  9. ليك مون شاين

    Posted by Vulcan | February 1, 2015, 8:39 am
  10. Nasrallah’s woes are by no means over after his noise chatter.

    7 more of his so-called mujahidene for hire are dead today in Damascus just upon arrival. Apparently, Nusra did it.

    So, let’s spin a conspiracy. Zios are behind it. What say ya?

    Posted by Mustap | February 1, 2015, 8:40 am
  11. تكتك حجلهن جاوبو حسوننا

    Posted by Vulcan | February 1, 2015, 8:43 am
  12. فك يوو مسطب اند فك يوور ورشب فور فيولنس

    Posted by Vulcan | February 1, 2015, 8:46 am
  13. داتس واتا سيى

    Posted by Vulcan | February 1, 2015, 8:51 am
  14. When a would-be commenter spurts out three one-liner gibberish in a row, then it means he’s in a state of uncontrolled rage. This is a typical trait of some Arabs who lived or originated in the Levant. This is just for informing those who are unaware.

    Posted by Mustap | February 1, 2015, 10:40 am
  15. Whatever rocks Nassy’s boat! Perfect crap! I guess if there were to be three vehicles he would have refrained from targeting them. The yellow jackets will believe anything the king seyyed will spew out!

    So what’s the big deal about his speech. His followers will believe anything that he says. He is the head of the Mafia and he protects them. Most of his followers believe the junk about the uma blah blah.

    Here’s a symmetry for you: Daesh followers will believe anything their wise kings spew out to. Two extremists parties flip side of the same coin.

    Posted by danny | February 1, 2015, 10:55 am
  16. Sure weasel “this is just for informing those who are unaware”, grasping for straws aren’t we, 😄

    Posted by Vulcan | February 1, 2015, 11:29 am
  17. We will most likely soon come to a televised debate on who leaked the details of the Imad Moughnieh assassination soon. Some are debating that it was a US based leak others an Israeli one.

    What’s your take?

    Posted by Ray | February 1, 2015, 12:00 pm
  18. Not at all dimwit. No grasping of straws.

    I’m just saying if this site found out a week ago that Nusra provided intel to Zios in the Golan, it may well be Zios now may have reciprocated and provided intel to Nusra in Damascus.

    It all makes sense. You scratch my back I scratch yours kind of thing. You know?

    And for your info, the number of dead is now 9.

    Posted by Mustap | February 1, 2015, 1:05 pm
  19. But according to you Nancy the Zios were scratching backs with the “hezbies” earlier, how come they switched now to scratching backs with your heroes Al Nosra??

    Posted by Vulcan | February 1, 2015, 6:49 pm
  20. I never said they (Zios) were scratching backs with Hizzies. They might but not to my knowledge. If you know anything then say it.

    Posted by Mustap | February 1, 2015, 8:03 pm
  21. It looks like Zios are not interested in Nasrallah’s translation of his latest noise chatters. No Zio comments so far. May be they finally learned some Wisdom from the Wise Kingdom and realized it’s a NON-event.

    Posted by Mustap | February 1, 2015, 8:05 pm
  22. Why is everyone talking about “Zios”? Is this really the biggest problem in the ME or is it some sort of fascination?

    Posted by Akbar Palace | February 1, 2015, 11:43 pm
  23. I read it twice and couldn’t figure out what he is saying. It reads like nonsense to me. I guess it must be for internal consumption.

    Posted by AIG | February 2, 2015, 10:08 am
  24. AP,

    By now you should know that impotent Arab and extremist culture is explained away by saying: Zio. 😛

    Posted by danny | February 2, 2015, 10:21 am
  25. Danny,

    Thanks for the reminder.


    I think what Nuslira is saying is that their wesistance is better than Israel’s military.

    Personally, I think the Hezbos need Israel to stay alive. They can’t seem to survive without gun in hand.

    Posted by Akbar Palace | February 2, 2015, 11:40 am
  26. While QN is busy with his new semester, followers of mountain hoodlums attack a whole culture at will, overlooking the fact that their mountain cave so-called culture is the most pathetic of all.

    So the mountain hoodlum was not killed this time. May be next time he’ll meet long awaited justice for his crimes.

    Posted by Mustap | February 2, 2015, 11:40 am
  27. And a Zio concurs with hoodlums out of spite of course.

    Posted by Mustap | February 2, 2015, 11:41 am
  28. Mustache,

    Everyone is a hoodlum except you.

    Posted by Akbar Palace | February 2, 2015, 11:49 am
  29. Are you feeling ashamed for being so hasty at concurring?

    Don’t worry about it. We’re fully aware of your occasional mental lapses.

    And stop using names. You’ve already been warned not to mention that you tend to look so idiotically silly. In other words grow up.

    Posted by Mustap | February 2, 2015, 11:56 am
  30. So pathetic!

    Za77et ya khanzeer! 😀

    Posted by danny | February 2, 2015, 12:34 pm
  31. Sorry hoodlum. My vehicle is equipped with anti-taz77et.

    And It’s also AWD.

    Posted by Mustap | February 2, 2015, 12:57 pm
  32. say what AIG ? Who didn’t you understand ? QN translate p,ease lol

    Posted by Vulcan | February 2, 2015, 1:44 pm
  33. Mustap, couldn’t you figure it out yet? No one likes you here man, others are just shy of saying it clearly,

    Posted by Vulcan | February 2, 2015, 1:50 pm
  34. Someone has to say the truth about what’s going on in the Muslim world …

    Posted by Vulcan | February 2, 2015, 2:03 pm
  35. You’ll be surprised to know that you’re not liked either, Vulcan.

    But you just don’t care. Right? I know first hand.

    I see you again in an uncontrolled state of rage. And I feel soooooo good about it

    Posted by Mustap | February 2, 2015, 2:09 pm
  36. I’m so enraged, who doesn’t like me?

    Posted by Vulcan | February 2, 2015, 2:22 pm
  37. Looks like Lebanon always (willingly) pays the price for the bigotry of the Arabs and their refusal to accept minorities and their rights.

    Posted by Vulcan | February 2, 2015, 2:59 pm
  38. from the south

    Posted by Vulcan | February 2, 2015, 3:03 pm
  39. And now from the North and East we pay the price for the Arab Bigotry and their refusal to allow the majority to rule themselves

    Posted by Vulcan | February 2, 2015, 3:06 pm
  40. And in Iraq the majority turned out equally barbaric as their previous minority tormentors.

    the Arab Muslims Who are in constant rage and made us all sick with their righteousness and the loss of Jerusalem to the Jewish people, all conspire against the Kurdish people and make sure they never think of independence or they’ll be gassed, complicit with them are their Otoman and Persian Muslim brothers, Who now champion the Palestinian cause for ” independence”

    Posted by Vulcan | February 2, 2015, 3:17 pm
  41. Just read the first two like of good boy Vulcan and I realized he was showering the backward Arabs with his Lebanese Western Light once.

    Thank you O friend of the White man, thank you for your patience with us. We will one day understand that the Zionist experiment on Palestine is a good thing for the Muslims.

    And thank you for shaking your tail whenever the venerable IDF terrorist AIG honours is with his presence.

    Posted by 3issa | February 2, 2015, 3:18 pm
  42. It’s a Fugazi

    Posted by Vulcan | February 2, 2015, 3:19 pm
  43. I meant once more. One more sprinkle of Amereekan Wisdow on the flame of ignorance burning the natives.

    Posted by 3issa | February 2, 2015, 3:19 pm
  44. 3issa did you pledge allegiance to Amir Al mO’menineen? The King

    Posted by Vulcan | February 2, 2015, 3:23 pm
  45. Do you deny that you are backward ? Let’s see facts, hmmm, you can’t even make toilet paper to wipe your dirty ass if it wasn’t for the western made machinery. The Jewish man is your one and only master.

    Posted by Vulcan | February 2, 2015, 3:26 pm
  46. O’ no. That’s ONLY YOUR ONE AND ONLY Master. And it’s obvious from things you gibber with in here.

    To me he’s no more than a vassal.

    Because I’m a free Arab. And I don’t like minorities either.

    So, let’s get it straight. You’re a southerner who may have been at one time a member of SLA (you know? the Lahad traitors). You got kicked out from the south when the Joooooos couldn’t protect you anymore but you still feel obligated to your onetime masters? So, that makes you the ONE AND ONLY slave among us to the JOOOOOOOS. You can’t include us in this category. We’re free Arabs and pledge allegiance only to our Amir al-Mouminene may Allah guide him and save him along with the rest of the ummah.

    So, congratulations on your slave status but keep it away from us and limit it to your self SLAVE. That’s how they called it SLA, you see? It was SLAVE minus the VE.

    Posted by Mustap | February 2, 2015, 3:38 pm
  47. “We’re free Arabs…”. Moron! and Oxymoron!

    Posted by danny | February 2, 2015, 3:50 pm
  48. I am Amir Al Mouminene and I am Jewish 😎 imagine if that’s real you dumb native fuck you and the SLA motherfuckers you are equal to them when you confessed your hate for minorities. Allah doesn’t condone this, I am with Allah on the phone and he or she confirms.

    Posted by Vulcan | February 2, 2015, 3:52 pm
  49. I’m also the awaited Mahdi incase you are confused.

    Posted by Vulcan | February 2, 2015, 3:57 pm
  50. I have to confess I’m also Jesus

    Posted by Vulcan | February 2, 2015, 3:59 pm
  51. You’re just an insignificant non-entity.

    Posted by Mustap | February 2, 2015, 4:02 pm
  52. Also that, and I’m happy, I don’t hate anyone, unlike you miserable slave.

    Posted by Vulcan | February 2, 2015, 4:06 pm
  53. O’ no, again. That’s the ONLY thing you are, i.e. a non-significant entity and NOTHING else.

    Well, I just wanted to make sure that you know without any ambiguity.

    Just remember that.

    Posted by Mustap | February 2, 2015, 4:11 pm
  54. Kneel before me

    Posted by Vulcan | February 2, 2015, 4:14 pm
  55. I forgive you child

    Posted by Vulcan | February 2, 2015, 4:16 pm
  56. I’m sending you a picture of my foot. It’s kosher. Kiss it, and then put it on your forehead SLA – VE.

    Posted by Mustap | February 2, 2015, 4:19 pm
  57. Mustap and Vulcan have both been suspended for a week. Zhi2et min rabkon.


    Posted by Qifa Nabki | February 2, 2015, 4:25 pm
  58. QN,

    Good thing we gave the boot to both a tolerant freedom lover as well as an intolerant bigot. This way, we can’t be accused of a “disproportionate” response.

    Wow, just think, a WHOLE week without the “Wise King” noise.

    Posted by Akbar Palace | February 2, 2015, 8:16 pm
  59. At the end it’s all clear. There are brave one and there are cowards. Mustap, vulcan, the wise kingdom, nusra, isis those are the bravest of the brave for ever standing up against israel. Hizballa are naturally the cowards in this world. The usa and israel has cut out their cohones and now only mustap’s wise king is the last man left to save the world.

    Posted by roger | February 3, 2015, 8:37 am
  60. Thank you Roger for those choice words.

    My POV is similar. All these resistance groups, probably hundreds by now, have put the ME not only back to the MIddle Ages, but back to pre-history. The beginning scenes from 2001 A Space Odyssey come to mind as the first “Nuslira” discovers a bone he can use to subdue his rivals.

    There comes a point when self-defense becomes self-destruction, and today’s resistance-pros have figured it out.

    Posted by Akbar Palace | February 3, 2015, 10:10 am
  61. So, that makes you the ONE AND ONLY slave among us to the JOOOOOOOS.


    When life presents difficulty, you can always depend on us to bail you out of your distress…;)


    Posted by Akbar Palace | February 3, 2015, 11:04 am
  62. @Roger, very brave indeed to pick on someone who cannot respond to you.

    Posted by 3issa | February 3, 2015, 11:10 am
  63. @Qifa

    If Mustap and Enlighted Vulcan are to be banned, why the resident zionist troll is not ?

    Posted by 3issa | February 3, 2015, 11:11 am
  64. Threesa,

    Because I’m a nice guy, and I speak up for the silent majority.

    Posted by Akbar Palace | February 3, 2015, 11:13 am
  65. @3issa, they were only temporarily punished by QN and made to stand in the corner.

    Furthemore and just to be clear, my comment is sarcasm.. Just in case…

    Posted by Roger | February 3, 2015, 11:41 am
  66. No one has been banned; just temporarily suspended.

    Mustap and Vulcan have been warned repeatedly against descending into pointless spirals of ad hominem attacks and foul language.

    Posted by Qifa Nabki | February 3, 2015, 11:56 am
  67. Horrible, horrible, news about the Jordanian pilot captured by “?” .

    Burned alive. Why? To what purpose?

    Posted by Ray | February 3, 2015, 12:09 pm
  68. I think we need to address which false entity(ies) is/are trying to bring havoc into the Levant and perhaps the Arab Gulf and Iran and for what purposes.

    Posted by Ray | February 3, 2015, 12:32 pm
  69. To what purpose?


    For the purpose of bringing a quicker end to Zionism and the Apartheid State™.

    Threesa, what do you think?


    Posted by Akbar Palace | February 3, 2015, 12:36 pm
  70. Who is behind this “organization” because there obviously is one.

    Posted by Ray | February 3, 2015, 12:51 pm
  71. Correct me if the identity of that one is NOT also obvious to you!

    Posted by Badr | February 3, 2015, 2:22 pm
  72. When Sayed Hassan Nasrallah mentions that Al Nusra is Israel’s Lahed army in the Golan, and much more :


    Posted by Ray | February 4, 2015, 7:02 am
  73. The Great Assad family, like the Great Arafat family, like the Great Abbas family all had their chance.

    And blew it.

    Posted by Akbar Palace | February 4, 2015, 8:04 am
  74. The “Wiser King”

    Hunter would not say which part of “Unforgiven” the king quoted, but noted it was where Eastwood’s character describes how he is going to deliver his retribution. There is a scene in the picture in which Eastwood’s character, William Munny, says, “Any man I see out there, I’m gonna kill him. Any son of a bitch takes a shot at me, I’m not only going to kill him, I’m going to kill his wife and all his friends and burn his damn house down.”
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    “He’s angry,” Hunter said of King Abdullah. “They’re starting more sorties tomorrow than they’ve ever had. They’re starting tomorrow. And he said, ‘The only problem we’re going to have is running out of fuel and bullets.'”

    “He’s ready to get it on,” Hunter added. “He really is. It reminded me of how we were after 9/11. We were ready to give it to them.”


    Posted by Akbar Palace | February 4, 2015, 8:08 am
  75. Ray,

    Those “Islamists” were/are Assad’s mercenaries. He had his doors open to screw up Iraq with his great idea of f*&^king up the Americans. The leaders of all these “Islamists” were at one time or another a bosom buddy of Asef Shawkat and his merry men in mukhabarat. So IDF decides to deal with these mercenaries (just buzeeness…nothing personal) to keep it’s border calm. What’s the difference when IDF makes deals with the other “islamists” (HA…just in case you forget that they are islamists too) and when they make deals with the Sunni tribe?


    Abdullah has enough problems at home. All the hot air will dissipate overnight. The furor was for CNN’s consumption! Freaking theater!

    Posted by danny | February 4, 2015, 8:26 am
  76. Danny,

    Perhaps. Wish all half-way functional ME countries could get together to put and end to this BS.

    Posted by Akbar Palace | February 4, 2015, 8:35 am
  77. AP,

    The conflict is there because of the totalitarian and autocrataric regimes in the Arab world…as well as Iran. Both are using the “Islam” to create a mess that will not be undone for decades!

    You cannot put an end to Persia’s ambitions neither can you stop the counter hysteria of Arab rulers. Imagine this. ISIL and HA are using Jihad as their raison d’aitre…Both are for the creation of the Umma. Thank QN for not having the Daesh here to stop our exchange of opinions.

    Merci professeur!

    Posted by danny | February 4, 2015, 9:08 am
  78. You cannot put an end to Persia’s ambitions!


    Wanna bet?

    Both are using the “Islam” to create a mess that will not be undone for decades!

    This could be another opportunity like the Iran/Iraq war: two totalitarian regimes (in this case fundy orgs) killing each other off.

    I think you treat each problem separately.

    1.) Let HA/Iran/Syria deal with ISIS
    2.) Box in Iran

    Posted by Akbar Palace | February 4, 2015, 10:09 am
  79. AP,

    Either you just woke up from a deep sleep or…

    Iran has been “isolated” and “sanctioned” and fought the eight year war against Saddam. Let’s see what have they accomplished after this “box in” of about 35 years:

    They own Lebanon with a spiffy “swat team” at Israel’s border. Just to refresh your memory: They took out a few of your soldiers last week and Bibi said he does not want to escalate. Bravo. A box in alright!

    They own most of Iraq. Score another to the box.

    They are more friendly with the current USA government than Israel’s Bibi. Score another one,

    They have shoved Yemen’s Houthis up the wise king’s ass. Score another for that box.

    I can go on and on. Get the drift? Barring a nuclear strike on Iran; you can see the old Persian empire coming back. For God’s sakes in Dahieh & South Lebanon the school kids are being taught Farsi as a part of the curriculum.


    90% of what so called ISIS backers are disgruntled and marginalized Iraqi and Syrian Sunnis who have had enough of their persecution. They have been following; no; orchestrating the ISIS phenomenon.

    ISIS could have been easily erased if they (USA) had not supported the total isolation and abuse of the Sunnis in Iraq. As far as Syria is concerned the idiots in the White house have totally screwed up everything.

    Now if i were an Israeli; I could not have drawn up a better mess in the MENA. Now we have the Sunnis and Shiites “engaged” for years to come.

    Just my two pennies’ worth.

    Posted by danny | February 4, 2015, 5:50 pm
  80. Danny,

    Good points. We agree Obama has made things worse. But…..

    Obama is not a “President-for-Life”, and I am hoping a conservative will get in a challenge the Iranian mullahs.

    Also to consider, if we would have kept permanent bases in Iraq, the US could have taken better care of what was going on on the ground.

    But, you seem to have a better sense of that than me, so, yes, learn Farsi.

    ISIS could have been easily erased if they (USA) had not supported the total isolation and abuse of the Sunnis in Iraq.

    Apparently, Sunnis we marginalized by the Iraqi government voted into office. One thing to mention, everyone was crying about the US being in Iraq, most of it from ME countries. And now, everyone wants the US to clean up the mess.

    So, IMHO, the US has to do what is in their interest only, and that is, to set up an American mini-state inside Iraq (yaani, Military Base the size of Rhode Island) with or without the permission of Russia, China, the UN or Iraq.

    This isn’t the time to throw around nuclear weapons, but it IS the time to clean up all the dog doo no one wants to deal with.

    Posted by Akbar Palace | February 4, 2015, 6:03 pm
  81. Echoes of the past. When no one listened and everyone complained…


    Posted by Akbar Palace | February 4, 2015, 6:34 pm
  82. I don’t get why a person that probably has never been to Lebanon, Syria, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Iran or Iraq needs to comment daily on this blog?

    Posted by Ray | February 4, 2015, 9:27 pm
  83. AP,

    You got the remedy? Or the Poison?

    Posted by Ray | February 4, 2015, 9:34 pm
  84. Ray,

    I’ve been to Israel. Does that count?

    And Kuwait, and UAE and Ramallah and Hebron and Gaza and Egypt.

    Comment on anything you want.

    Posted by Akbar Palace | February 4, 2015, 9:42 pm
  85. Well, a visit to Lebanon is due by you on account of your plagiarizing this blog for as long as you have. Don’t you think?

    Posted by Ray | February 4, 2015, 9:50 pm
  86. Ray,

    You’ve misused the word “plagiarized”. My words are own.

    Posted by Akbar Palace | February 4, 2015, 9:54 pm
  87. My parents have been to Jerusalem.

    Regrettably, as a 21st Century Lebanese I will never be allowed to do so.

    But you are welcome to visit Lebanon, anytime AP.

    Posted by Ray | February 4, 2015, 10:05 pm
  88. Ray,

    I think for decades we were told that if we solve the Arab – Israeli dispute, there would be peace in the ME.

    We have to tackle Sacred Cows habibi.

    Posted by Akbar Palace | February 4, 2015, 10:20 pm
  89. Correction. I meant plaguing.

    Posted by Ray | February 5, 2015, 12:10 pm
  90. From demanding $200M from the Japanese Government to release Kenji Goto to switching to demanding the release of Sajida al-Rishawi for him, only to behead Goto and burn Muath Al-Kaseasbeh to death, just does not seem plausible to me.

    Posted by Ray | February 5, 2015, 12:29 pm
  91. Who am I trying to recruit with the masterfully crafted video I released of the burning of a Sunni Arab Air Force Pilot?

    Posted by Ray | February 5, 2015, 12:36 pm
  92. And Kuwait, and UAE and Ramallah and Hebron and Gaza and Egypt = a visit of the pyramids, a shopping weekend in the Gulf and a bus trip in the occupied territories.

    Hilarious. Zionist criminals are really funny.

    Posted by 3issa | February 5, 2015, 12:50 pm
  93. Zio on the Bwain

    Zionist criminals are really funny.


    We may be funny, but you and your ilk are quite sad. Fuming about “Zionist criminals” while your muslim brethren kill orders of magnitude more muslims than Israel is pretty pathetic.

    Posted by Akbar Palace | February 5, 2015, 1:12 pm
  94. No real Mensch would ever support or accept what is happening the Levant today.

    Posted by Ray | February 5, 2015, 1:15 pm
  95. Many Jews are funny. Regrettably, you’re not one of them, AP.

    Spare us. Thanks 🙂

    Posted by Ray | February 5, 2015, 1:22 pm
  96. Whoever the Daesh tender targeted audience, the masters of the mix dubbed in some inspirational choir music rather than expose their potential recruits to the poor man’s agonized death cries.

    Clever production.

    Posted by lally | February 5, 2015, 1:46 pm
  97. Where are the Mensches? NewZ

    No real Mensch would ever support or accept what is happening the Levant today.


    The Mensches are damned if they do, and damned if they don’t. At least we tried something.

    Posted by Akbar Palace | February 5, 2015, 2:08 pm
  98. Interesting read on ISIS…As I had mentioned above and I am sure most could surmise; the devil’s hand in the creation of an orginaztion out of “thin air”??


    Posted by danny | February 5, 2015, 2:33 pm
  99. Danny,

    When will MIchael Young go to war against Assad and his ally Hezbollah?

    Is it really just all talk?

    Posted by Akbar Palace | February 5, 2015, 3:01 pm
  100. Danny. I can’t help it but my ouija board continues to spell out MEK.

    Posted by lally | February 5, 2015, 10:30 pm
  101. That’s good Lally, I see we’re moving in the right direction. Dropping your news sources from Twitter to ouija boards makes sense.

    Posted by Akbar Palace | February 6, 2015, 6:44 am
  102. How does it make sense to float weapons manufacturers on the stock market and have them run by a board of Capitalists?

    How does investing into a company that makes weapons of death and devastation make any sense?

    Posted by Ray | February 6, 2015, 3:14 pm
  103. Who came up with the idea that allowing common people to invest into companies that produce weapons of brutal and imminent death is a good investment?

    Who are these very sick people?

    Posted by Ray | February 6, 2015, 3:17 pm
  104. Maybe it would be a good idea for Americans to return back home and their original roots. After all, the world no longer is what it was 200 years ago.

    Posted by Ray | February 6, 2015, 3:49 pm
  105. Ray,

    Americans (thank G-d) can invest in anything they want. I love the freedom.

    Posted by Akbar Palace | February 6, 2015, 7:52 pm
  106. That’s why you’re obviously a very sick person.

    Posted by Ray | February 7, 2015, 11:59 am
  107. And deluded.

    Posted by Ray | February 7, 2015, 12:32 pm
  108. Disappear.


    Posted by Ray | February 7, 2015, 1:19 pm
  109. Yes Ray,

    Freedom is “sick” for those aren’t used to it. For those people, I always recommend that they move to communist countries, theocracies, kingdoms and Baathist safe havens where others can tell you what you should do.

    Posted by Akbar Palace | February 7, 2015, 5:58 pm
  110. Here is an excellent piece written by Hassan Hassan for the Guardian on ISIS’s ideological rationale and religious justification, for burning the Jordanian pilot and its other savage practices.


    Posted by Ray | February 8, 2015, 3:19 am
  111. Good news by the Israelis for all of us living in the neighborhood:

    Israel expressed fear over an escalation along its northern border with Lebanon as its Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon sounded the alarm over the upcoming developments after Hizbullah’s attack against military vehicles in the occupied Shebaa Farms, media reports said on Sunday.

    “The situation along the northern border with Lebanon and Syria is heading towards further escalation,” Yaalon said in comments to Israel’s Channel 10 today.

    The Israeli official pointed out that he based his remarks on security reports and Hizbullah’s political attitude.

    Yaalon accused Hizbullah, the Syrian regime and Iran are trying to “create a new equation along its border,” adding that Hizbullah “is seeking to establish a new frontier in the Golan Heights.”

    Posted by Ray | February 8, 2015, 9:41 am
  112. And here’s a great report/marvel on the knuckleheads that believe that life cannot exist without them in Lebanon.

    BEIRUT: Gunmen shot up an electricity transformer in the eastern district of Zahle early Saturday, causing severe power cuts, one week following two similar attacks carried out in the area.

    The official electricity company in Zahle, Electricité de Zahlé, announced in a statement Saturday that one of its transformers was shot and stopped working, cutting the flow of electricity to a large part of the district.

    EDZ said that unknown gunmen shot the equipment with five bullets using a military-grade weapon, just 24 hours after the company repaired two other transformers attacked last week.

    An EDZ official told The Daily Star Saturday that the company suspects some owners of private generators of being behind the attacks.

    Generator owners have been angered with EDZ after it announced a plan to reactive a plant and feed the area with 24 hours of electricity per day, meaning they would no longer need to purchase electricity from third-party suppliers.

    Last Saturday, gunmen shot and damaged a transformer on the Zahle-Chtaura road, one day after shooting up another one in Dhour Zahle.

    – See more at: http://dailystar.com.lb/News/Lebanon-News/2015/Feb-07/286758-attack-on-a-zahle-transformer-cuts-power-to-district.ashx#sthash.D5rP9fJP.dpuf

    Posted by Ray | February 8, 2015, 9:53 am
  113. Ray those knuckleheads all wear orange!

    Posted by danny | February 8, 2015, 4:13 pm
  114. Whatever colors they may wear, they’re utterly rotten underneath.

    Posted by Ray | February 9, 2015, 8:56 am
  115. Let’s not kid each other. Everyone’s has watched the Godfather.

    Posted by Ray | February 9, 2015, 12:45 pm
  116. Some of you might have actually read it 🙂

    Posted by Ray | February 9, 2015, 12:50 pm
  117. Am I still under house arrest? Bleep this, this was the worst week for me in Beirut. You know I like to erupt when I’m here.

    Posted by Vulcan | February 10, 2015, 4:16 pm
  118. Oops! sorry for the foul language, I promise I’ll behave, now that I have known the meaning of tyranny 😃 I’m reformed, im an obedient resistor.
    AK, how unreliable, I was expecting an airlift Or something! Where are you people.

    Posted by Vulcan | February 10, 2015, 4:27 pm
  119. AP I mean 😀

    Posted by Vulcan | February 10, 2015, 4:28 pm
  120. Loool… Prison break eh Vulcan? Where did you dump the luggage. 😀

    Funny you said AK. Our old friend Abu Kais has got a post up on his semi dormant from BTB…Quite interesting analysis.

    Posted by danny | February 10, 2015, 4:35 pm
  121. LOL! AP, your autocorrect spellchecker has gone rogue and is hilariously subverting all your messaging!

    Switching “turban” with “turbine” a while back was pretty slick, but merely a warm-up to today’s magnificent “enemies”-to-“enemas” transformation! 🙂

    Posted by Samer Nasser | February 10, 2015, 4:41 pm
  122. On the balcony tracking storm Yohan and challenging God, Yahweh and Allah for more wind, thunder and rain, maybe it’ll wash all the sins of our dying old world.

    Posted by Vulcan | February 10, 2015, 5:10 pm
  123. Vulcan and Mustap are now welcome back.

    Posted by Qifa Nabki | February 10, 2015, 5:16 pm
  124. The New York Times magazine just did a feature piece on the Lebanon Tribunal: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/15/magazine/the-hezbollah-connection.html?_r=0

    Posted by dontgetit | February 10, 2015, 6:16 pm
  125. So House arrest works best 🙂 ?

    Posted by Ray | February 10, 2015, 7:10 pm
  126. I hope nobody got interrogated Breaking Bad style here 🙂

    Posted by Ray | February 10, 2015, 7:13 pm
  127. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/15/magazine/the-hezbollah-connection.html?_r=0

    What an excellent piece, thoroughly researched. All the time, you can’t but help thinking about Wissam Eid who if it wasn’t for his sheer brilliance, the STL would not have had an inkling. WTF were the international inspectors doing?

    Posted by Maverick | February 10, 2015, 8:10 pm
  128. Samer,

    Thanks. This time the typo “enemas” was intentional.


    Welcome back. Since AIG isn’t around much, I need someone to teach me about Lebanon.

    Is Assad’s fifedom getting smaller? I’m reading about battles in Damascus.

    Posted by Akbar Palace | February 10, 2015, 9:13 pm
  129. Btw, this whole BB – Obama thing is about as absurd as anything I’ve seen. I think the whole world is watching to see what happens. Will BB speak, or will the secret service lock BB up? This is really getting juicy. It’s at the point where Obama may explode, go to war with the jewish state, or make Jeremiah Wright his next secretary of state.

    Posted by Akbar Palace | February 10, 2015, 9:22 pm
  130. So now the chains have broken! What a relief? Despite the fact that I began to enjoy the vacationing spirit.

    But I have to say this one more time since Hariri is brought back to the discussion. I mean Hariri Sr. I already said the same thing sometime way back.

    The man may have been a savvy business man but he’s not a politician and shouldn’t have become one. In 1989, he should have told Assad (the real Assad thug) to disband hezbizstsn or simply get lost. In other words, if I were him I would have told all the Lebanonese Zheit min rabkon. You want to fight go ahead and fight until hell freezes. Zheit min rabkon.

    And I would have gone to business as usual. Having said that if Hariri Sr. Was not a politician you could what Hariri is. He is an idiot who is neither a politician nor a businessman. Idiot is more like it.

    Posted by Mustap | February 10, 2015, 9:58 pm
  131. Seriously, that NYT Magazine “Hezbollah Connection” piece was a monster read but a total thriller! Fascinating yet utterly appalling. Thanks for sharing …

    I still remember where I was when I heard about the Hariri assassination. I was drinking coffee, eating donuts and watching TV at my car dealership’s waiting room here in the US on a very cold winter morning as my car was undergoing routine maintenance.

    The first thing I did when I heard the news was call my parents in the Middle East and exclaim, “Didn’t I tell you? Why don’t you guys ever believe me? Lebanon SUCKS!”

    Posted by Samer Nasser | February 11, 2015, 11:13 am
  132. Well, Mustap, Hariri Sr. went all in with his $4Billion in 1989 and ended up with $17Billion in 2005, during his tenure as a Politician. Apple stock investments, I guess.

    Posted by Ray | February 11, 2015, 1:24 pm
  133. He got richer. Lebanon got poorer. Yey !

    Posted by Ray | February 11, 2015, 1:37 pm
  134. Ray,

    Are you really telling me that Lebanon was richer in 1989 vs 2005? Any proof? Evidence? Links to stats ya baba?

    Posted by danny | February 11, 2015, 2:05 pm
  135. …and Yes the Assad clan had no hand is taking a 50% comission off the top from the Airport/Port?Banks/Casino etc…

    No man! It was Hariri! What a crock of shit!

    Posted by danny | February 11, 2015, 2:07 pm
  136. Sorry for the interrupted thoughts. 😀

    So Ray; Hariri owned Lebanon after the civil war. Right? All others; including the yellow Jackets, Iztaz thief, the swivel head Jumby had no slice of the cake besides our sisterly Syrian Ali babas?

    Stop this stupidity R2D2!!

    Posted by danny | February 11, 2015, 2:11 pm
  137. Danny,

    I don’t know why exactly the Saudis found a deeply profound interest in Lebanon through Rafiq Hariri. That is something we will only learn about in about in 10-30 years after that part of the world collapses and the intelligence files will be opened for study and understanding by the “survivors” 🙂


    Posted by Ray | February 11, 2015, 2:56 pm
  138. I’m not sure if I should yawn. There is also a case to be made for laughing. The only issue is whether one should simply laugh or burst in laughter. Only an orange can do the math and come up with figures like someone making 17 billion mighty green backs out of a cesspool like this bankrupt rock you call Lebanotease.

    I’d like to go back vacationing.

    So what is the economic treasure that you have hidden in this beggar of a statelet that no one knows about except the oranges?

    On second thought, both Hariris are idiots.


    Posted by Mustap | February 11, 2015, 3:48 pm
  139. Danny, were the Syrians taking half of profit margins? That seems excessive, even for mordida.

    Posted by lally | February 11, 2015, 10:38 pm
  140. lally,

    I really don’t know what the split was. However; all the monies were managed by the Assad’s mukhabarat. Maybe they were taking a 75% commission. 😀

    Posted by danny | February 12, 2015, 9:36 am
  141. Danny,

    Rustom Ghazaleh pocketed $10million in cash directly from Rafiq Hariri over the years. This was revealed at the STL.

    The corruption you are talking about locally that took place lined mainly the pockets of the Lebanese mafia, each within their sectarian districts. I’d say no more than 5% of that amount was needed to bribe Syrian officials to facilitate certain local illegal deals that comprised mainly of physical intimidation.

    Posted by Ray | February 12, 2015, 9:56 am
  142. What will be interesting to see is if the STL defense will bring forwards the many ways that Mr. Rafiq Hariri used his position to enrich himself during his tenure as Prime Minister and member of Parliament in Lebanon.

    Investment in ultra high yielding Lebanese Government Bonds through his bank9s), which he negotiated on behalf of Lebanon, is the most transparent example.

    Posted by Ray | February 12, 2015, 10:12 am
  143. bank(s)

    Posted by Ray | February 12, 2015, 10:17 am
  144. Ray,

    It’s really cute to read you flailing about in the amateur, folksy, little-leagues trying to build a case against Rafik Hariri while being completely oblivious to the reality that you exude major anti-Sunni prejudice (and are extremely vulnerable to confirmation bias), cherry-pick your facts (if indeed they are true since you don’t cite where you are getting them from), and don’t do any diligence at all to contextualize, harmonize or reconcile anything you say! In short, and I won’t bother trying to be polite about it, you come across as just another two-bit, Middle Eastern, bullsh*tter!

    1) So what if Rafik Hariri paid Rustom Ghazaleh? Sure, if either was operating in a public capacity at the time, it’s a conflict of interest and therefore unethical. But to prove corruption, you have to show what that money paid for to presumably give Hariri an unfair advantage at the expense of the public at large!

    2) You make reference to “illegal deals”, so now we’re talking about the law! Pray tell, our dear scholar, what laws are these that you are talking about? Are they anti-corruption laws? How are they enforced? I am asking because even by the dismal standards of the Arab World, Lebanon’s corruption is legendary! So these laws must not be very effective! Are they even applied equally? Because if they’re not, then your attempt to bait Hariri as the only corrupt person that ever existed in Lebanon is actually discriminatory on your part!

    3) You say that the STL defense should cite Hariri’s corruption! Let me ask, why is this even relevant to a murder investigation? Are you insinuating that Hariri deserved to get blown up because he was corrupt? Why should a corruption case even be tried at the Hague in Europe? Aren’t the Lebanese capable of prosecuting their own anti-corruption cases? If not, why not?

    4) You seem to complain about “ultra-high yielding government bonds”. Let me ask, do you consider Lebanon to be a safe investment? What were the terms of these bonds? What would you have considered to be more fair? I know nothing about this, but I will grant that using Hariri’s own banks in the transaction comes across as a major conflict of interest. Can you provide more information? Did Hariri’s banks actually issue the bonds? Who did they sell them to? Were any global, reputable banks involved at the time?

    5) Lastly, if you want to build any credibility with me at all (not that I expect you to care about my opinion, I already suspect you don’t), then you would cite, cite, cite, reference, reference, reference anything you say! If you can’t do it, then realize that the details have fallen through the cracks rendering you in the unfortunate position where all you can do is speculate!

    Posted by Samer Nasser | February 12, 2015, 12:59 pm
  145. Ray,

    Leave the sunnis alone. Put all the blame on the Zionists, and we’ll forgive you.

    Posted by Akbar Palace | February 12, 2015, 2:11 pm
  146. I gave you Oil Gate.

    I gave you ISIS Gate.

    Hariri is a non-gate. But still worthy of debate.

    Do your own research.

    To be continued.

    Posted by Ray | February 12, 2015, 2:40 pm
  147. I am doing my own research! I am the Director of the Institute of Rayology! I have a team of white-coated scientists here. We take your blog comments and input them into a supercomputer and try to discern what’s going on in your mind! So far we’ve been able to simulate the evolution of the universe and the mammalian, eukaryotic cell! But you, man? You have us completely stumped! 🙂

    Posted by Samer Nasser | February 12, 2015, 3:52 pm
  148. We take your blog comments and input them into a supercomputer and try to discern what’s going on in your mind!

    I found Ray’s mind. And it’s a beautiful bright color.

    Posted by Akbar Palace | February 12, 2015, 4:15 pm
  149. Zzzzzzzzzzzzz 😩

    Posted by Mustap | February 12, 2015, 9:42 pm
  150. Islamist violence is “in part a product of Western disdain”

    Interview with Karen Armstrong by way of Walid Beyk:


    Posted by Ray | February 13, 2015, 8:06 am
  151. Understanding Turkey/Erdogan’s Al Nusra support in this soup of a world.


    Posted by Ray | February 13, 2015, 8:23 am
  152. Fear and Chickenshit: How Netanyahu wins Israelis over.


    Posted by Ray | February 13, 2015, 8:46 am
  153. Ray,

    Maybe one day arabs will be able to vote like Israelis.

    Since you brought it up, you have to realize that Haaretz is FAR left, and they get ulcers every day a Likud PM is in office. They need to ask themselves why they have performed so terribly when their leaders are in office. So far, the Left is “credited” with the failed Oslo Accords (all palnned in secret) and botching one of the many battles in Lebanon (the famous picture of the defense minister with his binoculars backwards).

    BB isn’t perfect, but he hasn’t committed any major errors.

    Posted by Akbar Palace | February 13, 2015, 9:06 am
  154. You are blind.

    Your BB sitter has created the Land of the Living Dead and the Zombies that have been walking around with Butcher knives stabbing and killing Jews.

    He’s a WINNER!

    Posted by Ray | February 13, 2015, 10:04 am
  155. “From my dead hands …”

    I guess lots of you guys reminisce?

    1984 is a reality. Let’s hope Planet of the Apes won’t be.

    Posted by Ray | February 13, 2015, 10:44 am
  156. Ray,

    Whatever you say. Israelis are just begging to be like all the arabs states, where the average “citizen” lives on $7000/year, has no say as to who will represent them, no legal recourse, and beset by violence. You obviously know much more than the Israelis do.

    Posted by Akbar Palace | February 13, 2015, 11:15 am
  157. I obviously don’t.

    But, I follow you:

    Posted by Ray | February 13, 2015, 11:30 am
  158. F’in Liberals…

    “So I got a call when I came home from one of my granddaughters and she said, ‘Bubbe, you were sleeping at the State of the Union.”


    Posted by Akbar Palace | February 13, 2015, 12:26 pm
  159. Its incredible to see how much lack of self respect a terrorist Zionist can have in himself. Still here trying to build bridges. Absolutely frightening to see the settlers depth of delusion. God give us patience.

    Posted by 3issa | February 13, 2015, 1:38 pm
  160. Threesa,

    What delusion are you talking about? Pray tell. My Webster’s Dictionary say a “delusion” is a “false belief or opinion”. Is my delusion that Israel is killing more arabs than arabs? Tell us what it is?

    Posted by Akbar Palace | February 13, 2015, 1:54 pm
  161. Islamic State (not “Jewish State”) kidnaps 21 Coptic Christians in Libya. Threesa is concerned, and may lose his temper. Stand by…


    Posted by Akbar Palace | February 13, 2015, 2:39 pm
  162. raad declared it first; lately Mousawi. So proud to have scared away the tourists and their alcohol and turned the country to a den for terrorism!
    Our sentiment exactly. Thank you Mr. clAoun. Pray do tell what do the yellow jackets think of your senile following?


    Posted by danny | February 14, 2015, 3:29 pm
  163. Danny,

    Good article. I agree with the author.

    Posted by Akbar Palace | February 14, 2015, 5:12 pm
  164. Courtesy of Walid Beyk via anbaaonline:


    Posted by Ray | February 15, 2015, 9:08 am
  165. Yes, because of Sheldon Adelson, Assad decided to kill unarmed demonstrators, Iran and Hezbollah decided to prop up Assad, the Saudis decided to fund sunni extremists like al queda, ISIS and al nusra, and Hamas decided to build an extensive tunnel network in Israel.

    It all makes sense Ray. If we prevent Sheldon Adelson from supporting Netanyahu, the ME will become peaceful.

    Posted by Akbar Palace | February 15, 2015, 10:12 am
  166. Better for Lebanon to keep away from Oil exploration. It’ll be dead in 5 decades as a lucrative source of wealth.

    The Oil dossier will make for interesting reading and history lessons by then.

    Posted by Ray | February 15, 2015, 11:37 am
  167. I am also of the opinion that the more some people(s) got heavily soaked and involved in Oil, the quicker their brains roasted.

    It must be the fumes, or something. Toxic Shit!

    Posted by Ray | February 15, 2015, 11:52 am
  168. I believe “fried” would be the more appropriate term, here. Sorry, I’m not good with “cooking” terms 🙂

    Posted by Ray | February 15, 2015, 1:07 pm
  169. 21 Egyptian christians beheaded in Libya by those nice muslims from ISIS…

    And the world will respond by doing….
    nothing. Naturally. Good thing jews have Israel this time.


    Posted by Akbar Palace | February 15, 2015, 4:24 pm
  170. The recent so-called commemoration of Feb 14 2005 that took place in Beirut is a NON-event.

    Posted by Mustap | February 15, 2015, 6:41 pm
  171. Jeepers, King Hussein is stepping on some dog-doo. This could be smelly. …


    Posted by Akbar Palace | February 15, 2015, 9:55 pm
  172. Opps….meant King Abdullah the son….

    Posted by Akbar Palace | February 15, 2015, 9:56 pm
  173. You like to say NON-event, eh? The phrase is in?

    Posted by Roger | February 16, 2015, 9:38 am
  174. I must say, his “object destructor” algorithm is quite robust! He always invokes the “so-called” function (to delete the address pointer) before he invokes the “non-event” function (to delete the data)!

    If he was a computer programmer, I’d say he clears out his memory quite effectively! No stale, resource-consuming leaks here! 🙂

    Posted by Samer Nasser | February 16, 2015, 11:25 am
  175. t was a non-event for every Lebanese that does not directly or indirectly benefit from the seemingly waning Hariri business empire here.

    Not even Walid Jumblatt attended it.

    A speech by Hassan Nasrallah, however. There, you can hear a pin drop on the streets of Lebanon, once the introductory “Firework” subsides.

    Posted by Ray | February 16, 2015, 12:09 pm
  176. Well at least we now know where Ray gets his “messy pastiche” inspirations from! He seems to be a Walid Jumblatt acolyte! 🙂

    “1/4 Planet of the Apes clip, 1/4 Land of the Living Dead reference, 1/4 Elton John lyrics from the 1970’s, 1/4 Voltaire quote, and VOILA!”

    “Voila, what? It’s a disaster!”

    “Exactly! Ain’t it beautiful?” 🙂

    Posted by Samer Nasser | February 16, 2015, 12:36 pm
  177. It is 🙂

    Posted by Ray | February 16, 2015, 12:51 pm
  178. And then it’s not, Samer.

    Dark days ahead for us in the Levant.

    Posted by Ray | February 16, 2015, 1:00 pm
  179. I must confess.

    I’m one of the ‘top’ programming nerds there’s on this continent.

    I was effectively busted.

    Posted by Mustap | February 16, 2015, 1:02 pm
  180. That last comment of mine is actually a NON-event.

    Posted by Mustap | February 16, 2015, 1:14 pm
  181. That last comment I made is actually a NON-event.

    Posted by Mustap | February 16, 2015, 1:18 pm
  182. Samer,

    What’s new? Wanna hold a conversation, or do you prefer talking to enlightened jihadists and resistance pros?

    Posted by Akbar Palace | February 16, 2015, 2:29 pm
  183. 3issa,

    What’s new?

    Are you ready? Regular mental lapses could be on the horizon.

    I hope you had the time while I was away to swear allegiance to the Wise King of the Maghreb.

    The latest achievement of His Wise Majesty was nothing less than putting the French in the box.

    He is a remarkable Wise King deserving the full extent of allegiance.

    Posted by Mustap | February 16, 2015, 2:38 pm
  184. Mustap,

    If you really are a “programming nerd”, then perhaps you can tell us what programming languages you are expert at. I will warn you that, considering the circumstances, this question is a well-designed trap. You get extra credit if you can identify where exactly the trap is! 🙂


    I wouldn’t dignify these comments with “conversation” status! I am merely trying to amuse myself, against my better judgement, which urges me to just keep quiet, not waste any more time, and get back to work! 🙂

    Posted by Samer Nasser | February 16, 2015, 3:35 pm
  185. I am merely trying to amuse myself


    Ok. I sort of try to do something similar. Like Monte Python, I’m just looking for an argument. It’s harder than you’d think.


    Posted by Akbar Palace | February 16, 2015, 3:51 pm
  186. I’m also amused by your so-called trap test.

    This is not even a trap.

    On the other hand, who am I to even try to prove myself to you? Besides, I’m way beyond taking tests – trapped or none.

    Believe it or not I’m THE nerd when it comes your ‘test languages’..

    Nevertheless, this ‘nerdiness’ aspect is secondary but essential to my actual worldly activities, i.e. profession.

    You name the language. I’m the ONE.

    And I’m not talking about the ones you deploy on PC’s or even mainframes. These are for kids by my standards. As a clue, Just imagine, as a clue, the most basic of interfaces to the most basic of the physical ‘world’ all the way up to the most virtual ‘nonsensory’ form of virtual ‘existence’ . We make the world ROCK.

    Once again, I consider your last comment and my present one as NON-events.

    Posted by Mustap | February 16, 2015, 3:58 pm
  187. OK. Let the record state that Mustap did not answer my question. Which is fine!

    But since I am such a nice guy, to satisfy the curiosity of any reader who might be genuinely interested, I will answer it myself.

    The trap was knowing about ‘garbage collection’, which is a feature of higher-level languages like Java and C#. These languages don’t require that the programmer manually clear out his memories.

    In relatively lower-level languages like C and C++, it gets a bit complicated. As microprocessors get more sophisticated, C from what I understand is being phased out in favor of C++.

    C++ itself is evolving. It used to be that in C++ all memory management was done manually, but C++11 incorporated features from the STL (Standard Template Library) and other popular libraries like Boost to allow for very basic garbage collection functionality using “smart pointers” that track their own use. Lower-level programmers who use C++ don’t like overly elaborate garbage collectors because they consume resources and it becomes hard to predict, let alone guarantee, program performance under tight timing constraints.

    Let’s not even get into subjects like multi-threaded, multi-core or parallel programming.

    Anyway, that was the basic jist of my “test”. That’s all I want to say on this subject, and we don’t need to discuss it further. I don’t want to get drawn into a conflict and have QN close this thread again. So I’m checking out immediately after I post this.

    Posted by Samer Nasser | February 16, 2015, 4:24 pm
  188. Pythons for kids as indicated above.

    a mental lapse attempting to prove itself otherwise.

    You have no pieces of bread here. Or as we say in Arabic:

    ما لك فت خبز هون٠ جرب العربي الغاضب٠ ربما تجد من هم من نفس الطينة اللي انت معجون منها٠

    Try Google Translate.

    Posted by Mustap | February 16, 2015, 4:28 pm
  189. O’ no, c’mon, Mr. Samer. You want to show us your acumen and run away without a counter argument? This is cowardice. Excuse my bluntness. But, hey, what’s new here?

    You think QN is so close minded to shut down a civil intercourse? Have faith.

    There is something even much lower than your classic C, C++, C# and its later manifestations. We’re talking machine language my dear nerd fellow, in other words string of zeros and ones. These are the most optimal of all, the fastest and the slickest.

    What about OpenCL or platforms which allow GPU and parallel processor programming? And what about the newest of them all, HARLAN?

    But honestly, MATLAB is a beauty by itself not to mention its sister platform SIMULINK. O’ and wait till we get to LABVIEW, now that’s a whole new ball game by itself. And how is your acumen with the latest on the virtual front? We can now virtualize anything under the sun that you can think of. You name it. We’re talking here virtualization of actual physical entities that have well defined functions and specs in the world we live in.

    I wasn’t kidding when I said we make the world ROCK.

    And ya شاطر انت, I did answer your trap question, right here if you have any inkling of clues

    ” These are for kids by my standards. As a clue, Just imagine, [sic] the most basic of interfaces to the most basic of the physical ‘world’ all the way up to the most virtual ‘nonsensory’ form of virtual ‘existence’ . We make the world ROCK.”

    And of course your SEA of languages (hope you get the pun) are the most suited for such endeavors, barring acquiring starry eyes from staring at endless strings of binaries.

    Nevertheless, these are all NON-events.

    Posted by Mustap | February 16, 2015, 4:54 pm
  190. Mustap,

    To begin with, what we are doing here is called a civil DISCOURSE. I don’t know what a ‘civil intercourse’ is but it sounds like it might require at least dinner and a drink beforehand! 🙂

    Quick notes, just for the laughs:

    1) I know about machine language, as well as Assembly, which is why I qualified my statement about C and C++ with the phrase “relatively lower-level languages”. Nobody writes applications in machine language. That’s what compilers are for.

    2) Yes, I know about OpenCL and CUDA. They’re for GPGPU’s (General Purpose Graphical Processing Units). Nvidia and AMD are in this game, as well as Intel with its Xeon Phi. It’s considered super-computing at that point, which is a niche application. I’ve never heard of HARLAN.

    3) Oh, don’t I know about MATLAB and SIMULINK. I used to do a lot of simulation and analysis in MATLAB, but it’s more for mathematical computation, system prototyping and design that actual application programming. Matlab is extremely resource-intensive.

    4) And oh yes, don’t I know about LabView. LabView is only used for test systems. There was a time in my career when I could daisy-chain over a dozen Agilent instruments to a LabView workstation (via the GPIB), and run automated circuit tests in a hardware lab over an entire weekend. FPGA’s, JTAG scan cells, logic analyzers, oscilloscopes, power and signal generators? No big deal …

    But OK, you’ve dropped enough hints by now that I can guess at what you do professionally. You’re in the petroleum industry, and you use high-performance computing in your work to analyze rocks and sediments under the ground and sea and stuff like that. You immerse yourself in the data by projecting it onto a screen and interacting with it virtually. Yeah, I get this by now. I’ve known about this technology for years.

    Good for you! And congratulations! This is great, stimulating and rewarding work!

    Posted by Samer Nasser | February 16, 2015, 5:40 pm
  191. Besides its use in a sexual context, intercourse is also defined by the Merriam Webster dictionary thusly:

    1: connection or dealings between persons or groups

    2: exchange especially of thoughts or feelings

    So ENOUGH ‘falsafi’.

    However, it’s perfectly understood. Arabs always veer towards the more carnal associations of the term(s), which goes to show that a native trait is born with the person and dies with him/her. So, next time you tell me you forgot your native Arabic, I’ll tell you come of it and pretenses no more.

    Again excuse my bluntness. But, we know nothing new here.

    Nevertheless, this is also a NON-event.

    Discourse, on the other hand, may be used also without prejudice. However, it is more appropriate for a conversation carried out in a different media.

    Here, we’re mostly interacting. Therefore, the term ‘intercourse’ is more descriptive, again without prejudice.

    This goes back to my earlier observation to you about this media being an INTERACTIVE media. It is NOT a DETACHED environment.

    Posted by Mustap | February 16, 2015, 6:08 pm
  192. Mustap,

    Fair enough! I looked up intercourse/discourse like you did and came to the same conclusions you did, except I foolishly did so AFTER I posted that remark in haste and not BEFORE. I guess I just saw an opportunity to crack a joke and just went for it. It’s no big deal. I’m sorry if I offended you. You were right. I was wrong.

    None of us are paid to comment here and therefore none of us can afford to spend too much time on commenting. We only get one shot at it and don’t have peers or editors we can run our comments by before posting. So by virtue of the nature of the work, it’s going to be a bit sloppy! We should afford each other allowances for that!

    Posted by Samer Nasser | February 16, 2015, 6:45 pm
  193. Offend me?

    That WAS a joke and WAS taken a joke and then MADE a joke of.

    Where is your sense of humor? 😂

    By the way most of what we say here is just for jest.

    We rarely get into this level of intercourse

    What da ya mean we don’t get paid for commenting?

    QN just gave me a raise……😄


    Posted by Mustap | February 16, 2015, 8:43 pm
  194. There is no doubt who assassinated Yitzhak Rabin to prevent a “crazy” deal for peace.

    Just saying.

    Posted by Ray | February 17, 2015, 12:09 pm
  195. Here’s some “Wisdom” for you folks…Listen and Learn 😃

    Posted by Vulcan | February 18, 2015, 6:20 am
  196. The wiser crowd. 😛

    Posted by danny | February 18, 2015, 7:10 am

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