Thursday, July 27, 2006
Iranians volunteer to fight IsraelGroup heads for 'holy war' in LebanonWednesday, July 26, 2006
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Surrounded by yellow Hezbollah flags, more than 60 Iranian volunteers set off Wednesday to join what they called a holy war against Israeli forces in Lebanon.The group -- ranging from teenagers to grandfathers -- plans to join about 200 other volunteers on the way to the Turkish border, which they hope to cross Thursday. They plan to reach Lebanon via Syria on the weekend.Organizers said the volunteers are carrying no weapons, and it was not clear whether Turkey would allow them to pass.A Turkish Foreign Ministry official, speaking on condition of anonymity, would not say Wednesday if Turkey would allow them to cross. Iranians, however, can enter Turkey without a visa and stay for three months.
Iran says it will not send regular forces to aid Hezbollah, but apparently it will not attempt to stop volunteer guerrillas. Iran and Syria are Hezbollah's main sponsors."We are just the first wave of Islamic warriors from Iran," said Amir Jalilinejad, chairman of the Student Justice Movement, a nongovernment group that helped recruit the fighters. "More will come from here and other Muslim nations around the world. Hezbollah needs our help."Military service is mandatory in Iran, and nearly every man has at least some basic training. Some hard-liners have more extensive drills as members of the Basiji corps, a paramilitary network linked to the powerful Revolutionary Guard.Other volunteers, such as 72-year-old Hasan Honavi, have combat experience from the 1980-88 war with Iraq."God made this decision for me," said Honavi, a grandfather and one of the oldest volunteers. "I still have fight left in me for a holy war."The group, chanting and marching in military-style formation, assembled Wednesday in a part of Tehran's main cemetery that is reserved for war dead and other "martyrs."They prayed on Persian carpets and linked hands, with their shoes and bags piled alongside. Few had any battle-type gear and some arrived in dress shoes or plastic sandals.Some bowed before a memorial to Hezbollah-linked suicide bombers who carried out the 1983 blast at Marine barracks in Beirut that killed 241 U.S. servicemen. An almost simultaneous bombing killed 56 French peacekeepers.Speakers praised Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah and laid scorn on Muslim leaders -- including their own government -- for not sending battlefield assistance to Hezbollah since the battles erupted two weeks ago.
Even if the volunteers fail to reach Lebanon, their mobilization is an example of how Iranians are rallying to Hezbollah through organizations outside official circles.Iran insists it is not directly involved in the conflict on the military side, but it remains the group's key pipeline for money. Iran has dismissed Israel's claims that Hezbollah has been supplied with upgraded Iranian missiles that have reached Haifa and other points across northern Israel."We cannot stand by and watch out Hezbollah brothers fight alone," said Komeil Baradaran, a 21-year-old Basiji member. "If we are to die in Lebanon, then we will go to heaven. It is our duty as Muslims to fight."
you gotta admire there enthusiasim and zeal, and the fact that they felt the frustration and wanted to do something about it, my guess is that the muslim world i.e turkey is going to prevent them becaus ethats just typical of us muslims, we really do bow down to america, come on muslims wake up and smell the corpses of your brother and sisters cause something aint right.
check out what this twisted individual said 'Speaking on Israeli army radio, Mr Ramon - a close confidant of Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert - said "everyone understands that a victory for Hezbollah is a victory for world terror".
He said that in order to prevent casualties among Israeli soldiers battling Hezbollah militants in southern Lebanon, villages should be flattened by the Israeli air force before ground troops move in'. and i bet he means flatten it with civillians not evacuated, who has given this twisted individual the right to enter a land and destroy it and kill its inhabitants.
could you imagine if the muslim world leaders allowed for there people to cross the borders in there thousands and help th epalestinians, lebanese, iraqis afghans, wow and its not like people wont volunteer, there are thousands who are waiting but there so called leaders are slaves to isreal and america and fear what might happen to them, for the love of Allah stop this cowardly reaction all you leaders seem to have, its really frustrating people, we are mighty in numbers yet we are weak in our ideoligies and faith.
we have the power of prayer, so pray to allah and better ourselves for victory will come when we improve ourselves cause as muslims there is so much we need to improve in ourselves.