Visit Hezbollah’s Base Camp

Harit Thariq area forbidden for government soldier.

The opportunity emerged when I visited Lebanon in February 2007. A member of Hezbollah namely Hajj Abu Ali asked me to wait at 13.00 pm in front of the office of Shiite Supreme Council, Harit Thariq, Beirut. I went there with a Mercedes Benz belongs to the Embassy of Indonesia.

After waiting for ten minutes, a young man in black came by motorcycle to me. “Indonesia?” he asked. I nodded and then he went away. I followed him and then in five minutes we stopped in a damaged building. Continue reading

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Olmert’s Last Gambling

By Faisal Assegaf

It wasn’t surprisingly if Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, 62 year, ready to hold mistake because he was so sure could be freed again from legal process. Even involved in bribe case, he refused requests to step down by most of Israeli people, included several figures in his party. Like politicians in Indonesia, he opted to stay until the court decides he is guilty.

Whereas, his popularity has decreased after recognizing accepted cash money from Morris Talansky, a Jews American businessman who deal with mini bar hotel. During 15 years, he got more than US$ 150,000. Continue reading

The World without Israel

By Faisal Assegaf

The war in Lebanon was over, but Israel invasion against that country forced us to remember again Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad’s sharp comments that called to wipe the state of Israel from the world map, in October last year. A few days later, he said Israel as tumor and must removed from Middle East region.

May be Ahmadinejad just dreamed last night. Perhaps, he has imagined that Israel which declared its independence in 1948, dismissed. It’s not clear because of what. This kind of dream is normal for many people. When a problem is so disturbed for someone until come into his unconscious, it will emerge as a dream. Ahmadinejad has been anti-Israel for many years. Off course, the admirer of the leader of Iranian Islamic Revolution, Ayatullah Khomeini, always think how to disappear the Jewish country. Continue reading