Franklin Lamb speaks to mujahedin in the Ain al-Hilweh refugee camp near Saida: “Our mujahedeen have learned much since we attacked the Cole in Aden in October of 2000. The Bush administration has learned nothing from history. Does Bush read? Does he know what happened when the US sent the marines and USS New Jersey in 1983? Does he think Lebanon forgets that it turned South Beirut and Mount Lebanon into rubble with 2,700 pound shells? We are waiting for these sardine cans packed with crusaders to be incinerated like the Merkavas in the July War. Let them come — they will leave — just like when Reagan sent them last time!”
Counterpunch also carries this analysis of the same ‘stabilising gesture’ by Ramie Amiri: ‘Retired Lebanese Army General Wehbe Katisha also recognized the true mission of the warships, stating, “Wars begin by an exchange of messages. The American decision is the first message to its opponents in the region saying ‘we are here.'”
*’Kul khara!’ = ‘eat shit’ in Arabic – in arabic script, kul is spelled the same way as Cole.