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Liz Sly, the Washington Post’s Beirut bureau chief, and contributor Suzan Haidamous went on a “tour” with the terrorist group Hezbollah, then proceeded to write an article that both criticized President Trump and promoted the terrorist organization.

Sly posted on Twitter: “On tour with Hezbollah in Lebanon, where they’re out to show that they, not Trump, are the ones fighting terrorism.”

A Hezbollah spokesman told the reporters, “The current American president is ignorant of the region. We are the force that fights terrorism while the United States continues to support terrorism in many forms.”

This from a group that has been responsible for more than 400 terrorist attacks, according to the Global Terrorism Database.

The article then goes on to talk about Hezbollah’s fight with al Nusra, another terrorist organization.

The Obama administration backed Syrian “rebels” with ties to al Nusra, but the Trump administration stopped the largely ineffective CIA program that did so. Last month, when President Trump ended the program, the Washington Post described it as a “a move sought by Moscow” and wrote about how this could have negative consequences.

The Post blames Trump for funding al Nusra for the few months since he was inaugurated and the Army finally was tasked with actually destroying ISISs. But it does not mention it was President Obama who got us involved with the group.

It does mention “a two-week offensive by Hezbollah in the Arsal area that drove out scores of al-Qaeda-affiliated fighters belonging to the group known as Jabhat al-Nusra, as well as well as several hundred former Free Syrian Army rebels — whose allies until recently had received support from the United States.”

The Post contends Hezbollah is now effectively in charge of a large portion of Southern Lebanon, yet still paints it as a victim of “Israeli occupation.”

“Nowhere was there any evidence of the Lebanese state, which has struggled to assert its role in the years since the 1975-1990 civil war saw the country overrun by scores of private militias,” write Sly and Haidamous. “Only Hezbollah survived intact, retaining its status because of the role it played resisting what was then the Israeli occupation of a big chunk of southern Lebanon.”

The Washington Post reporters then write, “Whether the Trump administration can navigate the pitfalls of this complexity may determine if this tiny, relatively calm country can continue to escape the turmoil raging elsewhere in the Middle East.” It does not mention how much more relative safety might prevail if their hosts, the Iran-sponsored terror group, stopped attacking Israel and others elsewhere in the region.

The Washington Post clearly appears to promote Hezbollah in this argument. Hezbollah supports Assad. Russia supports Assad. Can you tell us again who is colluding with Putin?




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