Monday, September 11, 2006

Hezbollah is full of s@#$.

Ha'aretz is reporting the Hezbollah leadership's new claim of their weapons stockpile following the war with Israel. Surprisingly, rather than revealing a substantial decrease in their purported cache of weapons, or even a modest decrease in-line with the number of weapons fired at Israel, Hezbollah is now claiming up to 80,000 rockets.

Hezbollah could have tens of thousands of rockets still left in its arsenal, the group's deputy leader Naim Qassam said in an interview published Sunday in a London-based Arabic-language newspaper.

Qassam said that the reconstruction of Hezbollah's military wing was not a top priority as the group still had a plentiful supply of weapons.

"We had the option to confront Israel for many months," he said. "The 8,000 missiles that we fired at Israel could be a quarter or even just 10 percent of the rockets we have."

So let's see 8,000 is ten percent of 80,000. That's odd considering before and during the war the estimate of nearly every analyst was that Hezbollah had between 10,000 and 15,000 rockets. So this new number would represent a sudden 5 fold increase in their arsenal.

Let's also remember that Hezbollah claimed it only lost approximately 80 members during the fighting, while the IDF claimed it killed nearly 600 fighters.

Next thing we know Hezbollah will be claiming that it came away from the fighting with nothing more than a few bumps and bruises, a disappearing scratch on its chin, and a case of irritable bowel syndrome.

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