A billboard in Windsor Canada advertises Hizbollah’s leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah and other Hizbollah leaders. The billboard is owned by CBS and teh advertiser us unknown at this time. Windsor has a large Lebanese polulation.
Nabbout said members of the Lebanese Christian community have made calls to local MPs Joe Comartin and Brian Masse about the issue.
But Sam Ali, a 39-year-old Lebanese-born Windsor resident, said he supports the billboard’s message, and he believes many in the city’s Lebanese population feel the same way.
According to Ali, the accusations that Hezbollah is terrorist are untrue. “Hezbollah is freedom fighting. Whoever calls them terrorist is a liar,” he said.
Ali, a Muslim, said Nasrallah has done good things, helping people with hospitals and medicine. “When Nasrallah speaks in Lebanon, a million and a half or two million people go into the street to listen.”
Fellow Lebanese native and Muslim Ghina Maawie said she doesn’t understand why anyone would be offended by the billboard. “When I saw it, I felt so happy and so proud of it,” she said. “In Canada, we have freedom of speech.”
Maawie also dismissed the criticisms of Hezbollah. “For anyone to defend Lebanon, they call them terrorist. All we did is defend our country.”
The billboard may be against the law in Canada, where free speech laws are less absolute, but it’s definitely illegal under U.S. law for other reasons.
What’s disturbing is that CBS owns the billboard and allowed it to be posted. This is a violation of federal law here in America. It makes no difference that the billboard is in Canada. Federal law prohibits providing material support, including communications (such as a billboard), to terrorist groups. Hezbollah is not only on the State Department Terrorist List, it is also a Specially Designated Global Terrorist Entity by the U.S. Department of Treasury.
Therefore, with the posting of this billboard supporting Hezbollah, CBS has gone beyond the bounds of free speech and entered the boundaries of illegality.
Unfortunately, nothing will likely happen to CBS for doing so. Who enforces the laws? Well, our spineless, wimpy, partial-to-Muslims Justice Department does. They will never pursue CBS for doing so. So, CBS will get away with it.
Conceivably, a victim of Hezbollah terrorism and his/her relatives could try to sue CBS over this material support, but it’s a stretch. Such a suit, though, would be interesting because it would force CBS, through discovery, to disclose exactly who paid for the billboard, and let us know exactly who is working for Hezbollah in North America–at least, in connection with the billboard.
For now, you can contact CBS and protest this billboard. Ask CBS why they will allow their billboards (and who knows what other media outlets–CBS radio? CBS television network?) to be used as vessels for a terrorist group’s propaganda . . . a terrorist group that murdered over 300 U.S. Marines and civilians in barracks and an embassy in Beirut, almost 100 people in the Buenos Aires Jewish Community Center and Israeli Embassy, and countless U.S. soldiers in Iraq against whom Hezbollah is producing IEDs.
And there is another thing not specified in the article. Windsor’s Mayor, Eddie Francis, is a Lebanese Maronite Christian. He is generally a good guy, but he is under pressure from the Muslim community in Detroit, with whom he has broken bread. I’m glad to see he denounced the billboard. For him–a pro-Western Christian Arab in a city with a geometrically-growing Muslim Arab population–that was courageous and laudable. Compared to spineless politicians here, like Michael Chertoff–who regularly visits the open agents and supporters of Iran and Hezbollah–that is a breath of fresh air.
Another positive development: The Windsor Jewish community–to whom I once spoke and with whom I have a good relationship–is, unlike most Jewish communities here in America, especially in Detroitistan. They are a small community that fights against the pan-Islamist winds (in Detroit, the Jewish “leadership” embraces and bows down to those winds). They are less liberal and more proud to be Jews and Canadians. They’ve spoken out harshly against the billboard, whereas here in Detroit, the Jews would embrace it as a great thing (so-called Detroit Jewish “leaders,” like Sharona Shapiro, regularly kiss the butts of Hezbollah’s and Iran’s agents and full-fledged supporters here).
And for those who keep telling me that most Muslims are against terrorism, please tell me why every Muslim intervied by The Windsor Star praised Hezbollah. Most Muslims may not be involved in terrorism. But most Muslims actively cheer it on. Wake up, Dhummis (not you the readers of this site).