Russian Military Moves in the Middle East

“Colors of an Ousted Lebanon” recreates Beirut’s ancient souks, snippets of traditional horse races, and bright-lit dancers from the sixty-sixties on an animated roller coaster through a maze of shop-front stalls and colorful buildings that once served as the city’s commercial heart. The vibrant city that once gave birth to the modern nation of Lebanon has fallen to a terrible series of Islamic attacks over the past twenty years. As the once glorious middle-class city suffers from ruins left by these attacks, the citizens of this once beautiful place to seek solace in the colors and splendor of the once grand UFA. This is “Colors of an Ousted Lebanon,” a third person animated representation of this once glorious part of Lebanese history.

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“Colors of an Ousted Lebanon” shows the resilience of the land that once prospered under the rule of King Faisal and the Hezbollah bombardment. The scenes here display the old wares of this once thriving city including the ubiquitous baquerab-tourism (bazaar) where locals trade in everything from fresh and salt water fish to handicrafts and electrical goods. While some stalls have replaced the goods lost in the recent attacks, many are still busy displaying the traditional wares of the town as they wait for customers to pay their last respects to the recently passed leader of Hezbollah.

At one point during “Colors of an Ousted Lebanon,” viewers are introduced to a man named Bilal, who is a Hezbollah supporter who lives in the heavily fortified southern suburbs of Beirut. Bilal stands in line at the ufa international airport as passengers pass through metal detectors and get pre-checked before boarding a plane. Although Hezbollah has claimed victory in targeting President Bush and leading to his forced resignation, no one is quite sure of that claim, as the president remains in Washington. For now, however, we can look forward to seeing what happens when Hezbollah does finally take the fight to America and takes Washington and tries to bring down the American economy with a crippling attack on the dollar.

“Colors of an Ousted Lebanon” follows the story of Bilal’s cousin Yassmin. He was a close associate of both Hezbollah’s founder Sayyed Nasrallah and his son Bassam el Assaoum, who currently reside in hiding out in the US Embassy in Washington, DC. After years of living amongst the opposition to Nasrallah’s rule in Lebanon, Yassmin decided it was time to form his own political party and run for president of ufa. But the road to the top in Lebanese politics is paved with a lot of dirt roads.

Although Russia has had a good relationship with Hezbollah in the past, Moscow has had a difficult time keeping its relationship with the United States consistent. Last year, Nasrallah promised his country that he would put an end to Russian military intervention in Syria. Unfortunately, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev never followed through on this promise. This month, Russia is again involved in Syria’s civil war, this time claiming that they are helping the Syrian army with air strikes and military maneuvers against the Islamic State (ISIL).

Whether or not Russia is really doing all this to help al Qaeda isn’t clear at this point. Many people believe that Russia has ulterior motives in mind, namely that it wants to bolster its own presence in the Middle East and protect its client states like Syria, from Western pressure which could come after the end of the Cold War. This could also explain why Russian jets have been recently flying over northern Iraq, which may have nothing to do with fighting the international terrorists (al Qaeda and other al Qaeda groups) or to protect Russian citizens who have gone abroad to fight with al Qaeda. The best guess is that Russian pilots are flying over northern Iraq to monitor US troop movements in the Middle East and to see how Iraq’s security forces are doing against the Islamic State (ISIL). If Russian military action in the Middle East further emboldens al Qaeda and strengthens the hand of al Qaeda and other radicals, the future for the United States and its allies in the Middle East will be a very difficult one indeed.