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Old 03-29-2012, 03:26 PM #1
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Paintballing with Hezbollah

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We figured they’d cheat; they were Hezbollah, after all. But none of us—a team of four Western journalists—thought we’d be dodging military-grade flash bangs when we initiated this “friendly” paintball match.

The battle takes place underground in a grungy, bunker-like basement underneath a Beirut strip mall. When the grenades go off it’s like being caught out in a ferocious thunderstorm: blinding flashes of hot white light, blasts of sound that reverberate deep inside my ears.

As my eyesight returns and readjusts to the dim arena light, I poke out from my position behind a low cinder-block wall. Two large men in green jumpsuits are bearing down on me. I have them right in my sights, but they seem unfazed—even as I open fire from close range, peppering each with several clear, obvious hits. I expect them to freeze, maybe even acknowledge that this softie American journalist handily overcame their flash-bang trickery and knocked them out of the game. Perhaps they’ll even smile and pat me on the back as they walk off the playing field in a display of good sportsmanship (after cheating, of course).

Instead, they shoot me three times, point-blank, right in the groin.

From this distance (well within the 15-foot “safety zone”), paintballs feel like bee stings. I raise my hands in pain and confusion, signaling to the referee that I’m leaving the game. But the bigger one—a tall, muscular farm boy from the deep south of Lebanon who tonight is going by the name Khodor—isn’t finished with me yet: He wraps his giant hands around my body and tries to throw me over his shoulder with the kind of deftness that only comes from practice. I’m quick enough to break free and flee, but my teammate Ben isn’t so lucky. Khodor and his partner move past me in perfect military formation, plunging deeper into our defenses. Soon they apprehend Ben, pushing him ahead of them, human shield-style.

MORE: http://www.vice.com/read/paintballin...?Contentpage=1


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Old 03-29-2012, 03:55 PM #2
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saw it on reddit.
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Old 03-30-2012, 03:41 AM #3
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Saw this on PbNation.
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Old 03-30-2012, 08:34 AM #4
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Old 03-30-2012, 09:23 AM #5
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i like how even after they addressed the blatant the cheating, they still didn't follow the rules of paintball. "used our guns to shield our heads." i laughed.
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Old 04-10-2012, 11:00 AM #6
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Getting to know Hezbollah - Through Paintball

I heard an interesting story this morning. An Ex Army-Ranger and western journalists played a game of paintball, in order to get to know hezbollah members.

For paintball being used a tool to try and get to know other cultures...

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/...with-hezbollah
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Old 04-10-2012, 11:01 AM #7
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Old 04-11-2012, 12:35 AM #8
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Waging peace through paintball

Well at least an interesting way to try and understand someone!

This is a NPR story about a US analyst, who challenges Hezbollah to a paintball game, in order to try and better understand them.....

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Old 04-11-2012, 12:39 AM #9
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Old 04-11-2012, 01:30 AM #10
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Old 04-11-2012, 07:53 AM #11
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Old 04-11-2012, 10:56 AM #12
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Whenever I talk about paintball around my Grandmother, she says that we should just switch out all real guns with paintball guns and play a big game instead of having wars.

Interesting story, good insight to their lives if you ask me.
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Old 04-11-2012, 01:44 PM #13
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Figures. If they're willing to sacrifice children with suicide vests against innocent civilians, then they sure as heck are gonna play on in a paintball game. I say drop some speedballers in there and bonus ball the crap outta them.
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Old 04-13-2012, 08:49 AM #14
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Paintball in the Middle East

April 10, 2012 "Paintballing With Hezbollah Is The Path Straight To Their Hearts," says the headline at the Vice.com newssite.

It seems a paintball game between western journalists and members of Hezbollah created some good will. Check it out.
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Old 04-13-2012, 08:51 AM #15
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I heard they used a military grade flash bag lol
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flash bangs and head shots

You heard right. I've seen teh pics. They aso refused to "die" unless they were hit in the head. Extreme!
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Old 04-13-2012, 11:09 AM #19
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You heard right. I've seen teh pics. They aso refused to "die" unless they were hit in the head. Extreme!
It's probably best to let them win in these little "good will" games lest these journalists end up in front of a green flag, bound wrists and ankles, facing a video camera.

Stupid liberals trying to understand a cockroach's motivation. They're insects, that's why.
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Old 04-13-2012, 11:35 AM #20
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(Vice magazine is a hipster mag, did you expect some hard hitting documentation on Hezbollah's entire history and how we are going to take them out?)
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Old 04-13-2012, 08:39 PM #21
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