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Sunday, August 27, 2006

Hezbollah Is The New Syria

Hezbollah is the new Syria.

It’s obvious, especially after Nasrallah’s latest speech today.

Look at the similarities:

- no Lebanese politician in office is daring to criticize Hezbollah in public
- they have to be consulted before anything major is decided
- they are arrogant but can be charming when they want to (via Nasrallah, e.g. tonight’s speech)
- there isn’t a political conversation you can have about Lebanon without mentioning them
- they confuse the situation by playing both sides
- Lebanon’s future depends on their behavior
- they polarize the political scene: either you are with them, or against them
- they threaten, blackmail Lebanese politicians (and even perhaps killed some of them)
- they lie and can't be trusted
- etc…

You can name other similarities that come to your mind.

The next question is: 15 more years of this?

5 Comments:

Blogger Ghassan said...

Unless Saniora can find his backbone then we might be witnessing the total transformation of Lebanon this time into a mini Iranian state.

BTW, do you really find moderation helpful?

11:20 PM  
Blogger Blacksmith Jade said...

There are a lot of points I agree with you on.

I would even go further and say that Hizballah imposes conditions of war or peace on Lebanon without our consent.

The Syrians operated their Lebanese wing through the SSNP and the Baath party in Lebanon. Hizballah has both a Lebanese and a Iranian wing - both of which it operates internally.

Its clear to me that a solution must be pursued to Hizballah in the form of an internal dialogue, but not one in which they dictate terms (and wars) to the rest of the Lebanese.

3:15 PM  
Blogger Blacksmith Jade said...

There are a lot of points I agree with you on.

I would even go further and say that Hizballah imposes conditions of war or peace on Lebanon without our consent.

The Syrians operated their Lebanese wing through the SSNP and the Baath party in Lebanon. Hizballah has both a Lebanese and a Iranian wing - both of which it operates internally.

Its clear to me that a solution must be pursued to Hizballah in the form of an internal dialogue, but not one in which they dictate terms (and wars) to the rest of the Lebanese.

3:15 PM  
Blogger Paul said...

Great (but unfortunate) way of looking at things. it is true, hizballa is acting like syria did for many years before that.
I am not sure if taking radical decisions against hizballa is the smart thing to do, esp when some people still support them. rather a gradual process.

10:48 PM  
Blogger Tilda said...

I like this post... couldn't agree more!

3:50 PM  

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