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Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Hizbullah the new SLA?

When the big bad wolf was banished to the lion’s old forgotten farm, the warring dogs of the newly liberated state found that the citizens of their shrunken conflict zone, a handful of sheep and cows that inhabit a grassy hill called Shebaa, had little appreciation for heroism and egotistical freedom-fighting. Their sacrifices, at one time hailed and worshipped by many, risked becoming dust-collecting trophies from a long gone era. Desperate for fresh bounty, the warring dogs turned to the lion in the jungle of failed causes and barked a long painful: now what?

The lion, decrepit and lazy, showed them juicier and nearer legs to bite: their own masters’. So the haplessly hungry dogs of war divided their time between biting legs they once protected from the wolf and chasing their own conspiracy-plated tails.

Hizbullah’s degeneration into a mere Syrian proxy will have some comparing them to their former enemies, the South Lebanon Army, an Israeli proxy militia that ran the security zone on behalf of the Israeli occupation. And while Hizbullah’s soldiers are not running concentration camps, they are holding an entire population hostage to their fallacies and running multiple de-facto security zones in the South, Beirut and the Bekaa. SLA’s torture electrodes are suddenly no different than Hizbullah’s political bullying and intimidation. Doing it from within the system or from outside does not matter anymore, for Hizbullah’s politicians have proven that they are in the cabinet only as guardians of another country’s short-sighted interests and not their own country's.

Take the latest fuel controversy. Has it escaped some that the Hizbullah energy minister is responsible for that file? Have we forgotten the infamous Mr. X conversation when Ghazali sought to “let Hariri be the laughing stock” by unleashing protests and demonstrations against his government? To understand this strategy, look no further than Syria’s Tishreen “newspaper”, which is now predicting a popular uprising in Lebanon that will topple the Siniora government. That paper makes Siniora’s government look like the Vichy government and is projecting a public dissatisfaction with that government that only exists in Bashar’s mind. And the stars of that paper are no other than warmongering Hizbullah and failed politicians such as Zaher al-Khatib and Omar Karame. To Tishreen, these are Lebanese “patriots” with Syria’s best interest in mind! It is ironic that the mouthpiece of a Nazi-like regime is using another country’s freedom of expression to defend the rights of the “deprived” of that country. Go figure!

Comments:
But they are guarding their own interests. Their interests are their weapons, the status quo in the security and military apparatuses, and alliance with the Assad regime (even if ultimately, their alliance is to Iran), because under the Assads, they achieved a status they never had before. Now, they have to compromise, they have to play in parliament, they have to make coalitions in order to have political power. It's not good for them. They prefer the good old method they used in the 90s: demagoguery and flexing what they think is numerical power. What they fail to get politically, they get through blackmail, be it via arms or demos.
 
I.e., they're guarding against 1559. Like the Syrians, they are at odds with these resolutions. They feel targeted.
 
Brave claim. Good claim.

Hezbollah = SLA

We'll see what Thursday actually brings.
 
I agree and I actually meant to say that they were not working for their own "country's" interest. Fixed it. Thanks for pointing it out.
 
"Hizbullah the new SLA?"

Man you're going to get inflammatory comments on this one!
 
Anton,
"They feel targeted."

No, they ARE targeted.
 
Very astute! I also agree with Vox's claim that many are not ready for that kind of comparison. Regardless, the presence of military and paramilitary facilities does take on a life of its own beyond that of politics, and sometimes it's not easy to see it from our comfy offices and libraries. Locals become dependent on the bases for jobs; soldiers (and militants) develop an arrogance toward the area and its inhabitants that borders contempt. Why should we think that Hizbullah would be any different than the SLA, especially after the novelty of their "victory" over Israel wears (or wore) off? Why not travel down to Majidiyya and see what the locals down THERE think about HA :)
 
The problem with HA is that they are not willing to compromise.They didn't compromise whith the appointment of a shiite foreign secretary.They didn't compromise with the election of the speaker of the parliament. They didn't compromise on the appointment of a shiite head of security. How do you expect them to compromise their weapons! My worst fear is that the concessions made by the ruling majority to HA as a goodwill and encouragement were misinterpreted by HA as a sign of weakness which ought to be exploited.Otherwise why uptill now the dialouge concerning their weapons and the implementation of the 1559 UNSCR haven't started yet? Honestly, I don't think they believe in dialouge.The question that we ought to ask ourselves is this: Up to how long can we tolerate their blackmail? If they refuse to disarm willfully should force be used? Can the Lebanese army do it?Will it need foreign assisstance,say the french army for example? Whats the consequence of that happening,a civil war or will it just be limited to the south,dahye and Beqaa? As these are very sensitive questions i will post this comment as Anon which i normally don't do so plz excuse me...
 
Can the Lebanese army do it?Will it need foreign assisstance,say the french army for example? Whats the consequence of that happening,a civil war or will it just be limited to the south,dahye and Beqaa? As these are very sensitive questions i will post this comment as Anon which i normally don't do so plz excuse me...
# posted by Anonymous : 2:30 PM


You must be joking.The French army is not capable to maintain order in France dawahees.
The Lebanese army is good for dialogues.
The only solution is a regime change in Damascus.
HA will be marginalised.
 
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