Friday, August 25, 2006

A dose of reality for Hezbollah

The Wall Street Journal has an editorial that tarnishes Hezbollah's so-called victory.

Amir Tehari, the author, says

In Lebanon, the Middle East and the broader Muslim space, however, the picture is rather different.

He also says

Prime Minister Fuad Siniora has made it clear that he would not allow Hezbollah to continue as a state within the state.


Hezbollah is also criticized from within the Lebanese Shiite community, which accounts for some 40% of the population. Sayyed Ali al-Amin, the grand old man of Lebanese Shiism, has broken years of silence to criticize Hezbollah for provoking the war, and called for its disarmament. In an interview granted to the Beirut An-Nahar, he rejected the claim that Hezbollah represented the whole of the Shiite community. "I don't believe Hezbollah asked the Shiite community what they thought about [starting the] war," Mr. al-Amin said. "The fact that the masses [of Shiites] fled from the south is proof that they rejected the war. The Shiite community never gave anyone the right to wage war in its name."

This perspective peels back the layer of varnish the MSM and Hezbollah has put on the recent Mideast violence. May God grant that area true peace.

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