End’ is near for Hezbollah
Posted on 9/14/2006
By Ahmed Al-Jarallah
Editor-in-Chief, the Arab Times

TALK about Hezbollah confirms the presence and desire of Iran to control the Middle East. Tehran doesn’t mind the existence of Israel and will even strike an alliance with the enemy as long as their interests match. Accordingly, Hezbollah has been playing the role of aggravator to perfection to give Israel the green light to launch attacks on Lebanon.

There has been no need for resistance since the Israeli withdrawal in 2000. However, the resistance has stayed claiming the Shebaa Farms are still under Israeli occupation. This is nothing but an excuse to retain foreign control over southern Lebanon. The role of Hezbollah was obvious when it gave a valid excuse to Israeli forces to destroy Lebanon. At the same time the Israeli strike has given the resistance a wonderful excuse to stay on.

Immediately after its end, both the involved parties started debating who won the war. Hezbollah has claimed victory based on reports carried by the democratic mass media of Israel. The real loser is Lebanon, which has been devastated and lost hundreds of innocent lives.

After claiming victory in the war and with its confidence in the Lebanese democracy, Hezbollah is trying to play another role in Lebanon by demanding the replacement of the existing government with a new one in which it wants to have one third of the seats. Hassan Nasrallah, who wants to bring back Syria’s voice to the Lebanese parliament, is underestimating Prime Minister Fouad Siniora and doubting the Lebanese government’s ability to handle its responsibilities.

Such confrontations, which have nothing to do with politics, are aimed at finding excuses for the existence of Hezbollah, especially after its failure to achieve its objectives and promises. After realizing it is being neglected by its foreign ally, Hezbollah is facing difficulties in trying to fit inside Lebanon.

Hezbollah is passing through a tough time and crisis after losing popularity in its homeland. People are not afraid of Hezbollah’s intellectual terrorism any longer and Nasrallah’s loud voice doesn’t necessarily mean his power and influence remain undiminished.

With Hezbollah about to exit from the equation in Lebanon, we are reminded of the old saying “What goes up must come down.”

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