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Hanin Ghaddar

The Syrian uprising has revealed Hezbollah’s real face

Since the beginning of the Syrian uprising, Hezbollah and its leader, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, have been relatively silent. The party usually takes every opportunity to express its opinion on every political event, particularly when its main ally, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, is in trouble. However, this time it doesn’t feel that confident. The uprising in Syria has already deeply damaged Hezbollah’s public image.

It knows that no matter what happens, it will have to pay a big price. If the regime falls, Hezbollah and Iran will lose their only Arab ally, and therefore their hope to spread the Iranian revolution and its political agenda will be hampered to a great extent. Even if the regime survives for a while, they might be sacrificed by Assad, who may try to show good intentions to the West in an attempt to protect himself.

At the same time, Hezbollah and Iran will probably do whatever it takes to protect the Syrian regime, whether they trust it or not, because without this regime, they are finished.

This attitude, expressed by Hezbollah’s media and Lebanese political allies, has alienated many of its supporters. The double standards regarding the Arab uprisings cannot be more obvious. Hezbollah officials cheered for all the Arab revolts, claiming that the Arab street is rebelling against Western-backed dictators, inspired by the Resistance. Little did they know. It turned out that Israel, America, Hezbollah and the Resistance have nothing to do with these uprisings. They are about freedom, reforms and basic human rights.

When the wave hit Syria, Hezbollah’s support for the regime caused real confusion among its supporters, especially those who back Hezbollah as a resistance group, not because of its ideology. “I defend them because they have been defending the oppressed people in Palestine and Lebanon, but when they stand against the oppressed people in Syria, there is obviously something wrong,” my friend Imad told me.

Hezbollah is losing the Lebanese and Arab streets by supporting a dictator in an Arab country witnessing a push for freedom. “Resistance should be about freedom; liberation is about freedom, so they cannot pick or chose freedoms that only suit their agenda. This is not resistance,” Imad added.

Hezbollah is cornered. Its own supporters are gradually realizing that resistance is a tool, not a goal in itself. But they cannot do anything. They have no choice but to protect the Syrian dictator.

Although a very similar event took place in Iran when the Green Movement took to the streets to object to the disputed election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in 2009, Hezbollah supporters weren’t as confused and disillusioned. News coming from Iran was scarce, and the uprising was an isolated incident.

Today, the Syrian uprising is taking place as the whole region revolts against dictators. The Arab Spring is the same in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Yemen, Bahrain and Syria. The demonstrations are peaceful, and the protesters are all calling for the same thing: freedoms. The news coming from Syria via Facebook and YouTube videos confirms that. 

Hezbollah’s main two assets in Lebanon are its arms and popular support. Today, the party is losing its indirect support base, that is, those who are not active Hezbollah members and who are not benefiting politically or financially from the party. They, the majority of Hezbollah’s support base, have lost faith in the party.

“If they really want to defend Lebanon against Israeli violations, how come they did not do anything when the Israeli soldiers shot peaceful protesters who marched to the borders at Maroun al-Ras last Sunday?” asked Imad, who witnessed the bloody turn of events last week during the nakba protests. “They stood there and watched the protesters as they were shot and killed by the Israeli soldiers.”

As its popular support is fading, Hezbollah cannot unify the Arab street around the Resistance and divert attention from Syria by initiating a war with Israel again. The Lebanese, mainly the Shia, cannot afford another war with Israel. They are still recovering from the 2006 July War, but do not complain because they’ve been convinced that Hezbollah did not initiate that war and that it achieved a “divine” victory.
 
But all Lebanese, Shia and non-Shia, will not tolerate another war.

In addition, if the party were to go to war with Israel, it would be using up its weapons stockpile, the existence of which is threatened by the Syrian revolt, for if the Syrian regime falls, it will mean that the main channel for arms smuggling for Hezbollah would be closed.

Hezbollah also needs its weapons internally – not necessarily to go to war with other Lebanese factions, but to use them as an intimidation tool in its political dealings.

But the arms without popular support are useless. Hezbollah is cornered: Its ally in Syria is in a very critical position, its supporters have lost faith and the Special Tribunal for Lebanon’s indictment, which may possibly name party members, is on its way.  How the party will react is the main concern for the Lebanese today.

Will the party finally start considering a Lebanese, rather than an Iranian, path? Or will it show its real face by trying to take over the Lebanese political system, opening Lebanon to a number of frightening possibilities? Let’s see what Nasrallah is going to say this Wednesday.

Hanin Ghaddar is managing editor of NOW Lebanon

  • tony

    For those who see ,I'll only add this.while occupying Lebanon what did we ever see of this baas regime ? I can only recall the bombs ,deaths ,dismembering of this small country .what worse could come from any other regime? Change is inevetibale people who seek freedom and well fare will one day feel better without those murderes and charlatans leading our daily life .guess let them rot in hell or maybe find there own route.kathafi chose death.maybe should Bachar think of a way to go peacefully and take his fathers grave with him.he is the killer of at least known our prime minister and many of the fine citizens that he ordered to kill or persecuted during his whatever is left of his regime.sorry to tell you all but even if the devil takes his place we would be more comfortable .....

    November 13, 2011

  • ali daoud

    Paul, I bet you are not a Lebanese, why don`t you go care about how to defend israel the next time we'll kick it. For your info, Iran offered to provide any kind of weapon to the Lebanese Army, however, our state didn`t answer the offer because they don`t want to angry the USA. HZBULLAH is here to STAY and PREVAIL, israel down. OK so you lived in the Gulf and people there are switching against Hizbullah?!!! what is that Gulf that has become an example to follow?! is it the "free modern developed Saudi Arabia"?!! or is it the "Humanized modernized democratic regime in Bahrain"?!!! or would it be the " lawful democratic" regime in UAE where they made a contract with Black Water company to form a mercinary army to liquidate any opposition movement in the future?! Good luck for you and those medieval regimes, ... there, you reminded me of those who are against Assad and support Khaddam, Long Live HA.

    May 29, 2011

  • paul

    HB is nothing more than a propagand tool to spread a disgusting revolution across the middle east. They tried in 1985 to islamize the Lebanese state and quickly relaized it is not possible. There is no doubt they have a hidden agenda and take orders from Tehran with support from Damascus. There is no justification for a seperate resistance group in Lebanon. The Lebanese Army special forces and other brigades can protect Lebanon with the help of fighters integration in the Army. Why do they not want to integrate? Who doesn't Tehran support the Lebanese Army directly instead of HB. Tehran only cares about the Shites in South Lebanon and the Bekaa valley because of the shared Khomenei ideology. Propoganda has spread but people are not stupid. They are waking up and smelling the coffee. It will be a matter of time before HB existance dissapears. Hopefully, Lebanon can get the HB cancer out of the country and become the strong country it was meant to become...

    May 28, 2011

  • لبناني اصلي بعكسك

    So glad coz now not only us, lebanese, know the real face of hizb hasan but also all the arabs.. Been living in the gulf for 8 years nd u can see the 180 degree switch of people,s feeling towards hizb hasan. I'm shocked it took them tooo long realize that hasan is just an iranian soldier implementing an iranian expansion but late better than never. P.S taliban and qaeda fights american occupation yet we all hate them coz they're terrorist. So hizb hasan fighting israel evry few years n so doesn't make him an angel.

    May 28, 2011

  • ali daoud

    Bad luck semsom, hassouna and myself are one. Libnan, what evidence u need stronger than more than 150 syrian soldiers getting killed by those syrian militias?! were they killed due to diarrea?! Finally, be more logical, if u r not with HA it doesnn`t mean u r with israel, however, if u talk like israel, if u blame HA like israel, if u use logic like israel, if u have same demands as israel, if your friends are the friends of israel, if your enemeies are the enemies of israel, then where would you be?!!! agaiinst israel?!!! Habibi, Hizbullah never lost his legitimacy, as long as israel is there, HA is there and is our pride, seems u don`t listen but to yourself. 2nd, when HA used his weapons inside, he used it against those who were accomplishing an israeli will and dream, wether knowingly or unkowingly, law doesn`t protect the stupid, and the one who wants to dismantle the telecom network of al Moqawama is a stupid, and HA was very kind to them, he sent them to Akkar.

    May 27, 2011

  • Hungry

    @Majd, so if im not with Hizbolla, then I'm with Israel? What kind of twisted judgement is that? Hizbolla lost its legitimacy as soon as it turned to politics and "used" its weapons inside. As for Syria, let me get this straight, so you are telling me that there are HUGE militia men organized within Syria when Syria usually knows if someone sneezed bad at them far here in Lebanon? Get real! Moreover it's not the first time the Syrian Regime does that, Hafiz al Asad did that long time ago by wiping a whole town. Like father...like son....

    May 27, 2011

  • Arzak Ya Libnan

    again.. nothing from the regurgitator of propoganda...not a single shred of evidence besides "my sayed told me" totally ignore the vital thing called evidence and stick with the herd .. all you have left is to learn how to baaa ...your fantasy tales are impressing no one..

    May 26, 2011

  • Sami

    majd, i did not ask you for explanation. I asked for hassouna's explanation. Don't do his work for him. He is better at fabrication than you.

    May 26, 2011

  • ali daoud

    Sami, very simple sami,the freedom of the palestinian people is the key to the freedom of all Arabs, and the freedom of the Palestinian people would be much more possible in the presence of a strong resisting independent president in syria such as Bashar, imagine syria has a president such as your beloved Saad Hariri, where would the whole palestine be??? Add that, where is the Syrian people??? i don`t see it, do you?? stop propaganding, there`s a maximum of ten thousand demonstartors backed by ten tousand militia men equiped with all kinds of weapons, any way, the end is near, and Bashar will prevail. Again, in Bahrain demonstartors didn`t use one single bullet, did u get the difference?!!! and in bahrain, we all saw the whole people in the streets, didn`t u see them?!!! The difference is, when one is tortured by an isareli, he needs a translator. Sayyed Hassan, excellent job, Long live.

    May 26, 2011

  • ali daoud

    Finally, so if victims in Bahrain are less than victims in Syria then we have to praise Bahrian!!! get serious, 1st who knows what`s going on in Bahrain?! nobody cares. 2nd, habibi, the opposition in Bahrain never used one single bullet in their revolt, while in syria they have weapons and rockets, in syria the regime is confronting a true militia, not peaceful protestors. Finally, those peaceful protestors should have left the streets once they saw that external forces are supporting and sending militias to kill and destruct while standing behind those demonstrators. habibi, the struggle is between israel and its allies vs iran and its allies, so those who cannot pay the price of the struggle have to stay home and be safe. Sayyed Hassan, you did great, long live.

    May 26, 2011

  • Sami

    Hassouna has yet to tell us why he stands with freedom for the Palestinian people (as we all do) and stand against freedom for the Syrian people. Hiassouna has yet to tell us why he stands with the right of the shias in Bahrain (as all of us do) and stand against the rights of sunnis in Syria. Hassouna has yet to tell us what the difference is between being tourtured and killed by Israel and being tortured and killed by your own goverment.

    May 26, 2011

  • Hungry

    @Majd.... Neither in Bahrain, nor in Egypt did the death toll exceed 800 . Not to mention those thousands imprisoned. So yeah, keep standing with the Regime, your manners are much more important than the people's lives.

    May 26, 2011

  • Arzak Ya Libnan

    so you are offering nothing related to proof? weather i live in lebanon or not is not the issue.. wether i am sitting on a cedar or laying on top of it is not either. I offered you thousands.. no tens of thousands of proofs .. all you have to do is go to youtube.. yet you offer not one shred.. just talk.. which from you means absolut s--t.. at least i can use s--t as fertilizer.. offer 1 shred of proof or stop talking like you know all just because your masters said so. if this was a debate class you would definatly fail. i await the proof, cause your words are worthless.

    May 26, 2011

  • ali daoud

    sami, no sami, but if Obama calls on M14 champions to kill their mothers because that would help disarming Hizbullah, then they would rush to do it. Obama is nothing but a hypocrite who says one thing and the opposite, pretends concern for human rights and smashes others human rights, preaches for democracy and support the worst dictatorships in the world such as your mother Saudi Arabia, supports Mubarak and Ben Ali and then supports those revolting against them. Any way, M14 are excellent students for Obama, they were the children of Mubarak, and once they felt he`s ending, they switched to his rivals, pure hypocrites, however habibi, we don`t do it, our manners don`t allow us to do it, we stand with syria when syria is strong and when syria is weak. Arzak ya liban, mabrouk the Liberation day since u love Lebanon that much. about the tunnels, habibi if you ask for proofs, then it means u don`t live in Lebanon, or you`re sitting on top of the cedar? Sayyed Hassan, long live.

    May 25, 2011

  • truth

    Majd, I am a shiite. Are you saying that my english is too good to be for a shiite? Are you saying that Shiites are not educated enough to write proper english? Shame on you. You are a traitor by disrespecting the intellect of shiites. Hezbollah counts on mindless people like you for support. It is only the upper ranks of Hezbollah who hold Phd's so they can cntrol mindless pathetic people like you..

    May 25, 2011

  • words to live by

    General Michel Aoun 2002 "The Resistance has prolonged the ‎Occupation" - ... so liberation could have come much earlier .

    May 25, 2011

  • Account manager

    From the 38 comments, with mine 39, counting the people who are supporting the crackdown on the syrian population i count 3 of them and all the other, including me, are against. Should we be considered as traitors? Syrian and Lebanese people are one, when we suffer, they suffer and vice versa. If HA has weapons to resist Israel, why don t we let all lebanese factions armor itselves for the cause of resistance? Only at this moment, we ll be all equal and noone will speak of pointing the weapons on each others chests. Or, HA can peacefullycheck what s going on outside and be really patriotic by joining every other factions to the national dialogue table and let the people choose if we want war or not. Stop the lies guys, salafist and other fairy tales, we are not in afghanistan, the threat is so minimal that noone believes in it... And for what s hapenning to our sister neighbor syria, i just have to say that a snake doesn t give birth to a rabbit...

    May 25, 2011

  • الى سالم

    Israel occupies arab lands and so does iran. israel hates arabs throughout history and so does iran. israel discriminates against arabs in their so called country and so does iran (A7waz). israel is nourishimg the sect. strife in the region and so does iran. israel loves assad to stay in power(joulan the safest front) and so does iran. We know that arab leaders suck but iran and its blind followers are definitly the worst alternative.

    May 25, 2011

  • عمر الفاروق

    I usually hate to salut people on public, but this is a wonderful article. I lived in spain for education and I was astonished by the amount of hate they have on Hariri, ja3ja3 and other 14 marchians... They praise Hizbollah as the rescurer of the nation and the future liberator of palestine. I was one of them. I thought that Hizbollah is closer to me than other parties who has nothing to do with resisting Israel like FM and LF.. but now i find myself talking as one of them. Days proved to me that the weapons of Hezbollah are for political interference to support the benefits of Iran and Syria. The true resisters call for the freedom of all the nations from oppressions.. and Hezbollah is calling for a Lebanon very similar to Syria.. and we saw that on 7 May.. where same people "shabi7a" attacked our houses and killed us with cold blood..

    May 25, 2011

  • Arzak Ya Libnan

    and where is the proof to your statements about tunnels and jihadist???

    May 25, 2011

  • Sami

    Majd, if Obama calls on people to love their mothers, does it mean you are going to hate your mother???

    May 25, 2011

  • ali daoud

    TO ALL PROUD LEBANESE HAPPY GREAT LEBANESE LIBERATION DAY VIVE LEBANON, DOWN ISRAEL

    May 24, 2011

  • ali daoud

    Truth, I`m sure you`re not a Lebanese, nor an Arab, your English looks like an israeli one, sorry cousin, no talk between us.

    May 24, 2011

  • ali daoud

    sami, is the struggle in the world a struggle between democracies and dictatorships!? When democracies such as the USA and the west do support most dictatorships in the world for the sole reason of protecting their own interests, what do u call that? Is that a democratic policy ?when the USA supports arab, american, african and asian dictatorships who in turn torture their people, who's more responsible? Habibi sami, democracies are hypocrites, for me, they are worse cz they preach others at time they don't hesitate to wage war against iraq and kill millions of innocents, no dictator in modern history has killed as many people as those democracies you are admiring. Please stop preaching, the struggle is not about democracy, it's about who controls the wealth.

    May 24, 2011

  • ali daoud

    sami, please don't be so naive, you cannot defend your position by accusing your enemies of being allies to israel while you perfectly know that your team in Lebanon are excellant servants of israel and usa, it really hurts your credibility, i truly don't get you guys, you deny being allies to israel cz you are ashamed and u accuse those who fight israel of being friends to it, truly it's not smart to do so. Sami, read the difference, in Bahrain the vast majority of the people were on the streets demonstrating peacefully, while in syria very few people were in streets where many of them used weapons and committed crimes and smuggled weapons and killed over hundred soldiers, so a big difference between the two cases. Go to the North sami, u will never be able to buy an AK47 cz all weapons were bought and smuggled into syria, believe me sami, the militias in syria are well trained and they aeven have rockets. U cannot compare between syria and bahrain,

    May 24, 2011

  • truth

    Nasrallah is a zionest conspirator. He is conspiring with Isreal to keep the Assads in power. Should he not be tried as a traitor? Over 1000 syrians who have been demanding basic freedomns have been killed by the Assads. Where is Hezb? The Syrians are killing more arabs than the Isreali's now. Where is Hezb! Where is Hezb, the defendor of arab rights across the middle east?!? SHAME on Nasrallah! The veil of this organization has been lifted. Hezbollah is eveil and corrupt and no longer cares about the opressed arab. They only care about power and are willing to kill for it. It has been blinded by the vast sums of money thrown at it by Iran. One person protesting in Syria is equal to 10,0000 in a democratic world and 10,000 protestors in Syria is equal to Millions in a democratic world. Syrian protestors are paying with their blood! Majd, your talk is treason!

    May 24, 2011

  • N

    Majd, unfortunately none of use got to see any of thie things you mentioned. Sorry, we dont watch SANA and Al Manar...LOL. Did you see the pink pigs flying in the sky? I read it on SANA....

    May 24, 2011

  • Hesn

    Adonis, when you speak of treason learn from what happened Hour and Ameera 3akl and respect the laws of the country you live in or else leave. You will be welcomed back in South Lebanon where you can resist all you want and where you can walk the walk instead of just talking the talk like an armchair fake hero,.

    May 24, 2011

  • ThisisMk

    Hajj Kazem: Nasrallah told you to believe only what gets HA more media support...you are a tool. Obey Nasrallah....is he your Lord? you are supposed to stand with Justice even if it is against you and the Assad regime is fundamentally unjust! Wake up, stop being a sheep.

    May 24, 2011

  • ADONIS

    1. whoever says that "shia cannot tolerate a new war" is a traitor because lebanon is in a state of war, and not just shia. such speak is treason because it contains a sectarian language. by the way, you are wrong on this matter. actually, resistance would start a new war on a first chance and deal with zionists entity once and for all (i'm talking about solving lebanese problems with zionists, not about destruction of zionist entity), if only lebanon was not in internal turmoil instigated from CIA and Mossad and our "saudi friends". 2. whoever wants to halucinate that HA is losing popular support, let him halucinate, however you cannot be more wrong that this. It is my prediction that amal is in trouble, because HA will get even more votes in the south, while they will continue to rule in beqaa totaly alone. just wait for next elections.

    May 24, 2011

  • Sami

    Is it not interesting that Israel, Hizballah, and Iran are on the same side now supporting the Syrian regime? I say that anyone who supports a dictator is supporting Israel. Dictators are equivalent to Israel. They and Israel have the same effect on people. They both kill and torture people, steal their wealth, and force them to imigrate and leave their land. Israel deny the right of return for hundreds of thousands of palestinians and the Syrian regime denies hundreds of thousands of syrians the right to return to Syria. By supporting the Bahrain uprising and standing against the uprising in Syria, Hizballah has proved that they are a sectarian oriented party that careless about the other religions and sects. What is most intersting also is that the king of bahrain and king Bashar keep exchanging support letters!!

    May 24, 2011

  • Marillion

    I have this very disturbing feeling That HA is not in such a bad shape as many here hope he is (me included). Hassan Nasrallah is a very shrewd man not to have thought of every possibility and came up with a few plans for each. With regards to HA's power base (the people) do not forget that HA has making forming their recruits at a very young age and over more than 20 years, so you do have an entire generation born, bread and raised Hizbullah.

    May 24, 2011

  • Hungry

    "The Bahraini uprising has revealed March 14’s real face." @Someone, really? The Bahraini uprising is Shi'ite against Sunni, not people against government. Not to mention it is a kingdom, not a republic, a principle which you failed to grasp no matter how many times I've said it. @Majd, and the reason Bashar cuts water on Daraa is for them to stop taking hallucination pills, isn't that so? As for March 8 vs March 14, have you ever seen March 14 people traveling to the US to get governmental confirmations? But we see March 8 traveling to Syria all the time for confirmations....Hypocrite. And just now they failed to form a cabinet because Syria is in trouble.

    May 24, 2011

  • FAISAL

    as long as we have hezbollah and regimes like bashar's and kingdoms arabs would still be going backwards, why would a syrian fight to free palestine if he does not have freedom himself, let these governments and leaders respect the arabic individual as a human only then we will be able to be weak and driven by selfish irresponsible leaders, since "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere" and if i want to re-trust for all the values it claims just please(...) ask bashar to start fighting for the golan heights instead of killing his own people..

    May 24, 2011

  • Hajj Kazem

    Majd please brother respect what Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah advised about the Wikileaks, he said that we should not believe the Wikileaks if the person quoted denied their accuracy, integrity or veracity of the cables.

    May 24, 2011

  • no one

    If what the Syrian Regime & Co claim that the protestors to be terrorists, then how come only a very few Syrian Security men got killed..??...are these 'terrorists' firing planks or blind (with my respect to the blind people)...!!!..Majid..come back to reality man, see how lucky u r here expressing your views...the old broken record, if you are not with me 110% then you are a traitor & pro-Israeli ...etc ..this won't pass any more..any decent democratic & free loving person would only point out to you(as u ignore such a thing) is that Mr Bashar Assad INHERITED his position & even the constitution was changed in few hours to suit !!!...so,save your breath & Keep your fabricated Baathist 'facts' to yourself as majority do think outside the box..(...)

    May 23, 2011

  • harris

    For those who consider or sadly believe that Nasralla and his party liberated the south. Go back to the 1999 and the political movements that took place at that time to know that Israel withdrew unilaterally from the south and Hz did not kick the Israelis out of Lebanon. I do not deny the resistance by Lebanese from different sects to Israel. Hz and Syria took the credits but what about the rest of Lebanese who died for the cause. Nasralla has used the south to implement the Iranian/Syrian agenda no more no less. So Lebanon is a gateway to a greater goal. I wonder how a Party used the name of Allah support a regime kill its own people for saying we want to be free and we want to live with dignity.

    May 23, 2011

  • Arzak Ya Libnan

    the ironic thing is that if after 200 they gave up the arms and turned into a peacefull political party they could have been ruling by popular will.. they made and still make alot of wrong political decissions that will come back to bite them in the behind.

    May 23, 2011

  • Arzak Ya Libnan

    Majd, u talk about tunnels and 400 jihadists and militia men from lebanon.. you say all this and ask us for proof. can you please show me a shred of evidence about all the propoganda you are regurgitating??? go to you tube and follow the videos for the proof of the slaughter by the Assad clan. it is a miricle that there are still protests with the clam down and brutal murder that is being carried out. i watched alot of videos of the revolts in syria.. and most of the people i saw in them do not look like islamists to me.. it is well know that the door is closing on Assad. it is only a matter of time. I remember Nasrallah calling for a muslim country in lebanon governed by the sharia.. does this make him an islamist? should we prosecute him for it? the resistance was a resistance up until 2000 (even before then they wanted a monopoly) after then they have been nothing but power hungry dictators who control by fear.

    May 23, 2011

  • Raad

    majd is al jazeera a zionist tool now?

    May 23, 2011

  • ali daoud

    Hanin Ghaddar, Hizbullah`s real face is that of a descent clean freedom fighter face, and all your illusions and subjective articles would not change that fact. I wonder what faces do you like, is it those of M14 Wikileaks champions who were acting as spies and collaborators to the enemy? those who were advising our enemy through the US ambassador to refuse any cease fire before occupying Bint Jbeil and Maroun elRass?! or you don`t care about those villages nor their residents?! Do you like the faces of M14 who can`t move a table in their Ministries before getting the approval of a US ambasador?! or the face of those prime ministers who spend the hard times we`re living outside Lebanon?! Shame on a nation whose ultimate goal is to degrade and attack and vanish the men who want nothing from that country but to live as free and independent. SHAME. Any way Hanin Ghaddar, Hizbullah will prevail, and Bashar will prevail. Salam

    May 23, 2011

  • ali daoud

    Hanin Ghaddar, you claim Hizbullah is following an Iranian path not a Lebanese one. Well, it`s really ironic, i never heard that Hizbullah liberated Tehran or Asfahan! Actually I heard that Hizbullah fought for 20 years inside South Lebanon and succeded in Liberating South Lebanon, NOT south Tehran!!! get serious Hanin, what is Hizbullah doing for Tehran? Hizbullah is preparing itself for the time when israel would attack Lebanon to be ready to defend our land, your land, NOT the Iranian land. Why don`t you attack Hizbullah in solid issues, you keep repeating rethoric and empty slogans to fill out the pages without supporting your slogans with any fact. All the Lebanese claim they believe israel is our enemy, and israel still occupies parts of Lebanon and threatens Lebanon constantly, and when we know that our state is barely able to destroy an isolated Palestinian camp, what should Hizbulla do?! Disarm itself and ask God to protect us?! or ask al Mostaqbal to defend our borders?!

    May 23, 2011

  • LP

    Someone, Samir Frangieh today on the MTV "The Bahrani protesters demands are just", you must feel like a fool don't you.

    May 23, 2011

  • Abouzzouz

    Would you please add Al-Safir newspaper to your list? It labels itself as "The voice of those that don't have a voice" unless you are a citizen in Syria longing for freedom and democracy! Al-Safir correctly shredded the corrupt regimes in North Africa, Yemen and Bahrain. However, when it came to Syria, it appears to have swoloowed its tongue. Worse yet, it is supporting the Syrian regime and its claims. That is shameful.

    May 23, 2011

  • ramez

    A thing could have completed the scenery, Mrs Ghaddar: Among what's increasingly depriving Nasrallah & Co's of support, is him keeping ever mute on recurrent medias reports of Assad(s) & cousins continuous flirt with the Israeli Establishment, the last being Makhlouf's statement to WSJ, with no comment from Nasrallah & Co... Let alone Golan's continuing farce.

    May 23, 2011

  • golion

    majd sorry but President Bashar Assad disagrees with you and Al Manar, he said just last week that the inexperienced and poorly trained Syrian security forces caused the unrest.

    May 23, 2011

  • golion

    majs sorry but President Bashar Assad disagrees with you and Al Manar, he said just last week that the inexperienced and poorly trained Syrian security forces caused the unrest.

    May 23, 2011

  • ali daoud

    Hanin Ghaddar, u claim that "the uprising is for reforms, freedom and human rights". That`s non-sense, 1st there`s no tens of thousands in the streets, few people have certain demands, yes, however, can`t you see the bunch of criminals and terrorists attacking everywhere?, didn`t you know about the tunnels between Deraa and jordan to smuggle weapons and explosives?, didn`t you hear about the militia men who moved from wadi khaled in Lebanon to syria to aid the terrorists? didn`t u know about the 400 jihadists who came from iraq to syria to aid the criminals? s please show me pictures from syria similar to what we saw in Tunisia and Egypt, syria is something else, in syria we have thousands of salfists jihadists who were trained and organized by external states in the aim of toppling Bashar Assad, and time will come when u know about the Lebanese militias who were killed while fighting in syria against Bashar. Jordanians, stop aiding the terrorists, Bashar will prevail.

    May 23, 2011

  • harris

    Nasralla and his party are made to impement the Iranian/ Syrian policy in the Middleeast. Resistance is no morew than a passage way to a bigger goal which is a total domination by Iran on the Middle east.Hafez Asad banned any resistance coming from other part of lebanese society, furthermore other resistants were captured, jailed, and tortures on their way back from the south.Nasralla and his party fears the fall of assad regime because it is the life line for them. the idiology of this party is no different than the idiology of Baath party both of them believe in tortures, assasination,oppression no freedom etc...I want to tell Shia community in Lebanon that it is time to isolate this party and distance yourself from it before it is too late. We know this party is terrorizing you but the arab mass especially syrian people will not forgive you and you will pay a heavy price.

    May 23, 2011

  • Sarita

    in the suppose cased that Nasrallah party's jump the gate and join to the opossition, it would appear in inmediately way, 2 factors: a) COMPETITION to each party to show the best option to work, matter what at end, will benefit to the country, due to there is not reason, excuse, to be separated, because all will be in the same bag, b) traditional politicians will improve his way of acting, fulfilling what they promise, because they wont have other option to not be reduced by the natural charisma what Nasrallah has

    May 23, 2011

  • Sarita

    Nasrallah is smart, cautious, he knows how to use his political marketing in media, to not burn his image appearing frequently, he kees in silence, looking what happens around him, before talking, so he avoid to shoot in false, who doesnt see it in him, it is because he doesnt want to accept his size, what i think if, the scenaries changes against his party this is, falling Syrian and Iran, Hezbollah will have 2 options, a) they acept to disappear from political board, matter so hard, because they are included, with good or bad willing, but they are included b) they jump the gate to other side, based in old political slang, "IF YOU CAN NOT BEND YOUR ENEMY, SO JOINT IT" even not for that it means that he will gives his guns in one trail, but while Israel exist, they will have one side, where they can offer his products (weapons) to be on the table to talk, to listen his voice.this idea could be considered, being Nasrallah enought practical.

    May 23, 2011

  • ali

    Hezbollah views Lebanon only as a geographical location, its soverenty is an after thought it's all about importing Khomeini's revolution, after all wasn't that the only reason Hezbollah was created. The hypocrisy of Hezbollah in their own words... Sheikh Naiim Qassem "the arms will stray even if the Zionist threat is gone"- if the threat is gone what else do you need the weapons for ya Sheikh... MP Nawwaf Al-Moussawi "our choice between the resistance and national unity is the resistance" - yeah who needs national unity when we have Hezbollah... MP Walid Sukarriyeh "Even if Hizbullah killed Hariri, there is no interest in destroying Lebanon" - but in 2006 there was an interest to destroy Lebanon and caused the death of 2500 people to free Samir Kuntar. Of course SHN had promised Kuntar's family that he will free him and "wa3d el 7orr dayen". But whatever happened to his promise to the Lebanese people of a peaceful summer of 2006, call it SHN's selective promising.

    May 23, 2011

  • Someone

    The Bahraini uprising has revealed March 14’s real face.

    May 23, 2011

  • ThisisMk

    To Jacob: It's quite clear that Israel shot the protester...let's not kid ourselves just because we don't support Hizbollah doesn't mean that we think Israel is an angel. Israel is a murderous state and we refuse its treatment of the Palestinians and the rest of the Arabs even more than Hizbollah does!

    May 23, 2011

  • Ali zanab

    Its is true da start looking after themselves

    May 23, 2011

  • salah

    I agree with you. I have the same story with an Jordanian friend. Before, he was big supporter for Hizbullah and I can't talk to him. He acuses the Labanese to pro Western. I saw him recently, he is shocked how Hizbullah is behaving now and how he stands regarding the uprising in Syria. He told me: " they are hypocrates and they abused the resistance. It is very clear for me know why you are not supporting them. Simply, the let us down and betrayed the resistance". Neverthless, I doubt the shia will give up on Hizbullah.

    May 23, 2011

  • Jacob

    if people haven´t understood for long that "restistance" ist just an euphemism for suppressing the Lebanese society , then they were daydreamer. Only a Hezbollah free Lebanon can come to terms with each other. BTW it is not so clear that it was the IDF that shot at the "protestors". It may have been the LAF

    May 23, 2011