Joined at the hip: New Iranian Defense Minister was behind Hezbullah's Beirut Marine baracks bombing
This probably makes President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry feel all warm and fuzzy, but patriotic Americans are and should be outraged
Thirty years ago last month, Hezbollah blew up the barracks of the U.S
Marines and French paratroopers stationed at the Beirut airport, killing
241 U.S. servicemen and 58 Frenchmen. It wasn’t Hezbollah’s first
terrorist operation, but this attack, the most memorable in Lebanon’s
vicious and chaotic 15-year-long civil war, marked the Party of God’s
entry onto the world stage.
Three decades later, thanks to the efforts of Israeli Hezbollah expert
Shimon Shapira, we now know that one of the men responsible for the
attack was an Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) commander named
Hossein Dehghan—the man Iranian president Hassan Rouhani recently
tapped to be his defense minister. In other words, Hezbollah and the
Islamic Republic of Iran have been joined at the hip from the very
beginning, even before the 1979 Iranian revolution.
Iran's early involvement in Hezbullah puts the lie to the claim that Hezbullah was founded as a reaction to the Israeli presence in southern Lebanon.
The big bang theory of Hezbollah that puts the Israeli
occupation at the alpha point is based not in fact but in legend—it’s
an Israel-centric myth that makes the Jewish state Hezbollah’s
motivation and prime mover. In reality, the story of Hezbollah’s origins
is a story about Iran, featuring the anti-shah revolutionaries active
in Lebanon in the 1970s, years before Israel’s intervention. Thus, to
uncover Hezbollah’s roots, it is necessary to mine the accounts of
Iranian cadres operating in Lebanon a decade before Israel invaded.
There we find that, contrary to the common wisdom,
Hezbollah didn’t arise as a resistance movement to the Israeli
occupation. Rather, it was born from the struggle between Iranian
revolutionary factions opposed to the shah. Lebanon was a critical front
for this rivalry between Hezbollah’s Iranian progenitors and their
domestic adversaries. Accordingly, an accurate understanding of this
history gives us not only the true story of Hezbollah’s beginnings, but
also an insight into the origins of Iran’s Islamic Revolution. Those
early internal conflicts and impulses, played out in Lebanon as well as
Iran, also provide a roadmap for reading the nature of the current
regime in Tehran, its motivations and concerns, its strategies and
gambits as it moves toward acquiring a nuclear weapon and challenging
the American order in the Middle East.
And Yasser Arafat's PLO was right in the thick of things - yes, in founding Hezbullah. Read the whole thing
Labels: Ayatollah Khomeni, Hezbullah, Imad Mughniyah, Iranian revolution, PLO, Yasser Arafat