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Thursday, May 20, 2010

What Hezbullah 'moderates'?

Michael Totten, who may well have spent as much time in Lebanon as Obama's terror czar John Brennan, scoffs at the notion that there is any such thing as a 'moderate' in Hezbullah.
There are no moderates within Hezbollah, at least not any who stand a chance of changing Hezbollah’s behavior. Sure, the terrorist militia has sent a handful of its members to parliament, as Brennan says, and once in a while they sound more reasonable than its secretary-general, Hassan Nasrallah, but these people are employees. They don’t make policy.

If you want to catch a glimpse of Hezbollah’s org chart, just rent a car in Beirut and drive south. You’ll see billboards and posters all over the place in the areas Hezbollah controls. Some show the portraits of “martyrs” killed in battle with Israel. Others show the mug shots of Hezbollah’s leadership, most prominently Nasrallah and his deceased military commander, truck bomber, and airplane hijacker Imad Mugniyeh. Alongside the pictures of Hezbollah’s leaders, you’ll also see Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini and Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the two “supreme guides” of the Islamic Republic regime in Iran.

It’s obvious, if you know who and what you’re looking at, that Hezbollah is still subservient to Khamenei. His face is almost as ubiquitous as that of Nasrallah and the deceased faqih Khomeini himself. Hezbollah’s state-within-a-state doesn’t even look like it’s in Lebanon. It looks like, and effectively is, an Iranian satellite. Iran’s heads of state appear everywhere down there, while Lebanon’s heads of state are personae non grata.

I’ve met those you might call moderate supporters of Hezbollah, Lebanese citizens who believe Hezbollah is there to defend Lebanon from Israel rather than to attack — which is not at all what anyone at the top thinks. Even if second-tier leaders were less belligerent, it wouldn’t matter. The organization takes its order from Tehran. Hezbollah won’t change until its masters change in Iran, and the U.S. is no more able to “build up” any imagined moderates within its ranks than it is able to replace Khamenei’s hated dictatorship with the Green Revolution.

The picture at the top is the suicide truck bombing at the US Marine barracks in Beirut in 1983. It was carried out by a 'moderate' from Hezbullah.


At 11:23 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

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At 11:32 PM, Blogger Juniper in the Desert said...

That John Brennan is a muslim practising taqqiya.

At 12:43 AM, Blogger What is "Occupation" said...

war is coming, stop screwing around..

the enemy is honest, they seek our destruction...

dont give them anymore time, destroy them completely.

this is not a game we are playing...

At 1:26 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

That anyone in the US Government would take to these killers unless it's going to lead to their surrender is sickening.


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