Who is this paramilitary extra-governmental terror organisation that has occupied Southern Lebanon for the last six years in preparation for this war without the Lebanese military or the Southern Lebanese or Robert Fisk taking any action against them?
Just who in hell are they, this organisation funded from Iran and supplied from Syria not to build civilisation but to attack Israel and other western targets (yet seemingly exempt from analysis or criticism themselves)?
In answer to that primary question 'The Objective Standard' points to an excellent Daniel Byrman piece from Foreign Affairs in 2003 'Should Hezbollah Be Next?' Here's the briefest of excerpts:
In the U.S. demonology of terrorism, Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda are relative newcomers. For most of the past two decades, Hezbollah has claimed pride of place as the top concern of U.S. counterterrorism officials. It was Hezbollah that pioneered the use of suicide bombing, and its record of attacks on the United States and its allies would make even bin Laden proud: the bombing of the U.S. marine barracks in Beirut in 1983 and the U.S. embassy there in 1983 and 1984; the hijacking of TWA flight 847 and the murder of U.S. Navy diver Robert Stethem in 1985; a series of lethal attacks on Israeli targets in Lebanon; the bombing of the Israeli embassy in Argentina in 1992 and of a Buenos Aires Jewish community center in 1994."And here is a paragraph on Iran's profound support of Hezbollah..." Read on for more.
More recently, Hezbollah operatives have plotted to blow up the Israeli embassy in Thailand, and a Lebanese member of Hezbollah was indicted for helping to design the truck bomb that flattened the Khobar Towers U.S. military base in Saudi Arabia in 1996. As CIA director George Tenet testified earlier this year, "Hezbollah, as an organization with capability and worldwide presence, is [al Qaeda's] equal, if not a far more capable organization. I actually think they're a notch above in many respects.
LINKS: Hezbollah analyzed - 'Principles in Practice,' the blog of 'The Objective Standard.'
Should Hezbollah be next? - Daniel Byrman, 'Foreign Affairs'
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Picture Credits: Cartoon from 'Hellblazer.' 2003 Hezbollah swearing-in ceremony from 'Aussie News & Views'