Wednesday, May 28, 2003

Narcissism at Hizbullah
I have written a highly critical commentary on Hizbullah in today's Daily Star. This follows a speech last Sunday in which the party's secretary-general, Hassan Nasrallah, called on the Lebanese authorities to delay presidential, municipal and parliamentary elections in order to avoid domestic divisiveness at a time when the U.S. purportedly threatens the Middle East. He asked that they, instead, back Hizbullah's resistance priorities.

I described this as "narcissism", and point you to the following paragraph:

If that was the party’s message, then it must have come as a shock to hear Syria’s president, Bashar Assad, assert on Sunday that Damascus would continue to back Hizbullah for as long as it limited its operations to defending Lebanon against Israeli threats. By interpreting the party’s efforts in such a narrow way, Assad was perhaps thinking of the alleged Hizbullah bomb-maker caught off the Israeli coast a few days ago. With Damascus worried about how the Palestinian-Israeli “road map” might affect its own fortunes, it is not about to cede the initiative for heightened regional violence to a Lebanese militia.

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