Tuesday, March 29, 2011

They May Be Lonely, But At Least Iran, Syria And Hezbollah Will Always Have Each Other

This is getting to be a familiar theme.

In the past, I've noted that Michael Totten writes that one of the reasons Iran has resorted to shooting and executing protesters is that an's leader, if ousted, have no country that would take them in.

I also posted about Barry Rubin, who writes that the Syrian regime, consisting of Allawis, might not even make it out of the country alive if it was deposed.

Not is seems that Hezbollah isn't all that popular either.


Michael Young writes in Now Lebanon that it is not only the enemies of Hezbollah who are uneasily about what the group has been up to:
An astute friend and I were talking about the recent publication by the daily Al-Akhbar of American diplomatic cables circulated by WikiLeaks. Most of the published documents purport to show how Lebanese politicians welcomed, or sought to exploit, a Hezbollah defeat in the summer war of 2006. The party has used the leaks to affirm that its political enemies were on Israel’s side. My friend, a Shia journalist, had a different view. What they really showed, he said, was how isolated and unpopular Hezbollah is.

Indeed, several of the cables, written by the former US ambassador to Lebanon, Jeffrey Feltman, show not Hezbollah’s enemies, but its allies expressing discomfort, or displeasure, with the party. They include two parliamentarians from Michel Aoun’s bloc, Farid el-Khazen and Ibrahim Kanaan, and the former health minister, Muhammad Jawad Khalifeh, who is close to the parliament speaker, Nabih Berri (and who described Berri’s anger with Hezbollah).
It's no wonder these 3 are always hanging out together.

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