Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Hezbollah: Syrian Regime Is Winning The War Against The Uprising

Of course, how much of that evaluation is nothing more than wishful thinking--that is anyone's guess.

In any case, Hezbollah head Nasrallah claims to have every confidence that Syrian President Assad has matters well in hand:
The embattled Syrian regime is largely “out of the danger zone” despite a 7-month-old uprising against President Bashar Assad, the leader of the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah said Monday.

The comments by Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, a steadfast ally of Syria, appeared to be an attempt to portray confidence that the regime in Damascus will recover from a popular revolt that has become the most serious challenge to the Assad family’s four-decade dynasty.

“Is Syria out of danger? We can say, to a very large extent, yes,” Nasrallah told Hezbollah’s Manar TV station during an hours-long interview.
Hezbollah and Syria of course have a mutual admiration society going on between them--and as a result, Hezbollah has had some trouble. Till the Arab Spring hit Syria, Hezbollah supported the uprisings that had hit Tunisia, Egypt and Libya. During that time, Hezbollah has been popular in Syria.

But now with their support for Assad, Syrians are angry, and have gone so far as to set fire to the Hezbollah flag and to pictures of Nasrallah.

Just how well-founded is Nasrallah's faith in Assad's ability to put an end to the revolution is unclear:
On Monday, Nasrallah stressed that Assad has significant support in Syria. Assad’s main base at home includes Syrians who have benefited financially from the regime, minority groups who feel they will be targeted if the Sunni majority takes over, and others who see no clear and safe alternative to Assad.

The opposition has yet to bring out the middle and upper-middle classes in Damascus and Aleppo, the two economic powerhouses, although protests have been building.
Nasrallah has also claimed that the number of people in the protests is also waning.

Bottom line, Nasrallah might be doing nothing more than following instructions from its masters in Iran, especially considering how the fall of Assad would put a major hurdle into its acquisition of arms from Iran.

Meanwhile, Hezbollah is watching developments in Syria as closely as the rest of the world.

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