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Lebanon pays the price as Hizbollah shores up support by Michael Young

The continuing tension in Lebanon has raised fears that the country may be engulfed by what is fast nearing a civil war in Syria. That outcome may occur, but it is also at odds with the interests of Hizbollah, which played a key role - with Syria - in triggering the latest unrest.

 

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Hezbollah's Newest Threat by Lee Smith

Hezbollah's Newest Threat by Lee Smith | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

Nasrallah is more sensitive than ever to the devastation to which he has exposed the Shiite community because he fears that the culture of resistance Hezbollah has cultivated may be on the wane. Last week in Beirut I found that many Shiites, even those not actively opposed to Hezbollah, are becoming increasingly anxious about the role that the party has designed for them—as cannon fodder in the next round of warfare with Israel.

 

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Hizballah and the Arab Revolutions: The Contradiction Made Apparent? by Jonathan Spyer

Hizballah and the Arab Revolutions: The Contradiction Made Apparent? by Jonathan Spyer | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

The larger and more profound challenge to Hizballah and its allies set in motion by the events of 2011 may well be the emergence of Sunni Islamism as a contender for or holder of political power in a number of different Arab countries. This is likely to introduce a more openly sectarian tone to intra-Arab power politics, which will constitute a potentially deadly blow to attempts by Hizballah and their Iranian allies to present themselves as representing the general Arab or Muslim interest.

 

• Hizballah and the Arab Revolutions: The Contradiction Made Apparent? by Jonathan Spyer http://bit.ly/IpCguO

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Paintballing with Hezbollah by Mitchell Prothero

Paintballing with Hezbollah by Mitchell Prothero | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

Yes, I remind myself, this is really happening: Four Western journalists (two of whom alternated in and out of our rounds of four-on-four), plus one former Army Ranger-turned-counterinsurgency expert, are playing paintball with members of the Shiite militant group frequently described by US national security experts as the “A-Team of terrorism.”

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To Retaliate or Not: Hizballah's Calculus Following a Strike on Iran by David Schenker

Hizballah's response to military action against Iran could be shaped by rational cost-benefit analysis, a perceived spiritual obligation to defend its Shiite patron in Tehran, or both.

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Will Lebanon Help Iran Circumvent Sanctions? by Shimon Shapira

Will Lebanon Help Iran Circumvent Sanctions? by Shimon Shapira | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

The whole purpose of the missile arsenal Iran has built in Lebanon – numbering over fifty thousand missiles and rockets – is to deter Israel from attacking Iran. 

 

• Will Lebanon Help Iran Circumvent Sanctions? by Shimon Shapira http://t.co/il4CWgWl

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Shadow of another war hangs over southern Lebanon border by Michael Young

If Iran is one day attacked militarily because the talks have failed, the Marjayoun-Hasbayya district will probably again become a front line in a destructive confrontation between Hizbollah and the Israelis.

 

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The Lost City [Beirut] by Michael J. Totten

The Lost City [Beirut] by Michael J. Totten | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

No one can know what’s next for Egypt and Libya, but it doesn’t bode well that the revolution in Lebanon—a much better developed and more culturally democratic country—was undermined not just by dictatorships on the outside but also by Islamists with a serious base of support on the inside. Hezbollah’s totalitarian ideology of Islamic law at home and “resistance” abroad may not represent the majority view hardly anywhere, but there’s no denying that it stirs within the hearts and minds of a disturbingly large number of the Middle East’s people.

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Iron Dome changed the rocket-roulette stakes, but not the game by Moshe Arens

Hezbollah, along with its tens of thousands of rockets in Lebanon, poses an even bigger threat to Israel than the one from the south. Hezbollah's rockets have the range to cover all of Israel, and no "active defense" like Iron Dome can provide the necessary protection.

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Hezbollah's Relentless Rage by Michael J. Totten

Even with its bristling arsenal, Hezbollah still isn’t strong enough to destroy Israel. It probably never will be. But if its model of “resistance” is exported to enough of Israel’s neighbors—even if Iran fails to acquire nuclear weapons—the Jewish state may finally face the existential threat it has long feared. It may not be a likely scenario, but it has become an imaginable one.

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