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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.

 

• Lebanon pays the price as Hizbollah shores up support by Michael Young http://bit.ly/JftdMw

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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.

 

• Hezbollah's Newest Threat by Lee Smith http://bit.ly/K860wx

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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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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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New Book: House of Stone: A Memoir of Home, Family, and a Lost Middle East by Anthony Shadid

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"Anthony Shadid's beautifully rendered memoir is a rich account of a man's gradual immersion into the world of the Middle East and the culture of the Levant, a kingdom almost unrecognizable today, where the rooms and hallways of his great-grandfather's house tell stories that will linger with every reader for decades." --André Aciman, author of Out of Egypt.

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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. 

 

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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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Will Assad Return To Killing Lebanese Leaders? by Elliott Abrams

Will Assad Return To Killing Lebanese Leaders? by Elliott Abrams | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

Throughout the past decade there have been a series of assassinations and attempted murders of political leaders in Lebanon. Almost all of these plots have one common element: the person whose life was threatened or taken was anti-Assad, and just about everyone in Lebanon believes Syria was behind or involved in the wave of violence.

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Hamas Deserts Iran, and Lebanese Stand Up Against Syria by Elliott Abrams

“Hamas rules out military support for Iran in any war with Israel,” reads a headline in London’s Guardian newspaper. The statements by Hamas leaders that they “would not get involved” and are “not part of military alliances in the region” are significant. They show that Hamas wants to be on the winning side and has concluded that the Syria-Iran-Hezbollah axis is no longer on the ascendent.

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