I have been following the Middle East events through a variety of sources including Al Jazeera English. I know that you need many sources and many of their articles or opinion pieces on Israel are a shambles but by and large I often learn something from the site, whether or not it was what was intended from the point of the article. However, from time to time, they really surprise you, especially on their opinion page.
This opinion piece on Hezbollah and their leader Nasrallah is something that I would have been surprised to see even in Fox News. It is titled “Arab Spring exposes Nasrallah’s Hypocrisy“.
Hezbollah is Iran and Syria’s stalking horse in the middle east, the thugs willing to mix it up and do the dirty work. They cloak themselves in higher minded principles, especially when talking to the US left or the Europeans, about “justice” and the “Palestinian cause”.
Thus this Al Jazeera article, of all places, punches right at the throat of Hezbollah for always crusading against injustice against Arabs and Muslims and yet failing to protest the horrendous slaughter of innocent protestors amongst their patrons Iran and most recently Syria. Hezbollah is funded by Syria and Iran and thus they are obviously changing their tune when their patrons and funding are impacted. From the article:
The Arab Spring, the transnational uprising of masses of millions of people from Morocco to Oman, from Syria to Yemen, is making the aging warrior redundant – his habitually eloquent tongue now stuttering for words. Two years ago, he thought he got away with rejecting the democratic uprising in Iran (whose brutal ruling regime is his principle patron and financier), as a plot by the US, Israel, and Saudi Arabia. And he did – aided and abetted by the moral and intellectual sclerosis of a segment of Arab intellectuals who thought Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the Islamic theocracy were the vanguard of “resistance” to US/Israel imperialism in the region and thus should be spared from criticism. And then Tunisia happened, and Egypt, and Libya, and Bahrain, and Yemen – and then, Hassan Nasrallah and Ali Khamenei’s nightmare, Syria happened. It is a sad scene to see a once mighty warrior being bypassed by the force of history, and all he can do is to fumble clumsily to reveal he has not learned the art of aging gracefully.
While I wouldn’t call him a once mighty warrior, those words have to sting a lot more coming from Al Jazerra.
Nasrallah, who could not care less for such revolting behavior by his patrons, now for second time in a row, was siding with brutal, vicious tyrants and their criminally insane security forces against the democratic aspirations of their people – once in Iran and now in Syria.
That is pretty direct stuff – I like the “criminally insane security forces” too.
The only language that Hassan Nasrallah understands is the language that keeps him in power, condemning the US, the EU, Israel, and the Saudis – all hitherto truisms that have, thanks to the Green Movement and the Arab Spring, lost their grip on reality even more than Nasrallah.
That is a great paragraph, too. The old “saw” of Israel and the US killing Arabs has to be updated since we obviously aren’t nearly as good at it as those that are willing to use tanks and heavy weaponry on their own people, such as Libya and Syria (and Iran probably would too, if it came down to that).
A very interesting opinion piece so I would recommend reading the entire article.