Assad Takes Hizbullah Down with Him

(National Interest) Thanassis Cambanis - The Arab Spring changed the rules of the game that Hizbullah so masterfully played for the last two decades. The more short-term challenge comes from Syria, where a tottering Assad regime could severely curtail Hizbullah's military room for maneuver. If Hizbullah continues to ally itself with Assad, rather than Syria's popular will, it begins to look like a movement that prefers Arab tyrants to the Arab Spring. The more enduring issue is the Arab political renaissance underway, which could produce movements well positioned to steal Hizbullah's anti-Israel thunder with a resistance program free from the party's sectarian, militant baggage.

2011-07-18 00:00:00

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