Nasrallah Fights Uphill Battle for Assad

(Ha'aretz) Zvi Bar'el - Muqtada al-Sadr, the separatist Iraqi Shi'ite leader, flatly refused Hizbullah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah's request to send fighters to the battle in Syria, the Kuwaiti weekly Al-Seyassah reported. Sadr accused Nasrallah of a desire "to crush what is left of Iraqi national unity. The involvement of Iraqi Shi'ites in the war in Syria means a civil war in Iraq." Criticism against Nasrallah in Arab countries is deep and widespread. His political rivals in Lebanon opposed his dragging the country "to its destruction" due to his participation in another country's war, according to Saad Hariri, the Sunni former Lebanese prime minister. For Nasrallah, this really is a war of life or death, and his participation is not only a goodwill gesture or a repayment to Syria and Iran for years of support. A Sunni Syria means a severance of Hizbullah's logistical and economic lifeline.

2013-06-04 00:00:00

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