Hizbullah's Hypocritical Resistance

(New York Times) Larbi Sadiki - Since the mid-1980s, the militant groups Hizbullah and Hamas have tirelessly pursued armed resistance against Israel in the name of liberating Palestine - often with enormous Arab popular support. But when a so-called resistance movement fails to support a bottom-up popular revolt against a tyrant, its leaders expose themselves as hypocrites. Hizbullah's alignment with Syria's Assad is destroying its reputation across the Arab world. The Syrian masses who once worshiped Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah today curse him when they parade in public squares. The writer is a senior lecturer in Middle East politics at the University of Exeter.

2011-12-14 00:00:00

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