A Hizbullah Crack-Up?

(Weekly Standard) Lee Smith - It is becoming increasingly unlikely that Hizbullah's patron in Damascus will survive the uprising. Some Lebanese observers are even wondering if the clerical regime in Iran, Hizbullah's main sponsor, will survive. If Hizbullah's regional partners are in trouble, its control over Lebanon's Shiite community seems to be unraveling. There's crime and social unrest in Shiite areas that the party is incapable of curtailing. The party can't get a fix on how to package the revelations that Hizbullah has been infiltrated by foreign intelligence services. If they boast about uncovering CIA assets in their midst, they admit that the Americans were able to penetrate an organization whose prestige rests on a reputation for tight security and lockstep discipline.

2012-01-13 00:00:00

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