By Saed Teymuri, an economics student currently researching about the history of the Sino-Soviet Bloc as well as the Levant region.
After the July 2006 War, also known as the Second Lebanon War, with the emergence of Hezbollah as the victorious over the Zionist aggressors, Hezbollah’s popularity grew dramatically in the region. Hezbollah received large donations from the Lebanese people, thus gaining the ability to provide social services for Lebanon’s poor. Many Christians joined the Shiite Islamist Party. With the funds it received, it was able to pay for the damages and reconstruction efforts. To foster its image, it also partially financed the reconstruction of Beirut’s only Synagogue in 2009, which ironically was destroyed by “Israel” in 1982!
The Party also grew in numbers, with numerous volunteers throughout the Middle East region moving to join Hezbollah. Whereas up until 2006 Hezbollah’s Operations involved non-conventional and asymmetric warfare, after 2006, Hezbollah became a hybrid army, with characteristics of a conventional army, but one capable of easily converting back to guerrilla mode.
In 2008, Hezbollah’s top military chief Imad Mughniyeh was assassinated in a car bomb in Damascus, the perpetrators being Mossad and CIA. Mughniyeh planned most of Hezbollah’s operations, from the alleged plane hijacking operations in the 1980s, to the fight against the Zionists in the 1990s and 2006. The death of Mughniyeh was a major loss for the Party.
In 2011, Hezbollah turned against Libya as led by Qadhafi. What caused Hezbollah to turn against Qadhafi? We cannot know for certain; however, the answer to this question *may* be found in Sudan. North Sudan had and has very good relations with Iran and Hezbollah. Based on US imperialist sources, North Sudan was one of the channels through which Iran transferred funds for Hezbollah since 1993. On the other hand, based on reports by Reuters, Libya supported the separatist movement in South Sudan, thus standing against the North Sudan government. Clearly, there was a clash of interests here, which is what led to Hezbollah officially condemning the Libyan State (whereas Syria sided with the Libyan government).
Hezbollah did, however, go into Syria in 2011 to fight against US-backed terrorism. Hezbollah supported the government of Bashar Al-Assad against the Al-Qa’ida militants. The terrorist “revolution” in Syria was backed by “Israel” and the United States with the goal of cutting off Iran’s track for funding Hezbollah. By eliminating Syria, the Iran-Hezbollah link would have been “cut off,” Hezbollah would have been isolated, “Israel” could take out Hezbollah more easily thereby taking out Iran’s only geopolitical deterrent against a US invasion; and Washington could more easily step into Iran, with the goal of containing China from the west, and Russia from the south. Washington’s efforts for toppling the Syrian government failed when the Russian government in 2015 stepped in, in alliance with Iran and Hezbollah, to ‘protect’ the Syrian Arab Republic.
Hezbollah has become a very battle-tested army due to its involvement in these wars, and continues to pose as a major force against the US imperialists and Zionists in the Levant Region.
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