The rebels and government forces have continued to relentlessly wage war on each other in Syria. However, in a recent twist of events Hezbollah has been exposed in aiding Syrian government forces. Many people “have long accused the Islamist party of taking a direct role in the Syrian conflict” prior to the accumulating evidence that has been brought to light connecting Hezbollah to the violence in Syria. A recent increase in funerals held for Hezbollah members who died while preforming “jihad duties” acts as one of the more “firm” signs that Hezbollah is indeed deploying men to fight in the Syrian Civil War.
The conflict in Syria stems from a sectarian rift that has been deepening for decades now. Sunni rebels are at odds with the Alawi government and have been engaged in battles with government forces for the better part of a year now. Alawis belong to a branch of the Shia sect of Islam.
Here’s the catch, Hezbollah receives a bulk of its funding from Iran but Syria also contributes substantial amounts of aid in various forms to the militant group. Thus, Hezbollah is almost expected to back the Syrian government when it comes to the ongoing civil war.
My main concern is for Lebanon. Hezbollah is ever-present in Lebanese politics. If these allegations are in fact true then the spill over clashes I touched base on in my first blog post will not only spread but they will grow in intensity. This is because the population of Lebanon is split in support and opposition of the conflict in Syria. At this point in time I believe Lebanon is a bubble waiting to burst, this is evident with today’s car bombing that occurred in Beirut. The target of the attack was Brig. Gen. Wissam al-Hassan who was “known for his anti- Syria stance.” Soon after the explosion there were reports of “unrest” spreading around Lebanon.
A Lebanese girl who I went to high school with said that, “This isn’t the Beirut I left four years ago, this is the Lebanon my parents fled 22 years ago.” I am interested in hearing what my Lebanese counterparts have to say about that statement. Do you agree? If not, then why?
I believe this assassination will cause growing outrage not just in Beirut but all around Lebanon, furthermore if Hezbollah is confirmed to be backing President Assad then the bubble known as Lebanon will burst; quickly and violently. Not only do I believe this assassination will cause unrest, but the mere fact that a high ranking official was killed because of his stance on a conflict going on in other country leads me to believe that we have not seen what climax of the Syrian Civil War yet, nor its repercussions.