Hezbollah Gains Power In Lebanon

The ever turbulent world of Lebanese politics became even more confusing when a Sunni businessman, Najib Miakti joined coalition led by the fundamentalist Muslim Hezbollah party which used his party’s votes in order to form a government. Hezbollah and its allies had left the unity government led by Saad al-Hariri because the government had decided to accept a report by a UN court which accused Hezbollah of playing a role in the assassination of Rafik al-Hariri. Naturally, the prospect of a Hezbollah led government created concern within Israel which fears the presence of a group pledged to its extermination that will not only have its own missiles but might have power to use the Lebanon army. Regional powers such as Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar had urged creation of a unity government in order to avoid fostering additional fear of war within a region that simply wants peace.

Lebanon is divided between Sunni Muslims, Shiite Muslims and a variety of Christian sects. Saad al-Hariri is the leader of most Sunnis and now that he is out of the government the prospect of additional internal conflict within Lebanon grows more likely. One spark arising from a Hezbollah missile landing in Israel will lead to a devastating war.