Hanady Salman, writing for Al-Ahram from the streets of Beirut described how policies of the United States, Saudia Arabia, and inept leaders of Lebanonon forced Hizbullah fighters to openly oppose the government. Hizbullah militants went a gainst the wishes of their own leaders in asserting power against government forces. “It did not mater how many times the secretary-general of Hizbullah, Hassan Nasrallah, asserted he did not want an Islamic republic in Lebanon. It did not matter how many times he explained that his party’s sole aim was to have a fair share in the decision making of the country. He repeated his patience had an end vis-a-vis the government’s decision that were alienating both the party and his followers…Finally, they pushed him into the corner.”
For months, Hassan Nasrallah, has been expressing his willingness to dialgoue with Israel even to the point of offering an extended cease fire, but the Bush-Olmert mentality that speaking with the enemy means accepting everything the enemy desires, has blocked efforts at negotiating with Nasrallah.
Salman argues the Lebanese government has been accepting advice and support from outside forces like the United States and Saudi Arabia which have turned Lebanon away from both internal and external negotiations and compromises that might result in stability. Instead, chaos is growing and only Hizbullah may have the power to impose its will upon opponents.
As Salman observes, “And, someone has to convince the U.S. that it cannot keep supporting a group of Lebanese politicians that cannot deliver the way U.S. backed politicians did when the US invaded Iraq. Does the US want another Iraq?”