Sunday, May 26, 2013

Regional entanglement is now official

The leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah warned Saturday that the fall of Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime would give rise to extremists and plunge the Middle East into a "dark period," and vowed his Shiite militant group will not stand idly by while its chief ally in Damascus is under attack.

In a televised address, Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah said Hezbollah members are fighting in Syria against Islamic extremists who pose a danger to Lebanon, and pledged that his group will not allow Syrian militants to control areas that border Lebanon.
It is common knowledge that Hezbollah has been assisting Assad regime in their fight to control the country against the popular rebellion of the Syrian people. So the rally and official announcement yesterday by the head of Hezbollah is just an official confirmation for what has been happening for quite a while.

The significant of this confirmation though is huge. Hezbollah became the hero of the Arab world when they fought Israel to a stalemate in 2006 war. Now they have officially supported a despised and brutal regime who are responsible to over 80,000 civilians killed in the past two years.

So Hezbollah is now officially no longer an outsider to the conflict. The Syrian oppositions do not differentiate  between Hezbollah and Assad's Army. This makes South Lebanon, the area controlled by Hezbollah, officially entered as part of the Syrian civil war.

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