Hezbollah's True Colors Revealed: In Syria, What Was Hidden Has Been Revealed
03 June 2013
In Syria, what was hidden has been revealed.
Lebanon's Hezbollah has cemented the image that some
of its supporters in the Islamic world have tried so
hard to deny, namely that of Hezbollah as Khomeinist
Iran's iron fist. We are talking about the image of
Hezbollah as the obedient lap-dog of velayat-e faqih
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, rather than the symbol of
Lebanese "resistance." This is no longer the party
that would cross swords with the Muslim Brotherhood
and the Arab nationalists, particularly the
Nasserites, from the Red Sea to the Arab Gulf.
Every critic of Hezbollah, particularly over the
group's ties to the Khomeinist Iranian project, would
face counter-accusations of being "agents of the
Americans and Zionists."
Hezbollah is blatantly interfering in the war
currently raging in Syria, particularly the battles
taking place in border villages in the Al-Qusayr
region. In fact, former Hezbollah secretary-general
Subhi Al-Tufayli acknowledged that the group is
involved throughout Syria. This is something that Moaz
Al-Khatib has brought to the attention of current
Hezbollah secretary-general Hassan Nasrallah,
emphasizing the deceit of the "resistance." He
stressed that the "resistance" slogan is nothing more
than an empty political mantra that is used for
propaganda purposes and to manipulate Arab and Islamic
The "resistance" slogan truly is nothing more than a
deceit, not just today with the revelation that
Hezbollah is following the orders of the velayat-e
faqih and the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC),
but rather this has been used as a false slogan for
more than ten years.
Do you recall how Arab television channels and writers
rushed to condemn all those who criticized Hezbollah's
actions in dragging Lebanon into its military
adventures with Israel? Do you recall how the
Hezbollah media, along with the pro-Assad media in
Lebanon, and so-called pro-resistance satellite
channels, seemed to join forces to oppose the Arab
moderate camp? Of course, this is something that was
completely wiped out by the rising wave of the Arab
Figures like Egyptian journalist Mohamed Hassanein
Heikal expressed their "understanding" of Hezbollah's
takeover of western Beirut. In addition to this,
Islamic figures like Salim Al-Awa in Egypt attempted
to promote ties between the Iran–Hams–Hezbollah camp
and the rest of the Arab world. Meanwhile, Hamas chief
Khaled Mishal bit his tongue and did not issue any
statements about Hezbollah's campaign to intimidate
and suppress its political opponents.
It is ironic that Hezbollah, along with the Bashar Al-Assad
regime, claim to stand against sectarianism, when in
reality they are the ones stoking the sectarian fire.
The question that must be asked here is whether they
doing this accidentally or if there deeper factors at
According to a Lebanese friend who lives in the
southern suburbs and who has a good understanding of
Lebanon's Shi'ite community, Hezbollah is using the
pretext of "protecting Shi'ite shrines in Syria" to
mobilize and incite fighters against the rebel forces.
They are particularly making reference to the shrine
of Sayida Zeinab in Damascus. This is a tactic that is
succeeding in mobilizing the Shi'ites, while it also
represents a form of political–religious opportunism.
As Al-Tufayli himself said that the shrine of Sayida
Zeinab was safe for more than 1,400 years under a
Sunni state. It did not survive for all this time
waiting for the protection of Naim Qassem, Hashim Safi
Al-Din and Hassan Nasrallah!
In any case, it is not for Hezbollah to make such
claims, for the false religious aspect of the party
has been exposed. Hezbollah has been shown to be
nothing more than a mere tool of the mullahs in
Tehran, promoting the lies of the "resistance" while
condemning all those who have refused to fall for this
charade. Indeed, this is an approach that Hezbollah
continues to follow today.
A Saudi journalist and expert on Islamic movements
and Islamic fundamentalism as well as Saudi affairs.
Mshari is Asharq Al-Awsat's opinion page Editor, where
he also contributes a weekly column. Has worked for
the local Saudi press occupying several posts at Al -Madina
newspaper amongst others. He has been a guest on
numerous news and current affairs programs as an
expert on Islamic.