Is It Only Today that Hezbollah Been a Terrorist?
31 March 2016
By Abdulrahman Al-Rashed
The Lebanon-based Hezbollah's latest recognition as a terrorist organization
was at the League of Arab States (LAS) in Cairo, noting that the group was
already outlined as a terrorist one at the Arab Interior Ministers Council in
Tunis, Tunisia. Nonetheless, we have recognized the terrorist nature of the
organization a decade ago, when the group had opted to assassinate the finest
of its country's leaderships, and then embarked on killing thousands of Syrian
Hezbollah was and still is, forevermore, a terrorist organization, yet the
courage to officially declare that was never present, until Arab governments
formally announced the organization a terrorist entity last week.
At the Arab Interior Ministers Council no one defended Hezbollah, except for
Lebanon– which is caught between the devil and the deep blue sea-, the
semi-overwhelmed Iraq, and Algeria which has always been known for backing
Iran at the LAS. Algeria's support for Iran surfaced the moment it played a
role in freeing the U.S. captives in Iran, who were already detained at the
Algerian embassy in Tehran!
As for the other 19 Arab nations, they all aligned in unity against Hezbollah
amid a political and popular grand-scale wave of change spreading across the
world against the terrorist group.
Up until a few weeks ago, most Arab governments avoided to publicly criticize
Hezbollah; even after it got involved in the Syrian war and even before that,
as when Hezbollah had committed a series of crimes assassinating Lebanese
leaderships, their most prominent being Rafic al-Hariri.
No one even condemned the organization after it hauled Israel to attack
Lebanon, after kidnapping two soldiers in 2006. No criticism rose even after
the group admitted to that its calculations were wrong.
Only two Arab countries ever dared to criticize Hezbollah at the time, and the
rest remained quiet, despite all the destruction Lebanon suffered.
Everyone is aware that Hezbollah has been a terrorist organization since its
establishment in the 80's. The group has captured their own nation, took over
the decision making process and the assets, and hurdled Lebanese political and
Hezbollah's activity in expanding its power potential in Lebanon has taken
more of its efforts than it ever spent on fighting Israel in the past 30 years
Condemning and denouncing the organization's actions and terrorist nature
remained nothing but a lowered whisper behind closed doors, and people never
found the courage to speak them in public.
However, now circumstances have changed and facts can no longer be avoided,
nor should we cower from exposing them. Half a million Syrians were killed;
some of that large figure's blood is on the hands of Hezbollah militants,
Iran, and the Syrian regime. All that being said, no space for manipulation is
left nor for the possibility of changing what has been done.
Everybody knows that Hezbollah has been a terrorist group even before the
break of any disputes. The organization has killed Lebanese, Syrian, and Arab
people since the 80's, yet everyone still hoped that the group would renounce
it's part in playing the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Iranian
executioner, and instead transform to a civilian party.
knowing that there was no excuse for harboring bullets anymore, hopes of
Hezbollah becoming a civil political party started right after Israel withdrew
from south Lebanon 16 years ago. However, Hezbollah has still not shed its
skin, and its brutality has gone fiercer breaching a wider action-zone,
crossing borders in each of Iraq, Syria, Yemen, and Bahrain.
Al Rashed is the general manager of Al -Arabiya television. He is also the
former editor-in-chief of Asharq Al- Awsat, and the leading Arabic weekly
magazine, Al Majalla. He is also a senior Columnist in the daily newspapers of
Al Madina and Al Bilad. He is a US post-graduate degree in mass
communications. He has been a guest on many TV current affairs programs. He is
currently based in Dubai.