Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Hezbollah and the Political Ecology of Postwar Lebanon

From Gary C. Gambill and The Global Politician

Most Shiites see Saad Hariri as a proxy of the Saudi royal family, handpicked to carry on his father's mission of transforming Lebanon into a corrupt, elitist republic with an "open for business" pro-Western foreign policy ... Shiite distrust of the Harirists has been further inflated by the worldwide upsurge in sectarian violence against Shiites (particularly in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan), mostly by adherents of Saudi Arabia's militant Wahhabi brand of Sunni Islamic fundamentalism. Sunni jihadists have expressed deep contempt for Hezbollah, and Hariri has cultivated close ties with radical Sunni Islamists in Lebanon.

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