[Marxism] Israeli attacks deepen Hezbollah support

Sayan Bhattacharyya ok.president+marxmail at gmail.com
Fri Jul 28 07:30:47 MDT 2006


On 7/28/06, Louis Proyect <lnp3 at panix.com> wrote:
>
> http://www.csmonitor.com/2006/0728/p06s01-wome.html
> Israeli strikes may boost Hizbullah base
> Hizbullah support tops 80 percent among Lebanese factions.
>
>
Consider this, however:

New York Times
July 28, 2006

 Christians Fleeing Lebanon Denounce Hezbollah  By SABRINA
TAVERNISE<http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/people/t/sabrina_tavernise/index.html?inline=nyt-per>

TYRE, Lebanon<http://topics.nytimes.com/top/news/international/countriesandterritories/lebanon/index.html?inline=nyt-geo>,
July 27 — The refugees from southern Lebanon spilled out of packed cars into
the dark street here Thursday evening, gulping bottles of water and
squinting in the glare of the headlights to find family members and friends.
[..]

But for some of the Christians who had made it out in this convoy, it was
not just privations they wanted to talk about, but their ordeal at the hands
of Hezbollah<http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/organizations/h/hezbollah/index.html?inline=nyt-org>—
a contrast to the Shiites, who make up a vast majority of the
population
in southern Lebanon and broadly support the militia.

"Hezbollah came to Ain Ebel to shoot its rockets," said Fayad Hanna Amar, a
young Christian man, referring to his village. "They are shooting from
between our houses."

"Please,'' he added, "write that in your newspaper."

The evacuation — more than 100 cars that followed an International Committee
for the Red Cross rescue convoy to Tyre — included Lebanese from several
Christian villages. In past wars, Christian militias were close to Israelis,
and animosity between Christians and Shiites lingers.
[..]

Many Christians from Ramesh and Ain Ebel considered Hezbollah's fighting
methods as much of an outrage as the Israeli strikes. Mr. Amar said
Hezbollah fighters in groups of two and three had come into Ain Ebel, less
than a mile from Bint Jbail, where most of the fighting has occurred. They
were using it as a base to shoot rockets, he said, and the Israelis fired
back.

One woman, who would not give her name because she had a government job and
feared retribution, said Hezbollah fighters had killed a man who was trying
to leave Bint Jbail.

"This is what's happening, but no one wants to say it" for fear of
Hezbollah, she said.
[..]



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