Middle East — 18 June 2013
The End of Hezbollah in the New Middle East

Ali Harfouch

The End of Hezbollah in the ‘New’ Middle East[1]

This is our stance and obligation: we have tried to be people of sincerity and fidelity; we believe in truth and enunciate it. We defend it and sacrifice ourselves for it, even to the extent of martyrdom. [2]

The Priority of Principle

Any movement or political organization is defined by its principles. It’s very essence and identity is constituted by its distinct platform. Policies, and strategies employed by the movements are based primarily on these principles, and its socio-political outlook and philosophy. However, a movement ceases to exist as a distinct group of people with shared principles and goals when it gives up its principles and becomes pragmatic. Today Hezbollah faces an existential crisis after having subordinated its revolutionary principles for their pragmatic interests as they re insistent on supporting the despotic Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad. Hugo Assman referred to the ideology of the Iranian Revolution (from which Hezbollah emerged) as “the epistemological privilege of the poor” referring here as the Iranian scholar Amr G.E Sabet points out to the mustad’ afin (the oppressed). While revolution in Shi’i Islam has never been “utilitarian nor goal-oriented. It is an intrinsic value in and of itself” (Sabet). He goes on to quote Khomeini, whose advice to the Arab world puts to waste Hezbollah’s pragmatic power-hungry support for the regime “Do not wait until you attain power so that you can speak” but rather “speak and then you will have attained power”. Principles transcend historical realities and their socio-political configurations however temporary pragmatic alliances do not.

 

Hypocrisy and Betrayal

At the heart of Hezbollah’s manifesto is their claimed dedication to the principle of revolution against tyranny which at the core of Tawhid while citing the massacre of Karbala and Husayn radiyallahu anhu against Yazid. The moral of the iconic event in Karbala being; revolution and the rejection of tyranny are principles which were given priority by Husayn radiyallahu anhu who revolted with several dozen men knowing well what the material outcomes would be, but dismissing them in light of these lofty values. Ali Shariati, being a key ideologue of the Iranian Revolution remarked, in speaking of the passive and complacent Shi’ites of his time “For we all believe that it is not possible for a nation to be Muslim, to believe in Ali and his way, and yet to gain no benefit from such a belief” (Bayat 156)

Hezbollah plunged into the abyss of strategic and ideological blunder earlier this year after having openly admitted to sending its men to defend Assad’s regime against the revolution – a revolution against a secular regime, which by principal is illegitimate according to the political ideology of Hezbollah. And while Hezbollah draws its “identity” from the Husayn radiyallahu anhu revolted as a result of corruption within the framework of an existing Islamic State while Assad’s draconian rule and pan-Arabist Baathist regime is based on the complete rejection of Islam as a mode of governance and is entrenched in exclusionary secular values.

 

Lost Principles, Failed Strategy, and an Existential Crisis

An appraisal of Hezbollah’s policies requires that we understand the grand-strategy of “Islamic” Republic of Iran. Doing so exposes both the ulterior motives of Hezbollah (and its lack of autonomy on one hand) and the strategic short-sightedness of the “Islamic” Republic of Iran. Hezbollah betrays not only its normative principles, but also its pragmatic political “aspirations” which state;

We want Lebanon to be sovereign, free, independent, strong and competent. We want it also to be powerful, active, and present in the geopolitics of the region[3]

Hezbollah’s manifesto goes on to condemn the United States for “Supporting the systems of dictatorship and tyranny as well as subjection in the region” yet both Hezbollah and Iran continue to provide one of the region’s largest coercive security apparatuses with monetary and military support. And while condemning the United States for “Creating and embedding sedition and divisions of all types, especially sectarian ones” the Iranian-backed militia continues to polarize the Muslim world and exacerbate sectarian divisions through its incessant support for the Syrian tyrant. All of which is done under the banner of “national unity” and “freedom, security and stability”[4]

 

“Resistance” and Other Pragmatic Justifications

Even if one were to entertain justifications based on Assad’s “support for the resistance” and “containment of American hegemony” a critical question emerges; does material support for armed resistance legitimize a regime? And if so, does this legitimization occur independently of the regime’s ideological foundations? A war-mongering and opportunistic United States which supported the Afghan resistance against the U.S.S.R would then also have met the criteria for legitimacy, if consistency is sought of course as would Iran’s key rival; Saudi Arabia. While claiming that their policies are directed towards the containment of American hegemony in the region ignores a blatant and explicit anti-Americanism amongst the Syrian revolutionaries and a growing chasm between the Free Syrian Army and the Western-based Syrian National Council. The hesitancy of the United States to provide nothing more than nominal support and lip-service to the revolution is indicative of such as it fails to find proxies within the Syrian revolution to lead a transition to a “Civil Democratic” Syria which will not drift too far from a U.S orbit and maintain its interests in the region. As a result, a post-Assad Syria will not be shaped nor defined by an Imperialistic U.S or a pragmatic “Islamic” Republic of Iran as both powers will be excluded from the transitory process.

Hezbollah’s reactionary policies are predicated on a false dilemma or binary: neo-Colonialism led by the neo-Liberal powers v. old-colonialism as represented by the anarchic Authoritarian Syrian regime. A third-way was not considered, leaving both Hezbollah and the United States stumbling towards a bleak future. Having abandoned their ideological foundations, and forgone their pragmatic national commitments – Hezbollah’s actions have been detrimentally informed by an illusionary dilemma. The “Islamic” Republic of Iran on the other hand has isolated itself from the Muslim world. Across the Muslim world protests were held in from of the Lebanese and Iranian embassies vehemently condemning Iran and Hezbollah.

Both in principle and strategically[5], it would have been a wiser move for Hezbollah to either by the Syrian people during their revolution or to remain neutral towards a population who can be described by the Shi’ite thinker and journalist Suroosh Irfani as those “liberation person(s)” who have “refused to submit to despotism and its attempts for distorting supreme values, and preferred death to a dehumanized purposeless existence under a monstrous regime and inhuman social system, it is a response to Hussein’s call. Whenever there is struggle for liberation, Hussein is present on the battlefield”. Despite the death of Husayn and the continuation of Yazid’s regime following the Karbaba massacre, the latter has been forgotten while Husayn remains a symbol of resistance and liberation for the centuries to come for history teaches us that a nation’s population does not come and go, while regimes do.

 

Syrians had shown their utmost support prior to Hezbollahs betrayal while the support of the regime had always been pragmatic and the flow of weapons to the resistance in their iron-clutch which they tighten at times, and ease at others. Potentia (real power) is always located with the people, a lesson they should have learned from the Iranian revolution. More so, the Arab Spring has largely changed the dynamics of power in the Arab-Muslim world, in that, ‘the people’ as a collective body have become autonomous political actors capable of exerting their own pressure and enforcing their own will. Consequently, Hezbollah’s future in the region is bleak as it cannot strive on minorities and rural populations alone. And while the liberatory caravan of Husayn will continue to shake the thrones of tyranny across the Arab-Muslim world, Hezbollah’s caravan will find its demise in Yazid’s Damascus.

 

Ali Harfouch is a graduate of Political Studies at the American University of Beirut working in Islamic activism.

 


[1] Religion, Politics, and Social Change: A Theoretical Framework by Amr G.E Sabet is an indispensible and resourceful guide in regards to the epistemic foundations of the Husayn’s revolution and the methodological imperatives required for change.

[2] Hezbollah’s Political Manifesto 2009

[3] Hezbollah’s Political Manifesto 2009

[4] Hezbollah’s Political Manifesto 2009

[5] 7 Reasons Hezbollah Will Lose in Syria | Revolution Observer | Abu Anas

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  1. So let me see, another pseudo- intellectual wanna be bigot, anti – Syria/Hizbollah/Iran writer who quotes the term Islamic in quotations when mentioning Iran, and lays the entire blame of Syria debacle on the shoulders of Hizbullah and Iran, being delusional and forgetting in his fit of self endorsed selective dementia the following facts:

    – The whole mess started when Wahabi/Salafi Terrorists entered from neighboring countries to fight against the government of Syria, now you might not like the Syrian government but there are many countries in ME where the governments are hated by its people because they are considered subjects not citizens and have no rights.
    – Why don’t these Al Qaida affiliated Terrorists enter Turkey and/or Saudi Arabia and/or Jordan and start massacring civilians there?
    – These Wahabi/Salafi Terrorists are backed by regional and International countries in their single harted againt Iran, and they are supporting the very people (Al Qaida) who these very countries have been fighting for last decade.
    – These Wahabis/Salafis have openly declared to kill everyone except the Sunnis because even the Christians in Syria side with the regime.
    – These Terrorists have desecrated and robed the grave of famous Sahabi of Rasool (PBUT).
    – Blood is haram in Islam, mutilation of corpses is HARAM in Islam and among them are men – one of them proudly captured on video – biting into the heart of one of the Syria’s dead soldiers after cutting open his chest claiming in the chants of Allah O Akbar, that is what they are going to do to the Regime.
    – On top of that the fatwas from the Wahabi/Salafi Ulemah to Legally rape any women except Sunni women in Syria and booty of war.
    – There are reports circulating in press where the criminals in KSA and Jordan on death penalty are being asked to go join the “JIHAD” against the Alawites and being forgiven, their families being paid off and them being shipped to Syria to join their brother to fight the Syrian regime.
    – These Wahabis/Salafis blinded by their hatred and in search of rapes have a thirst for massacres.
    – They are being provided weaponry from the neighboring countries and as well as the training.
    – Bashar Al Asad asked them to come for negotiations but these Terrorists are confident due to weaponry and money that they are getting from KSA, Qatar, Jordan, Turkey and now the Western powers.

    How conveniently you forgot to mention these above facts. Are these facts no reason of the mess Syria is in? Each and every fact mentioned above is correct reported one time or another by major newspapers such as CNN, Aljazeera, Gulfnews, arabnews etc and I am not even a journalist. For not mentioning the entire fact and for not speaking the truth you are a bigot, a liar and a deserter of your journalistic oath of non partiality.

    Shame on you Ali Harfouch and shame on everyone like you. You, yourself are a disgrace to your name.

  2. Dear Fawad,

    A more coherent and adequate response would include a refutation of the points made in the article as opposed to your “you too” tirade. If you would like to discuss the points you’ve made (irrelevant to my argument) then feel free to email me; a.s.harfouch@gmail.com

    Take Care

    • Ali,

      Fair enough lets talk, and no, the debate will stay public on this forum, i have no interest in emailing you in private when your article is posted online publicly while you want me to refute it in private. Lets see how much you really know or actually care.

      1) Am i wrong when i pointed that multiple Wahabi/Salafi Ulemah have issued fatwas to rape all women except Sunni women in Syria? This by definition includes Christian women as well because they support Assad.

      2) Am i wrong when i pointed out that these “Soldiers of Satan” – and we know off one with evidence – that they are eating into the organs of dead Syrian soldiers?

      3) Am i wrong when i pointed out that foreigners, especially Al Qaida groups have joined the war in order to cleanse Syria off everyone else except Sunni, they are the most battle trained off all of them?

      4) Am i wrong when i claim they have openly threatened massacres and ethnic cleanings against the population except Sunnis?

      5) Am i wrong to claim violent prisoners are being pardoned and sent to Syria for murders and massacres?

      6) Am i wrong to claim that these “Soldiers of Satan” are grave robbers since they destroyed and grave of a Sahabi – Hajr bin Adi (RA).

      7) Am i wrong to claim that now that the Western countries are planning to help these “Soldiers of Satan” terrorists they have no incentive of peace talks?

      8) Bashar might be evil but is he more evil than Saddam Hussein? I don’t care for Bashar but these evil animals coming to Syria for fatwa rapes and for massacres need to sent back to their own countries to implement their rapes and their Wahabi/Salafi implementation of Shari there.

      9) Hizbullah came to protect Shia population on the border with Lebanon and Syria. Thats a face. But surprisingly enough a claim that all these Soldiers of Satan Terrorists make when they travel from KSA, Jordan, Egypt, Libya and where ever else swamp they come from, enter Syria illegally and commit atrocities.

      10) Which one of those am i wrong about? And why did you have only one sided article instead of a balanced article?

      11) Why do you have quotations around Islamic when mentioning Iran? What does the exactly mean? I would like to know.

  3. Now let me simply answer your reply. I openly claim that i don’t care for Assads regime, i believe if your populace don’t want you, you should go. Hint for you Erdogan, Abudllah and Abudullah.

    We are living in times where tyrants are getting to be relics of past – Alhumdulliah – but based on what i have said about these “Soldiers of Satan” and their lust for rapes, massacres and cannibalism, Assad should fight them and bury them in the deserts of Syria and so should and one else with conscious. After these foreigners are killed or they run away, the Syrians should decide the fate of Syria not these animals. If Bashar has to go, he has to go but not till he kills these cannibalistic, grave robbing, rapists.

    As far as Hizbuallah and your article is concerned, like i said why are you so surprised that Hizbullah is trying to protects Shia from rapes and massacres.

    1) Which Shia Alim issued fatwas to rape Sunnis?
    2) How many Hizbuallah men are cannibalizing?
    3) How many graves did Hizbullah rob?
    4) etc. etc. etc.

    • From what I have read regarding your points of view; you make it sounds like the so-called “Wahabi/Salafi” groups are the only ones causin harm and damage. That they are the rapists and tey posses animal-like behaviors…

      But, what about the regime? What about those hundreds of videos you find online, that are NOT shared on the news channels you mentioned, which are biased and which show what they want the people to see—> distorted truth. And unfortunately, people, probably you from amongst them, can’t but believe, because “they are well-known news channels”.

      What’s happening in Syria is basically a great division that seems to be involving many unIslamic groups that might call themselves unIslamic. Amongst them ; Hezbollah. But, there is and there will ALWAYS remain, groups that are on the Haqq and that fear Allah, and that know that doing unIslamic things, such as rape, cannabilism, wtv you want, will NOT grant them victory whatsoever…it only needs half a brain to think like that anyways.

      Unfortunately, you see how Hezbollah’s men, go to war and fight “Jihad”, when their hearts are not even feeling it and are not comfy. Many of his men tried goin back because they KNEW, using their brains alhamduilAh, that this is NOT Jihad. Killing innocents ; women an children, and burning down trees and land, is nowhere near jihad. It’s crystal clear in the Qur’an. Helping this oppressive regime that the people revolted against to get rid of due to it being unjust and oppressive, is simply, as brother Ali mashaaa’Allah mentioned, hypocritical and simply betrays what the Shia’s believe. It does not get along with their instincts, ideologies and principles. Thus; the turning back of these Shi’a men.

      And man, Hasan promises these men Jannah for fighting and killing these innocents…that alone, should show be questioned. Since when do humans promise other humans Jannah? =) He sounds like back when the Churches promised people land in Heaven lol.

      PS. It’s nice to talk with respect…you might be heard differently =)
      Salam

    • One more thing:

      I’d like to add that mashaa’ Allah, brother Ali Harfouch is a great asset for our Ummah. Your false claims about him should be taken back. Your disrespect for him, automatically earned you disrespect, alongside less credibility. As your topic is Islam…yet, you yourself are not practicing it correctly..

      May Allah bless our Ummah with more men and thinkers like brother Ali Harfouch. He, in sha’ Allah, will help this Ummah grow intellectually. And may Allah guide you and may He also educate us to differentiate between people like you(no offense) and others who truly want the victory of the Ummah and the correct name of Islam.

      Brother Ali Harfouch, keep doing what you’re doing. You are affecting and educating tons of Muslims worldwide, correctly from the Qur’an and Sunnah methods. AlhamdulilAh w masha’Allah. May Allah bless you, increase your patience with some people calling for Islam however incorrectly, and may He constantly increase your knowledge and help us attain success when educating the Ummah. Ameen.

      Salam.

  4. Fawad,

    I had requested that you address and refute the points made in the article as they are the subject-matter of our discussion.

    In regards to point 1-10 they reek of the very same sectarian discourse that you are denouncing. A superficial and misinformed generalization and imposition of categories (Wahabi, Salafi, etc) on a diverse revolution is reminiscent of the discourse employed by the neo-conservatives. Secondly, what are your sources?

  5. From what I have read regarding your points of view; you make it sounds like the so-called “Wahabi/Salafi” groups are the only ones causin harm and damage. That they are the rapists and tey posses animal-like behaviors…

    But, what about the regime? What about those hundreds of videos you find online, that are NOT shared on the news channels you mentioned, which are biased and which show what they want the people to see—> distorted truth. And unfortunately, people, probably you from amongst them, can’t but believe, because “they are well-known news channels”.

    What’s happening in Syria is basically a great division that seems to be involving many unIslamic groups that might call themselves unIslamic. Amongst them ; Hezbollah. But, there is and there will ALWAYS remain, groups that are on the Haqq and that fear Allah, and that know that doing unIslamic things, such as rape, cannabilism, wtv you want, will NOT grant them victory whatsoever…it only needs half a brain to think like that anyways.

    Unfortunately, you see how Hezbollah’s men, go to war and fight “Jihad”, when their hearts are not even feeling it and are not comfy. Many of his men tried goin back because they KNEW, using their brains alhamduilAh, that this is NOT Jihad. Killing innocents ; women an children, and burning down trees and land, is nowhere near jihad. It’s crystal clear in the Qur’an. Helping this oppressive regime that the people revolted against to get rid of due to it being unjust and oppressive, is simply, as brother Ali mashaaa’Allah mentioned, hypocritical and simply betrays what the Shia’s believe. It does not get along with their instincts, ideologies and principles. Thus; the turning back of these Shi’a men.

    And man, Hasan promises these men Jannah for fighting and killing these innocents…that alone, should show be questioned. Since when do humans promise other humans Jannah? =) He sounds like back when the Churches promised people land in Heaven lol.

    PS. It’s nice to talk with respect…you might be heard differently =)
    Salam

  6. @ Ali.

    Following are the replies to you Ali. I hope this time you make an attempt to answer my questions and not keep on asking me for more? I have already fulfilled your sources request and that is it for me. I need some answers from you now. I know you cannot deny the facts that I present, simply cause these are facts not fabrications and/or my own opinion.
    Also Anonymous or anyone else, I don’t care for you or your comments. If you want me to reply back to you start with answering the questions that I pose to Ali – that is my starting point – besides that you can think of me any way you want to or consider me whatever you want to. I am presenting facts with sources. You are presenting your own opinions. Ali i quote you:

    Fawad,

    I had requested that you address and refute the points made in the article as they are the subject-matter of our discussion.

    – I did that Ali, I guess you are not making the connection. You are laying the blame of entire debacle on Hizbullah/Iran and their involvement, my rebuttal is that it is a duty of Hizbullah to get involved after rape fatwas, threats of massacres and grave robbings done by Al Qaida linked Wahabi/Salafi Takfiris. Did you write a similar article when KSA send his forces to quell protests in Bahrain? KSA protected the Sunni elite but threatened the Shia majority with the show of their force? This conflict has turned international and the most obvious reason is because of presence of outside forces and their regional and International supporters. KSA got involved in Bahrain even though no Shia Alim issue rape fatwas, no Shia Alim declared them Heretics, no Shia groups cannibalized and threatened massacres or robed graves and beheaded Sunnis under the chants of Allah O Akabar, while these Wahabis/Salafis did all of that and more. That is a fact.

    In regards to point 1-10 they reek of the very same sectarian discourse that you are denouncing. A superficial and misinformed generalization and imposition of categories (Wahabi, Salafi, etc) on a diverse revolution is reminiscent of the discourse employed by the neo-conservatives. Secondly, what are your sources?

    – I am sectarian? What do you call yourself? You call this article of yours balanced? All i asked you was why didn’t you mention all the facts and/or denounce them while denouncing Hizbullah? Your article is totally one sided. Nothing is superficial and misinformed generalization on my part; these are facts on the ground. I am calling the duck, a duck while you are trying to call the duck, a peacock. Secondly I intentionally used the term Wahabi/Salafi Takfiris because those are the ones whose Ulemah are issuing rape fatwa’s and Kufr fatwa’s, they are the ones who are grave robbers and those are the ones who behead, murder and massacre, both Shia and Sunni around the world, Not the ordinary mainstream Sunnis and hence I am intentionally trying to differentiate between those two.

    Look around yourself, every suicide bombing, every gruesome murder, every beheading, every act of massacre in WORLD is 99% of times act of these Wahabi/Salafi Takfiri groups, whether its AlQaida, Taliban, Jubhat al Nusra, Al Shabaab, Chechans, Uzbeks, Jundullah and/ or Lashker e Jhangvi. These groups have openly taken allegiance to Al Qaida and are their trench buddies. That’s a fact. They are different from Sunni groups. They Kill Sunnis as well. Mind you AlQaida has been declared a deviant group by the religious authorities of KSA but then they support them openly when it suites them, for example in Syria. That is why i am using Wahabi/Salafi Takfiriand not Sunni cause I like calling a duck, a duck not peacock. If they are all legitimate Sunnis then why did the Sunnis in Iraq turn against them? Why are these Takfiris killing Sunnis such as Sufis?

    It’s about time we all call them for what they are, because every time they commit Terrorism, Islam gets blamed. “Let Allah Sort it out”. Did you not hear the sarcatic comments from Sarah Palin? These Wahabis/Salafi Takfiris that are destroying Islam and its very ethos; they are murderers, potential rapists, and suicide bombers, committers of massacres and destroyers of Muslim life, property and Heritage.

    Islam is not the Problem Sarah Palin, these Wahabis/Salafi Takfiris and their interpretation of Islam is and it’s about time we all point the blame where it deserves not the religion.

    Now for the sources that you asked for Ali, here you go:-

    1)Am i a neocon when i pointed that multiple Wahabi/Salafi Ulemah have issued fatwa’s to rape all women except Sunni women in Syria? This by definition includes Christian women as well because they support Assad.
    Rape Fatwa – Washington Times.
    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/apr/3/islamic-cleric-decrees-it-ok-syrian-rebels-rape-wo/

    2) Am i a neocon when i pointed out that these “Soldiers of Satan” – and we know off one with evidence – that they are eating into the organs of dead Syrian soldiers?
    – Google FSA cannabalism and check out Abu Shekar the Proud “Soldier of Satan”, last time i checked Blood was Haram in Islam and so was cannibalism. Now it has come to the days of Jihalliayah where the Sons of Hinda are eating the livers and hearts?

    3) Am i a neocon when i pointed out that foreigners, especially Al Qaida groups have joined the war in order to cleanse Syria off everyone else except Sunni, and they are the most battle trained off all of them?
    – Jubhat al Nusra. Everyone knows that I guess you don’t.

    4) Am i a neocon when i claim they have openly threatened massacres and ethnic cleanings against the population except for Sunnis?
    http://www.csi-usa.org/documents/Syria Genocide Alert.pdf (Look at the source of this pdf, whose claiming it?).

    5) Am i a neocon to claim violent prisoners are being pardoned and sent to Syria for murders and massacres?
    Report: Saudis sent death-row inmates to fight Syria-
    http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2013/01/21/saudi-inmates-fight-syria-commute-death-sentences/1852629/

    6) Am I a neocon to claim that these “Soldiers of Satan” are grave robbers since they destroyed the grave of a Sahabi e Rasool (PBUH) – Hajr bin Adi (RA).
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/may/03/syria-crisis-us-admits-arming-rebels-is-option
    OR simply Google Hajr bin Adi (RA).

    7) Am i a neocon to claim that now that the Western countries don’t care about anything but to destroy Hizbullah to benefit Israel. They are even willing to arm these Al Qaida affiliated “Soldiers of Satan” terrorists who have no incentive for peace talks?
    – Well known fact. KSA and Qatar are helping them and recently USA has recently decided to provide them with lethal weapons.

    8) Bashar is evil, his father was evil but is he more evil than Saddam Hussein? Did you write any article about massacres that Saddam did against his populace? Any articles about Halabja or Southern Iraq?I don’t care for Bashar but these evil animals coming to Syria for fatwa rapes and for massacres need to buried in deserts of Syria or sent back running and defeated to their own countries to implement their rapes and their Wahabi/Salafi Takfiri implementation of Sharia there.

    9) Hizbullah came to protect Shia population on the border with Lebanon and Syria. Thats a fact. They came with the permission of exiting government of Syria, whether you like it or not, they are the government and still have a UN set. But surprisingly enough all these “Soldiers of Satan” Takfiri Terrorists coming from KSA, Jordan, Egypt, Libya, and where ever else swamp they come from, entered Syria illegally. That’s a fact.

    – Its OK for KSA to send forces to Bahrain – a Shia majority country – but it’s not OK for either Iran/Hizbullah to try to protect civilians from rapes, beheadings, grave robbers, mercenaries and those who take pleasure in killing women and children?

    Now Ali, answer my following questions:-

    1) Which one of those am i wrong about? And why did you have only one sided article instead of a balanced article?

    2) Why do you have quotations around Islamic when mentioning Iran? What does the exactly mean? I would like to know. Are you closet Takfiri?

    3) Which Shia Alim issued rape fatwa against anyone else forget Sunnis?

    4) Which Shia Alim issued fatwa deeming it Halal for Shias the blood of anyone else except in case of self defense?

    5) Give me one main stream Shia Alim – caliber of Qaradawi- who has issued Takfiri fatwas against the other sect?

    6) Who are the majority of suicide bombers, beheaders, perpatuating massacares, killing innocent, non combatant men, women, and children in Ummah? Are they Shia or Takfiris (Wahabi/Salafi) and who’s their main victim?

    7)Give me one Shia Terrorist of caliber of Abu Musab al Zarqawi (La)- who massacred countless women and children in Iraq, bombed the Shrine of Imam Ali (KAW) and was called the Sheikh of Slaughterers? Who is the Shia Sheikh of Slaughterers?

    Looking forward to your answers to my questions not your further opinions. Simply answer to my questions when I already answered your request to provide you with sources of my “sectarian” claims.

    • Fawad – the comment section is to discuss the article specifically

      This article was specifically about Hezbollah, and not about for example Saudi policy in Bahrain, which is addressed on other articles on New Civilisation. Or about Gulf policy re. the Syrian uprisings. And so on.

      Ali Harfouch has provided his email address for you to correspond with directly if you wish to take up those separate threads of discussion with him specifically.

      Any further comments which do not address the points raised in the article specifically will be removed.

      As for further discussion on these wide range of topics – they can be addressed in relevant any articles relevant to them.

  7. Fawad,

    Building off of what the admin has said, the comments section is a place for discussing the content of the article itself which you’ve failed to do. Instead, you committed a red herring fallacy by claiming that the article holds Hezbollah to blame for the events in Syria, which is untrue. Instead, you should deal with the normative and strategic points being raised.

    Secondly, our arguments dealt with fundamental issues of legitimacy, shared by all Muslims. as opposed to posting links from Washington Post, etc. And lastly, we advise you to avoid sectarian labels like “takfiri” (this is what you referred to me as elsewhere) and employ a more positive and inclusionary discourse. Note that our article dealt with Hezbollah and not our Shia brethren.

    • Ali, my apologies for calling you Takfiri, I take that back. As far as the Washington post, you yourself asked for the sources of my rape fatwas against non Sunnis claim and I provided that to you. Again I am sorry for calling you Takfiri, I do sincerely hope you could discuss the negatives of both sides and not simply one side. Good day.

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