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Sunday, July 25, 2010

A new civil war in Lebanon or the beginnings of a wider conflict?

Hezbollah's Grand Poobah, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, made the surprise announcement on Friday that The  Special Tribunal for Lebanon will indict Hezbollah members in the trial established to find the murderers of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and 22 other Lebanese.

Anticipating its condemnation in the report, expected to be released in September, Hezbollah commenced its campaign of belligerence.


As is typical for Middle Eastern despots, Nassrallah may try to deflect from his own crimes by attempting to engage Israel. Nassrallah has shown he is prepared to sacrifice thousands of Lebanese lives for his own agenda after his organization's provocation of Israel in 2006, which led to an armed conflict that cost the lives of about 2,000 Lebanese and 160 Israelis.

According to Lebanon's The Daily Star, "Nasrallah on Friday slammed the STL as an “Israeli project” and the cornerstone of a plot against Lebanon and the region."

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