On May 25, Lebanese Islamic Resistance, Hizbullah (Party of Allah) celebrated 10th anniversary of its victory in Southern Lebanon over Israel Occupation Force (IOF) and its Christian allies Phalangists. Lebanese Prime Minister Sa’ad Hariri had earlier declared May 25th as “Resistance and Liberation Day” and a national holiday.
Professor Augustus Richard Norton (Boston University) is a former US Army officer and had taught at West Point. I his book Hezbollah: A Short History writes that most policymakers in both Washington and Tel Aviv have misunderstood Hezbollah. ”Hezbollah isn’t simple terrorist organization (designated only by Israel, the US and Canada) - nor is it likely to disappear soon.Following Israel’s war against Hezbollah in the Summer of 2006 – the Shi’i group – which combines the functions of militia, a social service and public work provider and a political party – is more popular than ever in the Middle East while retaining its strong base in Lebanon. And Hezbollah did not merely confront Israel and withstands its military onslaught. Hezbollah’s postwar judged better than the US government response to Hurricane Katrina……”
Mark Perry talking on Al-Jazeera’s Forum, “Engaging Resistance: Choice or Necessity”, stated that there is debate going on in Obama administration and US military and predicted that Mashal (leader of Hamas) and Sheikh Nasrallah (leader of Hizbullah) would find one day a US envoy knocking on their doors. But for that to happen the Palestinians and Lebanese have to assure Washington that they accept the Jewish occupation of 88% of pre-1948 Palestine (a two-state solution) and abandon violence (military resistance). Ibrahim Moussawi, speaking for Hizbullah responded that given the choice between compromise and resistance – resistance was the obvious option, saying: “When we face aggression, we have to defend ourselves”.
And finally, according to some Israel Hasbara goon – Miss Universe, Rima Fakhi, was not only born into “a devoted Lebanese Muslim family” but she is also a great supporter of Hizbullah and several of her relative were killed by Israeli attacks in 2006.
Watch a video below, for Dr. Norman Finkelstein’s views about Hizbullah after he met some of its leaders in Beirut.