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May 21, 2007

Hezbollah History

A Hezbollah banner showing Iranian leaders — Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
and the late Ayatullah Khomeini — and Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah

In yesterday's Baltimore Sun, Lebanese analyst Hussain Abdul-Hussain discusses his immediate experience with Hezbollah in the early 80s, and argues it isn't true that Hezbollah arose as a direct response to Israel's occupation of Lebanon:

Today, most academics have it that Hezbollah was founded in Beirut in 1985 as a resistance movement against Israeli occupation of southern Lebanon. The truth is that Hezbollah was founded in Baalbek in 1982 as the nucleus of a hoped-for Islamic republic in Lebanon.

Read the whole piece here.

Posted by GI at May 21, 2007 10:51 AM


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