“Last night's Israeli attack against an Assad regime research facility in Damascus has brought out of the woodwork all sorts of individuals who, silent in the face of the massacre in the coastal city of Banyas for the past three days, have suddenly found their voices. The pictures we saw coming out of Banyas these past few days were truly horrific, and were reminiscent of the images we saw emerge from the Sabra and Chatilla massacres during the Lebanese civil war.
Hezbollah’s support and betrayal
The discourse of resistance, with strong undertones of Arab autonomy in a 21st century world where Arab countries are still, despite the uprisings, relatively weak in geopolitical terms, may find sympathy in some quarters.Dr. H.A. Hellyer
As the Egyptian revolution unfolded, however, and other uprisings and revolutions began in other parts of the Arab world, the honeymoon with Hezbollah quickly ended. The Syrian people engaged in their own peaceful uprising against a regime that was far more brutal than Hosni Mubarak’s – and Bashar al-Assad’s regime responded with overwhelming force. If Hezbollah was truly a ‘resistance’ movement for the autonomy of Arabs, Muslims and oppressed peoples everywhere, it would have supported the Syrian uprising.