The various roles of Hezbollah

Hezbollah has not expressed an official stance regarding the explosion that rocked Blom Bank in Beirut more than a week ago. However, it expressed a stance regarding the situation in Bahrain.

Hezbollah did not feel embarrassed by the media and mobilization campaign that preceded the explosion and targeted banks due to their implementation of US sanctions against it. Hezbollah considers everything that is happening a conspiracy against it.

The party and its media outlets kept a distance from reactions to the explosion. It seems a settlement that allows financial leniency when dealing with institutions and individuals linked to Hezbollah has been reached.

There are blatant attempts by some circles linked to it to depict it as a victim that is always targeted by attempts to distort its reputation. However, the truth is it no longer cares much about its image.

Our memories are full of security incidents that Hezbollah and its affiliates have used to subjugate Lebanese politics

Diana Moukalled

Seizing control

The open war that Hezbollah and its media announced against banks in general, including the one that was targeted by the explosion, is ongoing. The explosion caused a security incident that Hezbollah took advantage of by seizing more control.

When the government tried to control the illegal telecommunications network in 2008, the party rejected the move and the unrest of May 8 ensued. Druze leader Walid Jumblatt submitted to Hezbollah after its members displayed their power on the street, and a government approved by it was thus formed.

Three years ago, before the presidential vacuum, missiles fell near the presidential palace after then-President Michel Sleiman openly criticized Hezbollah’s violations of Lebanese borders and its fighting alongside the Syrian regime. Now it has been two years without a president due to the party’s obstructions. Our memories are full of security incidents that Hezbollah and its affiliates have used to subjugate Lebanese politics.

Since its establishment, the party has refused to hand its arms to the state due to Iranian and Syrian support, and local and Arab failure to address Hezbollah’s destructive military capabilities. It has thus expanded under the excuse of “resistance,” and turned Lebanon into a base for regional demands, leaving the country with two options: war or isolation.

This article was first published in Asharq al-Awsat on Jun. 20, 2016.
Diana Moukalled is the Web Editor at the Lebanon-based Future Television and was the Production & Programming Manager with at the channel. Previously, she worked there as Editor in Chief, Producer and Presenter of “Bilayan al Mujaradah,” a documentary that covers hot zones in the Arab world and elsewhere, News and war correspondent and Local news correspondent. She currently writes a regular column in AlSharq AlAwsat. She also wrote for Al-Hayat Newspaper and Al-Wasat Magazine, besides producing news bulletins and documentaries for Reuters TV. She can be found on Twitter: @dianamoukalled.

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