Hezbollah, why so silent?

Diana Moukalled

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Why hasn’t Hezbollah denied the authenticity of the video scenes showing Hezbollah fighters executing gravely wounded Syrians in Qusayr?

Many have waited for Hezbollah to issue a statement regarding the images that were circulating but so far, no one has commented on them.

The harsh images showed Hezbollah fighters with their yellow badges and Lebanese accent throwing the wounded on the ground and executing them with their automatic machine guns. The video seemed very real, which made it all the more harsh and shocking.

Some journalists and activists tried to defend the party saying that Hezbollah did not perform such practices.

Diana Moukalled

The video lifted the unfortunate cloud of doubt that has been hanging over Hezbollah: it clearly depicted Hezbollah fighters killing helpless wounded Syrians, as their commander had urged them. Some fighters were reluctant about killing the wounded persons so their commander told them to execute them as stated by the “religious order.”

Many media sources, especially Lebanese outlets, did not air these images but Facebook and Twitter pages were stormed with comments by those who believed the video was authentic and by those who contested it. Some were sure that the party would immediately declare that those involved were not Hezbollah fighters and that the circulated images do not represent the party’s ethics.

Some journalists and activists tried to defend the party saying that Hezbollah did not perform such practices, even during the wars against Israel. Hours and days passed by and the party did not comment on the video. Some of the party supporters even said on their social pages that what Hezbollah’s opponents did was worse and the party is not the only one who committed such practices.

These reactions are trying to hide the fact that the videos depict Hezbollah fighters, but at the same time, they claim that what the opponents committed was worse and more severe.

‘War criminals’

A few months ago, photos showing Hezbollah members, when the Syrian regime defeated Qusayr people, were circulated. Back then, Hezbollah fighters had deployed the party’s flags and religious slogans on one of the mosques in Qussayr; the pictures were not refuted. A few weeks later, Hezbollah’s Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah justified the images saying that the soldiers were in a Shiite mosque.

Shall we expect Nasrallah to come out again in few weeks to defend the resistance and explain how Hezbollah is protecting the resistance axis and then move quickly to justify the killing of wounded soldiers as he did in Qussayr?

Hezbollah’s video proves once again that the party's involvement in Syria has trapped it into a tornado-like conflict that is unlike any other war. The party is now part of a machine that oppresses the Syrian people; its members are now classified as war criminals who should be prosecuted.

This is now a fact that became crystal clear for Arab and the international community. It cannot be negated and its consequences on Hezbollah, its followers and Lebanon as a whole, can no longer be ignored. The video underlines this and the silence of Hezbollah highlights it further.

This article was first published in Asharq al-Awsat on October 14, 2013.


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 Asharq al-Awsat. 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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