It's Iran....'And Everybody Knows It'
Hizballah's public face, Hassan Nasrallah, admitted that Iran feeds Hizballah through Syria.
"Iran assists the organization with money, weapons, and training, motivated by a religious fraternity and ethnic solidarity," Nasrallah said. "And the help is funneled through Syria, and everybody knows it."
Everyone most certainly does. And yet, nothing is ever done to end this practice. Israel tried to have an impact by launching airstrikes along the Syrian border to interdict arms shipments during its war with Hizballah over the summer. The world, however, convulsed.
At the end of operations, UNIFIL forces took ground positions but, nonetheless, refused to conduct night operations, ceding half of the clock and the cover of darkness to unchallenged and unfettered re-arming, re-supply and Hizballah reconstruction in southern Lebanon.
This is not to make the false assertion that UNIFIL forces did anything to disrupt Iranian/Syrian/Hizballah efforts in the light of day. That solar phase is more aptly described as a 'gentlemen's agreement' of "See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil" and continues still.
To wit, Hizballah is known to have re-armed and re-built its positions to levels that exceed pre-war levels.
Just as Nasrallah says, "and everybody knows it."
Ed Morrissey at Captain's Quarters makes the point that we here have made as well, saying, "The admission makes it clear, despite Nasrallah's insistence that Hezbollah is a Lebanese organization, that Nasrallah leads a group that owes its allegiance to Teheran and not Beirut." Unfortunately, James Baker and Hillary Clinton continue to fail to acknowledge the significance of this as they continue to call for talks with Syria to somehow convince Syria to strong-arm groups which they do not control, namely in getting Hamas to recognize Israel.
Syria's influence here is limited, at least in the direction desired. Assad's Syria will act in its own interests, and its interests do not include riding against the tide with terrorist groups in the region, much less the Iranian masters who exert control over both the groups and Syria itself.