Although Hezbollah is a long-term ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, ordinary Hezbollah supporters say it is the threat from Sunni extremism that is the main reason the militia is fighting in Syria.
“It was not a sacrifice for Bashar al-Assad…Muhammad al-Siblani’s sister Nur…said of his decision to fight. “He went because he knew these Takfiris would come one day to his house, his family and his friends, and slaughter them as they did in Qusair.”
“We’ve seen what they’ve done in Iraq, the daily bombings…”
“I want to apologise to Syrian mothers,” wailed Latifa from Tunisia. “I didn’t know my son was coming here. We want to tell you our sons were brainwashed.”
“More than 42 countries are now sending fighters to cause bloodshed in Syria,” declared Syrian-American industrialist Khaled Mahjoub, who is on a mission to take on Islamists he calls “Salafi Wahabis powered by petrodollars”.
Jihadists from European countries – everywhere from Britain to Sweden – can be seen in videos uploaded to the internet, along with fighters from areas long seen as breeding grounds for militancy, including the tribal areas of Pakistan and Chechnya.
“A rising star in the Israeli cabinet has declared that the idea of a Palestinian state is dead”
Naftali Bennett, who was appointed Israel‘s economics and trade minister following a strong showing in January’s election, told a conference of settlers in Jerusalem that Israel should urgently annex large tracts of the West Bank currently under its control.
Bennett said: “The most important thing in the land of Israel is to build, build, build. It’s important that there will be an Israeli presence everywhere.”
Two weeks ago, the deputy defence minister, Danny Danon, claimed a majority within the Israeli government staunchly opposed the creation of a Palestinian state.
“Obama’s momentous decision on military intervention in Syria…is a desperate diversionary move when his administration is caught up deep in the cesspool over the Snowden controversy.
The entire moral edifice on which Obama built up his presidency and the values he espoused…when he began his long march to the White House five years ago – transparency, accountability, legitimacy, multilateralism, consensus – lie exposed today as a pack of lies.
The heart of the matter is that Obama is on the horns of the same dilemma as Bill Clinton found himself when, in a desperate ploy to deflect world attention from his strong libido, he fired cruise missiles at Kandahar in August 1998.”
“The first of these American ‘NGO’ workers responsible for setting up the McCain…trip into Syria is one Mouaz Moustafa, who is named as the Executive Director of…the ‘Syrian Emergency Task Force.’ (SETF)”
“The second ‘NGO’ worker…is one Elizabeth Obagy, named as Political Director of…SETF…Obagy is also a “Syria analyst” at the Institute for the Study of War (ISW).”
“Upon reading ISW’s Board of Directors and donors from their 2011 annual report,…ISW’s main donors for 2011 is telling; the list of military (defense) contractor’s donors include…”
President George W Bush requested and received funding of $400 million (£200 million) for the plan after he made a secret appeal to Congressional leaders last year.
The money is likely to be used for operations carried out by the CIA and other intelligence agencies, according to the New Yorker magazine.