Do All Lives Really Matter?

Since Hezbollah is being mentioned, let’s get a few facts straight about the so-called ‘nefarious’ Hezbollah organization, which is technically a terrorist group. It doesn’t acknowledge Israel as a nation and probably doesn’t recognize its right to exist either. Up until now, they haven’t ‘blown it off the map’ and probably won’t as they’ve more pressing matters than Israel. Hezbollah is a Shiite militia which is heavily funded and supported by Iran (another fellow Shia country) and antagonizer of Israel, who does want to blow Israel off the map. Metaphorically.

So far, and this is rather awkward for the West to admit, Hezbollah is one of the most effective fighters against ISIS. They have held ISIS back in Lebanon and Syria from gaining more territory. They are ferocious fighters with discipline with the will to fight and will not drop their weapons, remove their uniforms and abandon their positions when the going gets tough (sound familiar)?
The Kurdish peshmerga fighters and the Hezbollah are about the only two organized militias who is making significant headway with ISIS. While the US media praises the bravery and sacrifice of the peshmerga fighters (as they should), there’s been radio silence on the sacrifices and bravery of the Hezbollah fighters. Why? Because we are *ahem* friends with Israel, and Hezbollah is backed by Iran (who is very hostile to Israel) and we don’t want to offend our ‘friend’ (with no benefits) because the Hezbollah is a terrorist group and do not recognize the state of Israel.

War and conflict is very messy, especially ones that are sectarian in nature. There are often no clear moral, good guy v. bad guy positions. There is just one unholy mess. What one perceives to be a ‘good’ guy can be a ‘bad’ guy to another, but the bad guy can be the one getting things done where the good guys can’t. I don’t know much about the history of Hezbollah besides what’s been portrayed in the Western media and I won’t take that account as fact, but what I do know is right now they are getting the job done so give them some fucking credit.

Just because a bomb went off in the section of Beirut where it’s a Hezbollah stronghold doesn’t make it any less gruesome or tragic. The people who died and got injured have families who love and care for them.

In Anthony Bourdain’s CNN travel show ‘Parts Unknown’, he visited Beirut last year. He went to the part of Beirut where it’s Hezbollah ‘territory’. He visited a home of a Hezbollah supporter where his living room was kitted out with Hezbollah flags and symbols, when asked why he supports Hezbollah (a known terrorist organization) he said because they (Hezbollah) kept him and his family safe and that was it. The man didn’t mention what religion or sect he belonged to, but his loyalty to Hezbollah is because they were effective in providing security to their neighborhood. His children were able to attend school and play outside safely. And the man also mentioned, for good measure as I am sure he’s aware this program is to be broadcast in America, Hezbollah was able to hold back ISIS from two Christian villages on the border between Syria and Lebanon, they saved two Christian villages from total slaughter and destruction. So, yes, he put his money on Hezbollah, regardless what the West calls them. As for their neighbor Israel, that doesn’t even register on the minds of most Lebanese, as they’ve got a much bigger fish to fry than a paranoid and over-reactive prime minister screaming bloody murder all day long. There is bloody murder, but not inside Israel.

4 thoughts on “Do All Lives Really Matter?

  1. The big difference between the Kurdish Peshmerga and Hezbollah is that the former are secular, and communists. Note all of the photos they put out on social media of female soldiers. As such, I can support them without any reservations.

    Hezbollah is a right wing group with ties to Iran, and don’t really have an ideology I follow. But, as you say, they’re a very effective military force. Not only do they keep ISIS at bay, they beat Israel in a war back in 2006. Between Hezbollah and Israel or between Hezbollah and ISIS, I’d probably call Hezbollah the “lesser of two evils.”

    The French army, in turn, is probably even better than Hezbollah. France is one of the oldest imperial powers with a long tradition of militarism. Paris is actually the birthplace of “terrorism.” The word “terror” originally referred to the “state terror” of the Jacobins against the French aristocracy. What’s more, since France is at least a “capitalist democracy” everybody in Paris gets a vote. If they choose a slimy little imperialist like Hollande, well, they’re just as responsible for what the French state does (maybe even more) than the typical Shiite in Beirut.

    In any event, all of the people killed in both attacks were civilians.

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    1. That’s just it. We, the US and the EU are not in a position to dictate how we want to take care of the ISIS problem because we aren’t willing to commit troops on the ground (nor should we). So if Hezbollah gets the job done even though their ideology leaves more to be desired, we have to put up and shut up. We don’t get to cherry pick militias and armies whom we find ‘acceptable’ in their ideology. We forfeited that right a long time ago.

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      1. The US reluctantly conducted air strikes on ISIS last year around Kobane to give the Kurds breathing space. Then Kurds then proceeded to drive ISIS away from Kobane entirely. Once theory about why ISIS decided to bomb France is that they know they’re losing in Syria. Without the support of the Turks, they’d probably be toast. So they shot up a concert hall in Paris to look badass to get recruits.

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