Sometimes in the fog of war things happen that you least expect. President Obama dithers on what to do about Syria and the civil war enveloping it, a new front is emerging, one that is threatening to pull in its neighbor Lebanon. Everyone's favorite terrorists, Al-Qaida recently published a harsh attack on Hezbollah, in which it calls on Shi'ites to renounce the organization "if they do not wish to be the target of Al-Qaida attacks." From Haaretz:
In a recording broadcasted on Al-Qaida websites, the commander of the Abdullah Azzam Shaheed Brigade in Syria, Majd al-Majd, stated that "the claim that of the Shiite leaders that Israel and the United States are responsible for the murder of Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Al-Hariri and for sparking the rebellion in Syria are baseless. The ones behind the murder were the leaders of Hezbollah, the keepers of the border with Israel."
l-Majd tells the Lebanese Shi'ites that "sending your sons from Lebanon so that they fight on the side of the criminal regime in Syria, kill our sons and frighten our wives, is considered support for the oppressor against the oppressed, and fully participating in a crime...Hassan Nasarallah's characterization of the members of the regime who were killed as martyrs is an insult to millions of Muslims."
Al-Qaida is a Sunni organization, and its leaders see Hezbollah's rule in Lebanon and the minority Alawite rule in Syria as a reality that must be forever changed. Al-Majd does not hesitate to threaten all of Lebanon, should Hezbollah continue to support the Assad regime. "Hezbollah's existence is a threat to Lebanon's security and tourism industry," he said, hinting that his organization would not think twice before planning an attack on tourists in Lebanon, should the state continue to strengthen Hezbollah and its leaders.
With the UN deadlocked by Russia and China, Obama asleep at the wheel of his campaign bus, Turkey spewing hot but empty rhetoric , and fighters and weapons pouring in from Iraq, Yemen, Saudi Arabia and elsewhere, this is going to be really messy..
That's not even including the Mullahs little science project.
Jeff Treesh is IranAware.com