Hezbollah's Role in Syria

Hello Friends,

With all the activity occurring in Syria we should examine the situation there a bit closer today.

Damascus was rocked hit by twin suicide bombers who blow themselves up in the centre of the capital killing 14 people and injuring nearly 60.

As Hezbollah's role grows in Syria, the rebels may resort to more of these tactics to try and get at the supporters of and regime itself of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Hezbollah will more than likely continue to join Assad's fighters as they continue to win back key territory lost to the rebels early on in this conflict.

Ironically, Israel wouldn't mind that happening as it focuses Hezbollah on the Syrian conflict and not on Israel.

But in this fight, Assad doesn't get this militia support without a price.

It may be that he will provide the Hezbollah with more advanced weaponry than they currently posses – as it appears they have already tried to do - and that is not what Israel wants.

Some analyze that if the situation for Hezbollah would turn poorly, it's leader, Sheik Hassan Nasrallah's may want to provoke clashes with Israel to keep his movement focused on their 'true enemy' Israel.

As his group escalates their involvement in Syria's conflict, Nassrallah must be careful that it will not lead to Sunni Muslims (much of the make-up of Syria's rebels) carrying out revenge attacks against Shi'tes (Hezbollah) in Lebanon.

This is not what Nasrallah wants – a Sunni-Shi'ite sectarian showdown in Lebanon, where death tolls would be a daily occurrence just as they are in Syria and throughout the Middle East in Afghanistan, and Iraq.

This would also serve Israel's interests, as Iran will not be able to count on Hezbollah's potential to retaliate against Israel, should it strike Hezbollah's Persian ally.

Brian Bush Middle East Correspondent LeSEA Broadcasting

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