Hezbollah chief, Hassan Nasrallah, said in an interview with a Lebanese newspaper that the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is no longer in danger of falling. He gave the interview to daily newspaper As-Safir.
Hezbollah, a Shiite militant organization based in Lebanon, has been openly supporting the Syrian regime against rebel fighters and opposition groups. The outfit also dispatched its militants to fight against the rebel fighters along with security forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad. Nasrallah has been openly saying for the past quite some time that Syrian rebel fighters would be crushed to protect regime of President Assad.
Hezbollah is deemed to be a proxy organization of Shiite Iran that the latter has been using against Israel and to advance its sway in the region. The United States has banned Hezbollah and declared it a Foreign Terrorist Organization for its nefarious activities in the region. Hezbollah has been funded, supported and armed by Iran.
The involvement of Hezbollah in Syrian conflict has, however, stoked sectarian clashes and sectarianism in the country. The Shiite and Sunni divide has become very obvious in the volatile country. Sunnis have been supporting the rebel fighters while Shiites have been supporting the regime. This divide has helped the regime to survive. As long as the opposition groups and rebel fighters remain divided in Syria, the regime of President Assad could not be harmed.
Hezbollah fighters have also helped Syrian government security forces dislodge the militants from strategic areas and towns. It has been three years to the civil war in Syria in which more than 150,000 people, including women and children, have been killed. Thousands of pro-democracy people and activists have been languishing in different jails of the violence-wracked country while there appears to be no end to the crisis in sight. The presence of Hezbollah in Syria has created serious problems for the rebel fighters who have been struggling to bring down the regime.
The United States and its Western allies have denied supplying weapons to the Syrian rebel fighters as they fear the weapons may land in hands of extremists and terrorists operating across the country. Besides Hezbollah, insurgents linked to the Taliban and al-Qaida have also been active enough in the volatile country. Therefore, it is need of the hour that all opposition groups and rebel fighters should unite together and launch a full-fledged offensive against the outsiders to repel them from Syria. Unless the rebel fighters do not gather under a single platform, President Assad cannot be eased out. The international community should also pressurize the Syrian government to dissociate it with the extremist and terror outfits like Hezbollah.
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