By: Mir M.Hosseini
Iranian backed Hezbollah resistance army fired Katyusha rockets on Israel, as a response to massive air raids that caused many civilian casualties, Hezbollah thus waged a war in a relentless campaign to drive Israeli occupiers out of southern Lebanon.
Founded after an Israeli invasion in 1982, Hezbollah has stuck strong roots among Lebanon's estimated 1.2 million Shiite Muslims and is respected as the main resistance army feared by Israel. Trained by the Iranian elite revolutionary guards, the group waged a hit-and-run guerrilla war against the enemy and their local militia in a buffer zone that was set up by Israel north of its border when it was forced to withdraw most of its troops in 1985.
Running hospitals, charities, and cooperatives selling food at low cost, Hezbollah is more than a militia group as labeled by the enemy. It awards scholarships and offers interest free loans to the needy. In 1992 elections, Hezbollah won eight seats in Lebanese Parliament. The group has its own radio and television stations and has established itself as a potent social and political force in Lebanon,
Inspired by Iran, Hezbollah preaches eradication of Western political, cultural and economic influence, and liberation of Qods through jihad rather than fruitless peace negotiations that has served only puppet figures in Egypt and Jordan. Just like in 1993, the merciless bombing of Lebanon by Israel resulted in 500,000 people fleeing from their homes, while hundreds, nearly all civilians killed and wounded. Targets included an ambulance carrying already wounded people, Palestinian camps and a UN post where refugees were sheltering.
The British officials briefly justified the massacre and ethnic cleansing operation carried out by their client. The US, still acting as a British colony, blocked a UN Security Council resolution condemning Israel, supplying the Zionist state with the most advanced arms and technology aside from billions of taxpayer's dollars as financial aid.
Before the 1979 revolution, Shah was the most strong supporter of the Zionist regime in the Middle East. A major change in Iran's foreign policy in years following the regime change turned old friends into new enemies. Somehow Lebanon became the last front against Israel and Hezbollah resistance fighters gained stature. Iran, which used to be totally dependent on west, now broadcasts an alternative view to the Mainstream Media.
In June, Israel and Hezbollah swapped remains and prisoners but Israel's continuing sporadic air raids was a sign that although Iran has been blamed for running a proxy war in Lebanon, it's always been the west that has benefitted the most of the tensions, by selling arms. Although, in short term such deals may seem lucrative, the essence of martyrdom culture in Shiite faith is a basic point that has been ignored by policymakers and may lead to a war as long as the rest of the human history.