Lebanon: Ceasefire and beyond….

Finally the guns are showing signs of falling silent in Southern Lebanon. On Tuesday, Israel began to pull many of its reserve troops out of southern Lebanon, and its military chief of staff said all of the soldiers could be back across the border within 10 days. While the Israelis began their withdrawal, hundreds of Hezbollah members spread over dozens of villages across southern Lebanon began cleaning, organizing and surveying damage. Men on bulldozers were busy cutting lanes through giant piles of rubble. Roads blocked with the remnants of buildings are now, just a day after a cease-fire began, fully passable.

If there is something that should boost Hizbollah’s standing this should be it. Israel’s cause has been actually harmed though it should be agreed that it was a tough option in the face of what hizbollah had perpetrated by the kidnapping. Al Jazeera showed in Bint Jbail, Hezbollah ambulances ,large, new cars with flashing lights on the top  ferrying bodies of fighters to graves out of mountains of rubble. Hezbollah’s reputation as an efficient grass-roots social service network ,as opposed to the Lebanese government, regarded by many here as sleek men in suits doing well was in evidence everywhere. Nasrallah has been quoted as saying “Today is the day to keep up our promises,” He had added “All our brothers will be in your service starting tomorrow.”

Hezbollah men also traveled door to door checking on residents and asking them what help they needed. Although Hezbollah is a Shiite organization, Sheik Nasrallah’s message has resounded even with  Sunni Muslims who have vouched for Hizbollah’s credibility, “The government may do some work on bridges and roads, but when it comes to rebuilding houses, Hezbollah will have a big role to play,” a sunni villager has been quoted saying by the NY times. “Nasrallah said yesterday he would rebuild, and he will come through.” Sheik Nasrallah’s speech is a  watershed in Lebanese politics, establishing his group on an equal footing with the official government. Sheik Nasrallah has taken on the veneer of a national leader rather than the head of one group in Lebanon’s political parties. According to the NY times  In tone and content, Nasrallah’s remarks seemed more like those of a president or a prime minister should be making while addressing the nation after a terrible month of destruction and human suffering. Cannot dispute that 😦

Support for Hezbollah was likely to become stronger. Hezbollah has two pillars of support, the resistance and the social services. What this war has illustrated is that it is best at both. Israel has played into the hands of the Hizbollah.

Securing a peaceful future has sadly got harder for a gritty bunch of people (Israelis) and poor innocent arab civilians…..

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