Friday, November 27, 2009

Shi`ite Madoff

""All logic and reason suddenly disappeared in one day, as well as the simplicity in life and its requirements," wrote Ibrahim al-Amin, editor in chief of Al-Akhbar, a pro-Hezbollah newspaper." Ibrahim's piece is not bad but she managed to refer to As-Safir (an Arab nationalist, secular newspaper) as pro-Hizbullah and to Al-Akhbar (a secular leftist newspaper) as "pro-Hizbullah". But yet she is citing two sources (the director/founder in the case of Al-Akhbar) who were critical of Hizbullah. Reporters have a hard time understanding that those two newspaper (and others in Lebanon) don't support Hizbullah per se but support resistance against Israel, whether by communist or fundamentalists, and whether by Lebanese or Palestinians. But I agree with the article: that Hizbullah does not have the same clean image that it once had: some figures within the party are now known for high living.