Hope you are enjoying Sunday. Learned about the Iran-backed political and militant group Hezbollah yesterday (The Hezbollah Mystery, How Hezbollah Recruits Followers in Lebanon). Hezbollah (“Party of God”) gained ground during the Lebanese civil war (1975-1990), in the aftermath of Israel´s invasion (1982) and occupation. The Israeli intent was to expel Palestinian militants operating in Southern Lebanon, which lead to a faction of disenfranchised Shiites taking up arms supporting an Iranian-style clerical regime. Financed by Iran´s Revolutionary Guards in its infancy, the movement executed suicide attacks for instance on the U.S embassy.
Think it´s interesting to get an overview of the different militant groups operating in the Middle East. Understanding Gaza is not enough, the Gaza-Israeli perspective is helpful but also the wider perspective including Iran, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Egypt etc. Financial ties, tracking the money route. In the Lebanese narrative Hezbollah likely is a resistance movement, while in the Israeli narrative a terrorist group. How each country shapes their narrative is what makes the Middle East puzzle complicated. Focused less on my own opinion this time, opening up for reflections.
Sweater (old) H&M, Images by: Kajsa J. Andersen