Ah, the Arab Spring.
Tell me again how marvelous it is that we encouraged the Muslim Brotherhood to take over in Egypt: “In a dramatic policy shift, Egypt will seek to forge “tight” relations with Hezbollah, Egyptian Ambassador to Lebanon Ashraf Hamdy revealed in a candid interview published Saturday in Lebanon’s Daily Star.” Such ‘tight’ relations will presumably include Hezbollah’s right to keep getting ready for that armed conflict with Israel that Hezbollah is supposedly not REALLY getting ready for. Because, of course, nobody in the Middle East has ever preemptively decided to try to attack Israel, ever.
…Anyway, first quote via the Jersusalem Post, and they’re about as jaundiced about this as I am, and probably you are. What makes this more than a bit worrisome is, of course, the fact that Hezbollah is also a stalking horse for the Assad regime. So at best this represents the Muslim Brotherhood attempting to acquire Hezbollah for its own before the Assad regime falls, and at worst it represents Egyptian authoritarians reaching out to Syrian ones. And if you think that THAT sounds far-fetched, I suggest clicking this link. I’m not predicting another Anschluss*, mind you: but there’s a history there.
Moe Lane (crosspost)
*Word chosen deliberately.