Hezbollah part of Assad's war machine: US

2012-10-16 11:00

New York — The United States said on Monday that Lebanon's Hezbollah militia is stepping up support for the Syrian government and has become part of President Bashar Assad's "killing machine".

US Ambassador Susan Rice told the UN Security Council's monthly meeting on the Mideast that Hezbollah leaders are also continuing to plot new measures with Iran to keep Assad in power.

Rice's comments — and those of Israel's UN Ambassador Ron Prosor — gave the clearest indication that Hezbollah, which fought a war against Israel in 2006 and is a major political and military force in Lebanon, is sending an increasing number of fighters to help the embattled Syrian regime.

Syria's ruling Alawite minority is an offshoot of Shi'ite Islam and has had close ties to Iran and Hezbollah which are Shi'ite-dominated.

Assad has long helped Iran aid Hezbollah and Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, in destabilising Lebanon and threatening Israel's security and US interests in the Middle East.

The US ambassador accused Hezbollah's leader, Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, of being two-faced about his claims that he is promoting Lebanon's interests.

Hollow rhetoric

"Hezbollah's active and growing support for Assad's war exposes Hassan Nasrallah's claims of promoting Lebanon's national interest as nothing more than a deadly form of deception," Rice said.

"The group's leaders may try to change the subject by invoking hollow rhetoric about so-called resistance, but the truth is plain to see: Nasrallah's fighters are now part of Assad's killing machine and Hezbollah's leaders continue to plot with Iran new measures to prop up a murderous and desperate dictator," she said.

Rice said the United States is encouraging the international community "to counter Hezbollah's terrorist activity and do more to expose Hezbollah's deepening involvement in Assad's war".

Israel's ambassador Prosor said Nasrallah claims he needs a private army with advanced missiles to defend Lebanon against the Jewish state.

"Today we see that Hezbollah's army is far more preoccupied with butchering their Arab brothers and sisters in Syria," Prosor said.

He said Nasrallah and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad form a "trio of terror" with Assad, "offering the tyrant of Damascus guidance on how to butcher the Syrian people more efficiently".

Escalating casualty toll

The US ambassador said the 20-month Syrian war now poses a challenge to all of the Mideast country's neighbours, including Lebanon which has experienced cross-border attacks and an influx of Syrian refugees.

She commended the Lebanese government and armed forces "for maintaining stability and law and order at this critical juncture" and welcomed efforts by Lebanese President Michel Suleiman and others to promote dialogue including on disarmament of illegal militias as demanded by the UN Security Council.

Many speakers at the day-long council meeting mentioned the escalating casualty toll in Syria — now estimated by activists at over 30 000 — and the divided council's failure to take action to halt it, but much of the focus was on the decades-old Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

UN political chief Jeffrey Feltman told the council that it should be concerned at the failure of Israel and the Palestinians to take meaningful steps to restart stalled negotiations on key issues to achieve the goal of two states living side by side in peace, stressing that this must remain the highest priority.

"We fear, however, that the door for such a solution may be closing before our eyes," he said.

  • fidel.mgoqi - 2012-10-16 11:44

    How does it happen that a Sunni resistant movement supports a government bent on oppressing Sunnis. I've been told by the MSM that the Syrian conflict is about Sunnis fighting to unseat the Aliwites. Someone is definitely not telling the truth!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-10-16 12:10

      Fidel, CONFUSE, CONFUSE and CONFUSE !!! The hallmark of the violent loony left !!!! Here are a people who demand, after 50 years of tyranny, THE VERY SAME, as the Black people here in SA ; An end to MINORITY rule, and a return to freedom and dignity. You can talk as much CRAP as you like, and CONFUSE as much as you can, THIS is what the Syrian population DEMANDS!!! Nothing less and nothing more !!!

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-10-16 12:37

      Another rhetoric! You type in capitals randomly thinking it makes your point more right. It doesn't. You just come off as desperately shouting.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-10-16 14:10

      A common enemy. It's happened all through history.

      richard.bosmano - 2012-10-16 14:49

      Ish...fidel cannot tell the difference between shia and sunni

      moses.mabhida.52 - 2012-10-16 14:51

      What is your problem fidel! We got our freedom here, so why do you not want to grant freedom to the syrian population? If your freedom is good enough for you why then is it not enough for Syrians. Assad is part of the ruling minority who make up around 20% of the population - this is like you supporting the nats! I have read many of your anti west posts, but this is just sick... Over 30000 dead in less then a year. Grow up, not ever thing western is evil... Like your computer with which you spew you trash.

      duncan.gill1 - 2012-10-16 16:47

      fartanthonyfromromantica..if I recall many moons ago...that this whole debate is about whether the West should be interfering in what is certainly an internal Syrian matter.No one says that Assad is a lovable puppy,his father before him certainly was not..but for God's sake man stick to the debate that's been ongoing for some weeks now..I don't agree with the West interfering in any countries internal business!The West has always been trying to be the worlds policeman we only wonder for what reason cause to much has been uncovered about rich powerful men who like to wield their influence and make a profit where they can to further enrich themselves!The US is probably most at fault for letting these men dictate their lives.The US is constantly looking to strategic issues rather than world peace any fool will know that in the real world its dog eat dog or so it has become..a human utopia is further off now that at any other time in history!Why is this the status quo?I think we all need to reexamine our brainwashed upbringing and grow try and grow up,yourself included!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-10-16 16:55

      Duncan, Dunkie, it is disingenuous to suggest the Syrian people should take on the might of the Syrian state and military, which are in the hands of an unelected minority dictator and his brother, without help. Did you want this too for South Africans under Apartheid? I hope not. Do you still believe Al-Quaida is a US fabrication to destabilize the stable Middle East?

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-10-16 17:10

      Moses, I have no power to deny nor grant Syrians their freedom. If you can't make up what those who might disagree with you believe and why they might disagree with you, it's easy to rattle off nonsense like that. Assad should certainly speed up reforms ASAP, but there's no way he should give in to armed gangs of beards in the pay of Saudi Arabia. This is not a "left" or "right" view, but common sense.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-10-16 17:14

      "Assad should certainly speed up reforms ASAP"! Fidel, you continually confirm your total disregard for the Syrian people's basic human rights. They are being butchered int heir homes by an unelected minority dictator and his brother. You are appalling. And how long are you going to believe Nelson Mandela is a phony, a lackey of the West, a modern-day Uncle Tom?

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-10-16 18:33

      Fidel, """Assad should certainly speed up reforms ASAP""" NO Fidel,NOT REFORMS !!! Just hand over power to the MAJORITY !!! Like in the nineties, NO Black person was further interested in , "reforms and other BS" from the Nats!! The Syrian population feels the same !!!

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-10-17 06:34

      Anthony, despite what you know, the unbanning of political parties in this country was a kind of reform. Agreeing on a government of National Unity was a kind of reform as well.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-10-17 06:59

      Fidel, There were many atrocities during the liberation struggle in SA. BUT We did not have rockets fired from tanks into apartment blocks! Bombs dropped on unarmed civilians, out of aircraft!! Gunship helicopters shooting live ammunition on women and children!!!! For once, get your facts right, and don't twist and turn them, to suit your muddled up mind !!!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-10-17 18:04

      """Moses, I have no power to deny nor grant Syrians their freedom""" Ahhhh, come on Fidel, don't be so modest !!!!

  • derek.bredenkamp.3 - 2012-10-16 12:32

    Just as the Syrian rebels and their AlQueda mates are part of the US and Nato killing machine..

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-10-16 14:12

      Confirmation that Derek is living in a wierd parrallel universe with Dunkie, who believes the same delusional thing.

  • joseph.motloung.3 - 2012-10-16 13:03

    I suppose this article was written by an idiot some one like Fred or Anthony. The only "killing machine" in the Middle East is the Neo-Nazi Zionists regime which continues to quench its thirst for blood on the lives of Palestinians. On the past weekend they launched a killing spree that left atleast 4 Palestinians dead. The also burnt olive crops which belong to Palestinian farmers because they know that this the harvest season. The SNC which is infiltrated by foreign terrorists has unleashed mayhem in the country and has recently resorted to the use of suicide attacks. The reason Hezbollah is hated is because they are an obstacle to Nazi crimes and occupation of Lebanon

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-10-16 14:17

      Joseph, you're still part of the old generation, being left behind by the new 100 million strong, who have seen through the lies plied by unelected dictators and Jihadists. Your words are hollow and frankly stupid. They were tried for sixty years with only more suffering for the Palestinians and benefit for dictators and Jihadists. A definition of madnes is trying the same thing over and again that leads to the same defective outcome. You're squarely in this definition.

  • AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-10-16 18:06

    Patrick, This Hezbollah, must be the PROVEN terrorists organizations in Syria, you ALWAYS talk about !! Just asking !!!!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-10-16 20:23

      Stands to reason. Patrick believes the Syrian people are the terrorists, notwithstanding that they're freeing themselves from decades of unelected minority rule at the hands of the brutal, self-enriching and minority Assad family.

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