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    Hezbollah confident of poll boost

    Hezbollah is very organised and extends good services and tries to complement what the government can't do.


    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/mid...st/4536051.stm

    Hezbollah confident of poll boost

    As elections near in Lebanon, the pro-Syrian and Shia Hezbollah movement can expect to maintain its share of political power and influence. Starting out as a resistance movement to the Israeli occupation of southern Lebanon, it now has several seats in parliament. Under the shade of a willow tree in his garden, one of the Hezbollah MPs - Nazih Mansour - meets his constituents. They sit on plastic chairs, occasionally waving to jeeploads of UN peacekeepers driving past the house. Hezbollah is the dominant force in this part of Lebanon, so popping in for coffee with the local MP can never hurt. Mr Mansour's guests this morning include a registrar from the communist party, a retired builder who relies on Hezbollah to pay for his rheumatism medicine and, perhaps surprisingly, the Christian headmaster of a local school. "Locally, Hezbollah has a very big role in the social services... especially to the impoverished area here," the headmaster says. "They're very organised and they extend good services and they try to complement what the government can't do."

    Withdrawals

    On the way to his next appointment, Mr Mansour talks of the day Israel pulled out of southern Lebanon five years ago. At the side of the road lie abandoned military bases. Hezbollah's support is based on military victories and public service. There are also proudly displayed placards of the ayatollahs of Iran, the republic which funds Hezbollah. And on the horizon you can see snow on top of the mountains of the Golan Heights. In a village hall, a Hezbollah preacher tells the story of the killing of Imam Hussein centuries ago. Dozens of men in the audience begin to sob. The MP has come to pay his respects to a grieving family. Hezbollah is popular here. The withdrawal of its ally Syria from the rest of Lebanon does not seem to have affected the movement and its supporters in the south.

    Local defenders

    Mr Mansour believes that there is no reason for Hezbollah to disarm. "The arms that we have are only directed against the Israelis," he says. "If they do anything against us, we have to be ready for that. We are a political party and a resistance movement." For a clear sign of Hezbollah's military role, all you have to do is drive a mile or so from Nazih Mansour's home to the border fence with Israel. Within seconds, a Hezbollah soldier in camouflage uniform comes out from a bunker. He carries a walkie-talkie but no gun. It's Hezbollah that runs this border zone, not the Lebanese army. The soldier points out sights on the hilltops and he speaks with a clear south Lebanese accent. He is from this area. And unlike the Syrian army, he and his colleagues from Hezbollah are not packing up and leaving. They're already at home.

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    Re: Hezbollah confident of poll boost

    I think they call this a pincer movement and nothing to do with GI crabs.

    With Iran on one border and Syria/lebanon on the other side the GI 'balls in Iraq are being squashed' is that how you put it stu?

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      Re: Hezbollah confident of poll boost

      Originally posted by Thap
      I think they call this a pincer movement and nothing to do with GI crabs.

      With Iran on one border and Syria/lebanon on the other side the GI 'balls in Iraq are being squashed' is that how you put it stu?
      Democracy is on the rise, but not as the Great Satan would like.

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        http://www.thepeninsulaqatar.com/Dis...5052222246.xml


        Hezbollah fires rockets on Shebaa Farms


        BEIRUT: Lebanese militiamen fired rockets on the Israeli-occupied Shebaa Farms district yesterday, causing no casualties, in response to Israeli warning fire at shepherds who had entered prohibited territory, officials on both sides said.

        “In response to Israeli fire targeting the Lebanese village of Shebaa, Hezbollah fired around a dozen rockets on the sector,” a Lebanese policeman said.

        That was confirmed by a military source in Jerusalem, who said militants from Lebanon “fired at least eight missiles or rockets towards the Har Dov area.”

        The shooting came shortly after a group of shepherds and their flocks crossed into the Shebaa Farms, but were scared off when Israeli troops fired warning shots into the air.

        The Lebanese police said heavy Israeli machine-gun fire damaged five houses.

        “About half an hour later, the cross border shelling started with high-trajectory firing at the Har Dov area,” the Israeli source said. “This is another example of cross-border escalation which is completely unacceptable.”

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