"Ahmed Hussein, 78, made the trip to Beirut from his southern village of Kafr Kila. He said his house and most of his neighbors’ homes were destroyed, but that Hezbollah gave them tents and water tanks to help them get by. “All of us whose houses were destroyed we came here for Nasrallah, to tell him what we lost is nothing,” Mr. Hussein said." Anthony Shadid
800,000 people in that square. A fair number of non-Shia among them. Defiance, defiance, defiance… A little known "tidbit." When Nasrallah started handing out Iranian reconstruction money, Hizbullah prioritized payments in such a way that Christians and Sunnis had a higher priority that the Shia. This was clever politically, very clever.
I was at a government owned think tank a few days ago and sat on a panel where I had the task of talking about the recent war in the Lebanon. My views are known to you. The interesting thing that happened at this meeting was that one of the people there was a leading Washington scholar on the subject of the modern Middle East. He was "hell bent" to convince the meeting that Hizbullah had lost the war, had lost the war politically, militarily morally, had lost in every way and that the evident Israeli strategy aimed at reducing the Lebanese to a quivering mass eager to accommodate Israel had succeeded.
There has been a lot of that lately in the national media and among the chattering classes in Washington and New York. The assertion is made over and over against that black is white, hot is cold, etc. We are now being subjected to a massive propaganda (information operation) campaign designed to convince us all that Hizbullah was destroyed and discredited by the recent fighting, that Hizbullah lost "X’ % of its weapons, equipment, men, political support, etc. At root these claims of attrition against Hizbullah seem to have their origin in press releases from the Israeli Ministry of Defense in Tel Aviv. They started there, were picked up by the dolts in cable news, repeated over and over and are now well on their way to becoming "received wisdom." In fact nobody knows what Hizbullah lost.
The demonstration in Beirut yesterday was undoubtedly intended as a corrective to the political warfare being waged against it.
By whom? Make your own judgment. Bearden was right.