I received this report from my friend "Lubnani" in Beirut. He is not Shia. Attached find the BBC’s verbatim report of Nasrallah’s remarks at the big rally last week.
I was struck by a photos of a female Hezbollah supporter in yellow T shirt and tight jeans .. with hair blowing in the air … sitting on the shoulder of an equally modern male Hezb supporter …
Long gone are the days of exclusive tchador covered women and ferocious bearded men …
The NEW Hezbollah has Christian, Sunni, alcohol drinking, hip-hop listening, atheist, anarchists, bourgeois patriots.
HN understands the limits of his appeal and the open-sky potential of his movement. Forget the Islamic-state utopia and embrace Israel’s enmity and the idea of a strong and honorable state." Lubnani