Nasrallah and Hizbullah, Good for Business

October 24, 2006 § 4 Comments

Hassan Nasrallah’s popularity will make Lebanese business owners rich as reported in the Middle East Times,

“DAMASCUS — When searching for signs of the latest trends in the Levant region look no further than Syria’s capital city. In the main souk in Damascus you will see a large and prominent selection of inexpensive knickknacks touting Hezbollah and its charismatic leader. Clearly Hassan Nasrallah and his Lebanese Islamist organization are the in-thing.” (J. Mayton, Middle East Times)

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§ 4 Responses to Nasrallah and Hizbullah, Good for Business

  • zalame says:

    That’s exactly the problem! Why aren’t Muhammad Yunus, or e.g., Abdus Salam the in-thing? They have actually done something big, something that goes beyond their turf and beyond petty turf wars.
    What is the great achievement of Nasrallah? Making Israel’s nose bleed? pitiful.

  • Abu Sahajj says:

    “What is the great achievement of Nasrallah? Making Israel’s nose bleed? pitiful.”

    Good point… however it is not the sarcastic “pitiful” you exclaim but a sincere and heartfelt pity because of the sheer desperation people of the area are in. You will find that when people are suffering they seek a hero and Nasrallah has stepped in to claim this title.

  • Because Nasrallah has grassroots support because Hizbollah is a grassroots org and the Lebanese capitalists are, as usual, capitalizing on someone else’s popularity. Capitalists are good at that.

    Why should poor Lebanese people identify with Muhammad Younis? And why would it be a good thing if someone made some sort of key chains with his face on them? He is doing a lot of good – in his own community. People react to local realities.

  • Abu Sahajj says:

    “Why should poor Lebanese people identify with Muhammad Younis? And why would it be a good thing if someone made some sort of key chains with his face on them? He is doing a lot of good – in his own community. People react to local realities.”

    Excellent comment!

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