Hezbollah Taking Over Lebanon

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In Lebanon the demonstrations became violent with many people injured, when thousands took to the streets. They were protesting against the decision for a Hezbollah-backed politician form a new government. In their opinion the protestors believed Iran and Syria were taking over Lebanon.

By nominating a billionaire businessman, a Shiíite Muslim organization known as the Hezbollah, wanted their candidate to be the next prime minister.

Saad Hariri, Caretaker Prime Minister accused Hezbollah of deploying its weapons to manipulate internal political arguments and rebuffed the groupís accusation that the Special Tribunal for Lebanon was an Israeli or American tool.

Hezbollah, an Iranian bank-rolled Party of God, claims it is the most powerful political force in Lebanon. It is regarded as a resistance movement throughout much of the Arab and Muslim worlds.

Using mobile phones and the social network, the Arab Wave Revolt demonstrators all carried the same placards and shouted the same slogans. Hezbollah, in particular, has the capacity to mobilize demonstrations in the hundreds of thousands.

The 1985 manifesto of Hezbollah listed its four major goals as:

1.Submission of the Phalangists (a right-wing Lebanese political party, mainly supported by Maronite Christians) to "just rule"
2.And bringing them to trial for their crimes,
3."Israel's final departure from Lebanon as a prelude to its final obliteration," ending "any imperialist power in Lebanon"
4.Giving the people the chance to choose "with full freedom the system of government they want," while not hiding its commitment to the rule of Islam.

Hezbollah members are given weapons, military training and financial support from Iran and political support from Syria, who is known to actively persuade political developments inside Lebanon.

The same as the Muslim Brotherhood, the Hezbollah uses programs for social development to promote its cause. However, numerous nations, including predominantly-Sunni Arab countries such as Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Jordan have condemned Hezbollah's actions in the past.

America sees Hezbollah as a terrorist organization, however Israel, who was closely watching the fragile border between Lebanon and Israel, believes there is no immediate threat.

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