Hvad vil Hizbollah, og hvad mener de?
I går beskyldtes denne hjemmeside for et ensidigt syn på konflikten i Mellem-Østen, og for ikke at informere nok om, had Hizbollah egentlig er for en størrelse, og hvad de vil.
Hvad de end er, er deres løbende oplysninger om krigens gang ikke særligt troværdige, om man skal tro Ha'aretz, men deres formand Nasrallah er en af de dygtigste talere i Mellemøsten (skyd ikke på mig, det står der! - jeg har ikke selv nogen muligheder for at vurdere det):
If Hezbollah-run media are to be believed, then 35 Israel Defense Forces soldiers were killed or wounded in Ayta a-Shab , militants downed an Israeli helicopter and destroyed a house in which IDF soldiers were hiding, and IDF troops are always hit in the back because they are running away.Men derudover kan man ofte få et godt indtryk af politiske bevægelser ved at læse deres egen propaganda - men det er ofte ikke det indtryk, de ønskede at give.
All these statements are baseless because - despite the impression Hezbollah has made for straight talk - credibility is not its strong suit.
Hezbollah's reports have become less and less believable in recent days. On Monday, Al-Manar television - the central component of Hezbollah's well-oiled media empire - reported that the organization had destroyed an Israeli ship off the coast of Tyre, which had some 50 sailors aboard - a charge the IDF dismissed completely.
It's not clear what incident, if any, the report was referring to, and the Arab world has been asking questions. Al-Arabiya television asked Mahmoud Kamati, a member of the Hezbollah political bureau, about the Hezbollah claim and he repeated that an Israeli ship had been hit, but said no pictures were broadcast because visibility was poor.
Hezbollah's leader, Hassan Nasrallah, is a superb tool for the propaganda machine. Nasrallah, 46, is one of the most impressive speakers in the entire Middle East. He is a virtuoso of the Arabic language, although he doesn't forget to spice his comments with a few words in the Lebanese dialect. It nearly always seems as though he is speaking about the most important matters in an offhand way, but he is really getting his listeners to follow his thought process.
"I sometimes take the tape of his comments and watch it, for pleasure," said a Haifa resident who has been forced to go down to the nearest bomb shelter every few hours over the last few weeks. "He is simply an excellent speaker."
Med dette - og ovenstående forbehold ang. oplysningernes troværdighed - in mente er Hizbollahs egen hjemmeside, der lige nu (forståeligt nok) stort set kun handler om krigen, formentlig ikke det dårligste sted at starte.
Og dette skal ikke opfattes som et forsøg på skamløst at udbrede Hizbollahs propaganda, kun som en opfordring til at informere sig - jeg er personligt ikke begejstret for pompøs retorik som f.eks. The Islamic Resistance proudly announces to its steadfast people the martyrdom of four of its knights og tænker ikke, denne type information just gavner Hizbollahs sag her i landet ...
Link til artikel i Ha'aretz om Hizbollahs propagandastrategi.
Link til Hizbollahs hjemmeside (handler pt. kun om krigen).