Thursday, August 03, 2006

How to Effectively Dismantle Hizballah: Part II

There is a way out.
For the Shiite community and for the country as a whole there is a way out of the hegemony and parallizing control of Hizballah. This way out is solely dependent on the strength of the government's conviction in delivering to the Shiite community the materials, services, and aid they will need in returning to a normal life after (and perhaps during - if its not too late) this conflict grind to a halt. What the government needs to do is to impose its will on the community by being the primary provider. By deprivinig Hizballah of their role as providers a process can begin in which the community is weaned off the the flow of money and services they are accustomed to getting from the group.
This war has created approximately 600,000 internal refugees, almost all of which are Shiites and many of whom will not have a home to return to after this conflict ends. The government needs to step in and appoint an official outside of Hizballah's reach to be head of a council that will provide these people with new homes (through government sponsored development projects), free medical services, money, and security. A sort of 'Dahyeh Regeneration' czar! What is needed is money, conviction and people-power. The government needs to have people on the ground to say No, Hizballah cannot deliver construction materials to this area, the government is bringing them in; No, if you want to setup a field hospital here it must be the Red Cross/Crescent and not Hizballah that administers it; No, you will not need to accept new clothes, mattresses, sheets, medicines, water, or food from anyone else but the government.
If the government can bite the bullet on the cost of this project and find enough volunteers to help implement it then it will have undertaken a significant step in providing that community which is so integral to the future of the country with a Third Way, free of the corruption of Amal and the hegemony of Hizballah.

1 comment:

  1. I was reading this article and found it relevant to this post:


    'Hezbollah is not only a military group, and not only a political party; it also has social services that it provides for its supporters, Lebanon's Shia Muslims.

    At one Beirut school, 1,500 people are living in a refugee centre run by Hezbollah.

    "The group has engineers, it has workers," says Hussein, one of the Hezbollah members running the centre.

    "Hezbollah has a full infrastructure that gives these people every possible means to keep standing."'


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