The most formidable group in Lebanon, Hezbollah was finally declared as a terrorist organization by Britain recently, much to the dissatisfaction of Iran which said that one could not deny the legitimacy of the Hezbollah’s stronghold of these Lebanese in the administrative and political structure.
This heavily armed Shi’ite group has taken offense of Britain’s action and said that they consider the decision to be an “insult to the feelings, sympathies and will of the Lebanese people that consider Hezbollah a major political and popular force”.
Political analysts feel that Britain’s move against Hezbollah comes under Washington’s pressure to strangulate Iran further that has been supporting Hezbollah. The latter has a stronghold in the Lebanese government. Speaking to the media, the then Jeremy Hunt, the British foreign secretary, had clarified that “It is clear the distinction between Hezbollah’s military and political wings does not exist. This does not change our ongoing commitment to Lebanon, with whom we have a broad and strong relationship.”
Strangely so, the religious tiff between the Sunny and Shia Muslims has seen the emergence of all these factions of Islamists. A victory of Hezbollah in Israel saw many Sunny Muslims shift towards this Shia group, including the Muslim Brotherhood of Jordan and Egypt. Hezbollah just became an instrument for Iran to be used when it suited Tehran. It was moved to Syria and earlier Iraq to win a war, the members of the group were then given political standing in the Lebanese government.
Iran has the mind to replicate this model of legitimate prominence into the other militia as well, something which has its roots coming from an ideology of the Muslim Brotherhood, at large. Something that started by two major factions under the Sunny Muslims has been exploited by nations to suit their economic gains over other weaker nations. As for Shia Muslims, they are also caught between this game.
The Hezbollah group currently, controls three of 30 ministries in the government led by the Western-backed Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri, the largest number it has ever held.
It does not consider itself as violent as the Al-Qaeda which finds Hezbollah a threat to their sovereignty, but believes, that its only agenda is to eliminate Israel. Obviously, the Muslim Brotherhood, like Iran continues to support this Shia group as well, because it will serve their purpose of establishing a global caliphate.