A commenter writes:
I would love to see your sources of some of these numbers you dishing out. Your “83% of Lebanese people support Hizbollah” statement is fabricated.Where did you get this ridiculous number? If this were true, democracy would in Lebanon would be gone and it would be called “The Islamic Republic of Lebanon” which is what Hizbollah’s aim has been. They’ve always been in the minority and actually lost seats in the election of 2009, so if you do the math, their popularity is fading. You’re either fabricating numbers or your source is some FOX news editorial/opinion show.
Yes, that figure came out during the war. 83% of the population supported Hezbollah’s resistance to the Israelis during that war.
I believe that a large number of Lebanese have a positive opinion of Hezbollah, even those who support other parties like Amal, the SSNP, Sunnis and Christian supporters of Aoun.
At a large Hezbollah rally in Lebanon recently, there were 1 million people in attendance, including many Christians and seculars. There were many pretty young women not exactly wearing Islamist attire. Hezbollah’s popularity is widespread across the board, not that those women wearing Western clothes would vote for them. Hezbollah are seen as the defenders of Lebanon, for what it’s worth.
This whole “Lebanon hates Hezbollah” line is a lie perpetrated by the Phalangists.
Hezbollah’s aim is not to create “The Islamic Republic of Lebanon.” This is another lie of the Phalangists. Nasrallah has been interviewed and he said that an Islamic republic with Islamic laws or some variation would only be possible if 80%+ of the population of Lebanon agreed.
I understand that women are not required to wear the hijab in South Lebanon, and I believe that alcohol is also allowed to be sold and consumed. Hezbollah are some of the most moderate Islamists around.