Hezbollah Fighting in Homs

Video here.
Fascinating video shows Hezbollah fighting in Homs. At first I thought it was Al Qusayr, but I think it is Homs instead. The video was all in Arabic, so it was hard to figure out what they were talking about. Here you see the high spirits of the Hezbollah fighters as they move into the bombed out, ruined city.
Take note of the horrific footage where the fighters find a room full of men, bound and executed. Who executed them? Who knows? My guess would be rebels, but it’s hard to say for sure.
At one point, they meet a Christian, still living in the ruins of his home, who complains that the rebels were vicious to the Christians.
Towards the end of the video, Hezbollah takes a couple of prisoners and seems to treat them fairly.
Hezbollah has pumped a large force into Syria, and I think that was the right thing to do. Hezbollah’s army is so good that they are quickly turning the tide in favor of the Syrian regime. Their victory at Al Qusayr was a huge defeat for the rebels. Now Hezbollah will move onto Homs and then onto Aleppo and Irbil Province. If the rebels are defeated in the north, the war will for all intents and purposes be over.
The Arab Sunni world is outraged that Hezbollah has gotten involved in the Syrian Civil War. Some Gulf countries have recently started throwing out Lebanese Shia who are residing there in revenge for Hezbollah’s role in Syria. This war is increasingly turning into a Sunni-Shia sectarian conflict.

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13 thoughts on “Hezbollah Fighting in Homs”

  1. Interesting video…Hezbollah doesn’t usually carry the AK-47/74 as their primary weapon, preferring older M-16A1’s. They could have switched for logistical reasons, to work off the Syrian Army’s ammunition supply chain.
    As for Hezbollah, they are easily the best light infantry in the Arab World, and perhaps the Middle East.
    If the Sunni Arab Jihadis would spend less time killing kids who won’t give them free coffee and shouting Allahuakbar for no apparent reason, and more time training as soldiers and professionals, then they might actually stand a chance…But we all know that ain’t gonna happen. 😀

    1. What’s interesting about Hezbollah is that unlike the sunni militias (who are a dime a dozen) they go to war with some very specific goals that are broken down into a series of logical attainable objectives. So high is their degree of professionalism that they seem to be above the failings of Arab culture, like not succumbing to machismo.

      1. Dota Wrote:
        “What’s interesting about Hezbollah is that unlike the sunni militias (who are a dime a dozen) they go to war with some very specific goals that are broken down into a series of logical attainable objectives. So high is their degree of professionalism that they seem to be above the failings of Arab culture, like not succumbing to machismo.
        True. Hezbollah is an extremely well trained, led and supplied professional force, with extremely close technical connections to Iran, namely the IRGC/Pasdaran. It’s the IRGC which to a large degree is organizing and orchestrating this recent direct incursion of Hezbollah and to a lesser extent Iraqi Shia militias into the Syrian Civil War. What good fighters/soldiers the FSA had, are now mostly dead, I.E their own military vets. What is left are ignorant “fellahin”…Literally the word in Arabic for “rednecks.”
        It’s akin to putting a Ranger Company of the U.S Army, against a bunch of gang-members in Los Angeles. 10,000 Cholos or Crips against 120 Rangers, and the Cholos/Crips are still heavily outnumbered, as far as I’m concerned.
        For the record, many Syrian males at some point serve in the Syrian military, even if to receive basic training. Hence why this war has been so different from what we’ve seen in Libya and Egypt. It appears that a lot of these new rebels are not Syrian citizens by that metric. Islamo-fascist psycho jihadis from Saudi Arabia and other GCC states are great at killing unarmed civilian villagers and setting off car bombs. They are COMPLETELY USELESS as soldiers fighting against even a mediocre military force. They simply can’t do that, and never will. It comes with the ideology. That was the case in Afghanistan in the 80’s, and that is the case now in Syria.
        I’m not about to turn this into a comparison between the fighting abilities of Sunni Arabs vs Shia Arabs, since the Sunni Arabs are a diverse bunch. Many of Assad’s current soldiers are in fact Sunni, even if only of the not very religious flavor. Likewise, the Shia militias from Iraq are either untested, or performed poorly during the height of fighting against U.S and Iraqi government forces in 2004. I am referring to Sadr’s massive losses as an example, and not Sistani’s Iranian backed forces, which never engaged the the United States. Sadr was at the time EXTREMELY anti-Iranian, and received zero support from Iran…The results speak for themselves. It therefore appears to do with how close they are to the Iranians, who ultimately train and equip them.

        1. Very interesting stuff Cyrus.
          I’ve often wondered, if Israel couldn’t smash Hezb, how does the US expect to take on the Iranians who taught them everything they know. That’s a very simplistic reduction of a complex scenario but still. Is Iran’s army (RGs aside) really that well trained and professional?

        2. For his conduct in Iraq, Sistani deserve a Nobel peace prize. He is the one who push for full democracy while USA wants a managed democracy like the Lebanon style.
          Sistani has some resentment against the Khameni, but nevertheless, Iranian still see him as one of their kind.
          The Iranian theocracy will only bring discredit to Shia and the quicker they follow Sistani way of separation of church and state the better.
          Running a state can only sully the clerics, as dirty dealings are unavoidable. Sistani seen that. He prefer to exert influence on the state rather than involve in day to day mundane affairs.
          I predict more and more people will seek guidance of Najaf rather than Qoms.

        3. Dota Wrote:
          “Very interesting stuff Cyrus.
          I’ve often wondered, if Israel couldn’t smash Hezb, how does the US expect to take on the Iranians who taught them everything they know. That’s a very simplistic reduction of a complex scenario but still. Is Iran’s army (RGs aside) really that well trained and professional?”

          That’s the million dollar question. The Iranians could turn out to be Hezbollah on steroids, or 80 million fucking idiots running around like chickens with their heads cut off. I’m leaning towards somewhere in the middle. They have very good technical skills, plus a penchant for fanatically absorbing high casualties, so that will sometimes work towards their advantage.
          Creaders Wrote:
          “For his conduct in Iraq, Sistani deserve a Nobel peace prize. He is the one who push for full democracy while USA wants a managed democracy like the Lebanon style.
          He did it for his own political benefit. Sistani is a chess player, who leads from “behind” the scenes.
          As for the U.S…They do not want “democracy” for anyone in the Middle East, minus Israel. They want control. Period. That means supporting dictatorships, and hindering any technical progress at almost all costs. They want 30 Mubaraks and and zero anybody who might actually do something useful for the natives.
          “Sistani has some resentment against the Khameni, but nevertheless, Iranian still see him as one of their kind.”
          They were gay fuck buddies back in Mashad, and Khamenei never wanted to do any of the work in bed.
          “The Iranian theocracy will only bring discredit to Shia and the quicker they follow Sistani way of separation of church and state the better.”
          Well, yes…They’ve sure done wonders in recent years making all the Arabs think Shia = Persian = Fire-worshiping Zoroastrian = Closet Jew.
          I predict more and more people will seek guidance of Najaf rather than Qoms.
          When and if Iran goes “nationalistic,” the Shia in Iraq and elsewhere in the Arab World are probably fucked. Najaf by itself won’t have any power, and they’re sugar mommy will be gone…Sort of like how the U.S relates to Israel in the long term.

  2. The sectarian conflict in middle east is in no small extend due to the failure of secularism in Muslim land. Many of the early 20th century Muslim elites used to be inspired by the progressive Ataturk of Turkey.
    On the other hand, there is these western supported reactionary stooge like Saudi, the Gulf states, Palavi Persia and Malaysia. The Saudi and Gulf states are responsible for most of the Islamic trouble today.
    In an ironic twist of fate, oil are found in Egypt, the most intellectual Arabic states. Egypt has some chance to succeed under Gamal Nasser. Under Nasser’s socialism, Egypt real income grew at 9% for a decade and remain robust. Egypt has few water and no oil.
    Israel started the 6 day war partly because she see Egypt modernizing. Nasser was broken by the war. Nasserism is fragile and depends on dedicated, nationalist and uncorrupt man like Nasser. After Nasser, Egypt has no such leaders. She fall into shit and stagnated for 40 years.
    Iraq and Syria could have succeeded but there is problem why secularism hardly works there. If both are dominated by powerful minorities, in Syria it is Alawite and in Iraq it is Sunni. That creates one more layer of difficulties under the convoluted mutual hatred of middle east backdrop.
    Look at how Nasser mock Hijab wearer below.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TX4RK8bj2W0
    I posted few photograph of Egypt university girls in my blog below. In Nasser time, they dress like American girls. Today, they put on Ninja suite. Today, Arab world is more reactionary than 40 years ago due to degenerated influence of Saudi and Gulf state.
    http://veritas-lux.blogspot.sg/2013/03/greatest-arab-hero-mocks-veiling.html

  3. In an ironic twist of fate, oil are found in Egypt, the most intellectual Arabic states.
    typo
    In an ironic twist of fate, oil are not found in Egypt, the most intellectual Arabic states.

    1. Sorry,But I dont think egypt is anything but one of intellectual states.Though the ancient civilisation that their people had created thousands of years back.Following the bedouin arab invasion and conquest,Most of egyptions gradually adopted islam as well interbred with the ruling bedouins.You see,Egyptions actually aint arabs but indigenous north african caucasoids.With that,The Egyption culture turned into shit by the influence of arab islamic culture.I am not implying that the bedouins were savage but thier influence on the neighboring peoples that they conquered were deadly.Egypt soon lost its glory and the people developed a slave mentality.They fell into regression.In my opinion,Lebanon and morocco(Both of them are arabized too) are the only intellectual arabic states so far….

    1. Jennifer, I totally know what you mean. The Muslims in the U.K are just like the Jews and Blacks here in America. It’s just totally unbelievable. Always crying racism and being “offended” and shit.

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