Long may they sink

I’ve written many times that Jonathan Spyer is the best writer on the realities of the Levant. His latest article tracks the trajectory of Hezbollah from pan-Arab idol to despised symbol of Shi’ite sectarianism. 

Hezbollah’s fall from grace reflects the rise in importance of the Sunni Islamist movement, a force that is significantly impacting both the Status Quo Bloc and the Resistance Bloc. The Sunni Islamists were on the cusp of becoming a bloc a few years ago, but the Muslim Brotherhood in Egyot over-reached. 

Still, the anger and zeal that motivates Sunni Islamista into so many different movements is a powerful reality that won’t easily be tamed, either by those who would harness it or by those who would do away with it. 

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