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.