I was about to publish a post this morning about the different scenarios of a post-conflict Syria and their implications for Hizbullah, but someone sent me this photo and I couldn’t resist posting it.
What we have here is the scene of a couple Hizbullah volunteers handing out candies in celebration of the fact that “al-Qusayr has fallen”. Perhaps someone can confirm the precise neighborhood, but I’d be surprised if it were somewhere outside of al-Dahiyeh. The hubris evoked by this scene is deeply disturbing to me.
At home there tarries like a lurking snake,
Biding its time, a wrath unreconciled,
A wily watcher, passionate to slake,
In blood, resentment for a murdered child.
― Aeschylus, Agamemnon
Update: Some folks are claiming that this is a doctored picture. If someone can provide proof one way or the other, let me know. In either case, it seems a little bit beside the point to complain about the optics when the party has 5,000 men in Syria, on their way to Homs.