Initiative is with those who act..Hizbullah infiltrating Syria, anticipating regime change
Now imagine if Syria, bordering Iraq, Israel, Lebanon and Turkey was to all purposes Iran.The Iranian-backed Hizbullah terrorist group has targeted Syria by dispatching some 40 cells of clandestine operatives in anticipation of a future regime change in Damascus, according to a Middle East press report.
Stop and think. What would Israel do, or prepare to do? How would Syria as Iran change hte foreign policy of Turkey? What would all of that mean for us?
Now imagine if the door swung the other way and Iran was gone.
The Kuwait-based Al-Siyasah Online website reported Nov. 30 that the infiltration was put in place over the past 10 months and following the resumption of negotiations between Syria and Israel in Turkey.
Hizbullah has managed to plant cells in Damascus and other Sunni-dominated Syrian cities in anticipation that the Bashar al-Assad regime will reach a peace agreement with Israel in 2009 that could stipulate Syria ending its strategic partnership with Iran.
"Planting and setting up more than 40 cells by the Hizbullah security services on the Syrian arena was an idea proposed by Imad Mughniyah [Hizbullah military commander assassinated in Damascus in February 2008]," one source was quoted as saying. "Among these cells are at least 20 cells in Damascus where their elements are deployed under different titles, as employees at some private companies, or as laborers at restaurants and coffee shops, or as owners of mixed small organizations with Syrians, like offices of selling used cars, furniture shops, shops, small supermarkets, and others."
The clandestine operations are working for Hizbullah and the Iranian regime and are similar to the cells that have been established in a number of Arab Gulf countries since early 2002 in order to pump funds into the Hizbullah leadership in Beirut and to monitor the situation in these countries.
In a related development, the Paris-based Intelligence Online reported Nov. 20 that, "under the attentive eye of Iranian officials, Hizbullah made every effort to appear united during its 8th Congress, which wound up on Nov. 3. ... But, behind the smiles, rivalry between clans is just as rife as ever."
According to the report, three factions are engaged in a power struggle inside Hizbullah: the somewhat pro-Syrian security-minded men headed by Wafic Safa and Haj Hassan Khalil, the pro-Iranian supporters of Secretary General Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah, and the faction of sheikh Naim Kassm, the "number two man in the moment who has been denouncing Nasrallah's cult of personality for years"
Any bets on who is the most determined,
and who has the most to gain and lose?