Warriors of God: Inside Hezbollah's Thirty-Year Struggle Against Israel
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Nicholas Blanford writes a very detailed and apparently well researched book and this makes it scarier.
A couple months before I was slated to visit a childhood friend in Beirut, I got in the weekly habit of Googling “Lebanon news”. The results were petrifying: Bomb kills an ex-politician and five others in downtown Beirut. Twin suicide bombings target the Iranian Cultural Centre. Car bombing killed eight in 2012 and rattled the Singapore consulate building 1 kilometre away, where my friend was at the time. I needed Warriors of God to help me with two goals:
*The writing, as one reviewer noted, is “pacy.” In many places it reads like a novel. The author’s 1st-person narrative adds flavor.
*It is slanted towards Hezbollah, though not uncritically.
Key argument: “Syria is the vital geo-strategic lynchpin connecting Iran to Hezbollah. It grants Hezbollah strategic depth and political backing, and serves as a conduit for the transfer of heavy weapons across the rugged border with Lebanon” (Blanford xvi).
My only gripe: Blanford should've spent more time discussing Hezbollah's weaknesses and internal tensions. Hezbollah owes much to the Shia of ...more
I'm becoming much more of a skeptic when it comes to using military options to combat terrorism especiall ...more
For those interested in learning about Hezbollah's official public image and narrative, this is definitely the book. It will also appeal to those gathering secondary sources on Hezbollah. However, ...more
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