The United States, in an effort to contain the growth of radical political Islam, should consider policies that would strengthen the Lebanese state which is being encroached upon by Hezbollah. Hezbollah is an Iranian backed entity that was created in Lebanon in the aftermath of the 1979 Iranian Islamic revolution that transformed Iran from a pro-western regime into an anti-west and anti-Israel entity who desired to export their revolution to the Arab-Islamic world. Lebanon was a recipient of the Iranian Shia revolution which immediately filled the void in Lebanon after the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) was forcefully evicted from Lebanon by Israel in 1982-1983. Hezbollah’s ultimate goal is the creation of an Islamic state. Hezbollah can conduct terror operations, gather intelligence, fight conventional wars, practice parliamentary politics and engage in transnational criminal operations.
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