Friday, July 28, 2006

Hizbullah support tops 80 percent among Lebanese factions

According to a poll released by the Beirut Center for Research and Information, 87 percent of Lebanese support Hizbullah's fight with Israel, a rise of 29 percent on a similar poll conducted in February.

More striking, however, is the level of support for Hizbullah's resistance from non-Shiite communities. Eighty percent of Christians polled supported Hizbullah along with 80 percent of Druze and 89 percent of Sunnis.

Lebanese no longer blame Hizbullah for sparking the war by kidnapping the Israeli soldiers, but Israel and the US instead. The latest poll by the Beirut Center found that 8 percent of Lebanese feel the US supports Lebanon, down from 38 percent in January.


As predicted, the current crisis in Lebanon is having the opposite effect than the one desired. Has the world still failed to learn the lesson that bombing these militia groups just gives them more support and strength from the local communities regardless of the different religious elements within the country . Surely the fact that eighty percent of Christians in Lebanon support Hezbollah's fight with Israel should alone convince the sceptics that the plan is just not working.

Still quite some way to go in winning those hearts and minds it seems ...


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