Hezbollah, in Lebanon, is believed to be behind the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister, Rafik Hariri, who held the office Prime Minister of Lebanon from 1992 to 1998 and again from 2000 until his resignation on 20 October 2004. Hariri was assassinated on February 14th, 2005 when explosives were detonated within his motorcade. Alleged Hezbollah supporters have been indicted for the assassination. His son, Saad Hariri, who rose to the office of Prime Minister, as well, but he unexpectedly resigned early in November during a trip to Saudi Arabia, saying his life was in danger.
The common denominator in these deaths appears to be the involvement of Iran, who backs both groups. Iran is reportedly sending weapons and military advisers to Yemen’s rebel Houthi movement, and Hezbollah, or Party of God, was formed at the time of the Iranian Revolution to assist the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini and his forces in consolidating power.
Hussein Shobokshi, host of the weekly current affairs program Al Takreer on Al Arabiya, says in his article for the Saudi Gazette, “Confrontation or conflict with Iran is not a sectarian conflict nor is it a political conflict as it is always described, but a conflict between the humanitarian and civil project and co-existence in return for the brutal mission that Iran is carrying out to the region.”
He goes on to say, “History bears witness to the fact that wherever Iran interfered, blood flowed like waterfalls. Iran is on a ‘non-human’ mission. The project of exporting its revolution calls for the capitulation of its opponents, stirring up sectarian strife, sowing ideological division and the assassination of all leading personalities who enjoy a great deal of goodwill among their people and are quite popular in the political arena. What is happening in Yemen today and in other capitals of the Arab world is neither just interference in the internal affairs of the Arab states, nor an occupation but an aggression, no less dangerous than the Israeli occupation of Palestine.”
Still, the conflict in Yemen will not end with the killing of Ali Abdullah Saleh. Because Yemen is a tribal society, revenge and retaliation are expected. Shobokshi believes that in the coming days there will be a movement of teams to rescue their country from the occupation of Houthis.