World View: Sunnis Retaliate Against Hezbollah in Beirut Lebanon

This morning's key headlines from GenerationalDynamics.com

  • Speech by Hezbollah's Nasrallah brings rockets into Beirut Lebanon
  • Russia may have canceled its S-300 missile sales to Syria
  • Iran's Supreme Leader grooms his son to take over

Speech by Hezbollah's Nasrallah brings rockets into Beirut Lebanon

Sunni gunmen fire weapons in Tripoli in norther Lebanon on Sunday (Reuters)
Sunni gunmen fire weapons in Tripoli in norther Lebanon on Sunday (Reuters)

Saturday's bombastic speech by Hezbollah's leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah may have signaled a turning point in the Syrian war, possibly by triggering a sectarian spillover of the Syrian war into Lebanon. For the first time, two rockets hit Hezbollah strongholds in Lebanon's capital Beirut on Sunday, wounding four people. It's believed that the rockets were fired by Sunnis who are angered by Nasrallah's promise to support Syria's psychopathic president, Bashar al-Assad.

In Saturday's speech, Nasrallah referred to the sectarian battles that have already been occurring in the city of Tripoli, in northern Lebanon on the border with Syria. He said,

"This absurd battle must stop and those rooting for the victory of the Syrian regime or the opposition's rebels must go fight in Syria instead. Leave Tripoli neutral from Syria's conflict."

Unfortunately for Nasrallah, Sunday's missile strikes into his heartland in Beirut show that he's not nearly in control of events as he apparently believes that he is. He now has to decide whether to retaliate against Sunni fighters for the missile strikes in Beirut, or else to portray weakness by ignoring them. The National (UAE) and AP

Russia may have canceled its S-300 missile sales to Syria

Russia has received a great deal of international criticism for its support with money and weapons for the regime of Syria's psychopathic president Bashar al-Assad. A media report says that Russia and Israel have made a "secret deal":

  • Russia will cancel its contract to sell advanced long-range S-300 anti-aircraft missiles to Syria. Russia has said that the weapons are defensive only, and that the contract was made long ago.
  • Israel will promise not to conduct any more air strikes on Syria. Previous Israeli air strikes had targeted weapons that were allegedly being shipped to Lebanon's terror group Hezbollah.
One of the reasons given for reaching the agreement with Israel is Israel's Russian community:

"We are very much concerned about this; the large Russian community in Israel is a major factor in our attitude to Israel, and we will not let this happen."

However, an Israeli official called the report a "fairy tale":

"This story is detached from reality. A fairytale. There was no agreement or understanding achieved between [Russia's] Putin and [Israel's] Netanyahu. That's another piece of fantasizing."

Russia has previously cancelled the shipment of high-altitude Mig-31E interceptor jets to Syria and the supply of the Iskander-E tactical ballistic missiles. Russia Today and YNet

Iran's Supreme Leader grooms his son to take over

As we reported several days ago (see "23-May-13 World View -- Iran's Supreme Leader tries to defeat the younger generation"), Iran's Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has seen to it all that any "reformist" candidate for the June 14 presidential election has been disqualified. It now turns out that Khamenei is arranging for the victory of 68-year-old Gholam Ali Haddad-Adel to replace Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as president. Haddad-Adel is an academic with little experience in governing, but his daughter is married to Khamenei's son, Mojtaba Khamenei. So unlike Ahmadinejad, Haddad-Adel can be counted on to be compliant to the Supreme Leader's demands, and to keep the president's seat warm for his son to take over in 2017. Iran is in a generational Awakening era (like America in the 1960s and 1970s), and so we can expect the election of the fossil Haddad-Adel to trigger even more student protests than Ahmadinejad did. Debka

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