Michael Totten

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Hezbollah’s tactical Christian ally Michel Aoun has asked members of his party to attend Pierre Gemayel’s funeral in Beirut tomorrow, the same day that Hezbollah is threatening to take to the streets.
The “alliance” between Aoun’s Free Patriotic Movement and Hezbollah is not a sincere one. It may or may not be able to withstand coming events. I seriously doubt it has any long-term viability. I met two members of Aoun’s movement who wanted to kill Hezbollah members even before Nasrallah strapped a suicide-bomb belt on Lebanon this summer.