I don’t want to bore you all, but it’s hard to think of a more important topic in this day and time. So far, I’ve mentioned the Naxelites in India and Jamaican drug gangs. But the gold standard for swimming in the sea of the people nowadays is probably Hezbollah:
Ten years on since the withdrawal, the UN together with the Lebanese army patrol the border area. But flapping in the breeze along the fence are yellow and green flags of Hezbollah. Waving next to them is the flag of the group’s biggest foreign backer – Iran.
It is Hezbollah that has real control over what happens in southern Lebanon and many villagers say they like the arrangement.
“It’s the resistance, its weapons and [Hezbollah leader] Hassan Nasrallah who make us feel safe here,” says Fawwaz Mohammed. “Without the resistance we could never be free.”
Update on Jamaica — reports that “thousands” of troops have assaulted Dudus’s stronghold. The fact that, two days later, they’re still assaulting it tells you something. Whether they eventually capture Christoper “Dudus” Cook, this cannot turn out well for Jamaican Prime Minister Bruce Golding. For one thing, Dudus’s gang, the “Shower Posse,” is (was?) closely affiliated with Golding’s ruling Labor Party. And by launching the assault after initially resisting the US demand for Dudus’s extradition, Golding paints himself as more attuned to American interests than those of his constituents and countrymen.