“In 2006, Hezbollah fought a guerrilla war. Today, Hezbollah is like a conventional army.”
Ten years after Israel and Hezbollah fought a bloody but inconclusive 34-day war in July and August of 2006, there are 7,000 Hezbollah fighters in Syria, a regional military power trained by Iranian commanders, funded by the Shiite Republic to learn the most sophisticated armaments available, such as 4th gen Kornet guided anti-tank missiles. They pilot unmanned aircraft and fight alongside artillery and tanks. They have taken rebel-held villages with Russian air support.
Ten years ago, Hezbollah fired 4,000 short-range crude rockets. Today, the group has 100,000 rockets, including thousands of more accurate mid-range weapons with larger warheads capable of striking anywhere in Israel. The challenges posed by Hamas are almost trivial by comparison.
Israel fought the first Lebanon war in 1982 against the PLO, a conflict that saw Israel occupy southern Lebanon and lay siege to Beirut. Hezbollah arose during that war. The second Lebanon war came as a surprise for both sides. Hezbollah captured two Israeli soldiers at the border, which sparked a sustained aerial and ground war by Israeli forces — and tough resistance by Hezbollah — it had stood toe-to-toe with them.
Hezbollah has then spent the past decade transforming hundreds of villages in southern Lebanon into covert fire bases with hidden launch pads, many rigged to operate by remote.
The next war will be a terrible war. In the event of war Hezbollah would try to inflict heavy damage on Israeli cities, power plants and airports to degrade national morale. And one cannot allow Israeli cities to face 1,000 Hezbollah rockets a day.
In the Trump phenomenon, we see there is a growing divide between ordinary evangelicals and evangelical leaders. Michael Lindsay’s class distinction is as relevant as it was when he first explored it.
Evangelical populists are working-class Americans who are pragmatic in their politics. One poll shows 63% of them rally behind Trump.
Cosmopolitan evangelicals are highbrow cultural elites in business, media, academia, and politics. According to World magazine, high-ranking evangelical leaders favor Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz.
They are supporters of the so-called Evangelical Immigration Table included the National Association of Evangelicals, the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, and the political arm of the Southern Baptist Convention.
When the Wall Street Journal reported, “Evangelicals push immigration path,” they mean them actually.