A Diamond’s Eye View of the World

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Lebanon career opportunity 1: looking like Nasrallah

Posted by adiamondinsunlight on October 16, 2008

News of the weird, from today’s Daily Star:

A Hizbullah media official told Ash-Sharq al-Awsat newspaper in comments Wednesday that the group was “unaware” of information published by Iranian newspaper Khoursid last week, which reported that the Hizbullah’s leadership had selected Hachem Safieddine as a successor to secretary general Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah. Khoursid quoted senior Iranian officials as saying that if “the Zionists succeed in assassinating Nasrallah, Hachem Safieddine will take over the party.” “Having leaders that look alike is one of the ways that Hizbullah wages psychological warfare against the enemy, in that the assassination of one leader does not create a problem or harm the resistance,” the newspaper wrote.

The weird part is not that Hizbullah would have a succession plan in place – that’s just good planning. Its that Khorshid claims that the plan prioritizes finding someone who looks like Nasrallah.

Nasrallah’s charisma does lie partly in his sunny smile and sweet manner – but mostly it is the result of his strategic and oratorical brilliance. The idea that replacing him can be done by anyone with a beard, a roly-poly countenance and a sayyid’s turban doesn’t seem like psychological warfare. It just seems silly.

But if you have ever been told: You could be a good Nasrallah for Halloween and you are looking for a job, keep your eye out for Israeli assassination squads in Dahiyeh.

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