The view of Sunni extremist jihadists is not necessarily new to our eyes. That was common in many places all over the world like Afghanistan, Iraq, Algeria, Egypt and others including now Syria. Or simply refer to Al-Qaeda.
Now we are witnessing more and more the other side of that coin, the Shiite jihadism. Shiite extremism existed in a political framework after the Islamic revolution of Iran in 1979, with its mantra to spread the revolution beyond its borders which was demonstrated in Lebanon with the establishment of Hezbollah in 1982 by the Iranian Revolution Guards.
Having said that, Shiite extremism was more acceptable and seen more pragmatic. Hezbollah led the way in getting the Lebanese, Arab and Islamic masses to accept its “Shiism” by successfully fighting Israel. Now we know that image has been shattered by the developments in Lebanon since 2005 and in Syria since 2011. Without getting into the details, we all know how Hezbollah changed its reconciliatory rhetoric and how it conducted its interventions…
Fast forwarding to Syria 2013, Hezbollah tells its Lebanese allies that it’s fighting Israel and its agents in Syria, after the cover up story started with “individuals defending Lebanese villages in Syria” preceded with a denial that Bashar Al-Assad needed any military assistance anyway.
But following closer the events and slogans from the ground including its social media, fighting Israel is not what motivates the Shiite fighters. That following tells the story of crushing fighting Sunnis, fighting for jihad, for Imam Hussein, for Imam Ali, for Sayyida Zainab, and for the biggest aim, the appearance of the expected Imam Al-Mahdi. The slogans have no mention of Shebaa farms, Palestine or Golan, let alone heading away from the occupied lands. So what makes these slogans different from the extreme Sunni slogans?
Lots of Shiite fighters actually believe the religious rhetoric that their current war in Syria will lead to the appearance of the Mahdi, which will signal the end of our time.
However, politically, these times might mean for Syria what it meant for Lebanon in 1982. Nowadays, Shiite and Iranian agencies are increasing and going public in Syria. Public numerous posters of Khomeini, Khamenei and Nasrallah in Syria were unheard of just six months ago, when it was all about Assads.
I just have to laugh on anyone who justifies this with the “resistance” or “protecting Lebanon” ignoring the fact that Hezbollah can not love Palestine more than the Palestinian resistance Hamas – which happened to be on the opposite side in the Syrian fight.
Hezbollah entered Syria not leave it in future. Iran is spreading its Shiite jihad via its Hezbollah in the current regional Sunni-Shia war, helped with with direct reference to the fight between Imam Ali and the Umayyads 1300 years ago in same areas (which are known now ad Syria and Iraq). It’s true that Hezbollah is fighting an existential war, but it is like because it chose it to be like that. When ideologies fight, be less shocked than me and expect a long and real fight of annihilation.
Video for a Shiite Latmiyah by an Iraqi clerk inciting against Sunnis. He mentions Yemen, Egypt, Iraq and more importantly Syria (@ 4:50). He makes a reference to ‘the spark in Deraa” (where the Syrian uprising started) saying “the opponents of our Mahdi have shown up”:
Video of another Latmiyah (updated – after this post published) glorifying the fire at Aleppo and the martyrs there, the leadership in Lebanon (Hezbollah) and the wait for the soon-to-show Mahdi:
Video posted on pages affiliated with Hezbollah glorifying this Hezbollah solider who is shelling after cursing at Bani Umayyads and praying for Zainab and Ali:
A video clip for a song by the “Iraqi Shiite Army” cursing at the Free Syrian Amry calling them infidels and asking them to meet for the fight:
A video showing training for the “Iraqi Shiite Army” in Syria ready to fight the Sunnis (Nawaseb):
Hezbollah fighters reasserting their Shiism by raising the flag of “Ya Hussein” on a Shiite mosque after the battle of Qusair:
Now few photos from Shiite social media pages showing their presence in Syria (all photos from Syria):