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Has Hezbollah Acquired Scud Missiles?
Arab media reports that Syria transferred Scud missiles to Hezbollah. YNet News correctly notes:
It should be noted that the Scud shipment has not changed the military balance as Hezbollah already possess long and medium range missiles and rockets which could go as far as Beersheba. However, the transfer bears a symbolic significance boosting the Shiite group's confidence since the only bodies which hold surface-to-surface ballistic missiles are sovereign states.
Hezbollah has therefore become the only non-governmental organization in the world to hold such weapons.
I can't wait to see how the Shiite terror organization's apologists explain this. Acquiring ballistic missiles isn't an example of an "armed wing" acting independently of Hezbollah's political and social agendas.
As Hezbollah's no. 2 man, Naim Qassem told the LA Times last year:
Neither Qassem nor Washington distinguish between the Shiite militant group's political wing, which has members serving in the Lebanese Cabinet and parliament, and its military wing, preparing for the next round of battle against Israel. "Hezbollah has a single leadership," said the 57-year-old cleric in a rare interview with an American reporter recently.
"All political, social and jihad work is tied to the decisions of this leadership," he said. "The same leadership that directs the parliamentary and government work also leads jihad actions in the struggle against Israel."
What use does a "political party" or "welfare organization" have for ballistic missiles?
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