Christian Science Monitor (Link) - Nicholas Blanford (May 7, 2010)
Nearly four years after Hezbollah fought invading Israeli troops to a standstill in south Lebanon, the militant Shiite group says it’s prepared for a fresh conflict and confident of victory.
“We are ready for another war and we eagerly await it,” says veteran Hezbollah fighter Abu Hadi on a drive through the Bekaa Valley. “We expect the next war to be short. The Israelis will not be able to endure what we will do to them.”
Hezbollah’s leadership insists it does not seek a war and that its military preparations are a defense against potential Israeli aggression. Yet, the inconclusive outcome of the 2006 war has stoked a feeling here that another war is inevitable.
War drums have been beating faster in recent weeks amid allegations that Syria has supplied Hezbollah with Scud ballistic missiles – a development that has enraged Israel, forced Lebanese leaders to seek international support, and complicated a gradual US-Syria rapprochement. On May 3, President Obama renewed sanctions on Syria for a year because of its “continuing support for terrorist organizations and pursuit of weapons of mass destruction and missile programs.”