An interview with Sheikh Bilal of Hezbollah

Syed Saleem Shahzad of the Asia Times Online has interviewed a close aide to Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrullah and presents a must read series of questions and answers. The piece begins with:

Over the past days, this correspondent has met many Hezbollah field commanders on the war front, as well as in other parts of Lebanon, but they have been too concentrated on their military campaign to offer any real insights.

Similarly, Hezbollah ideologues and, of late, even parliamentarians have gone underground to avoid Israeli spies, or even being attacked.

However, after an arduous process spread over several days, Asia Times Online managed to arrange an interview with Sheikh Bilal. Bilal, who wears a white turban and a black robe, is a close aide of Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah and in charge of a region in south Lebanon.

He is also an ideologue of Hezbollah, having been educated in the Iranian city of Qom and then sent by the Iranian leader ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini back to Lebanon to “guide” Hezbollah.

Bilal comes from the Dahieh district of Beirut, but constant bombing of the area forced him to leave his home. He agreed to meet this correspondent on condition that no hint of the location would be given.

Sporting a small white beard, Bilal sat in front of a picture of Nasrallah, but refused to have his own picture taken.

Asia Times Online: How do you view the Israeli plans? Will they be able to push into south Lebanon and destroy Hezbollah’s arms?

Click the headline for this very enlightening interview.

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