Friday, February 15, 2008

Media Coverage from the Middle East on the Assassination of Hizbu'llah Official Imad Mughniyya

A video montage from Hizbu'llah's al-Manar (The Beacon) Television about Imad Mughniyya. Interspersed with images of the funeral, Mughniyya, and mourners is footage of the party's guerillas and military operations carried out against the Israeli military and its Lebanese proxies, the South Lebanon Army militia. Beginning around the 2:30 mark, you will notice footage of fields of red flowers which in popular Shi'i art often symbolize martyrdom. In one traditional Iranian Shi'i painting, Fatima al-Zahra, the wife of Imam 'Ali, is pictured holding three red tulips which represent her martyred husband and sons, Hasan and Husayn.

A clip of Hizbu'llah leader Shaykh Sayyid Hassan Nasrallah's eulogy at Mughniyya's funeral. Selections which I posted yesterday in English are repeated here. Nasrallah is famous for his excellent Arabic, charisma, and speaking abilities. I posted this video to provide an example. It is interesting to note that he refers to Rafiq al-Hariri, the former prime minister of Lebanon who was assassinated in 2005, as a martyr. The ruling coalition in Lebanon, headed by the Sunni party of Saad al-Hariri, the socialist party of the Druze hobbit Walid Jumblatt, and the supporters of the inept Prime Minister Fuad Siniora, held a massive rally yesterday to commemorate Rafiq al-Hariri's death. The ruling coalition is supported by Saudi Arabia and Egypt, who fear growing Shi'i power in the Middle East. The ruling coalition is also suspected of funding Sunni Salafi militant groups who the government hoped would counter-balance Hizbu'llah and the secular Shi'i AMAL party of parliament speaker Nabih Berri. The ruling coalition did not expect the events of last summer in the Nahr al-Barid Palestinian refugee camp when over 100 Lebanese soldiers were killed in a 3-month battle with Salafi militants in Fatah al-Islam.

Coverage in the Arabic satellite media, which is better than any coverage in the United States, of the assassination of Mughniyya. Link/Mosaic TV provides English translations.

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