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Nasrallah’s Ashoura speech: back on track

Elias argues on his blog and at the NYT about Nasrallah’s sectarian rhetoric and his Ashoura speech. The thing is, the discourse he employs is only a part of the “normal” arc of his speeches since the July 2006 War. There was a brief hiatus in the increasingly messianic, sectarian and hubristic angle of his speeches between 2010-2011, but with the pressure bearing down all around and the moment for a climactic confrontation nearing, he is decidedly back on the arc which he has laid out since July 2006 changed so much.

The key point for me is how the post 2006 period – but especially the 2007-2009 period – marked such a critical and dangerous departure from the entire period before – and of course for me, how this was a major lost opportunity for preponderant powers liek the US.

I wrote about the change in Nasrallah’s discourse here a few years back.


Written by nickbiddlenoe

December 14, 2011 at 8:08 pm

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