Remember the Silly Idea that Nasrallah’s “washing his hands” of kidnappings signaled escalation&complicity?
Several commentators interpreted Nasrallah’s August speech in the typical polemical light (and therefore analytically useless, but politically expedient) – the speech where he said the kidnappings had moved out of Hezbollah’s control.
Nashra website helps to clarify how this part of Nasrallah’s speech was actually taken on the ground – i.e. not the New Republic/Mike Young/Lee Smith way which ultimately will lead to bad (and most illiberal) policy thinking:
“…At this level, we recall that Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah asked the security forces to move on more than one occasion in order to impose the law. And when the kidnapping operations carried out by armed men who were said to be from Al-Mekdad family took place, he indicated that the situation had grown out of control. This was interpreted as being a green light to the security forces to act. Moreover, Hezbollah did not settle for lifting the cover off the outlaws, even showed willingness to provide difficult concessions as it was seen in the case of the Lebanese kidnapped in Syria… And while the announced reasons of Hezbollah’s steps are related to the ending of mayhem in Lebanon and allowing the state to impose its authority, the non-announced reasons include” translated by Mideastwire.com