Ein Journalist der Time besuchte Hizbollah Kämpfer in Syrien und interviewte sie. Er bekam Antworten wie diese:
“If we don’t defend the Syrian regime, it would fall within two hours,” said Ali, a 27-year-old Lebanese fighter who has served with Hizballah for more than 10 years. He requested that only his first name be used. “Our leadership [in Lebanon] took the decision that it would not be acceptable for Syria to fall [to the Sunni-dominated rebels] because we would be encircled by enemies in Syria and Israel.”
Und weiter berichtet die Time:
And Hizballah is gearing up for Qalamoun with relish. Already the militia has released a slick propaganda video about its preparations for battle, set to a stirring martial beat and full of taunts against the rebels. “After Qusayr it will be Qalamoun,” goes one verse. “You collected the armies of the world and said we will occupy Syria … the heroes are coming and ISIS will be humiliated,” says another, referring to the al-Qaeda-linked Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.
The Syrian army, says Hizballah field commander Abu Jihad, will assist with shelling and air strikes where appropriate, but there is no doubt who is in the lead. “Everything will be under our commandment. The Syrian army will operate according to our plans,” he says, going by his nom de guerre. If true, it represents a striking evolution that reveals the true disarray of Assad’s forces. A Syrian officer in the presidential guard, reached by phone and speaking on condition of anonymity, concurs. “Whenever we are fighting with Hizballah, they take the command and we provide logistics.”
Offenbar handelt es sich nur um brüderliche Hilfe innerhalb der Achse des Widerstandes, keineswegs aber um eine ausländische Intervention.
Und was nun bevorsteht, was die Bewohner der umkäpften Orte erwartet, auch das beschreibt der Time Artikel:
Residents of Yabroud, a mixed Christian-Muslim town that has long sought to avoid violence, are already bracing for the onslaught. But there is little people can do, says Michael, a Christian resident and spokesman for the antiregime Free Christian movement of Yabroud. He goes by one name and spoke by phone. “We heard that the regime circulated flyers asking people to leave Qalamoun in 24 hours,” he says. But for where? Yabroud is already a refuge for thousands of displaced people fleeing the violence in nearby Homs. “I have no place to go,” laments Michael. “Thousands of people will be killed if the regime attacks.”
Mohammad al-Farouq, a spokesman from Yabroud’s media center, fears that the town will be the next victim of the starvation tactics practiced by the regime in other contested cities. Already, he says, Yabroud’s residents don’t have enough food, fuel and medicine to last the winter. “If this battle starts, it will be a disaster for the civilians.” Given the strategic value of Qalamoun for both sides, and Hizballah’s eagerness to take the lead for Assad, it doesn’t look like there will be much hope for staving off a brutal fight.
Derweil fand in Istanbul ein Treffen statt, das der Hizbollah ganz recht gibt, so energisch an der Seite Assads zu kämpfen:
An unprecedented meeting took place Thursday in Istanbul between an Israeli lawmaker and the leader of a Syrian rebel outfit.
MK Yakov Margi (Shas) met with Mohammed Adnan, head of the Association of Rebels in Syria, through the mediation of Mendi Safadi, the bureau chief of former Likud party minister Ayoob Kara. The two even gave an interview to Turkish television. (…?
“I hope the Syrian people will throw down the gauntlet and choose its representatives as in any democratic country, and [then] they’ll find us extending our two hands for peace and living side by side,” Margi said.
Adnan replied, saying that the Syrian people are waking from the dream of lies of the Assad family, and that the facts prove the Israeli people are no longer the enemy, but “rather a partner in our struggle against the common enemy — Assad, Iran, and Hezbollah.”