by Smadar Peri
Op-ed: Nasrallah trying to buy time while persevering image of crazy regional thug
Nobody, even in Lebanon (with the exceptions of his cronies,) buys into the "proof" and "new evidence" presented by Nasrallah in his unconvincing conference last week in
But what stops Nasrallah from having a little fun? As far as he's concerned,
If nobody wants to see a civil war in
The most important thing for him is not to be blamed for the Hariri assassination. Such charge may shake up Nasrallah and his organization. First of all, the government would collapse, the wave of assassination will make a grand comeback, and Hezbollah fighters would have to take over
Nasrallah's nightmare scenario also includes the worst option: Commandoes (guess where they would come from) embarking on a manhunt for the group's leadership (and thanks to all the agents and spies) and kicking it out of
Playing a slow game
For the time being, Nasrallah is managing to get what he wants. In the wake of his grand media show, regardless of what people say about Nasrallah, Hariri probe Commissioner Daniel Bellemare has no choice but to issue an invitation: Anyone in possession of documents that had not been reviewed is invited to hand them over.
Nasrallah, who currently works in line with a plan aimed at buying time and scaring all parties involved with a ticking bomb, intends to slowly proceed with his game, making the lives of the people who are seeking his downfall miserable. He will of course hand over his videos and clips, and he also possesses a pile of documents that would put off the publication of the full report for long months.
Nasrallah intends to do everything that needs to be done in order to keep the investigators busy. In the next phase, honorable judge Bellemare will attempt to get Nasrallah to leave his hiding spot and testify. Yet the Hezbollah chief is in no rush. He will announce that as long as
So here we are, back at square one. The international prosecutor is hereby invited to try his luck. Even if he rules that Hezbollah and
So who keeps
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