High Times for al-Qaeda
On other fronts, SCIRI and al-Da'awa became U.S. allies in the most important foreign policy decision since WWII, the Iraq project. So all in all, the religious Shi'a groups were off the hook and prospering in the region while, Bin Laden and other Sunni terrorists were hiding in caves.
Hizbollah's recent actions against Israel force Washington once again to rethink its policy vis-a-vis the fundemntalist Shi'a groups. Sooner or later, Washington will realize that its democratization project will fail if the sub-contractors for the project are men like Abdulaziz al-Hakim and Nuri al-Maliki, not to mention, the Sadrists who go around Baghdad killing people on identity on a DAILY BASIS.
Hassan Nassrallah, Abdulaziz al-Hakim, Ibrahim al-Ja'afari, Muqtada al-Sadr, Nuri al-Maliki, Mahmud Ahmadinajad, Ali Khamna'i all want the same thing, strong mullacracies in Iran, Iraq and Lebanon (or at least southern Lebanon). Their differences concern the importance of Najaf over Karbala or Qum, not over whether it is right for an 8 year old girl to be married in a court of law, that they agree on.
So as Washington is firmly suporting its ally, Israel against the Shi'a, Bin Laden, somewhere is smiling. It is ironic (or is it) that Saudi Arabia and Bin Laden are probably the only two parties who can potentially benefit from the ongoing crisis in Lebanon.