It looks as though Secretary of State Hillary Clinton‘s trip last month toÂ pro-Hamas, pro-HezbollahÂ and pro-al QaedaÂ Syria, where she met with President-for-Life Bashar al-Assad in an attempt toÂ improve relations with the Syrians (and, by extension, the Iranians, who are Syria’s puppeteers) Â is starting to bear fruit—for Syria.
Emboldened byÂ Clinton’s visit, Syria and Iran are on track to becomeÂ the major beneficiariesÂ of the upcoming Lebanese elections in June,Â with Hezbollah (Syria and Iran’s terrorist surrogate in Lebanon)Â poised to make big gains.
The Syrians, who dominated Lebanon from 1975 to 2005, promised (and delivered) nothing to Mrs. Clinton at last month’s meeting. Meanwhile, theyÂ have quietly continued to provide Hezbollah with arms and aid. Anti-Syrian, pro-U.S.Â factions in Lebanon’s parliament have expressed concernÂ that the Obama administration’s talks with Syria could indicate a weakening ofÂ American support for Lebanon.
Mrs. Clinton made a surprise visit to LebanonÂ yesterday to try to undo the political fallout from last month’s trip to Syria. “There is nothing that we would do in any way that would undermine Lebanon’s sovereignty,” she said. “I want to assure any Lebanese citizen that the United States will never make any deal with Syria that sells out Lebanon and the Lebanese people.”
Hezbollah, however, knows better.Â HezbollahÂ spokesman Ibrahim Mussawi said Clinton’s visit could have a negative impact on the pro-U.S. factions in Lebanon.Â Â All Hezbollah needs to do at this point is wait until June, when its efforts will bear fruit. Publicly, Hezbollah has adopted the strategy of a low-key election campaign with a moderate message in order to placate its critics.Â Â Secretly, the terror group’s leaders areÂ delighted that Hillary is giving themÂ back their colony.