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Bahrain: Response to Hezbollah leader's death

Hezbollah has wide support in Bahrain, and there has been an immediate response to the news of the death of Imad Mughniyeh, a top Hezbollah leader.

Ali Abdulemam remembers when he first became aware of Mughniyeh:

عندما كنت صغيرا كنا نتابع اخبار اختطاف طائرة الجابرية الكويتية، كنت صغيرا حينها، ربما ثمان سنين، لا أعرف لماذا كنت مهتم بها، غير أن مرة أختي اجابت بأن المختطفين شيعة لذلك كانت تتابعها
لم يكن يدر بخلدي أن المدبر لتلك العملية التي استهوتني صغيرا سأكون من المهتمين له مستقبلا ، لا يمر شهر او أسبوع أحيانا لا أقوم بجولة في النت حول هذه الشخصية الغامضة، أحب ان أقرأ عنها
لست هنا في معرض تبيان الكثير من مميزات الراحل، فغوغل يكفيك عناء هذا، ولكني هنا مهتم بتجربتي الشخصية مع الاهتمام بهذه الكاريزما الغامضة
…في زيارتي الاخيرة للبنان، وما قبلها أيضا كنت دائم السؤال عن عماد مغنية، بالرغم من معرفتي بخطورة السؤال، في المرة الأخيرة سألت عضو بالحزب أمام عضو آخر، أحدهم قال محاولا الالتفات على الموضوع وتضليلي، عماد مغنية مات وشبع موت وعظامه تحللت وهن لهلق عم يدوروا عليه، خليهم يدوروا” ولكن الآخر والذي كانت علاقتي معه أقوى نفى ذلك الكلام إجمالا
أكثر ما شدني لهذه الشخصية ، هو درجة الغموض والبطولة المصاغة حولها، العلاقات المتشعبة مع كثير من الحركات الثورية والمؤسسات الثورية، أن لا تستطيع دولة خليجية تعلم بوجوده على اراضيها اعتقاله بل وتسفيره بسرعة كبيرة، أن يعمل أكثر من عملية تجميل لوجهه لتغيير ملامحه زيادة في الاختفاء، أن تكون جائزته هي الأكبر من بين المطلوبين أمريكيا بتهمة الإرهاب، هو هذا وغيره الحاج عماد مغنية

When I was young, I followed the story of the hijacking of the Kuwaiti Al Jabiriya plane. I was about eight years old then. I don't know what made me so interested in it, except that my sister said that the hijackers were Shi'a, and that was why she was following the news.
I didn't realise then that the mastermind behind that operation which triggered my interest as a child would continue to interest me later in life. Not a month or sometimes a week has passed without me checking the internet about this mysterious personality. I love to read about him.
I will not go into the qualities of the deceased, Google will save you the trouble. Here I am interested with my personal experience of being interested in his mysterious charisma. … During my last visit to Lebanon, and the one before, I constantly asked about Imad Mughniyeh, despite knowing the danger of raising such an issue. The last time, I asked a member of the party (Hezbollah), in front of another member, who tried to change the topic and mislead me. He said that Imad Mughniyeh had died and his bones had disintegrated, and those looking for him could continue to do so. The other member, with whom I had a stronger relationship, totally denied that.
What drew me most to this character was the mystery and heroic deeds surrounding him: his relations with a number of revolutionary movements and organisations, the fact that no Arab Gulf country that knew about his presence on its lands could arrest and expel him, that he had undergone several cosmetic surgeries to change his features to further disappear, that he had the largest reward on the list of US ‘Most Wanted’, charged with terrorism – all this and more was Hajj Imad Mughniyeh.

Haythoo also pays tribute:

خطابات نعي من الـسيد حسن نصر الله, من الأمام القائد الخامنئي, من الـسيد فضل الله, من الحزب, من الأحزاب المعارضة, من الأحزاب الثورية في كل أنحاء العالم… و يجب على شرفاء وطننا أيضاً أن ينعوا هذا الشهيد البطل, الـذي جعل من الأمريكان دجاجاً راكض, فإستحق فعلاً لقب الثعلب الشيعي

Condolences messages are pouring in from Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, from Imam Khamenei, from Sayyed Fadlallah, from the party, from the opposition parties, from all the revolutionary parties in the world… and all the decent people in our country should also mourn this martyr and hero, who made the Americans run like chickens, and truly deserved the title of ‘The Shi'ite Fox’.

Related Global Voices Online articles:
Syria: Imad Mughniyeh Assassinated


  • Ghassan

    Syria recognized that the International Tribunal is coming and it wants to eliminate anyone who can connect the assassination of Hariri to the Asad clan (Bashar, Maher and Asef). To the Asad clan everyone else is dispensable!
    I think that Mughenieh was one of the planner of the Hariri assassination and that’s why he was eliminated.
    When the Tribunal starts its questioning, all fingers will point to Mughanieh and the Asad clan is saved!!!
    By the way, don’t be surprised that Roustum Ghazaleh commits suicide by 2 shots to his head.

  • Jay

    He lived as a terrorist and died as one. It’s pity for our cultural and people to hold this convicted thug in high regards. A sign of bankrupt society and values when we condone and support murderous acts for a political cause: the ends never never justify the means!

  • Aaron Aarons

    I wonder if “Jay” would react similarly to the assassination of someone who had killed a lot more people with a lot less justification — someone like George Bush (the 1st or 2nd), Bill Clinton, Tony Blair, Ehud Olmert, Ariel Sharon, or any of their thousands of major backers, enablers and enforcers? Or is his moralistic condemnation reserved only for those who use violence, however selectively, against the interests that the above-mentioned thugs so faithfully serve?

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