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Nasrallah Appears in Public to Threaten U.S.

Hassan Nasrallah, the Hezbollah chief who usually stays hidden from public view because he fears being assassinated by Israel, made a rare appearance at a massive rally in Beirut yesterday, calling on hundreds of thousands of supporters to prolong protests against the U.S. because of the now notorious anti-Islam video.

The unrest will continue, Nasrallah vowed: “As long as there’s blood in us, we will not remain silent over insults against our prophet. . . . This is the start of a serious campaign that must continue all over the Muslim world in defense of the prophet of God.”

Hezbollah has been criticized recently for supporting Butcher Assad in the Syrian civil war. But here Nasrallah found an opportunity to capitalize on widespread resentment and anger. Using the anti-Islam video as a catalyst, Hezbollah brought perhaps half a million supporters into the streets of south Beirut—a Shiite stronghold—with Nasrallah delivering a rousing, hollering speech amid anti-U.S. and anti-Israel chants.

This was an opportunity not to be missed for Hezbollah and its Iranian patrons to ride a pan-Islamic wave of resentment and anger in an attempt to fracture and discredit the anti-Iranian nuke coalition. Make no mistake: for Tehran and its Shiite allies, the opportunity to shift the Middle East discourse from sectarian strife between Shiite and Sunni to civilizational conflict between East and West is truly heaven sent. Expect them to milk this for all they can get.

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