Hersh was right

Last month, Sy Hersh reported his investigations had revealed that the US government was endeavouring to undermine Hezbollah’s influence in Lebanon by backing Sunni Jihadist groups to attack Hezbollah.

It appears that Hersh’s sources were right:

Dick Cheney [US vice president] has given orders for a covert war against Hizbullah…there is now an American programme that is using Lebanon to further its goals in the region,” Sheikh Naim Qasim, Hizbullah’s deputy secretary general, told the Guardian in an interview in a safe house deep in Beirut’s Hizbullah-controlled southern suburbs.

The accusation follows reports in the US and British media that the CIA has been authorised to take covert action against the militant Shia group, which receives substantial military backing from Iran, as part of wider strategy by the Bush administration to prevent the spread of Iranian influence in the region.

Aparent from the hypocrisy of the US supporting groups with links to Al Qaeda for its war on terror, this is absolute madness. It subscribes to the discredited principal that the enemy of my enemy is my friend. This is clearly being done as a ramp up for an attack on Iran, but what will it mean in the long term?

Will these crazies ever learn?