Just a quick post to highlight a recent report carried by the Brown Moses blog examining the ongoing civil war in Syria. What is noticeable about the report is the key role played by Al-Muqawama al-Islamiyya, the military wing of Hezbollah, on behalf of the besieged al-Assad regime. Without the presence of Hezbollah “volunteers” the Damascus dictatorship would still be locked into a stalemate with its opponents and facing the very real possibility of defeat (or usurpation from within its own ranks). Instead its Lebanese allies (following a “settling-in” period marked by poor battlefield performance and considerable confusion over chains of command) has slowly turned the tide of war, clawing back lost territory and widening fractures in the already disparate Insurgency. However the emergence of Hezbollah’s military wing as an almost conventional army must be a cause of deep concern to those in power in Beirut, Jerusalem and Washington. Forget the brief Lebanese War of 2006. This is the conflict that will be the making (or breaking) of the Shiite guerilla movement. And so far it is all positive for them (that’s if one leaves aside the terrible cost in human life and suffering, of course).