Why can't Lebanon kick Hezbollah out of their country?
- 1 decade agoFavorite Answer
Because Lebanon, since the late 70's hasn't had much strength by way of centralized government. The country has been occupied largely by the Israelis and the Syrians for most of the 80's and 90's, and really hasn't had much chance to get back on its feet. Hezbollah has taken advantage of the weakness of the central government of Lebanon to set itself up as sort of a parallel government in the areas it occupies, not just acting as a military force, but providing social services as well. There has long been a power vacuum in Lebanon, and many groups have taken advantage of that fact to establish their own power base. The providing of some social services helps to win the support of the area's people, and the military aspects provide defense against (or offense to) other paramilitary forces trying to do much the same thing. Lebanon can't kick Hezbollah out because Lebanon lacks the strength, and also because, in the areas it occupies, Hezbollah is the de facto government there and has the support of the people there.
- Lawrence LouisLv 71 decade ago
Hezbollah is so intertwined in the social, religious, and political fabric of the nation of Lebanon, that it would be next to impossible to oust them. People have to understand they are more than a militant group. The armed militia only makes up a segment of Hezbollah. They are a political party within the Lebanese government; a party with significant clout. They have a great deal of grass roots support from the Lebanese people, especially in the Shi’a dominated south of the country. Hezbollah is responsible for a great deal of the charity work, building of hospitals, and the construction of schools among the Shi’a population.
Any move on the Lebanese government’s part to dismantle Hezbollah, would result in a backlash by the government, not to mention violent reprisal by Hezbollah’s militant branch. This should be nothing new to people who know their history. Frequently, political parties build military resources that only answer to them. Eventually their increased popularity among the people make them impossible to excise from the political landscape, especially when their military power eclipses that of the established government themselves. Many historians have pointed out that the Sicilian mafia, the Triads of China, and the IRA in Ireland formed under similar circumstances.
To ask for the removal of Hezbollah from Lebanon, would be like asking for the elimination of the Republican Party from the United States electorate.
- OklahomanLv 61 decade ago
Because Hezbollah influences everything within Lebanon, including their national government.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
Hezbollah IS Lebanon! They pretty much pull the strings in that country.
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- 1 decade ago
The majority of Lebanese don't want to. Hezbollah provides schools, hospitals, builds roads and housing, runs much of the government and has/offers jobs.
- notyou311Lv 71 decade ago
They made a big mistake by letting them in in the first place. Lebanon doesn't have much of an army or a defense. Hesbollah gets weapons from terrorists all over the world.
- mpcagkLv 41 decade ago
cause even the 80% of the christian lebanese like hezbollah...why do u care?and what do u know about the whole situation?
- turntableLv 61 decade ago
its a power thing...Hezbollah has control over many people because of Islam...if you speak against Hezbollah they claim you are against their religion...
- -*Lv 41 decade ago
Hezbollah hold elected seats in the govt....from FREE ELECTIONS!
same in palestine....Hamas was ELECTED BY THE PEOPLE!!!Americans just do not want free elections in middle east, they claim they do, but when someone is elected they do not want, they do not recognize them
same in Venezuella....Pat Robertson(the god-loving preacher..lol) wanted to kill the ELECTED leader of the country..
what a bunch of hypocrites!!!!!!!
- Anonymous1 decade ago
Doubt they have the power, Isreal can't even do it. Lebonon says they were working with them trying to solve the situation politically. Probably too scared to remove them by force..