It’s another sign of the Middle East’s screwed-up alliances that Sheik Safar al-Hawali, a former mentor to Osama bin Laden, has publicly labeled Hezbollah “the party of the devil.”
“Don’t pray for Hezbollah,” Hawali says on his Web site.
Hezbollah means “the party of God,” but Hezbollah is Shiite Muslim. It is an organization of Arabs heavily influenced by the Shiites of Persian Iran. Sunni Muslims like Hawali and bin Laden, both from Saudi Arabia, just don’t think much of Shiites.
If you recall, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Egypt weren’t quick to condemn Israel’s counteroffensive against Hezbollah. That’s because Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Egypt are Sunni. And so is al Qaida.
You’d think they’d rally around Hezbollah just for its common cause against hated Israel. But in the Middle East, there’s a lot of hatred going on, and it goes in the most unexpected directions.