Although they fight each other on the ground in Syria, Hezbollah’s latest forum posting is in agreement with al-Qaeda’s view that rulers of the “Gulf Arab countries were apostates and accused them of working with the United States and Israel in order to spread corruption and destroy Islam.” [SITE] This makes them takfir, and therefore legitimate targets.
Al-Qaeda and other Sunni terrorists have always labelled as takfir those Muslim rulers who cooperate with the America and Israel, including the rulers of authoritarian Arab regimes in the Gulf. “Shi'a Muslims, who themselves have been the target of Sunni declarations of takfir, have not applied the ruling. The popular sentiment expressed on Hezbollah's forum, however, indicates that many Shi'a most likely feel that such a ruling would be justified.” [SITE]
So, leaders in the Gulf who support anti-Assad forces in Syria are now legitimate targets of Hezbollah, and therefore, in open opposition to Iran’s influence in the region.
October 16, 2013 by Bruce Wallace, 121Contact