According to Stratfor, Iran is rumoured to be bringing in hundreds of Hizbolah men to Qom as goons to act against anti government protesters. If this is true we will know within the week. Chances are, some of the reports we are reading about non uniformed men acting violently against protesters already are likely Hizbolah. Certainly Hizblah are seen frequently in the streets of Iranian cities according to a Chris Hitchens interview from years ago.
But what an ugly government that brings in hired thugs from another nation to control its own population. I can’t think of much worse except what Iran plans for Israel, the US and perhaps Saudi Arabia even.
December 25, 2009
A STRATFOR source reported Dec. 25 that hundreds of Hezbollah security forces have been dispatched to Iran in anticipation of the opposition demonstrations planned for Dec. 27, the Shiite holy day of Ashura. The source indicated that most of the Hezbollah forces would be sent to Qom, where demonstrations have broken out in the past week. This report has not been confirmed.
By the way, for anyone who likes this sort of geopolitical analysis on world affairs I suggest buying a STRATFOR membership. It is fallable indeed as they really got the Iranian nuclear program wrong. But overall it is a fantastic way to think and a good augmentation of more typical ways of thinking about war and politics.