WASHINGTON — Hezbollah’s entrance into the Syrian civil war is now forcing the West to intervene in some manner, reports Reuters. Hezbollah tipped the scales in the fighting along the Syria-Lebanon border near the city of Qusair.
Hezbollah hinted at entering the war before, but after heavy fighting and casualties, Hezbollah and Syrian regime soldiers under the dictatorial president Bashar al-Assad have tightened their grip around rebel positions.
With Qusair under control, now Syrian forces and government regime have a pipeline to the Mediterranean Sea and a path to their Hezbollah allies in Lebanon. Iran’s continued military support in addition to Russia bolsters the regime as well.
France and the U.S. are deciding on whether to send weapons and to arm the Syrian rebels, even though there are strong anti-American al-Qaeda elements within the rebel movement.
But, with Hezbollah’s entrance, it puts more pressure on the West to take some action as the Arab League has proven ineffective at providing a diplomatic solution in their backyard. The U.N. has performed just as poorly throughout the two-year civil war.