Shi’ite Militarism in a Lawless Land

Israel’s Effect on the Formation of the Party of God


  • Bo Furlong


Hezbollah, or “The Party of God,” has definitely made their name in the realm of Middle Eastern politics. From innovating the use of car bombs, to pushing the Israe- li Defense Force out of Lebanon, and even to becoming a state-sponsored military force within the Lebanese government’s borders, the Party of God has succeeded and even thrived where several terrorist organizations have failed. This is due to the unique geographical and political makeup of Lebanon, the divisive history of its former rulers, and the militant policies Lebanon’s occupiers. In this paper, a specific focus is given to the occupation of Lebanon by the Israeli Defense Force and how its militaristic tactics gave birth to a militant movement that would be unrivaled by any that came before.