Hezbollah: Lebanese Rubble 'Made In USA'

With the cease-fire in effect in the Middle East, a new battle is going on in Lebanon between Hezbollah and the United States for the hearts and minds of the region's people.

In the devastated areas of Lebanon, Hezbollah is now sweeping the streets, clearing the rubble and registering the names of the homeless as it works to further gain the support of the Lebanese people.

"Hezbollah is still one step ahead of everyone else, and that is because it has the organization, the efficiency, the commitment and the resources," said Amal Saad-Ghorayeb, a professor at Lebanese American University in Beirut.

Hezbollah has promised to pay rent and even buy furniture for people who lost their homes. How can Hezbollah afford this? On the streets of Lebanon there is little doubt. One person we spoke to said, "Iran."

Propaganda War

Hezbollah seems to be operating on a blank check from Iran to fund the rebuilding. The United States has promised $50 million to Lebanon, but some say it will be difficult for America to compete with Hezbollah's investment.

"It is one thing to say the U.S. is trying to help the government of Lebanon, but this is rhetoric," said Fawaz Gerges, a professor at Sarah Lawrence College in New York. "Who is going to give cash, build houses, send children to school? Hezbollah will."

"When Hezbollah provides these cradle-to-grave benefits, it becomes deeply embedded in the community," Saad-Ghorayeb said.

And, as Hezbollah cleans up the rubble, it's also hanging signs amid the destruction that say "Made in USA." It is clear America's support for Israel during the 34 days of bombing will not be forgotten.

"Hezbollah is going to milk this for all it is worth," Saad-Ghorayeb said. "People are in a very radicalized, angry state, and Hezbollah feels very justified."

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