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10/08/2012

Filed under: riflessioni — Paolo Porsia @ 9:42 AM

A tale of two captives: Iran defiant, Hezbollah silent over Syrian struggles | The Times of Israel.

Tehran tries to play big brother to Bashar Assad, while Lebanese group has to walk a tightrope

August 10, 2012, 3:28 am
A Lebanese Shiite Muslim blocks the street in a southern suburb of Beirut, Lebanon, to protest against Syrian rebels' kidnapping of 12 Lebanese Shiite pilgrims in the Syrian northern province of Aleppo on Tuesday, May 22, 2012. (photo credit: Bilal Hussein/AP)
A Lebanese Shiite Muslim blocks the street in a southern suburb of Beirut, Lebanon, to protest against Syrian rebels’ kidnapping of 12 Lebanese Shiite pilgrims in the Syrian northern province of Aleppo on Tuesday, May 22, 2012. (photo credit: Bilal Hussein/AP)

BEIRUT (AP) — It took just minutes for Lebanon’s powerful Hezbollah chief to appear on TV to silence protests after Syrian rebels grabbed 11 Lebanese Shiites in May. Tehran’s leadership also went into rapid-reaction mode when gunmen seized 48 Iranians last week, but with a very different objective: to make the abduction an international affair.

The contrasting approaches highlight how Syria’s civil war is impacting the…

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