Supporters of Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah wave flags and a picture depicting Nasrallah, Syria's late President Hafez al-Assad, and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, 2012. (Ali Hashisho / Courtesy Reuters)

Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Hezbollah, appeared to cross a Rubicon last week. In a defiant speech on May 25, he emphasized the Lebanese Shia militant group’s unbridled support for the Assad regime in Syria. In doing so, he lifted the veil of secrecy that had surrounded Hezbollah’s deepening involvement in Syria. Of course, Hezbollah’s backing of Syria had never been in question. Yet the organization had worked assiduously to cover its tracks, even as the number of funerals for those “martyred” in Syria mounted.

Beyond publicly confirming what everyone already assumed, the speech, which was staunchly sectarian,

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