ABSTRACT

Hezbollah: Social Services as a Source of Power   [open pdf - 2MB]

"Major James Love's paper on Hezbollah provides the Special Operations reader an illustration and reminder of the importance of civic actions to achieving strategic objectives. He outlines the comprehensive activities of the Hezbollah Social Service Section as the precursor for success in Hezbollah's political and military actions. Love estimates that about half of Hezbollah's budget is dedicated to social services sectors such as health, veterans' services, reconstruction and compensation, education, women's groups, and even the Imam al-Mahdi Scouts (like the Boy Scouts). Such efforts are employed to capture the willing support of the people in order to further Hezbollah's political aims. The concept is working, as Hezbollah has largely supplanted the Government of Lebanon in the southern part of that country while it continues to harass Israel and the West on the political-military front. "

Report Number:
Joint Special Operations University: JSOU Report 10-5
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2010-06
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Public Domain
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Joint Special Operations University (U.S.): https://jsou.socom.mil/
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