More from Ciezadlo.
But despite [the Shias’] numerical superiority (which some of their adversaries dispute to this day)–and perhaps also because of it–the Shiites were always perceived as an inconvenience, Persianized outsiders, intruders in their own country.
With Iranian funding, [Hizbollah] set up a parallel state that relieved the Lebanese government of much of its responsibility–military, financial and psychological–for its largest sect. They had their own clinics, their own schools and their own mosques, all in “their” neighborhoods. This autonomy came at a price: No matter how much power the Shiites attained, they were still unwanted, still the “grungy” peasants who belonged in the south or in “their” neighborhoods.
They’re not the biggest group, they’re peasants who belong in the south – sounds like a perfect description (almost word for word!) – of Gisele Khoury’s repugnant views.