Hizbullah's actions in Lebanon are similar to those of Hamas, which is also funded and armed by Iran. Both groups share the same goal: undermining moderate Arabs and Muslims and helping Muslim fundamentalists and regimes that support terrorism to meddle in the affairs of Middle Eastern countries.

A majority of Lebanese has said no to Hizbullah. A no to Hizbullah means no to Iran, Syria, Hamas, Islamic Jihad and Al-Qaeda.

It also means no to violence and bloodshed.

Will the Palestinians follow suit and say no to Hamas and violence?

Hizbullah and its sponsors have wrought nothing but disaster to the Lebanese people, who over the past two decades have paid a heavy price for the organization's irresponsible adventures.

Like Hizbullah, Hamas has nothing to offer the Palestinians other than violence and promises of jihad against Israel and the "infidels" in the West. And like Hizbullah, Hamas is investing more in smuggling weapons into the Gaza Strip than building hospitals, schools and factories.

Like Hizbullah, Hamas earlier this year also dragged the Palestinians into a war that resulted in the killing of about 1300 people and the destruction of thousands of houses.

Had Hizbullah supporters won the election, it's highly likely that another war with Israel would have been unavoidable.

The last disaster was about three years ago, when a Hizbullah cross-border attack on an Israeli military vehicle resulted in the killing of several soldiers and the abduction of two others, whose bodies were later returned to Israel.

The war that followed the attack led to the death of more than 1,000 Lebanese and the destruction of thousands of houses, particularly in the southern suburbs of Beirut, known as Hizbullah Land.

Hizbullah and its allies are now paying the price for their arrogance and failure to understand the worries of the Lebanese. They are paying the price for the 2006 war and other military adventures that brought death and destruction to Lebanon. They are also paying the price for the "coup" they staged in Beirut about two years ago, when Hizbullah militiamen briefly seized control of large parts of the city.

Hizbullah and its allies had promised the Lebanese people that if they win the vote, they would turn Lebanon into a puppet in the hands of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Bashar Assad.

The two dictators were hoping to use Hizbullah as a vehicle for spreading their message of hate to Lebanon and other parts of the Arab and Islamic world. The two have nothing to offer other than promises of more bloodletting and terrorism.

But the Lebanese voters have proven that they want to proceed in a different path - one that paves the way for a better future.

The Lebanese people are to be commended for placing the interests of their country above the interests of Assad and Ahmajinejad. But when a majority of Lebanese did not vote for the puppets of Iran and Syria, it was because they saw the rival party as a viable and credible alternative.

In the case of the Palestinians, the story is different. There is no doubt that a majority of Palestinians would have abandoned Hamas had they seen the Palestinian Authority is a better alternative. The best way to undermine Hamas is by offering the Palestinians a better alternative to the radical movement. The Palestinians have a lot to learn from their Lebanese brothers, who have chosen institutions of democracy, human rights, good governance, economic prosperity and stability rather than Islamic fundamentalism and violence.

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