CAMERA Op-Ed: How the Founder of Hezbollah Built the Modern Middle East

“Joseph Stalin,” Charles de Gaulle famously observed, “didn’t walk away into the past, he dissolved into the future.” Stalin, the French leader was saying, was a harbinger of what was to come. The brutal system that the Soviet dictator helped build and perfect would outlive him.

While nowhere near as well-known or as powerful, the same could be said for Ali Akbar Mohtashamipur, who died in Tehran on June 7, 2021at the age of 74. A Shi’ite cleric and acolyte of regime founder Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, Mohtashamipur died from complications relating to COVID-19. His legacy, however, will rest with his role in spreading a virus of a different form: Islamism.

Obituaries in Western news outlets noted that Mohtashamipur was a founder of Hezbollah, the Iranian-backed, U.S.-designated terrorist group that rules Lebanon. But Mohtashamipur was more than a founding father of one of the world’s largest terrorist organizations.

Read the rest of CAMERA’s June 21, 2021 op-ed in The National Interest