In July 2006 Israel launched a military campaign against Lebanon
in response to the kidnapping of two Israeli soldiers. Nawal
Sarraf had been visiting his uncle near the border with Israel when the
village was destroyed. Israeli troops surged through the remains,
sweeping any survivors further into Lebanon and killing or capturing
anyone suspected of being in league with Hezbollah. Nawal pulled
himself out of the debris, surrounded by dead family.
He should have
died as well: the missile landed in the house across the road.
Israelis found him dazed and arrested him, but as he felt the rough
hands on his back he struck out. His fists were like rockslides:
fast, heavy and deadly. The soldiers were cut down. Their
bullets bounced off the young man, and someone called for emergency
Nawal had grown up with Hezbollah and knew their manifesto
almost as well as he knew the Holy Koran. His mother's uncle was
an official in Hezbollah and his father worked in one of Hezbollah's
funded hospitals north of Beirut. To Nawal, the Hezbollah were the
only ones who did anything for the Lebanese.
He staggered to the road
and his mind began to clear, although there was still a shrill ringing
in his ears (something which would never fully leave him).
reinforcements arrived in the form of the Cabala. Solomon 9 and
Golem moved to intercept but their appearance triggered a rage in Nawal.
He had known of the Israeli superheroes and when news of the invasion
spread, it was the appearance of people like Solomon 9 with the armies,
that instilled fear in the Lebanese. The fight was fierce but
brief, and Nawal was beaten and arrested.
He spent nearly a month in
prison but towards the end of the July War, as international
condemnation rose against Israel, the terrorist group Fatwa made their
move, slipping into Israel and causing widespread mayhem and
destruction. They pushed forward towards Tel Aviv but were turned
back by Cabala and the Israeli Army, although they were successful in
freeing a large number of Hezbollah prisoners. The break-out
spread to the streets of Tel Aviv and its citizens were temporarily
forced to hide in their homes as the streets became a warzone.
quickly returned Tel Aviv to a peaceful city, but by that time Fatwa and
the young Nawal had escaped. Imam took Nawal to Saudi
Arabia where he was healed and indoctrinated in the methods of Fatwa.
Nawal took on the name Al-Sumut, which meant The Way; and learned the
applications of his super-strength and durability under the tutelage of
Saladin. He spent some time with Fatwa, but returned to Lebanon in
2007 where he quickly became one of Hezbollah's most important
'weapons'. He sees his role as pushing the borders with Israel and
eventually assisting with that country's destruction.
Al Sumut has
been regarded as a great hero by Fatwa and Hezbollah, as well as many
Lebanese people; and it is this hero-worship which has driven much of
the moderate views from his head. Even his parents feel he has
become a fanatic. He maintains his secret identity, working in
Beirut in a Hezbollah hospital, but he considers such a life as a
necessary distraction. He only feels truly alive when he is
working for Hezbollah or fighting against the Jewish State.