The Hezbollah liberating? That would be some news. I never remember them being tagged as "freedom fighters". This is like a terrorist group, their purpose is to make you bleed and make statements about your vulnerability. They should have secured the peace first, then gradually remove the Baathists later. Well, if they don't want to be Chinese, why take a Chinese passport? China does not have internal insurgencies if that is what you mean, other than the Muslim insurgents in Xinjiang. The army isn't any social homogenizer. It hardly plays a role in Chinese social life. In fact, the PLA's presence is almost never felt, just symbolic, like that garrison in Hong Kong. The dominance of Chinese culture itself has been the main homogenizer. The simple fact that people do not want to be left out, meant they, even as ethnic minorities, have to join in to enjoy the social progress and prosperity of the mainstream. I remember that's what my Chinese tour guide told me, as she later admits being a Mongolian. If you look at past Chinese history, a lot of ethnic minorities became Chinese not because they have a gun holding against their head, but because they are simply swept by the culture whose norm of being "civilized" is to adopt Chinese customs and language. Its kind of like today, our norm of being educated and civilized is to wear a suit and talk English. And because in China, every minority is also Asian, eyes, skin and hair color, blending in and later absorbtion becomes very easy. You do not have the genetic differences that will continuously remind you that you are a different race.