Hizbullah Marks Martyrs Leaders Anniversary, vows to crush Takfiri threat
Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah made a televised speech Sunday on the Martyr Leaders' anniversary and tackled several local and regional developments, starting with the ongoing Israeli threats and plots. His eminence divided his speech into three parts, the first was about the Israeli enemy and the ongoing threat it poses on Lebanon, second was about Hezbollah's confrontations at the current phase, and third was about the resistance's challenges on several aspects. After saluting the souls of the martyred leaders, resistance martyrs, Army martyrs, and citizens who were killed in terrorist explosions recently, his eminence indicated that "we have reached a situation in which people don't want to tackle the Palestinian cause and the enemy," pointing out that "this is what America had sought." Sayyed Nasrallah stated that "the US Administration is seeking, along with the Zionist Administration to put an end to the Palestinian cause, and it considers that this is the best time for that because the Arab and Islamic worlds are absent today, and every country is occupied with its own problems." Sayyed Nasrallah reminded the Lebanese in specific about the threat this enemy has constantly posed on all political, military, economic, and energy levels, and stressed that "our concern is to defend Lebanon, its glory and capabilities, and not to leave it to face its destiny..." He pointed out that "if it weren't for the resistance, Israel would have stayed in Lebanon, reaffirming that "Israel is still the enemy and threat that we should be aware of," and that "in the past couple of weeks Israel has tried to take advantage of the situation to wage and aggression on the resistance and its environment... as its eyes are still on our land and oil and it still sees Hezbollah as the greatest danger in the region." Hezbollah secretary general assured that "Israel does not terrify us and does not affect our morale, and it must know that the resistance is on high readiness at all times." He further hoped that "we establish a capable state and a strong Army which would become the sole power that defends Lebanon," reassuring that "we would then relax." Takfiri Threat Sayyed Nasrallah emphasized that the second threat following the Israeli enemy is Takfiri terror, considering that "Takfirism is not a threat by itself as long as it remains in the mental field, but the problem lies in their rejection to everyone they disagree with ideologically, politically, or mentally, so they tend to eliminate and proscribe him." His eminence pointed out that this "Takfiri threat is present in the whole region in the form of armed groups adopting an elimination logic even within the Islamic field, whether against other sects or against Sunnis who disagree with them." Sayyed Nasrallah gave the current battle between "Daesh" and "Al-Nusra Front" as an example, indicating that "over 2000 fighters from both parts have been killed, dozens of suicide attacks were committed and booby-trapped cars were blown up... knowing that the two groups shared the same ideology, but they disagreed politically, so they permitted killing each other." "What did these armed groups do to the people in Algeria and to the "princes" of their own movements?" He asked, adding: "Let's observe Afghanistan's experience. Afghani factions fought the strongest army of the Soviets, then after its withdrawal, some Takfiri groups engaged in a battle with each other and killed more than the Soviet Army did..." His eminence stressed that "Lebanon is a target for the Takfiri groups and part of their project, and their priority was to come to Lebanon after finishing from Syria, this is why they followed the strategy of controlling the Lebanese borders with Syria. This is their ideology, and since the Americans and Israelis are engaged with these groups, than targeting Lebanon would be certain because of the presence of the resistance, which is the greatest threat on Israel, in it." He pointed out that "there were discussions in Lebanon in light of the explosions and suicide attacks, and some said that this wouldn't have happened if it wasn't for Hezbollah's engagement in Syria. They adopted this justificatory logic which will continue even after we became partners in the same government." On this point, Sayyed Nasrallah wondered: "Before going to Syria, didn't Lebanon witness a war imposed by those in the north and in some refugee camps, and didn't they target Christian regions and Army locations with booby-trapped cars? All these occurred before the incidents in Syria began." He pointed out that "recent information have revealed that the majority of the countries that funded and facilitated foreign fighters' entrance to Syria have started portraying their fears from the security threats these individuals' victory in Syria would pose on them," and referred to several new measures made by these countries in order to prevent their citizens from traveling to Syria to engage in the fights taking place there," giving Tunisia and Saudi Arabia as examples on that. Moreover, he addressed the Lebanese saying: "Why are all these countries allowed to be worried about the presence of their youth in the ranks of the armed groups in Syria, and we, the neighbors of Syria, whom our life and destiny are related to the developments in Syria, are not allowed to take precautionary measures for that? What have the Lebanese government done besides self disassociation which is similar to burying it's head in the sand? Don't we have the right to interfere to stop the killing, stealing and raping of women which 30,000 Lebanese have been suffering in Al-Qusayr? what if those Takfiris whom we defeated in Qusayr came to Lebanon? What if, God forbidden, they took control over all Syria? How would the picture be like then?" Furthermore, his eminence asked: "Why do they fear an election in Syria? It is because they know where the public opinion is now." From this point, Sayyed Nasrallah affirmed that "we will triumph in this battle and it is only a matter of time. What this battle requires on various levels is available, this is a crucial battle, but its destiny is victory." However, his eminence stressed the importance of preventing any of the Takfiri's goals, most importantly the sectarian clash. "Their speech in Syria and Lebanon is sectarian as they want to stir incitements. They want us as Shiites who's women and children are being targeted in explosions to make a sectarian reaction, but this did not happen in the past and will not happen in the future. Such a reaction would only serve the Takfiris," he said, praising the Lebanese Army and its intelligence's achievements, specifically the latest ones. The Lebanese Government Regarding the Lebanese government which was formed on Saturday, Sayyed Nasrallah reassured that Hezbollah presented many concessions in order for this government to be formed, considering it more of a "national benefit" or a "settlement" government rather than a union government. His eminence stressed that "Hezbollah had constantly sought partnership and it had never said it rejected forming a government which the Future Party, or the Lebanese Forces or any of the elements of March 14 are part of... We never said that we refused dialogue with March 14, we have rather expressed that we wanted a Nantional Unity Government and dialogue, and this does not mean imposing anyone's opinion on the other." Sayyed Nasrallah assured that "who delayed the government formation for ten months were not the ministerial bags but the sides who refused to form a political government and called on forming a neutral government and isolating Hezbollah," stating that "Hezbollah's position today is stronger than any other time, whether in the internal political field, or regionally, or internationally..." Commenting on the fears and concerns of some people because of some ministers appointed in the new government, Sayyed Nasrallah said: "I tell them that no matter who the Minister of Justice was, Omar Al-Atrash or Naim Abbas will not be released because they have confessed about their role in sending booby-trapped cars..." In conclusion His eminence saluted the oppressed Bahraini people as three years have passed on their peaceful and civilized revolution despite all the oppression and arrests by the regime. He also addressed the Lebanese, Palestinians, and all the honorable ones in the region, saying: "If you want Israel to lose any chances, and if you want to prevent sedition in the region, stop the war on Syria and take out the fighters there, and of course we would pull out then. We should all stop this war on Syria in order to preserve Lebanon, Palestine, Syria, and the nation.