Why we went into Syria - Hizbullah
we went into Syria- Hezbollah ABNA Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah gave an Interview to Local OTV Channel, where he stated reasons for involvement into Syria. Sayyed Nasrallah said, Hezbollah's position has been gradually evolved. "When the Syrian events erupted, we kept silent for three weeks awaiting a clear view in order to know the nature of incidents. On the other side, when we were employing our good relations to avoid what happened, all Syrian opposition members, some Muslim Brotherhood leaders and some extremist parties threatened us even before we adopted our political position. Despite all that, we called for a political solution to avoid the military option," he said. His eminence revealed the main cause behind the party's intervention in southern Syrian town of al-Qussayr on the border with Lebanon, stating that Hezbollah "hadn't any direct call with opposition figures, but with states that had connection with them. President Assad was ready for dialogue and reforms while many in the region said that the matter would end within two or three months and that there would be no need for dialogue." "There were countries in the region working on toppling the Syrian regime militarily without being ready for dialogue. Events in Syria had developed but we didn't intervene militarily. We didn't intervene in towns resided by Lebanese in al-Qussayr when the Syrian army was still deployed there," he added. However, when the army was forced to leave the area, residents called for Hezbollah help to defend their towns because the Lebanese government didn't care for the Lebanese citizens there and kept the borders open for smuggling weapons to al-Qussayr from North and West Lebanon. "We went to al-Qussayr in a pre-emptive operation. If we didn't take the initiative, armed groups would storm the Lebanese border towns," he stated. Sayyed Nasrallah stated that "demolishing the holy shrine of Sayyed Zeinab (as) by the militants would ignite sedition in the region," adding that Hezbollah had sent only 40 to 50 fighters to the area to help in defending the shrine, stressing that "our increase in Syria was logical and realistic." His eminence pointed out that Hezbollah didn't deploy fighters in other areas, but the situation had evolved gradually, noting that "tens of Lebanese have been killed in fighting for the militants in Syria." "We (Hezbollah) declare our martyrs. We were in need for announcing our intervention because we don't feel shame of martyrs, but we are proud of them," Sayyed Nasrallah said. He also made clear that his photo with Grand Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei was two years before Al-Qussayr combat, stressing that "Hezbollah didn't intervene in Syria according to an Iranian decision, but according to a self decision. What have been said about an Iranian demand for us to intervene is untrue." His eminence pointed out that "if we abandoned our duty in al-Qussayr and Qalamoun, tens and hundreds of booby trapped cars would enter into Lebanon, and we had gone to Syria in order to avoid this thing," indicating that "the car which exploded in Lebanon had came from Yabrood through Arsal," wondering "what the future of Lebanon will be if Syria falls by armed groups?" Sayyed Nasrallah also noted that "former Prime Minister Saad Hariri and MP Okaq Sakr are involved in sending fighters and weapons into Syria," stating: "Ask the other party what guarantees they will provide if the opposition wins?", adding that "the level of support in the Lebanese people to our intervention in Syria higher than the rate of support for resistance movements from 1982 to 1990." "The day will come when we will be thanked for our intervention in Syria," Sayyed Nasrallah said. His eminence said that "there are great exaggerations about Hezbollah intervention in Syria," explaining that "those who are fighting in Syria for the regime side are the Syrian army and the national defense forces formed from the people of the areas who are defending themselves," pointing out that "there isn't any Hezbollah fighter in the provinces of Daraa, Soweida', Qunitra, Deir Ezzor and the northern Aleppo. "Our presence in Syria is limited in Damascus, Homs and the surrounding areas of Lebanon. We are located in al-Qussayr and Damascus.The Syrian army is carrying out the today's operations in Qalamoun along with the national defense forces." Answering a question on the number of Hezbollah fighters deployed in Syria, Sayyed Nasrallah said that "some people in Lebanon say that 250 fighters of Hezbollah had been killed, and then some March 14 newspapers say that 600 fighters of Hezbollah killed in Ghota. These are their aspirations." He also stressed that "none of Hezbollah fighters has been kidnapped in Syria, but bodies of the martyrs have been captured and we will not leave them," pointing out that "since the beginning of the events in Syria, number of martyrs did not reach 200 as they pretend according to the nature of the battle," expressing belief that "the threat fell," and that Hezbollah has martyrs less than the number his eminence was expecting. Sayyed Nasrallah said he expects that other in this period major shift will occur in more than one area, but these attempts will fail, as happened in Ghota," adding that "someone is working to disable the Geneva II Conference." Lebanon Sayyed Nasrallah recalled that Hezbollah was the first to condemn the bombings of Tripoli, stating that on that day he was you sadder than the days of Ruwais and Bir al-Abed blasts, because it was clear that someone wants to drag the country into sedition." Regarding the security situation in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli, his eminence said that "what was reported on Mufti of Tripoli and the North Sheikh Malek Al-Shaa'r on the relationship between the gunmen with the security services is true", pointing out that "we know that the Directorate General of Internal Security Forces, and over the years, is paying money to armed groups and moving ammunition by cars of internal security forces during the last few years," adding that "the solution is that the state must hold the security situation in Tripoli and form a crisis cell. Tripoli and the North need dialogue and all the parties must meet." Touching on the political scene in Lebanon, Sayyed Nasrallah pointed out that political choices and options of March 8 bloc are gaining, while that of March 14 are losing. We do not have a larger project for Lebanon, but we support a real partnership in Lebanon and with the participation of everyone." His eminence made clear that Hezbollah believes in the Lebanese entity, calling upon Resistance lovers and audience to make no reaction in streets if anyone imitate him. "If anyone has an objection, let us object judicially," he said, hoping that no one will insult us or insult others.