Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah warned on Thursday that Lebanese have entered a very crucial stage regarding the fate of the country and the Resistance, vowing to face the plot targeting the Resistance through the Special Tribunal for Lebanon and its expected indictment and to emerge as victorious just like it did in all four previous phases in the war on the Resistance.
Sayyed Nasrallah said that whoever believes that the Resistance might accept that any of its Mujahideen or leaders be accused of involvement in the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri is mistaken regardless of the degree of the threats and pressures exerted on the Resistance, adding that any hand that would seek to arrest any of Hezbollah members would be cut off.His eminence stressed that the Resistance would defend itself and its dignity against any aggression that might target it, noting that the Â united national opposition would decide the way to confront such aggression.
Hezbollah Secretary General also emphasized that whoever seeks to scare the Resistance party by threatening it with a new Israeli war on Lebanon is wrong, saying that Hezbollah was ready and even waiting for such a war in which it would achieve the much-awaited greatest victory.
Sayyed Nasrallah was speaking through a large TV screen while commemorating the Martyrâ€™s Day as part of a ceremony held by Hezbollah in the occasion at the As-Shouhadaaâ€™ complex in Beirutâ€™s southern suburb.
WE HAVE ENTERED A VERY CRUCIAL STAGE
After giving a background of the Martyrâ€™s Day as the day chosen by Hezbollah to salute all martyrs who paid the price of belonging to the Resistance path, Sayyed Nasrallah declared that his speech would focus on the main cause of all martyrs, the Resistance and the challenges itâ€™s facing in the current stage.
â€œWe have entered a very crucial stage regarding the fate of the country and the Resistance,â€ his eminence said at the beginning of his speech, pointing to the need of a pause for contemplation and revision so that we can face the coming events in a proper way.
His eminence said that the war on the Resistance witnessed five major phases, adding that we were nowadays witnessing a fifth phase in the framework of the campaign against the Resistance.
Quoting former US President George W. Bush and former British PM Tony Blair in recently published books, Sayyed Nasrallah noted that the two men have acknowledged of the atrocities committed by them in the region. â€œThe spirit Tony Blair and George Bush had when they came to the region was destroying countries such as Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan for the sake of Israel,â€ his eminence said. â€œBlair does not speak about changing the regime but, rather, about destroying the Syrian State.â€
According to the Resistance leader, the five-phase war on the Resistance started following the 2000 victory which launched a new era in the conflict, with the Americans and Israelis, vowing to fight the Resistance that defeated them.
PHASE ONE: CONFRONTATION WITH THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY
Hezbollah Secretary General said that the first phase in targeting the Resistance was the confrontation with the international community, which had started with Resolution 1559.
He quoted Israeli former Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom as stating following the 2000 victory that he did a tour around the world with the aim of putting Hezbollah and the Resistance in Lebanon in the face of the international society.
Sayyed Nasrallah said that the Resolution 1559 was an American-French production, noting that former French and US President Jacques Chirak and George Bush were the ones behind it. â€œThe priority for Chirak was to impose a Syrian withdrawal from Lebanon while the priority for Bush was ending the Lebanese and Palestinian Resistance in order to serve the new Middle East project.â€
His eminence also said that the Resistance and its role were the main targets of the mentioned resolution, quoting Shalom as saying that the final indictment in the assassination of former PM Rafiq Hariri would lead to the implementation of resolution 1559.
PHASE TWO: TEMPTATION WITH POWER
The second phase started in 2005, and it had targeted the Resistance in a “soft” manner under the headline “Temptation with Power,” Sayyed Nasrallah announced, pointing to the stage when the French wanted to engage Hezbollah in politics, thinking that the party would renounce its arms.
According to Sayyed Nasrallah, the administration of former French President Jacques Chirak had its belief that engaging Hezbollah in political would end up by the partyâ€™s disarmament. â€œHe told the president of one of the regionâ€™s states that he was concerned with ending the Resistance in Lebanon and disarming it, but through politics. He though that by engaging us in politics, we will feel that we canâ€™t remain in the Resistance field and we will abandon our arms by ourselves.â€
Sayyed Nasrallah said that Chirak has been given a deadline of one year and a half to achieve this goal because the birth of the US much-awaited New Middle East couldnâ€™t wait more time. â€œWe, in Hezbollah, had been offered a share of power more than any other party in Lebanon,â€ Sayyed Nasrallah said, revealing at the same time that issue of tripartite power-sharing was a French idea. â€œWe never considered it. I challenge all the world to find only one stance for a leader in Hezbollah or AMAL or any Shiite citizen in Lebanon speaking about tripartite power-sharing. The French are the ones who raised the issue.â€
â€œOnce again, they failed because they were mistaken and they didnâ€™t understand us well,â€ Sayyed Nasrallah said. â€œThey offered us the tripartite power-sharing in order to abandon the Resistance, leave Syria and enter the Western scheme. They were mistaken. They didnâ€™t know that our resistance is not aimed at obtaining positions in power. We do not sell ourselves and our martyrs’ blood for the sake of a third of power, not even for the sake of the entire power.â€
â€œYou were mistaken again and you couldnâ€™t achieve anything.â€
PHASE THREE: THE WARâ€¦
Turning to the third phase in the war on the Resistance, Sayyed Nasrallah said that it was the military war, the plan to create a â€œNew Middle East.â€
His eminence noted that the US objective was not to solve Lebanonâ€™s problem, but rather Israelâ€™s. â€œWe as Lebanon should not forget this US constant. The US is not concerned by Lebanon or Syria or Iraq or Iran or Pakistan or any other state. All what concerns the US is Israelâ€™s security, Israelâ€™s power, Israelâ€™s steadfastness and nothing else. This is the absolute US constant.â€
According to Sayyed Nasrallah, the Israeli war on Lebanon was decided by the US. â€œBush thought that Hezbollah could be destroyed in a week during the July War, and when the opposite was proved, Bush was disappointed and he demanded to elongate the war, thinking it was a golden chance for Israel to destroy Hezbollah. But when the Resistance proved its steadfastness and the atrocities and massacres were uncovered, the war was ended. Bush didnâ€™t end the war to save Lebanon but rather to save Israel and to prevent the US isolation. He also says he did so to save the so-called democratic government of Fouad Saniora. This is a pure lie. He seeks to say that thereâ€™s a democracy in Lebanon and that the US is working to safeguard it. This is baseless. Bush was still at the White House when the May 7 incidents took place. What did he do to save Sanioraâ€™s democratic government?â€
After emphasizing that the war has failed in achieving its goals, Sayyed Nasrallah raised some questions about some Lebanese involvement in the war. â€œWe have the right to ask on behalf of 1140 martyrs who fell during the war whether there were any Lebanese political forces and leaderships that had asked for a war on the Resistance. Was there anyone who had asked for elongating the war so that Israel be able to destroy the Resistance? What are the roles played by these Lebanese leaderships during the war? Is there anyone in Lebanon responsible of the delay in the solution? The answer is yes.â€
â€œHere again, you were mistaken in estimating our power and capacity as well as our faith. You were mistaken in everything.â€
PHASE FOUR: MAY 5
The fourth phase in the campaign against the Resistance was May 5, Sayyed Nasrallah said, in reference to the American-inspired decisions taken by the Lebanese government against the Resistance.
â€œThe aim was to create tension between the Resistance and the army at one side and sow strife between Sunnis and Shiites at the other,â€ his eminence noted.
â€œThe plot was thwarted on May 7, in only three hours,â€ Sayyed Nasrallah pointed out. â€œThus, the fourth phase failed in achieving its goals,â€ his eminence added. â€œAnd once again, you misunderstood our priorities, our way of thinking. You were mistaken and youâ€™re still.â€
PHASE FIVE: STL AND INDICTMENT
Hezbollah Secretary General then turned to the final and last phase in the campaign against the Resistance, represented by the Special Tribunal for Lebanon and its expected indictment in the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri.
â€œBush’s book mentions the equation of the Lebanese government vs. the Resistance, their objective was to strike the Resistance to force it to surrender, and here they also made wrong calculations. Their logic was simply to accuse Shiite men of involvement in the assassination of the most important Sunnite leader and then issue a verdict in this regard, call the Lebanese government after it signed an agreement with the STL to arrest the men. The latter would send army troops to perform the mission. The battle will start between the army and the Resistance. This is their plot.â€
â€œHere again, weâ€™re facing wrong calculations. They think that Hezbollah would collapse in case they accuse it of involvement in Haririâ€™s murder. Theyâ€™re again mistaken.â€
Sayyed Nasrallah, meanwhile, reiterated Hezbollah stance towards such scenario. â€œWe donâ€™t accept any accusation of this kind,â€ his eminence declared, adding that the opposition in Lebanon is consolidated and united in the face of this new plot. â€œThey thought the resistance will remain isolated. But this didnâ€™t happen.â€
â€œAmid this atmosphere of media and political tension, the right initiative is the tripartite summit,â€ Sayyed Nasrallah said, praising the efforts made by Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz and Syrian President Bashar Assad in this regard.
â€œThe Saudi-Syrian efforts are very serious and there are big hopes pinned on it. Any results the Lebanese State agrees to will also be endorsed by the Islamic republic of Iran,â€ Sayyed Nasrallah stressed, adding, however, that some Lebanese sides were not comfortable with the Saudi-Syrian efforts. â€œWhen some of the Lebanese leaders realized the seriousness of these efforts they went mad,â€ his eminence said. â€œThey asked for the help of the Americans, French as well as some Arab governments. They believed that in case the crisis was resolved, the fifth phase in the plot against the Resistance would fall just like the previous phases and therefore, all their dreams would collapse. Some politicians in Lebanon dream of witnessing clashes between the army and Resistance as well as Sunni-Shiite strife. But let them be assured that nothing of this will happen.â€
While noting that the Americans and the Israelis have become deeply involved with the tribunal, Sayyed Nasrallah pointed to the Israeli interest in the Special Tribunal for Lebanon which is making the hot headlines in the Israeli media.
RESISTANCE WILL DEFEND ITSELF BY WHATEVER MEANS
In conclusion, Sayyed Nasrallah was more than clear and firm in facing the plot prepared for the Resistance.
â€œWhoever thinks the resistance could possibly accept any accusation against any of its jihadists or leaders is mistaken – no matter the pressures and threats.â€
â€œWhoever thinks that we will allow the arrest or detention of any of our Mujahideen is mistaken. The hand that attempts to reach them will be cut off.â€
â€œWhoever thinks that the resistance will not defend itself and its honor against any accusation or attack by whatever means it finds appropriate, in agreement with its allies in Lebanon, is mistaken.â€
â€œWhoever thinks that threatening us with another Israeli war will scare us is mistaken. On the contrary, whoever speaks of another war is bearing good news and not threatening us. We wait this day in which we will be able to achieve, God Willing, the greatest victory.â€
WE WILL OVERCOME THIS CHAPTER AND TRIUMPH
Hezbollah Secretary General noted that the false witnesses in the case should be sued and prosecuted as a first step to reach the truth. â€œWho want truth and justice sues the false witnesses and finds out who fabricated them. Now, weâ€™re debating whether they should be transferred to the ordinary judiciary or the Judicial Council. The, why the judiciary didnâ€™t act until this moment? Because their real stance is that there are no false witnesses or, even better, that this file will lead to one of the greatest scandals. Theyâ€™re protecting the false witnesses to protect those who actually fabricated them.â€
Yet, his eminence emphasized, in conclusion, that Lebanese were before a chance to salvage the country, which is the Saudi-Syrian efforts and cooperation with those efforts. â€œYet, itâ€™s mandatory that no one think that weâ€™re willing to accept the accusation of any of our fighters through a compromise. This is out of question. Whoever accuses us is the one who killed, not the opposite.â€
â€œI reassure you that, God willing, we will overcome this chapter as we had triumphed over all the previous chapters, but as long as Israel is being sponsored, we will remain under pressure,â€ Sayyed Nasrallah said at the end of his speech, addressing Lebanese.