“On that day I was in the city of Qom when we received the news of Saddam entering Kuwait. At the time, nothing but the detainees of the Kuwait Prison, among which was Sayyed Mustafa Badreddine, came to my mind. I was asking myself about their destiny after the entering of Saddam,” says the Coordinator of Al-AMAN Network for Strategic Studies, Anees Naqqash to Al-Manar Website.
The name of “Mustafa Badreddine”, just like other great resistance leaders, is not mentioned in Beirut’s southern suburb unless it is to comment on what is reported by journals and websites such as claims and scenarios that aim at defaming the man known by the people of resistance in Lebanon as one of its distinguished leaders and a man of uncountable achievements.
There are many guys who receive their orders from “Mustafa Badreddine” without knowing him. Some would meet him without knowing who he is. “Mustafa Badreddine,” like other leaders, doesn’t like popularity or being mentioned here and there.
However, media reports made the name of “Mustafa Badreddine” one of the most attractive titles for readers. Many reports were published about the man, presenting him as a multi-relationship, quick-tempered, corrupt, who owns fancy apartments and cars besides accusing him of assassinating PM Rafik Hariri, the report of the US Treasury, freezing his money assets and other defaming issues. Mr. Naqqash says billions were spent on these reports to defame the resistance. Not only “Israel” was the financer of this money, but also some Gulf countries were keen to support all what could harm Hezbollah, its resistance and symbols.
Mr. Naqqash tells us about Sayyed Badreddine’s release from prison in Kuwait in 1990 after it was invaded by Saddam Hussein forces. As for the “Sayyed’s” value, Naqqash uncovers calls that took place with Iranian officials to be ready for the exchange operation with the Iraqi regime once Badreddine’s personality is recognized. “In fact, we didn’t believe there was any other solution.”
At the time, Iraqi forces were robbing the Kuwaiti houses. They burnt public properties, and prisons were opened in which “the group” was released, among which was Badreddine.
Why “Mustafa Badreddine”?
“Because the man has a history and a background, he occupies a high rank in the resistance work, and they believe he plays a role in Syria, something they are annoyed of… Their information might not be correct,” says Mr. Anees Naqqash.
Badreddine’s name is related to Hezbollah’s resistance work, which represents the most evident and mostly respected side by its people; hence influencing this side is an important goal for the enemy.
His town is Ghobeiry, he is also familiar with the areas of Ouzai, Haret Hreik and beyond. His life is full of secrets which telling them is yet to be permitted, as well as the picture of his fellow martyr leader Imad Moughnieh. Mustafa Badreddine was trained by Fatah Movement, he was involved in and led confrontations against the Zionist enemy since the beginning in 1982 after the Israeli invasion. He was among the group that confronted the Israeli army during the famous Battle of Khalde, in which he was deprived from entering Beirut through its southern gate.
“Destroying the image of the combatant” or what is also known as the “character assassination,” is a method taught in the academies under the title of: “How to combat a revolutionary movement.”
As Mr. Anees Naqqash talks about what he read regarding “the art of fighting revolutionary movements,” he tells a story that took place between the British and the Irish Republican Army that was demanding independence. He narrates: “When the British were able to identify the person responsible for the revolution, they kidnapped him, killed him and dissolved his body in acid. After his disappearance, supporters of the Irish army suspected that he might be either detained or killed… Few months later, his family started receiving money orders from Canada under his name. The goal of the British was to show the supporters of the cause that the “revolutionary leader” escaped with the money of the army, and they wanted to cut off the funding the army was receiving from the sympathizers with their cause in the United States throughout discrediting the integrity of the Republican Irish people, and damaging their trust in them. The British succeeded also in convincing the Irish army that the revolutionary escaped with the money, they caused chaos among the army troops, and the story remained hidden until it was uncovered by media reports that were published later.”
It is said that the character assassination banishes the need to the physical one. But this is not applied to the case of Mustafa Badreddine, because “Israel” won’t rest before assassinating him. He’s at all times the precious and wanted catch.
A specialist in speech analysis explains that this method “uses the general moral titles in an immoral way against a public figure that is wanted to be socially overthrown. Religion, morality, terrorism and national betrayal are here used against political opponents to defame the moral value of the person in public among his people or the public opinion.”
The specialist adds that what he describes as “political assassination” is drawn by intelligence apparatuses, executed by media outlets and institutions that hide their agendas behind some shiny slogans…” He adds, “in the case of Mustafa Badreddine, it is clear that the moral assassination is a strategy used by the enemies of Hezbollah to socially overthrow them regarding the model image the Hezbollah people view them with.”
Character Assassination is Evidence of “Fiasco”
Mr. Naqqash clarifies that character assassination comes to hide the failure in achieving a physical assassination. “Israel” recognizes that it is unable to execute “Badreddine,” that’s why pumping such defamatory reports is meant to say that the survival of a man “with such characteristics is way better than killing him.”
Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah has mentioned in the speech he delivered in the graduation ceremony of the sons of martyrs: “Those who haven’t been reached yet by physical assassination, they are working to assassinate them on the moral level. There are specialized Israeli websites and intelligence systems that focus on our brothers, leaders and fighters, in which they accuse them of convictions on the personal, moral, financial and behavioral levels. This comes as part of the moral assassination of some leaders whose history in the resistance work, sacrifices and achievements are distinguished, after they failed to assassinate them physically.”
The Coordinator of Al-AMAN Network for Strategic Studies sums up: “Perhaps the media propaganda and daily pumping of information have influenced the subconscious of the follower, but what is important is that such pumping has no influence on the youth people of the resistance. What we are witnessing of achievements and sacrifices on a daily basis prove how much this group trusts its leadership. Even on the popular level, there is awareness that what is going on is a moral targeting and that it is a different method of war launched against the resistance. We can sense the strong presence of resistance among the popular conscience, which makes us feel content that we are at our best.”