The Secretary General of the Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, has expressed his support for Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in the wake of sanctions imposed by the administration of US President Donald Trump on him.
“When the US administration announced sanctions against you and included you in the honor list, my brethren and I decided to send you a telegram expressing our solidarity and respect. However, I preferred to delay it until today, until August 14, when the resistance front in Lebanon defeated (the United States of) America and Israel in the 33-day war of summer 2006, with the full support of the Islamic Republic of Iran,” Nasrallah wrote in a letter addressed to the top Iranian diplomat on Wednesday.
He added, “In that unjust war and open act of aggression, the decision was American. The project was American… The Israeli military was used as an executive tool as they claimed it was the most powerful army in the region at the time.”
“In that war, John Bolton, then the US ambassador to the UN Security Council, told an Arab official: “There is no room for diplomacy, because the war will stop only if Hezbollah is crushed or it surrenders.”
“But a few weeks later, Bolton told the same Arab official: “We have to stop the war now.”
“The Arab official asked him: Did you crush Hezbollah? Sayyed Nasrallah said no. The Arab official asked: Did Hezbollah surrender? He said no. the Arab official said: So why did you stop the war?! Bolton said: Israel would suffer a major disaster if the war continues,” the Hezbollah chief pointed out.
Nasrallah further noted that Bolton, who is now the US national security adviser and threatens to overthrow the Islamic establishment in Iran, has not managed to score any victory throughout his life.
“In the year 2006, America was defeated in the face of the resistance front of a small country divided on itself. How could it now stand against a great regional state, a united nation, a coherent establishment and a great leader?” the Hezbollah secretary general underscored.
“They wanted to besiege you and sideline you. Your presence, nevertheless, became stronger, more influential and more significant. God bless you,” Nasrallah concluded.