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Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah

On February 7, Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah delivered a speech during the commemoration of Prophet Mohammad’s birthday.

“Occupiers have no interest in the unity [of Islam]. When the people of our nation rise and call for unity it means they began to take the path of [making their own] decisions and future. This is something that [parties] controlling world politics will not allow.

Iran’s fault is that it overthrew the Shah [Reza Pahlavi], a spy for the US and Israel, and restored balance in the region. The US, Israel, and the moderate Arab countries all supported the Shah.

[Continuous] efforts are being made to prevent the [Muslims] from [uniting], because the aim of this nation is [to free] Palestine and the occupied holy sites. After failing to [make Iran yield], they invented something called ‘the Shia tide’ or ‘the Iranian tide;’ this is currently the essence of the soft war the US is waging in the region. What is the number of Shia in the Islamic world? They constitute eight to 10 percent and Iran is a part of these Shia. They say Iran wants to [transform] people into Shia. This means that Iran wants to [turn] one billion Muslims into Shia. This is baseless but this is what they are promoting.

I will address the issue related to Iran and Syria.

The Resistance in Lebanon achieved the biggest and most important Arab victory against Israel. This would not have been achieved if it were not for Iran’s support. Syria too played a big role, but I am talking about Iran now. The Resistance, which won the July 2006 war [with Israel], would not have been victorious if it were not for Iranian support. Iran, which they are now sanctioning, can resolve all [its problems] if it sells out Palestine. [We] thank Iran, its leadership and people.

[Concerning media reports that Hezbollah is involved in drug trafficking in certain countries, he said:] These are all lies. We [also] do not [get involved] in money laundering. This is against [our religion]. We, in Hezbollah’s leadership, are not involved in commercial endeavors. If someone tells you that he is running a commercial project for Hezbollah, do not believe him, even if he is from Hezbollah. This project would be his own and not the [party’s].

We have been receiving moral, political and financial support - under all possible forms - from Iran since 1982. Iran does not command us. Even when it comes to regional developments. Iran will not request anything from Hezbollah and will not desire anything. When this day comes [and Iran commands us], we are the ones who will sit down and decide what to do.

Concerning the Syrian situation. Our position is based on a vision, and if anyone wants to address this issue with us, they must address it logically, not by appealing to our emotions. Let us talk logically, based on the nation’s interests. Do not intimidate us.

Some media reports [recently quoted Syrian opposition figures as saying] that Hezbollah is shelling [Syria’s] Zabadani with Katyusha rockets. The day after, they reported that Hezbollah members’ bodies were found in [the Syrian streets.] Where are these bodies?
This is an example of how [some] media [outlets] work. Let us look at the big picture, at what is right and what is wrong, and [act] accordingly.

The reality in Syria is that there is a regime which is still standing. The army supports this regime. The media says [that a number of soldiers have] defected. According to what I know, there have been few desertions. The army is still supporting the regime. Some Syrians protest and show their support for the regime. I [read in a] Lebanese newspaper that a Lebanese party, active in the cabinet, [sent people] to demonstrate in support of the Syrian regime. The daily meant us, Hezbollah. [So] buses carried people [from Lebanon] to Syria and no one saw them but this daily? There is a US, Israeli, Western and moderate Arab countries’ decision to overthrow the Syrian regime. Why is that? Is it for democracy and human rights? Do all these countries enjoy democracy?

Some ask us why are we against overthrowing the regime in Syria. They told us [behind closed doors] that we [need not fear the fall of the Syrian regime], and they would ask why are we getting involved in this. We are not involved in this, we are in harmony with ourselves. What is desired is an end to the Resistance in Lebanon and Palestine. The [Syrian] regime has said it is ready to implement reform, and many [reforms] are ready for implementation. Syria is being pushed into a civil war. Those concerned about Syria’s future should not call for dialogue [and then set] conditions for it. Those concerned about Syria should engage in dialogue.

As for the [Lebanese] cabinet… no mediation is required and contacts are being made to resolve the crisis. I am telling those who are [preparing themselves] for a new cabinet that there will be no new cabinet in Lebanon. This cabinet is the foundation of the country’s security and stability and [it is not an appropriate] time for overthrowing cabinets in Lebanon.”