dimanche 30 juillet 2017

Hassan Nasrallah's moving tribute to Hezbollah fighters

Speech by Hezbollah Secretary General Sayed Hassan Nasrallah about the offensive against terrorists in the Jurd Ersal, July 26, 2017


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[...] Finally, (my thanks and tributes) to those who sacrifice themselves (fighters). Here, you will have to allow me (to unburden myself) a little. During the July (2006) War, I controlled myself (not to express my feelings in my adresses to the combatants). Again, I made an effort to restrain myself before I start talking. Because I always speak with my heart, but now I will speak ... [holds back tears] with different (deeper) feelings.

To those who sacrifice (themselves), all (those who sacrifice themselves). The martyrs, the souls of the martyrs, the families of martyrs, the injured, wounded families, the fighters (Mujahideen), the Resistance on the battlefield (Ersal) and on all the battlefields of the Resistance, of combat, sacrifice and loyalty. Not just those that are now present in the Jurd of Ersal. I address this speech to all [Hezbollah] Resistant and combatants in all places and on all battlefields.

I wondered what I was going to tell you as a speech, a few words addressed to everyone. I remembered that in ziyara (pious visit or greetings addressed by far) our Imams, the Imams of Ahl al Bayt, the family of the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, we say in this particular ziyara, to a place of ziyara we reach an excerpt where we say:

"Let my father, my mother and my soul be sacrificed for you, how can I express the excellence of the praise (that you deserve) and make the account of the beauty of your affliction? And it is through you that God took us out of humiliation, delivered us from the waves of torment and saved us from the precipice of the abyss of perdition."

And you all, all of you ... This speech is for the martyrs, the wounded, the fighters, the Resistance, any father, mother, wife or loved one to them. You are the heirs of those Imams. You are their loved ones, you are the ones who trod their path. In every woman among you, lies the soul of Zaynab, peace upon her, who said after Karbala "I only saw beauty (in this tragedy)."

In your men, there is the influence of Abbas who refused to drink water and declared on the banks of the Euphrates "O my soul, abandon me after the death of Hussein, because after it, it does not suit you to exist."

And you have the soul of Aba Abdillah al-Husayn, peace be upon him, who, when the whole world besieged him, and put him in front of only one alternative, (to choose) between the sword and humiliation, he proclaimed his word for History and Resurrection "What execrable choices is humiliation! (Let us rather die a thousand deaths)."

Therefore, because you have these characteristics, let me declare to you:

"Let my father, my mother and my soul be sacrificed for you, how can I express the excellence of the praise (that you deserve)? Language is unable to (properly) sing your praise. How to do your eulogy? What words, what sentences, what eloquence, what customs, what poems could list and describe your status and position?

You are the chosen ones, the good, the noble, which have never been stingy of your blood, nor of your offspring, of your money of your patience, of your endurance, of your support. How can I make account of the beauty of your affliction? Your trials, the tests you had to endure since the beginning, this makes us about 40 years together, at least, such is the experience of Hezbollah. The beauty of your afflictions, your success in all these trials, all these difficulties.

And by you, God brought us out of humiliation. What we say to our Imams, I tell you. Yes, it is through you that God brought us out of humiliation, through your blood, your sacrifices, your martyrs, your wounded, your tears, your patience, your endurance, your influence, your nobility, your courage, God brought us out of humiliation, the humiliation of the occupation, through the Resistance. The humiliation of submission, the humiliation of weakness, the humiliation of fear, the humiliation of defeat, the humiliation of scorn and all humiliations.

And God saved us by you. He saved us (through you) the throes of tribulations, these torments. You, your children, your knights have dispelled these tribulations and torments from the faces of the people, which was threatened with occupation, and whose homeland and earth have almost been lost. Our people was threatened by takfirism, misfortunes, afflictions, humiliation, death, killing, capture and slavery (for his womenfolk). These are the biggest disaster, the greatest sorrows. But you, through you, God for us dispelled the throes of tribulations and saved us from the precipice of the abyss of destruction, and we have been preserved as well as our people, who lives in safety throughout the whole of the territory and the borders, in every village, every town, safe, totally safe, noble, dignified, confident, able to cope with all the difficulties and all the challenges and dangers. He fears no threats. Neither Trump nor Obama or Bush, if we go back, neither Netanyahu nor Sharon or [Chaim] Weizmann [1874-1952] or anyone. By you, thanks to you.

O those who sacrifice themselves, you honorable people, may God reward you for (your glorious efforts in the service of) your family, your people, your country and your (Islamic) community with the best reward and gifts in the next world, and may God protect you and make you victorious in this world, and give your faces the radiance (of purity) in this world and the next. And may God accept your actions. May God accept your actions.

We will continue to take on more responsibility, God willing, to win more victories and glory, safety and security, through mutual assistance and unity of all and everyone assuming his responsibilities.

Again, to all those who supported, assisted, helped and blessed, our thanks and our respect.

May the Peace of God be upon you and His mercy and His blessings.

Answer of the Hezbollah fighters in Ersal:

samedi 29 juillet 2017

Hassan Nasrallah pays tribute to Al-Aqsa insurgency and Yemen

Speech by Hezbollah Secretary General Sayed Hassan Nasrallah about the offensive against terrorists in the Jurd Ersal, July 26, 2017



Before entering into the main subject of my talk of tonight [Hezbollah's offensive against the terrorists of the Jurd Ersal], let me quickly mention a few points.

First, from the position of the Resistance and the Resistant people, we congratulate, praise and honor the inhabitants of Al-Quds (Jerusalem), the House of Sanctity and those who reside and resist there, the inhabitants of the West Bank and all the Palestinians who hastened to go to the old city to defend the al-Aqsa mosque, this holy place, and have imposed a new victory in truth, for what we have seen these days is a real victory, which must continue.

They imposed on the enemy the removal of electronic gates and of the new measures aimed at imposing (on the Palestinians) the sovereignty of the Israeli enemy over the Al-Aqsa mosque, over their presence, their prayers, their glorification of God, over their empty hands (facing the enemy's weapons), their breasts facing bullets and grenades, they shaped this victory. And it is a new experience in any case, among the experiences of the choices of popular resistance, whether in its military aspect or in its civil aspect.

Secondly, I would also like to thank our dear brother-leader Sayed Abd al-Malik Badr al-Din al Houthi, for in his speech a few days ago he stated very clearly and without exaggeration that he stood, along with the fighters (mujahideen) and the resistant people of oppressed and abandoned Yemen, alongside Lebanon, Syria and Palestine, in any confrontation with the Israeli enemy, which is a confirmation of the equation of force that our (Islamic) Community, the peoples of our Community and the Resistance movements in our Community wish to establish and confirm. We extend our sincere thanks to him and to all our dear brothers and sisters, the patient and long-suffering people of the honorable Yemen.

And of course, the truth must be stressed, for we in Lebanon were occupied in the Jurd Ersal, and the security situation in the country did not allow us to organize (massive) popular demonstrations up to the level of what took place in Al-Quds (Jerusalem), but throughout the Arab and Muslim world, did you find demonstrations of support for Al-Quds, Al-Aqsa, the Palestinian people, the inhabitants of Al-Quds, larger, more massive and more important than the popular demonstrations in Yemen?

I wanted to recall this reality, and to call all those who have a false position on what is happening in Yemen to reconsider their position. [...]

dimanche 23 juillet 2017

Hassan Nasrallah : the Liberation of Mosul is an Opportunity to Eradicate Daesh

Speech by Hezbollah Secretary General Sayed Hassan Nasrallah on July 11th, 2017, on the occasion of the liberation of Mosul

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Transcript :

[Sistani and Khamenei played a decisive role in the liberation of Mosul]

Because what happened in Iraq and Mosul affects not only the future of Iraq and the Iraqi people, but deeply and strongly concerns the future of (all) the peoples and countries of the region, and the future of the (Islamic) Community as a whole. There is no doubt that the victory proclaimed yesterday (July 10th, 2017) in the city of Mosul by the head of the Iraqi Government and Commander in Chief of the Iraqi Armed Forces, Dr. Haydar al-Ibadi, surrounded by military and security officials, is a very large and very important victory, there’s no doubt. Now, although some want to diminish its importance, its scope, its major character, there is no doubt that this is a very large and very important victory, which comes in a context of progression and combination: a number of victories were accumulated and led to this particular victory in the city of Mosul, with the particularity and importance of Mosul.

It comes in a context of progress and accumulated victories of Iraqis against Daesh and terrorism at Diyala, Salah al-Din, Anbar and other Iraqi provinces, which brings us back to the early days, of which we’ll talk about a little in order to draw lessons, the first days of very heavy and bitter fighting that occurred between the Iraqi people and Iraqi forces on one side and Daesh (on the other), and the very wide and fast progression of Daesh who seized several Iraqi provinces until reaching the outskirts of the capital Baghdad. It was 3 years ago, we all remember this broad surge, very fast and very violent.

There is no doubt that the affliction was very big for the Iraqis, who found themselves facing a sedition wherein the grown up are made feeble and the young grow old and the true believer acts under strain till he meets God (Sermon of Imam Ali). There was a generalized state of confusion and dizziness, and a feeling of helplessness, paralysis and widespread despair. The magnitude of what happened was truly colossal, far too big for one to recover easily.

The fatwa of (Shia) religious authorities was published quickly in the Holy City of Najaf (where the tomb of Imam Ali is located), the fatwa of His Eminence Grand Ayatollah religious Marja’ Sayed Ali Sistani (first religious authority in the Shiite world, where a Marja’ is an example to follow and representative of the Prophet), may God protect him, making defense and jihad mandatory (general mobilization until victory) for any individual who can bear arms and fight and making it mandatory to face Daesh with all the force (required). And he stated that this responsibility extended to all, and that the one who was killed in this battle and in this confrontation would be a martyr in the path of God Almighty and Exalted.

This is the place to start our discussion, because the fatwa of (Shiite) religious authorities and their historical call at this time to all Iraqis is the cornerstone and the decisive point of departure of this beautiful conclusion and this great victory. This turning point, this entrance, this door, this source (are the decisive factor).

Well, why... Some might say that we are (unduly) trying to give this fatwa and this stance of religious authority (Marja’iya) this enormous and capital significance. This fatwa and this historical stance, what have they brought?

First, they have released the Iraqis and everyone from confusion, dizziness, paralysis. (Before this fatwa, they did not know) what to do, how to react. Fight, do not fight? What was the right attitude, the right stance (from the religious point of view)? Because in the end, it comes to combat, effusion of blood, to kill and be killed (so one cannot act lightly). In some ways, the fatwa has settled this question decisively and put an end to the confusion and paralysis regarding the (right) stance, saying it is a duty and obligation for all to fight, to defend, to cope. It settled (the question) decisively. See, so (it was only) a few short sentences, and how great was their historical impact?!

Second, it has clearly identified the enemy decisively: the enemy is Daesh, which was originally called the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) about which some have been duped and believed that it was an Islamic movement or an Islamic revolution. Some media have welcomed Daesh warmly and regarded it as a part of the Arab Spring and the popular revolutions, and they cheered, applauded, supported and assisted. (But) the fatwa of religious authority (Marja’iya) came to declare that Daesh was the enemy to be fought, and that jihad against it was a jihad on the path of God, and the one who was killed in this fight would be a martyr in the path of God the Almighty and the Exalted. (This fatwa) has therefore determined the identity of the enemy and the threat that had to be confronted.

And third, it made the responsibility to fight it everyone’s responsibility. The fatwa or historical appeal of religious authority (Marja’iya) was not addressed only to Shiites. It turned to all the sons of the Iraqi people, to all the Iraqi people, in all its diversity: religious, doctrinal, sectarian, racial, because the fatwa, although its nature is religious and jurisprudential, expresses deep truth taking a humanitarian, moral and patriotic stance which applies to absolutely every citizen of the Iraqi people. And so the responsibility rested on all and the call was made to all.

And fourth, the fatwa has raised the ceiling of confronting this threat and it decided the aspect of this confrontation, far from any paralysis, any exchange or negotiation, any calculation, any discussion of time and any search for solutions here and there. And this blessed and major fatwa managed to awaken the people of Iraq with lightning speed, and it pulled him out of his state of confusion, paralysis, distress and despair.

And the popular and official response (to this fatwa) was massive. This fatwa has given a strong impetus and a huge spirit of enthusiasm to the officers and members of the Iraqi security forces, in all its components and denominations. And this fatwa and this call have driven hundreds of thousands of Iraqis, young and old, to join the front lines and engage voluntarily, which led to the founding of the blessed Iraqi People’s Militia (Hashd Cha’bi) that formed early on as the true strength of Iraq and still is, alongside the Iraqi forces of which they have become a part.

This is why when we speak today of the victory of Mosul, and of the victories before this victory, we must start from there, from the fatwa of religious authority (Marja’iya) and its historical call, as do all Iraqi leaders in their statements and speeches, and as must any honest person in the world if it considers the situation in Iraq and is trying to understand, analyze or present it to people.

Well, after the issuance of the fatwa, as we have said, there has been a massive response. 
First, from the Iraqi government at the time, which was led by Mr. Nouri al-Maliki, and this reaction has continued strongly with the government which was subsequently formed under the leadership of Dr. Haydar al-Ibadi. And all governing bodies have responded in this way: religious, political, parties, movements and orientations in their diversity. And this fatwa has received broad support from other religious authorities in Iraq, Iran and elsewhere. And in Iraq also, it received broad support from Sunni scholars as well as Shiite scholars. This is a very important point on which I will return during my speech. The popular reaction was very strong, massive and truly blessed.

Similarly, the decisive stance – we must strive to be factual and realistic, we do not want to exaggerate anything, but we must be fair and impartial – the decisive stance came from the Islamic Republic of Iran, and his head His Eminence and Guide Imam Sayed Khamenei, may God protect him, alongside (other) religious authorities, and with the Iraqi government and the Iraqi people, and the speed of action of the top leaders of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards by their presence in Baghdad, and permanent and absolute readiness to provide any assistance or support from the Islamic Republic.

All this happened, but the most important is the popular reaction, the presence of (Iraqi) people, honorable families, clans from all regions, of all affiliations, those who defended (their country) by the apple of their eyes (their beloved ones on the front line), wives, children, brothers, young, beloved (fighters). This is where the real power, the real value are. When there are people who respond to this call, this fatwa, this stance, who take up arms and rush to the front lines, this is the true and fundamental force that caused this change (the Daesh retreat and defeats) and allowed that stance to be embodied at the levels of the human, moral, ethics, the homeland and history, and therefore to shape these victories.

All this occurred in a regional and international context about which we can say at least that there was a regional and international neglect and abandonment of Iraq, its government and its people, at a minimum, and at a higher level, more median, we must speak of the conspiracy and the complicity of certain world powers and certain regional powers that have acted as facilitators, founders of Daesh, who supported, financed and gave it all the facilities so that it could grab land between Syria and Iraq, and they accompanied it in its battle against the Iraqis during the last years. Such was the regional and international situation.

[Iraqi people was heroic, the USA had a merely cosmetic role]

Well, so what did the Iraqis do? This is really what I want to describe, I don’t bring anything new but I want to describe it. For the Iraqis themselves so that they cling more to it, and for the rest of the peoples of the region so that we draw the lessons, to add this experience to the rest of the experiences that were conducted in Lebanon, Syria, Palestine, Yemen and elsewhere in these battles.

First, the Iraqis have made their choice by themselves, and they made the decision to fight, to shape their destiny and their future by the struggle and by their own hands. It was the first thing. Second... And sorry, therefore, they did not wait the Union of Arab countries, nor the meeting of the Arab Foreign Ministers, nor the Kings and Presidents of Arab countries, nor the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation which is now called the Islamic assistance organization, nor the international community, Europe or America, nor anyone else. That’s it, they counted on (themselves)... They placed their trust in God, and they counted on their will, on their men and women, on their blood, on their Jihad and sacrifice. Of course, it is a fundamental lesson about what has happened in Iraq for 3 years so far, and what is currently happening.

Second, they united behind this patriotic choice: the Presidency, Ministers, the Assembly, the Government, movements, parties, political forces, in the diversity of their racial and religious affiliations. And as I have already said on several occasions, it must here be emphasized that many great scholars among our Sunni brothers in Iraq, and Sunni political leaders, had a very special and exceptional position.

Why? Because some have worked, from the first moments of the Daesh attack against the Iraqi people, to present the battle as between Sunnis and Shiites, which is really too bad – and here the same Governments, the same States, the same TV channels, the same personalities, just like they tried to do in Syria, in Lebanon, and just like they presented the Yemen war, as their speaker at the Sacred Mosque (Mecca) said, how it’s (supposedly) a war between Sunnis and Shiites. What has thwarted this sedition, turned it off and has obstructed its way is the sincere, truthful and courageous position of scholars and Sunni politicians in Iraq, who gave this battle its true dimension, saying, well, it wasn’t a Sunni-Shiite battle but the battle of Iraqis against the murderers, criminals and takfiris who attacked everyone, threatened everyone, and shed the blood of all (without distinction).

Thus, the unity, in the second point, around this choice, and third, the (massive) entry of all on the battlefield. And that’s why the Iraqi armed forces, in the diversity of their names and their labels, include all Iraqis, all the sons of the Iraqi people who is noble, great and fighting, as well as for (the forces of) popular mobilization, to which belong naturally more Shiites because of the demographic component of Iraq, but it is a patriotic and popular mobilization regrouping many different denominations. This massive presence of all of the components of the Iraqi people on the ground, the clans who fought alongside the Iraqi national forces, etc., etc., it is not simply taking a political stand, words or speeches, but a (very) strong field presence. (So) the (massive) participation of all (Iraqis) on the ground (is the third point).

Fourthly, the ground (itself). The perseverance on the field, the courage, the acts of heroism, especially in the first moments, because the logistics situation was difficult with drastic lack, and the surprise (from the attack of Daesh) was very large. Despite major problems, despite the very tough weather conditions, despite the location and geography of Iraq, despite the fact that the enemy was ready and that the friends were not, there were acts of heroism and great sacrifices. The endurance, the sacrifices, the tens of thousands of (fighters) always ready (to defend Iraq) on the ground, who have not abandoned the battlefields, thousands of martyrs, thousands of injuries, their families, their patience, their sincerity, their honesty. The fact that the Iraqi people supported and endured this very wide and total confrontation at all levels, psychological, moral, economic, security... Because the fight took place not only on the battlefield, but also in all the cities, all Iraqi villages that were targeted by suicide bombers and car bombs. The fact that the entire people has embraced and joined the armed forces, the battles, the Jihad, the combat, the permanent extension of the front lines. This endurance and patience during the 3 years of bloody fighting and gaping wounds, were also (very) important (for the victory).

And the final factor (there are others but I am as concise as I can) is the fact that Iraqis didn’t listen to the foreign powers (Western countries and their allies). This is a very important point, from which all the peoples of the region who face threats and dangers must benefit (and draw lessons). The fact that they did not listen to the foreign powers. This foreigner whose role, since the beginning, and until now, is to cool down Iraqi courage and zeal, to say to the Iraqis that they will not defeat Daesh, because Daesh is such, such and such (invincible, monstrous, etc.), in order to generate conflicts, seditions, sensitivities, disputes between Iraqis at the time where they had more need than ever of unity, of keeping the ranks in the fight against this terrorist enemy, these foreign powers who called them to surrender, which (was striving to) paralyze their will and determination.

The Iraqis have not listened and followed them, they didn’t listen to Governments, States or TV satellite channels, these TV channels which continue to this date to support Daesh, indirectly. And, similarly, not to rely on foreign powers, not listening to them and not relying on them. They did not count on the abroad. They waited for no one. They began (the fight) by themselves, they persevered and defeated (Daesh), and they continue.

Here, I want to remind of a very important and very sensitive issue which deserves that we stop and ponder carefully about it. Initially, the United States, along with NATO, only watched the Iraqi people, the Iraqi army, the (forces of) popular mobilization and Iraqis (in general), they (merely) watched them while they fought, sometimes with bare hands (with very inadequate equipment) and provided no help whatsoever. (Then at some point) the Americans eventually started to say they wanted to help, act, and of course they waited very long before making any step, and they also said that the elimination of Daesh would require... Some said... Of course, we are talking about Presidents, Ministers of defense, heads of the CIA. They said that (to defeat Daesh) would take 30 years, this battle against Daesh in Iraq and Syria would take 30 years. Then they made some cuts and announced 25 years, some got down to 20 (years), and finally (they said) 15. But the most optimistic U.S. officials said 10 years.

Knowing that in truth, those who knew Daesh, its capabilities and the number of its fighters knew that with the presence of international and regional will, and a national will in Iraq, Syria and in the region, it should not take years to (defeat) Daesh, if all efforts were combined and sincere. But when the American have spoken of 10 years at least, and 30 years at most, this means that there is a vision, a project, a thought to invest in Daesh, to enjoy and use it to implement projects and specific objectives which, in all certainty, are not in the interests of the Iraqi people, Syrian people, Palestinian people or of the peoples of the region, but in the interest of the American hegemony and in the interest of Israel.

That’s why one could say, because as I said this issue deserves to be pondered and thought about, one could say that in the end, in the last battles, lately, the United States came and brought some assistance (to the fight against Daesh). But what is there behind this aid? When did it start? What is its extent? We must stop (and think), because some can tell us “but why are you not honest? Why don’t you speak of the assistance provided by the United States?”

There are currently Arab TV channels who want to present what happened in Mosul as a U.S. success, an American victory. And it is of course a lie, a fraud, a confiscation (of the victory achieved by the) efforts and sacrifices of the Iraqis themselves. In truth, this is here we say that we should focus on the issue. That is, for example, when we go back to the speech of [Donald] Trump I mentioned on more than one occasion, in which he accused, with true accusations – and there is also a confession of other American officials –, the Obama administration and Madam [Hillary] Clinton when she was Secretary of State to be those who have created and founded Daesh, supported Daesh, have allowed regional allies to finance Daesh, have opened the borders to Daesh, have bought Daesh oil at more than one border: the Turkish border, the Jordanian border and others.

So considering what’s happened (the damage caused by Daesh), the United States are key responsible for all this. Well, then, why did the United States came to help? They discovered that this choice had failed. That as they say in Lebanese, it had put their back against the wall. Etc., etc., etc. They went over to the other side and abandoned their creation, their ally and their instrument, because the base for the Americans isn’t the values, morals or principles but the big interests, because they wanted to be associated with the victory about which warning signs began to appear among Iraqi soldiers, in their blood, their sacrifices, their stamina and perseverance. This of course requires that we stop over it calmly and think.

 [An opportunity to eradicate Daesh permanently]

What has happened so far, and up to (the victory in) Mosul, here are its true and essential factors to which the Iraqis must hold: their national decision (to defend the country), their unity, their (massive) presence on the field, their respect, their love and continual eagerness to answer the calls of religious authority (Marja’iya) and their unyielding willingness to make sacrifices, their level of consciousness and awareness, their rapid and effective action without procrastination or delay, here are the decisive factors in achieving the current victories.

Based on what I have just presented, we extend our congratulations first to His Eminence Grand Ayatollah and Religious Marja’ (authority) Sayed Ali al-Hosseini al-Sistani, may God preserve him, to all the Marja’iya (religious authorities) of the holy city of Najaf and all Marja’ (worldwide) who supported and welcomed this position and this fatwa (from Sistani ordering mass uprising against Daesh).

We congratulate as well Iraqi officials from all positions, the presidencies, the Government, the Council, all the officials and cadres, especially the leader of the Iraqi government and armed forces Commander-in-chief, Dr. Haydar al-Ibadi, all religious and political leaders, parties and movements in Iraq, all officials from the military and security forces and the popular mobilization (Hashd Cha’bi), all officers, soldiers, fighters in this blessed and epic struggle, and all of our dear and oppressed Iraqi people, a tough fighter, whose blood has triumphed over the sword (reference to the martyrdom of Imam Hussein triumphant against Yazid b. Mu’awiya). We congratulate in particular the families of the martyrs, the wounded and those who sacrificed themselves (for the cause), because the blood of their martyrs and their beloved produced victory, dignity, honor, future and history and a triumph in this world and in the other, and here lies the great victory.

We congratulate them all for this historic, divine and blessed victory, as we congratulate all those who have supported and assisted Iraq in this decisive battle for the future, above all Iran and His Eminence the Supreme Leader and Imam Sayed Khamenei, may God preserve him.

O my brothers and sisters, all must feel, in Iraq and outside of Iraq, that this victory is their victory. This victory belongs to all Iraqis, and it is also a victory for all the peoples of the region a victory for all those who fight terrorism and face it, and a victory for all those threatened by terrorism morning and evening, in all of our Arab and Muslim world, and even all around the world.

The liberation of Mosul is a major breakthrough, extremely important and decisive on the path towards the (complete) eradication of Daesh. Because Mosul was the largest city controlled by Daesh and was truly, for them, the center and the capital of their caliphate usurping (the name of Islam) and it is from there that was announced a new stage in the establishment of the takfiri project that was being prepared (to be imposed) to all the people of this (Muslim) community. And that is why the liberation of Mosul is a success in this path and its consequences will be enormous for Iraq, for Syria and for States, governments and peoples of the region and even the whole world.

In short, if we go back a little, 3 years ago, and formulate a hypothesis: if the Iraqis themselves had not raised (massively), if they had weakened and got desperate, had retreated and had not assumed this responsibility, and Daesh had took possession of Iraq, what would have been the future of the Iraqi people as a whole? Muslims and Christians, Arabs, Kurds, Turkmen, Chebeks, Yazidis, Chaldeans, Assyrians, Sabeans, etc., everyone! What would have been the future of Iraq, its civilization, of all peoples and States in the region?

Even the Gulf States who supported Daesh, have assisted and applauded it. These states whose hearts got filled with fear when Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi announced the caliphate from Mosul. For it then became a threat to themselves.

So today, with the victory of Iraqis, as I have always said, the victory of their (fight) and defensive jihad is the victory of all, in defense of all the Arab peoples, of all Islamic peoples and all States and governments in the region, and of the security around the world that Daesh threatened and continues to threaten. This is a very large and very important victory, which is why we hope, to conclude this part (in my speech), what we hope from our Iraqis brothers, from Iraqi leaders, from the Iraqi government, from Iraqi parties and movements and from the Iraqi people, as was the case for 3 years to date, that they do not be content with the victory of Mosul, and it is certain they will not be content, but their priority must be the purification of the rest of the holy Iraqi territory [Imam Ali and Imam Hussein lived and are buried there] from this terrorist, takfiri and bestial presence, this cancerous presence that can take over and spread again.

This presence will not accept defeat and will not allow Iraqis to celebrate their victory. (It will launch) terrorist operations, car bombs, suicide bombers. This is why the security of Iraq, the safety of Iraqi cities and neighborhoods will be obtained only by the final eradication of this terrorist takfiri organization. Check points, patrols and security measures are very important, but more important is the eradication of this criminal and murderous terrorist presence, and this is what must remain the priority. Some will try to occupy and monopolize the Iraqis with other things instead of this priority that may be important to a lesser degree, but what preserves and strengthens the victory in Mosul and all the victories that preceded and make the victory of Mosul a very solid basis for decisive and final victory is that it remains the priority.

Meanwhile, in Syria, fighting (continues) on more than one front, led by the Syrian Army and many forces fighting takfiri terrorism in Syria simultaneously (concertedly) between what happens on the Iraqi and Syrian lands and this is something I mentioned earlier, I said that if we fought together, each on his position, his territory and his land, but simultaneously (concertedly) and in this unified front, we will achieve the final victory.

So, today, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, the peoples of the region and regional states frightened and terrorized by Daesh, are in the presence of a historic opportunity allowed by the sacrifices of Iraqis, Syrians, and all those who stood by their side. We must seize this opportunity and not spoil it, as we say in everyday language, we must strike while the iron is still hot. We must not allow this iron to cool down and not allow Daesh to prepare again, to start again or to provide an opportunity for its supporters to attend again (to its needs). (Enemies) must discover that the popular, massive, national and local will is able to finalize these victories, God willing.

Congratulations on this victory to all the poor and oppressed, and all those who are threatened by this barbaric organization (Daesh). Remember what happened in Mosul (and elsewhere): one is accustomed to the enemy (Israel, US) going after our people and our families and threatening to kill our women. But that an armed organization goes after its own people, the very one it claims to defend, it’s a new thing that has perpetrated Daesh. Daesh killed this people when they wanted to leave (Mosul), they shot them in the back, it’s something new and unprecedented. Daesh is a really terrible model.

Thus, this threat that soiled the image of Islam, shed blood, was attacking civilization (itself) and served the interests of the enemy to an extent that nobody ever reached through all the past decades, we are today, with the victory of Mosul, faced with a historic opportunity to eradicate it. We must seize this historic opportunity.

samedi 1 juillet 2017

Hassan Nasrallah on Israel, ISIS and the future of the Middle East

Speech by Hezbollah Secretary General Sayed Hassan Nasrallah on June 23, 2017, on the occasion of the International Day of Al-Quds (Jerusalem)

This day was instituted by Imam Khomeini in 1979 to reaffirm the attachment of the Muslim community to the Palestinian cause and the holy places of al-Quds, and is celebrated each year on the last Friday of Ramadan.



Transcript :

[Israel didn’t win any war since 1967]

[…] Well, the sixth (force element for the Palestinian cause) is the persistence and endurance of Resistance movements in Lebanon and Palestine. They did not run away, nor withdraw, nor have disarmed nor destroyed their missiles, nor threw them into the sea, nor threw them in the trash or have bartered them, nor have changed their line, alliances or positions, despite everything we have just mentioned: threats, intimidation, terrorism charges, arrests, killings, imprisonment, blockade, drying up sources of money, laws imposing sanctions, (inscription on the) list of terrorist organizations, etc. This is also something (very) important.

But most importantly, let me emphasize, which also constitutes a success for the Resistance in Lebanon and Palestine through all these (six or seven) past years: this resistance that works to its perpetuation, its strength, its readiness, to increase its workforce, on moral, psychological, material, military and security levels, this very Israel, at its (annual conference) of Herzliya (June 2017), considering the countries he called “the moderate Sunni Arab countries” (and in reality, the responsibility to respond to these statements lies more with Sunnis than with us) but at the same time, Liberman, the fanatic extremist, what did he say? When speaking of the problem of why Israel has not reached compromise agreements in the region, he lists a number of reasons, and I'll just read two lines and a half (of his statement). One of the reasons he sets out, listen well because these words have cost (a lot of) blood, and are a (true) success, a victory, a recognition of the enemy (himself) (that should be taken into consideration by) those who are still discussing (this reality).

In this speech at Herzliya, Lieberman said: “I consider that one of our problems is that since 1967, we haven't... we haven't... (laughs) we haven't won any battle.” This is what Liberman (says). I resume my reading: “I consider that one of our problems is that since 1967 we haven't won any battle. In fact, the last battle, and the last time we won (a war), it was the war of the six-days. Who won and who lost (then) was not a matter of doubt for anyone.” That is to say, in 67, no one had any doubt that Israel had won, and that the Arabs had lost. “The lack of victories is something that leads to low confidence (in our abilities) of the opposing party.” I'm going to quote again from his words (after my comment).

Well, so they now recognize (their successive defeats). And so after 1973, he had to get a victory (hence the invasion of Lebanon), just like now, they must destroy Syria and work (to undermine) the resistance movements because Israel needs a victory. Israel needs a victory. To reach a compromise agreement (with Arab countries), Israel needs a victory. Now, of course, there are some sneaky aspirants (to power) or ancient occupants of trembling thrones that want to offer Israel a political victory without a fight, for free. I will also return to that.

The other element that must also be recorded to the credit of the Lebanon and Palestine Resistance... I still hope everyone will be very attentive to these words, because in Lebanon, in general, we follow such statements: an Israeli official rises (regularly) to make (threats of war), one claims to send Lebanon back 20 years, the other 50 years, yet another 200 years... Regularly, the ambassadors also, some foreign embassies (trying) to intimidate the Lebanese officials, (implying a hint) there will be a war or not, that the summer will be hot or not, etc. Of course, I will read these two excerpts, but we do not trust the Israelis, (so) it does not mean that we are sure (of the veracity of their statements). But (I read them) to show what was the state of mind of the conference, what was said between them.

(I will read) an extract of statements by the Israeli Minister of Defense, the Minister of War, and a text of the Chief of Staff of the enemy Army. These are the two people most concerned by matters of war, with Netanyahu. Liberman said (I quote him so that some frightened Lebanese will be reassured): “People always ask me: ‘What is going to happen in Gaza? Are we once again face a war? What will happen with Hezbollah? What will happen in Syria?’ And once again, I repeat what I always say...” Who is expressing himself here? Liberman, the one who (kept) threatening, promising (military action), foaming (with rage), etc. “We have no intention of taking the initiative in any military action, neither in summer nor autumn, neither to the North [that is to say with us] nor South [that is to say to our brothers in Gaza]. Our goal is prevention without war. And it is possible to [take action of] prevention without starting a war by creating a real and effective deterrence, about which we can discuss.” Thanks to the deterrence, war is prevented.

Well, who is speaking here? The enemy Minister of War. Of course, he spoke in a lot of open and transparent manner in his speech. Well, why? Why does he not want war? Neither with Gaza nor with Lebanon? Because such a war would be (very) expensive, my (dear) brothers and sisters. It is with such statements that we must understand the importance of the achievements in Gaza and the importance of the achievements in Lebanon. The success of the Resistance, the success of the golden equation Army-People-Resistance. The success of national harmony, even in general terms. That's success. But fundamentally, it is the Resistance, which has the ability to make any war with Israel extremely costly for Israel.

And [Lieberman], what did he say just before? He wants a victory. And he knows that a war in Gaza will bring no victory. And a war against Lebanon will bring no victory. He can destroy, kill, violate... Nobody disputes the bestiality of the enemy and its abilities [of destruction]. But it cannot achieve a victory because it (faces) willpower, resistant fighters, heroes, a nation that embraces (the Resistance) a people, families of martyrs, political leadership, scholars, forces, etc., etc., etc.

Therefore, the Resistance (has nothing to fear), and continues to achieve victories hour after hour. This very situation is a deterrent to the enemy. The situation in which the enemy knows he has neither door nor window, nor any hole to launch a successful war against Lebanon, or to conduct a successful war in Gaza is what deters him. And it is a proof of the strength of the Resistance in Lebanon, proof of the strength of the Resistance in Gaza and this is the fundamental consideration taken into account by the enemy regarding the Resistance and its battles.

The Chief of Staff of the enemy Army also said, after extensively describing the (alleged) Israel's ability to act, destroy, break, eradicate and anything you want, finally, he says: “And despite the facts that we have described, and our strong desire to remove the organization Hizballah south of the Litani, as called for in (UN) Resolution 1701, we have an interest... [to what?] ... we have an interest that this calm continues for many years ahead.” This is not the Foreign Minister who speaks, it's not a diplomat: it's the head of the Army, whose role is to threaten, promise, terrorize, frighten... What does he say? He says that “our interest is to stay calm, sensible, we want peace for many years, as long as we can achieve that calm by this deterrence.” Well, why not? Why does Israel consider the Resistance like that today?

So, seventh (force element for the Palestinian cause), with the Islamic Community (besides Iran and Yemen widely mentioned before), and despite all the injuries, look today the people of Bahrain who manifests, and to whom are shot (live) bullets.

O Palestinian people (I speak again to our Palestinian brothers), your brothers in Bahrain demonstrate for you, for your cause, for your holy places for your rights, and the regime of Khalifa shoots them on their heads and on their chests, and it stops them, tortures, imprisons, hits them. But the people of Bahrain, faithful and loyal (to Palestine) too, showed up (massively) today to say that Palestine for us is a religion, a principle (of faith), a brotherhood, a family, an Islamic community...

It's the same when we consider Nigeria. Their leader and Sheikh is in jail [Sheikh Zakzaky] because of a Saudi plot, thousands of them were killed, thousands of them were arrested, but today they demonstrated by hundreds of thousands, tens of thousands and in several cities for Palestine and Al-Quds (Jerusalem). And we see the same in Iraq, Syria, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tunisia, Turkey, Mauritania... in Western capitals, London and elsewhere.

What does this mean? This means that the Islamic Community, despite threats (against them), distractions and overwhelm [caused by crises], its being teared, its sectarian, religious, racial, partisan and identity incitement, to which it is subject, and all you want, Al-Quds (Jerusalem) and Palestine are still present (in the hearts and minds), and will be so more and more.

I wanted to mention all that to show that no, in the opposite Axis [facing the USA-Israel-Europe-Saudi Arabia-Gulf Axis] the important goal of the liquidation of the Palestinian cause, the exclusion of Palestine and the Palestinian cause from the equation has not been realized, it failed. They failed to realize it, and even more, the Resistance Axis grows in presence, efficiency and power. That's what I wanted to say last (before the conclusion soon to be translated). I wanted to talk about the internal situation in Lebanon but unfortunately I will not have time.

[100 000s of combatants from the Muslim world are ready to fight Israel]

In conclusion, our message on this Day of Al-Quds (Jerusalem), through all the facts (that I have mentioned), from the battlefield to the political terrain, to the popular event venues, celebrations and festivals commemorated this day, we arrive at the following result and determine the following responsibilities:

First, the Palestinian people and all those who believe in this cause in the Arab-Muslim world must not despair, despite all the difficulties that we discussed in the first part (of my speech). Because despair would achieve the goal of the enemy. Do not despair, do not be disgusted, exhausted and tired; you must remain patient, determined and persevere (towards Resistance) because before us, there is a lot of hope, a lot of success, a lot of open horizons. Therefore, we have no right to despair or give up (the fight), or to be tired, or surrender at the end. The Palestinians and their supporters must remain firmly attached to their rights.

Second, everyone should know, both the friends and enemies – the friend [also] needs to be reassured because a psychological war is waged against him day and night, against our popular base, against our people, against all supporters of the Resistance in the Arab-Muslim world. And the enemy must also know, as he is plotting his calculations and considerations, everyone should know that the Resistance Axis is very powerful, and he demonstrated this great force. It has not fallen, it has not collapsed or crushed, it took charge of the situation and has taken the initiative in more than one field, in more than one country and more than a terrain. Today the Resistance Axis has not abandoned the field and will never abandon the field.

Today the Resistance Axis feels it has expanded considerably, true allies who were not with him a few years ago, have now joined him: 6 years, 7 years and 10 years ago, we were only Iran, Syria, the Resistance in Lebanon and the Resistance in Palestine, full stop. The rest consisted only of people who had empathy for us (nothing more). But today, there are two major qualitative additions to the Axis of Resistance, (two allies) powerful, genuine, authentic, effective and influential in the region and for the future of the region (joined us): (I speak of) the developments in Iraq, and the developments in Yemen. These countries were not present (with us before).

Today, the whole world should know that the Resistance Axis is stronger, and the Israeli enemy must know that if he launches an Israeli war against Syria and against Lebanon, it is not sure the fight stays Lebanese-Israeli and Syrian-Israeli. This does not mean that I say that other countries will intervene directly. But it may open the door to tens of thousands and even hundreds of thousands of [battle-hardened] mujahideen and fighters from all over the Muslim world who will participate in this battle.

[Public : At your service, ô Nasrallah!]

From Iraq, Yemen, and other places: Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan... Who says that if the enemy decides to attack or launch a war, that the war will be as in 2006 or the like, no. Today the Resistance Axis considers that it is bound by a common destiny and behaves accordingly. It is linked by a common destiny.

Thirdly, everyone should be aware that the situation in the region will not remain as it is, and the plans of the enemies have already failed for some, and others will also fail. And they failed to achieve their most important political objectives. Their most important policy objectives (failed). (They failed) on military, political and media levels. And those who endured and resisted offering their blood, their martyrs and their sacrifices in these battlefields continue their actions to transform the situation in the region.

Fourth, faces, states and regimes (who fomented and supported Daech) have been completely unmasked. It is in this fourth point I will explain the slogan that appears behind me, “The honor of Al-Quds (Jerusalem) refuses...” This sentence was pronounced by His Eminence the Imam leader Sayed Musa al-Sadr, may God return him safe and sound with his brothers and his companions, he said so in the 1970s, at a very large conference at UNESCO if I remember correctly, in the presence of the Palestinian leadership, the nationalist parties, etc. And he said in his speech, to quote in full, “Know therefore O Abu 'Ammar [Yasser Arafat], that the honor of Al-Quds (Jerusalem) refuses... The honor of Al-Quds (Jerusalem) refuses that this holy city is liberated by others than (sincere) believers.” Maybe if one of us, today, holds such a speech, his words will have no impact, whether in Lebanon, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, if he said such a thing in Sana'a, Baghdad or Tehran, it would not cost anything. But when the Imam Musa al-Sadr spoke these (then unthinkable) words at UNESCO, it was different, it was abroad.

Anyway, faces are now exposed. Some say that the masks have fallen. I prefer to say that the faces are now exposed. The game of hypocrisy has ended. (Relations) under the table and above the table with Israel, it's over. That's what I mean. Look, some consider that what is happening today between Israel and some Arab countries [open relations] is a proof of defeat (of the Palestinian cause). But I tell you that this is a positive sign announcing the victory. Why? When the hypocrites come out of your ranks, it means that you are approaching victory. When the sorting is done between the wheat and the tares in a battle whose goal is the ultimate good in this world (the Liberation of Palestine) this means that the victory approaches.

The honor of Al-Quds (Jerusalem) refuses that it is liberated by the hypocrites, perverts, agents of the enemy, desperate to sell to the highest bidder, bums, crumbling and traitors. Al-Quds (Jerusalem) will be released only by (sincere) believers in God, in the divine messages, in the Prophets, in the Holy Places, those who believe in their peoples, in the rights of their peoples, the sincere, faithful and loyal, who sacrifice (to defend their beliefs). And that's what we are now approaching.

What is happening now is not a bad sign, it is a positive and beneficial sign: the fool's game is over, the game of hypocrisy, of under the table and over the table (is over). So let all things (appear as they are). This differentiation (between the sincere and the hypocrites is very beneficial). O my brothers and sisters, O the Palestinian people, do not despair, do not be sad, do not be sorry. Rather, this differentiation is an extremely positive sign, which transposes the battle on a new, more advanced stage and closer to victory.

Fifth, whatever the developments, the US and Israel, as well as the [Arab] regimes that work with them, must know that the Palestinian people and the peoples of our Islamic community will never recognize Israel, will never accept (the existence) of Israel, will never normalize their relations with Israel. The Egyptian people, the Jordanian people, never! Maybe the leaders would normalize relations, as well as some political, cultural or media figures, because of their emptiness, weakness and baseness, they would normalize relations. As for these people, these (Arab and Muslim) people, it is impossible that they normalize their relations with Israel, whatever may happen: civil, racial, religious wars, sectarian sedition, expatriation, dangers, whatever you want. It's impossible ! And this is a true verdict, unsurpassable. I am not exaggerating, I do not give hopes. The facts and reality confirm what I say.

And that's why this Israel will remain a stranger to the region, imposed (from outside) in this region, an occupying state, a terrorist state. And the day comes that this terrorism and occupation will be uprooted from the land of Palestine. They just... well... They are fighting against fate. But the fate of this community and this region is this one (the end of Israel).
[Saudi Arabia wants to sell Palestine to Donald Trump]

Sixth, the regimes conspiring against the Resistance Axis must know that they will not prevail in this battle. They can do whatever they want but they will not win this battle. Devise your plots, make use of all your tricks, deploy all your efforts [words of Zeynab b. Ali to the tyrant Yazid after the martyrdom of Imam Hussein], do whatever you want, but you will never be able to prevail in this battle. If they wanted to win, if they wanted to end the war and be victorious, it had to be done six years ago, three years ago, but now it's over, (they do not stand) a chance. But for the future, whatever you do, yes, it will shed more blood, cause more martyrs and destruction, but you will not be able to achieve these evil and ominous objectives you strive to achieve.

Similarly, with the same frankness that I promised you, I have to say this about the current regional Arab-Muslim political situation: the one who constitutes the backbone of the war against the Resistance Axis, plotting against him, at the media, cultural, ideological, security, political, military and material levels, and working day and night (against him), the one who – I say “the one who... the one who...” and then I'll name him – the one who now offers rewards to Israel without it costing him any effort (any concessions), the one who is opening the doors to Israel in the Islamic world to establish relations, normalize, (establish exchanges) and economic cooperation, is the Saudi regime. Why hide behind our fingers (like an ostrich and deny the obvious)? Why?

Today, Saudi Arabia, by its regional status, its privileged position in the Arab-Muslim world, after all (countries) got weakened, were shredded, scattered and hungered, because of the position it represents, its monetary resources, influence, on behalf of the two Holy Places (Mecca and Medina) and in the name of religion, (Saudi Arabia) did all this. Is not that the truth? And that's why... That's why the Islamic community, scholars, parties, forces, people, officials... (I do not speak only of the Lebanese point of view, but at the whole Arab-Muslim world level) must know and recognize this truth and face it.

And this (Saudi) regime must know that he is condemned in the Islamic Community, we should not applaud them, pet them and congratulate them. For it is preparing to sell Palestine. It is preparing to sell the entire region to Trump, it is not to give him only 450 billion. It is about to sell everything to Trump and the Americans.

And what's even sadder is that this regime wants to found an ideological center to combat terrorism. I suggest to them: it is useless to spend money, to create a center, to study, and all the trimmings, two words would suffice for (terrorism) to disappear. Stop and change the (religious) curriculum in Saudi Arabia that teaches Wahhabism, stop exporting Wahhabism to the world, and the world will be just fine. Without that, all you can do is nothing but rubbish. The security, political, economic agreements... These are only empty words. The source (of terrorism) is the (Wahhabi) thought.

Today, when there is fighting in Iraq and Syria, and that hundreds of suicide bombers pounce on us, is not that a (great) sin? Hundreds of suicide bombers. Do they fight for money? No! Are they fighting for this world? No! Never mind, we must acknowledge this reality. These individuals carry out suicide operations because someone stuffed their heads, convinced them that if they blow themselves up among Muslims, Christians, souks, mosques, churches, events or villages, znywhere among soldiers or civilians, if they blow themselves up, they will go directly to lunch with the Prophet. They will go directly to dinner with the Prophet. Their reward is paradise.

And they will be very surprised when they (are resurrected) among those whose actions are the most vain. [“Those whose efforts in this life, are being made in vain, and yet believed they were doing the right thing.” (Koran, XVIII, 104)]

The question goes before the security, military, alliances, war against terrorism and empty words. The first thing (it must confront) is (Wahhabi) thought. Where is it from ? From Saudi Arabia. From Wahhabi schools. From the [Saudi] Body of Senior Scholars. And therefore, the war against terrorism must begin there. Everything else is but waste of time, effort and sacrifices.

The sad thing is that this is the source of the terrorist thought that finances terrorism, but today, it calls to account his associates and neighbors [Qatar], accusing them of supporting and financing terrorism. This is of course a scandal. This means that there is no discomfort, no shame, all is revealed in its most raw truth, they really are not ashamed of anything with each other.

Anyway, today, on this Day of Al-Quds (Jerusalem), I declare that all the Islamic Community, all Muslim peoples must demand the Saudi regime to put an end to the war against Yemen, to stop interfering in the internal affairs in Bahrain and elsewhere, Syria, Iraq, Iran. It is not Iran that is interfering in your internal affairs. It must be demanded that the Saudi regime ceases to export the Wahhabi terrorist thought to the world. And it must be demanded that the Saudi regime ceases to open doors to Israel so that it would enter the Arab world after it was unable to do so for decades. These requests are a responsibility, and not (only) a recommended act. It is a most compelling duty today and it is part of the battle. Today our responsibility in Al-Quds Day (Jerusalem) is this one.

And we also, in Hezbollah, in the Islamic Resistance in Lebanon, with all our brothers and sisters, our people, our loved ones, martyrs' families, the wounded, today, we also renew our faith in Al-Quds (Jerusalem), our faith in the Palestinian cause, our determination to follow the path of Resistance, our strong commitment to the Resistance Axis, our determination in this battle for the future of Palestine and the future of the Islamic Community.

And in this way, we make sacrifices every day: martyrs, wounded, and sometimes even prisoners. We make these sacrifices because we firmly believe that in this battle, we protect the security of Lebanon, in front of Israel and in front of the takfiri groups. For in this battle, we preserve our region and our holy places.

And because in this battle, we protect our country and our region from which is worse and more terrible, that is this ISIS model which yesterday detonated a mosque among the largest and the grandest of Mosul. And worse, it makes the inhabitants of Mosul human shields, and when one of them tries to leave, they shoot him in the back. Throughout history, we have never seen a cruelty such as that represents Daech today, which has been launched against us and against our peoples by the United States and Saudi Arabia. We have never experienced anything like this.

In this battle, we will persevere and we will be wherever we need to be, and I tell you that considering all the facts and all the data, we walk through blood, martyrs, patience, sacrifice and endurance, we walk towards the inevitable victory, the promised victory, the upcoming victory, God willing.

Happy [Quds] Festival to you, and Peace of God be upon you, and His Mercy and Blessings.