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In two parts: biographies and speeches 

Posted on June 3, 2009

Hezbollah and Nasrallah

Hassan Nasr Allah (Nasrallah) is currently the Secretary General of Hezbollah.  He was born in August 31, 1960 in the poorest section of East Beirut called Nabaa

Hassan was the eldest among 9 offspring and his father supported this vast family selling vegetable. Hassan refrained from playing soccer with the neighboring kids or joining them for a swim; he was deeply religious and admired greatly Imam Moussa Sadr who gave the Muslim Shia sect sense of their pride and potentials in the Lebanese fabrics. 

The regions of predominantly Shias in south Lebanon and in the Bekaa Valley were neglected in the budgets for infrastructure by the central government since the independence in 1943.  

The Imam of the Mosque where Hassan prayed in Nabaa was Mohammad Fadlallah who is presently the highest Imam of the Shia in Lebanon.

At the age of 14, Hassan moved with his family to their home village Bazourieh in south Lebanon. He aided Sheikh Ali Shams el Deen opening a small library of religious manuscripts and Hassan started teaching religion in the village and then finished his high school in Tyr.  

By the age of 15 Hassan joined the “AMAL” movement of Imam Moussa Sadr and was quickly appointed officer of the Bekaa district and then a member of the politburo. 

Sheikh Muhammad Ghrawi facilitated to Nasrallah higher religious learning in Najaf (Iraq). 

Nasrallah met in Najaf with Abbas Moussawi (later the first Secretary General of Hezbollah).  By 1978, and after two years spent in Najaf, Nasrallah returned to Lebanon. 

A couple of months later Imam Moussa Sadr disappeared after a visit to Libya in August 1978 (Believed assassinated by Gaddafi?).

In 1979, Khomeini came to power in Iran and the Shah went to exile. 

The geopolitical condition in the Middle East changed drastically. Iran was now against the USA interests in the region, supported the Palestinian cause, and was the first State to officially allow the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) to open and embassy in Tehran.  

Israel invaded Lebanon in June 1982; the operation was baptized “Peace in Galilee”. 

Israel put siege to Beirut for two months and Yasser Arafat and 11,000 Palestinian fighters left to Tunisia. 

The Lebanese President of the Republic Elias Sarkis invited Nabih Berri (leader of AMAL) to join Walid Jumblatt (Druze leader) and Bashir Gemayel (leader of the Christian Lebanese Forces) to form a national rescue team.

Many AMAL cadres quit Nabih Berri such as Abbas Moussawi, Sobhi Toufaily, Hussein Moussawi, Ibraheem Amin Sayyed, Naeem Qassem, and Nasrallah. 

They created Hezbollah and blew up the US Marines and French barracks in Beirut in 1983. Nasrallah had said that Hezbollah was the consequence of Israel entering Beirut in 1982.

Hezbollah postponed declaring its formation until 1985 after Israel assassinated one of Hezbollah’s leaders Sheikh Ragheb Harb. The Iranian leaders Ali Mohtashami was then the spiritual father of the Party and Muhammad Akhtari the military father.

Hassan Nasr Allah learned from Ragheb Harb the famous dictum “The word is taking a stand and shaking hands is acknowledgement of assent” and thus Harb never shook hands with any Israeli army officers who were trying hard to win Ragheb over to supporting the Israeli occupation of south Lebanon.

In 1987, Nasrallah was appointed member of the highest legislative order in Hezbollah and chairman of the executive branch.  I

n 1989, Nasrallah resumed his religious studies in Qom (Iran) and returned in a hurry to Lebanon when military skirmishes with the AMAL movement spread. 

The AMAL party was executing the orders of the Syrian regime to entering the Palestinian camps and disarming the Palestinians of any heavy arsenal. 

Hezbollah followed the policies of Iran to leave the Palestinian out of harm.  After many months of fighting both parties settled out their differences as Syria and Iran reached a compromise.

Israel assassinated Hezbollah leader Abbas Moussawi in 1992.  

Nasrallah was the closest aid to Moussawi and had extensive contacts with the base, and studied in Qom. 

Hassan Nasrallah replaced Moussawi as Secretary General; he was only 32 of age.  Nasr Allah said: “A movement that witnesses its leader falling martyr can never be defeated”. Hezbollah evolved into a qualitative phase in organization and political acumen.

Israel invaded Lebanon in July 1993 for 7 days under the code name “Settling Accounts” and then re-invaded in 1996 under Shimon Peres (Nobel Peace prize winner! Go figure, he and Menachem Begin the terrorist with Egypt Sadat before him)

This operation of total destruction lasted for 17 days under the name “Grapes of Wrath” and shelled a UN compound in Qana where civilians had taken refuge and over 100 died and 300 were gravely injured.  

Hadi, the eldest son of Nasrallah, fell martyr during a resistance operation in September 1997; twas the night before Nasrallah was to deliver a major speech and he insisted on speaking and said: “In Hezbollah we do not save our children for the future; we honor them when they fight in the front lines against our enemy Israel; we stand tall when they fall martyrs”

Israel had to retreat from all of Lebanon, with the exception of Shebaa Farms and the hills of Kfarshouba in May 24, 2000 without pre-conditions or negotiations. 

The “Arabs” recognized Hezbollah as the main resistance movement that vanquished Israel and acclaimed Nasrallah as the Hero of liberation. 

In the large town of Bint Jbeil Nasrallah delivered the Victory Speech and offered the liberation in the name of all the Lebanese.  Nasr Allah said: “Israel has nuclear arsenals and owns the most lethal air force in the region.  Israel is still much weaker than the spider web” (It was a reference of a spider web on a cave that saved the Prophet Muhammad from being caught by the Quraish tribe of Mecca persecutors while fleeing to Yathreb)

Israel bombarded the villages in south Lebanon in 2003 and then raided Beirut in 2005. 

Israel re-invaded Lebanon in July 2006 for 33 days and failed to achieve any of its proclaimed objectives.  

Nasrallah was recognized as the most charismatic and powerful resistance leader in the Arab and Muslim World.  Nasr Allah played the catalyst for the Shia in Lebanon to participate in projecting the living messages in the symbolism of the Koran verses, and thus be capable of assimilating and accepting changing social and environmental conditions.

According to the famous journalist Seymour Hersh, these “leaders” of Cheney, Elliott Abrams, and Bandar Bin Sultan conspired to finance and whisk the members of Fatah El Islam (Qaeda affiliated) into the refugee camp of Nahr Al Bared with the purpose of destabilizing Lebanon and starting civil war between the Muslim Shias and Sunnis, and thus immersing Hezbollah into a potential civil war.

It didn’t work because the Lebanese army was hurt in its pride after many soldiers were executed by severing their heads in the summer of 2007. 

The Lebanese army lost over 160 soldiers and many hundreds were severely injured but the Muslim extremism objectives were defeated after 6 months of engagement in the camp. 

Deputy Bahiya Hariri (sister of late Rafic Hariri) acknowledged that she contributed substantially in financing extremist Palestinian groups in the refugee camps.

 The Israelis take very seriously Nasrallah promises and threats. 

The Lebanese Government of Seniora PM failed to understand that “A word is a commitment”

Nasrallah had said that Hezbollah will never turn its arms internally except when coerced to relinquish its arms; especially its secured communication lines, the most potent arm it had during the war in 2006. 

In May 5, 2008 Seniora PM Government, with No Shia minister representatives in the cabinet, executed a plan to dismantle Hezbollah secure communication network. 

Hassan Nasrallah delivered a speech demanding the government to retract its decision. 

By May 7, the AMAL militias confronted the security forces of the Mustaqbal (Hariri clan) movement in Beirut and quickly closed down those arm caches intended to start civil disturbances.

The AMAL forces were controlled by cadres of Hezbollah in order for the confrontation not to degenerate into sectarian infighting. For example, the rioters saved the huge pictures of late Rafic Hariri PM and removed the pictures of Saad Hariri and Seniora PM. 

Israel admitted that its patient work of infiltrating Hezbollah for two years vanished within a couple of hours. Over 20 Lebanese agents spying for Israel have been apprehended.   Nasrallah is demanding that the traitors be hanged. Israel spy bunkers in Beirut were closed

 Hezbollah has joined the Parliament since 1992 and has increased the number of its Deputies; it has cabinet ministers since the year 2000.  

Lebanon is getting ready for Parliamentary election in June 7, 2009 and all the indications point to victory of the opposition headed by Hezbollah, AMAL, and the movement (Tayyar) of Change and Reforms of current President General Michel Aoun. 

Note:  The biographical sections were extracted from the recent Arabic/Lebanese book “Shock and Steadfastness” (Sadmah wa Sumoud”) by Karim Bakradounyi

Extracted from my diary, and written on November 24, 2006

Posted on October 23, 2008

It is a sunny and clear day. I think that it is important to first review the study prepared by Mark Perry and Alistair Crook for the British Forum of Confrontations on the July war between Israel and the Lebanese Resistance of Hezbollah.

(Actually, the main objective of Israel was to completely destroy all Lebanon infrastructure, bridges, “refineries”, highways, and Dahiyat in south Beirut. That’s what Israel did)

The bogus study came to the conclusion that Hezbollah won the war and was successful in penetrating the Israeli strategy, its cycle of decision making in the chain of command, intelligence gathering, and military maneuvering.

Though Hassan Nasrallah, (General Secretary of Hezbollah), warned Israel in many public speeches that Hezbollah is about to capture Israeli soldiers in exchange of the release of the Lebanese prisoners, still Israel was taken by complete surprise at the bold attack: mainly Israel supposed that this maneuver will not take place during summer when the “Arab” States from the Gulf and the Muslim Lebanese Shia emigrants flock to Lebanon for vacation.

The Hezbollah operation was easily carried out, and the later videos demonstrated that fact.

The incompetence of the Israeli commander, who failed to follow the military procedures, resulted in two tanks being destroyed in a minefield and many Israeli soldiers died. This unwarranted Israeli military error forced Olmert PM to escalate the confrontation into a full-fledged war, ahead of schedule set by the USA Bush Jr. for late autumn.

Though the vicious surprised escalation by Israel took Hezbollah by surprise it managed within minutes to mobilize its forces and the rocket officers.  The study estimated that Hezbollah has 600 rocket depots hidden 40 meters deep in mountains south of the Litany River.

The Hezbollah political officers had no knowledge of the locations of the depots for security reasons, even a field commander knew about the location of only three depots within his field of operation.

All the varied Israeli sources of military intelligence failed to accurately locate the rocket sites, as well as locating the leaders of Hezbollah, since Not a single one was killed; even Abu Jaafar, the southern military commander of Hezbollah did not die as Israel proclaimed on June 28.

Israel was flabbergasted by the total adherence of the Hezbollah militants by the war truth, 33 days later, a fact that confirmed the effective communication among Hezbollah bases after the methodical Israeli aerial bombardments for over 30 days and nights.

Hezbollah was also very successful in counter thwarting the Israeli espionage operations in Lebanon: it captured 16 spies before the war, many more during the war, and leaked erroneous information to the Israelis about the rocket sites which resulted in civilian casualties and worldwide uproar for the Qana massacre.

(The same town that witnessed the massacre of 110 civilians massed in the UN compound in 1996)

Israel lost as many soldiers and officers as Hezbollah did, or about 180.

The Hezbollah Nasr brigade in the south, strong of 3,000 fighters, did not need to be replenished neither in fighters or supplies during the whole period of the war.

The cause of continuous wavering of the Israeli military command to start the land invasion was due mainly to the disastrous previous small skirmishes that proved that the Hezbollah fighters were steadfast in holding on to their towns and villages and will not retreat.

When Israel called up the reserves sooner than expected on June 21, the US military strategist surmised that the Israeli army is in great trouble and is no longer doing well as hoped.

On June 21, Ehud Olmert PM urgently demanded from the US ammunition supplies which confirmed that Israel’s air depots have been depleted within the first week of its air strikes, and that Israel is in deep trouble.

The environs of the towns of Maroun El Ras and Bent Jbeil, by the border, did not fall in the hands of Israel for the duration of the war, even after Israel called up an additional 15,000 soldiers and the Golani brigade to dislodge the tenacious fighters.

The Merkava tank was defenseless against the second generation of anti tank missiles used by Hezbollah and which were fabricated in 1973.

At the same time, the “Khyber One” rockets which targeted the airbase in Afula, deep inside Israel, could not be intercepted.

Finally, the US hurriedly worked out a UN truth, at the instigation of Israel on August 10, because the Zionist soldiers, deep in south Lebanon, feared encirclement, total defeat, and surrender.

The consequences of this defeat, as stated by the study, were disastrous to both Israeli image of an undefeated State and the US foreign policies.

First, when US diplomats and politicians tried to be in touch with Jordan, Egypt, or Saudi Arabia after the war they realized that nobody in these pro American States dared respond to their calls;

Second, the US realized that its air superiority in a war against Iran is susceptible to be a failure in order to snatch any quick victory;

Third, the popularity of Hassan Nasrallah has become overwhelming in all the Arab and Muslim World, a fact that pursuing the accusations of terrorism will ridicule the US administration and sap any remnants of its credibility;

Fourth, the strategy adopted by Hezbollah discredited the complete political affiliation of the Arab regimes with the US policies in order to gain a few irrelevant advantages;

Fifth, the US is already unable to contemplate a coalition of the Arab and Muslim States in anticipation of an invasion of Iran, simply because these States can no longer afford to look as US stooges toward their people;

Sixth, any attempt by Israel to disable the Iranian nuclear plants will instigate a retaliation toward Israel nuclear plants and further weakening of the American presence in the Arab Gulf States as well as the fall of many pro American Arab States in a domino fashion. (A few days ago, an air-air missile fell by Israel Nuclear site of Dimona, and the Dome of patriotes failed to intercept it.)

Seventh, Israel is going to need, at least 15 years, to rebuild its military and intelligence capabilities in order to regain the image of undefeated army. Israel lost all its spying bunkers (labelled security services in Beirut) in 2008 by a 3-day cleaning up by Hezbollah.

Eight, the position of Iran in Iraq has drastically increased and the Shiaa might soon start an offensive against the US and British troops, their previous allies;

Ninth, the position of Syria in Lebanon has strengthened which is a defeat to the French program since it would be impossible from now on to form a government in Lebanon that antagonizes Syria.

The previous consequences of the study are conjectures so far.

Let us review what happened since after the July war.

First, George W. Bush administration was defeated grandly in the House and the Senate.

This administration has voiced readiness to consider alternative solutions to the Iraqi quagmire.  This administration will view world politics from a different perspective, except in the Greater Middle East. 

It seems that the Bush government is expressing its bitterness in our region. The Bush administration is the cause that the unity governments in Palestine and Lebanon are being postponed weeks after weeks at the detriment of our security and economic development.

Second, Britain has already decided to hand over the civil administration in Basra by the end of the year and has plans to retreat from Iraq altogether: Britain and the European States are vigorously seeking open and direct negotiations with Iran and Syria for a political resolution in Iraq

Third, Pakistan has reached a truth in the provinces bordering Afghanistan and is no longer willing to pursue the US maddening demands to fighting terrorism.

Fourth, Bush is facing serious hurdles meeting with “Arab” leaders. The Iraqi Prime Minister Maleki is not sincerely willing to meet Bush for the time being after Moqtada Sadr threatened to quit the government and the Chamber of deputies if he did, because the recent onslaught of the US forces in Sadr City in Baghdad.

Fifth, Saudi Kingdom is diversifying its military hardware by purchasing for over $1, 5 billions from Britain and Europe. Vice President Cheney visited Saudi Arabia to pressure it to purchase military hardware from the US.

Sixth, the US is about to transfer its major military bases from Qatar to another Gulf State after Qatar was actively flaunting the US plans in the region and openly voicing its concerns in the UN.

Seven, China has publicly announced that it will continue to aid Pakistan with its nuclear programs; China is implicitly behind the Iranian peaceful nuclear program and that is why the US is feeling impotent in setting up an economic effective embargo or contemplating any military alternative.

Eight, a recent survey by a European agency showed that Israel is considered the worst racist and apartheid State.

Nine, the US and Israel are trying hopelessly to start a civil war in Lebanon by effectively assassinating the Maronite Minister Pierre Gemayel Jr. Jordan King Abdullah is warning of imminent civil wars in Lebanon, Palestine, and Iraq. Bush is coming to Amman to meet Iraq Maliki PM and, most probably, to put the final touches to the execution of the civil war in Lebanon.

Ten, the foreign visitors to Lebanon are flocking to the south to witness the complete destruction of 30 towns and villages; they are carrying back video, pictures and interviews with the southern residents after shedding bitter tears at the view of these cataclysmic scenes. Hopefully a renewed awareness in the US and Europe of the main task of this mercenary State of Israel will expand.

Eleven, the parliamentary election in Bahrain, 70% of the population being of Shia sect, allowed the Shia and leftist movement to win big.

Twelve, Israel Olmert PM has finally agreed to a truth with Hamas in order to put a stop to the “Al Qassam” rockets directed to the kibbutz Sderot closest to Gaza.

Thirteen, Iranian Prime Minister has promised to help the US in Iraq if the US forces vacate completely this country.

Note: With the advent of Donald Trump, many “Arabic” States, especially those pseudo-State in the Gulf have officially recognized Israel.

Why and how Israel decided to flatten Beirut?

Is it Out of Spite, Israel/US decided to bypass their totally impotent and greedy Lebanese leaders’ allies?

Hezbollah has plenty of serious grievances against these militia/mafia leaders who have totally sided with US/Israel for many decades, and many of them who supported the Zionist movement before the creation of this colonial implanted colony Israel in our midst.

In fact, the Maronite Phalange Party, created by the French colonial mandated power in 1936, and headed by Pierre Gemayel, totally supported the Zionist movement and the creation of Israel as a counter-power against the predominantly Muslim population in lebanon.

The successive pre-emptive wars of Israel on Lebanon were supported by these “agent” leaders since 1948.

1) Actually, those who were elected in the parliament are the ones who sold their properties and lands in Palestine to the Zionist movement in order to run for election

2) In the first 3 decades of the “Independence” of this pseudo-State of Lebanon, the Southern region and its people were totally ignored in the successive budgets for any worthy infrastructure, schools and hospital.

And that indignity included the Akkar region in the north and the Bekaa Valley people.

3) The Iranian Ayatollah Khomeini dispatched his cleric Moussa Sader to Lebanon in the late 1960 in order to rally the Chia sect around a leader that was Not a feudal and landlord conventional “leader” or za3eem.

Moussa Sader did a great job and his “Disinherited Movement” called Amal grabbed the attention of the conventional Lebanese leaders in power for all that period and this movement became a force to negotiate with.

Hezbollah General Secretary, Hassan Nasrallah, in a speech declared that “All we need is to launch a couple of missiles on the Ammonium plant in Haifa. The conflagration is as powerful as an atomic bomb”.

It turned out that Israel actually executed this idea and stored an amount of ammonium nitrate in the port of Beirut and let it be forgotten

Who still believes that this calamity is a simple matter of laziness of every responsible during the last 6 years?

Who is still unable to believe that Israel is Not able to prepare for a long-term catastrophe and hangar #12 was being prepared and targeted for a timely decision to flatten Beirut?

Who still believe this conflagration was Not triggered by an electromagnetic pulse bomb, planted in the hangar?

Israeli proposal to flatten Beirut in 2016: Done this August 4, 2020

At 6 pm, two conflagrations shook Beirut and demolished all of the port installations, neighboring streets 2 miles away, all buildings…

Half of public institutions located in the area, the central Electricity building, the Foreign minister., the hospitals around, about 5 of them., the sturdy wheat silos crumbled., newspaper dailies (Al Nahar), all the newly expensive and luxury high rises on this sea front..

So far, over 170 deaths and increasing and more than 6,000 injured and patients dispatched outside of Beirut for overflowing and for the poisonous environment due to the burning of 2, 750 tons of nitrate ammonium and other kinds of chemicals stored in the port hangard #12.

The latest news are that these highly flammable and detonating chemicals were stacked in the port since 2014 after requisitioning a Turkish ship that was transferring these chemicals from Georgia and was meant to stop in Beirut port and be discharged.

Why Beirut instead of Mozambique as the manifest declared?

Mind you that it was the US that built this nitrate of ammonium plant in Georgia.

Mind you that Hillary Clinton admitted that the US was highly involved in creating ISIS (Daesh) to occupy Mosul in Iraq. And all these Syrian insurgent factions since 2011 needed plenty of explosives.

A tsunami-kind of conflagration, red colored (color of depleted uranium/miniature atomic bomb detonation), that mushroomed in the sky like a small atomic bomb and advanced instantaneously inland and toward the sea at the speed of 750 m a second.

The hole that this conflagration left was 65 m deep. And generated a 4.3 earthquake scale.

A wide area of total devastation that remind people of picture of Dresden, Hiroshima, Nagasaki…

People vacating Beirut to higher and far regions in order Not to be affected by the dangerous chemical inhalation.

How Israel would have reacted if the port of Haifa experienced the same devastation? I bet more than half the injured Israelis would have died for lack of individual zeal to come to the rescue.

In Lebanon, minutes after the conflagration people were busy transferring the injured to the hospitals. 5 of the hospitals close to the seafront were totally devastated and the injured had to be transferred and hundreds were welcomed in Damascus.

Israel refuse to admit that it attacked the port with depleted uranium missiles, though Israel knew very well of these stored chemicals: Netanyahu mentioned two years ago that hangard #12 contained Hezbollah missiles, in preparation for this attack

Trump declared that Beirut was attacked, but was not precise. (Just the message that he doesn’t give a damn of Beirut and the Lebanese pseudo-citizens)

So far, most countries are proposing “humanitarian” and clinical aids to Lebanon and movable hospitals.

The question is: And what afterward?

The government resigned because more than 7 ministers sided with their sectarian militia leaders.

As usual, Lebanon is bound Not to have a working government.

What kinds of help and aid to this totally bankrupt pseudo State that treated the Lebanese as pseudo-citizens since “independence” in 1943?

Currently, the Lebanese high security command ordered the army to take full control of Beirut for 2 weeks.

I have seen a video of 10 bodies flying in the air after the second conflagration: they were the first fire fighters who arrived to the scene.

And this clean-handed government could Not confront the militia/mafia clan and had to resign.

Amitai Etzioni, supposedly a prominent American professor, and who teaches at renowned universities, says Israel may have no choice but to destroy Lebanon — again and flatten Beirut

A prominent American scholar who teaches international relations at George Washington University has publicly proposed that Israel “flatten Beirut” — a city with around 1 million people — in order to destroy the missiles of Lebanon-based militant group Hezbollah.

Professor Amitai Etzioni — who has taught at a variety of prestigious U.S. universities, including Columbia, Harvard and Berkeley, and who served as a senior advisor in President Jimmy Carter’s administration — made this proposal in an op-ed in Haaretz, the leading English-language Israeli newspaper, known as “The New York Times of Israel.” Haaretz represents the liberal wing of Israel’s increasingly far-right politics.

Etzioni’s op-ed was first published on Feb. 15 with the headline “Can Israel Obliterate Hezbollah’s Growing Missile Threat Without Massive Civilian Casualties?” (the answer he suggests in response to this question is “likely no”).


The rubble of Beirut’s southern suburbs in August 2006, after Israel’s war in Lebanon, which destroyed tens of thousands of homes(Credit: Reuters/Jamal Saidi). It also look as Gaza under the ruin.

“Should Israel Flatten Beirut to Destroy Hezbollah’s Missiles?” was the next, much more blunt title, chosen sometime on or before Feb. 16.

As of Feb. 18, the headline is “Should Israel Consider Using Devastating Weapons Against Hezbollah Missiles?”

Etzioni served in the Haganah — the terrorist army that formed Israel after violently expelling three-quarters of the indigenous Palestinian population — from 1946 to 1948, and then served in the Israeli military from 1948 to 1950. He mentions his military service in both the article and his bio.

(If a Palestinian or any “Arab” was discovered to have joined any military group, would he be teaching in the USA?)

In the piece, Etzioni cites an anonymous Israeli official who estimates that Hezbollah has 100,000 missiles in Lebanon.

In January, the U.S. government put that figure at 80,000 rockets. The anonymous official also says the Israeli government considers these weapons to be its second greatest security threat — after Iran.

Etzioni furthermore cites Israel’s chief of staff, who claims that most of Hezbollah’s missiles are in private homes. Whether this allegation is true is questionable. Israel frequently accuses militant groups of hiding weapons in civilian areas in order to justify its attacks.

On numerous occasions, it has been proven that there were no weapons in the civilian areas Israel bombed in Gaza. But that was beside the point for Israel.

Assuming it is true, the American scholar argues, if Israeli soldiers were to try to take the missiles out of these homes one at a time, it “would very likely result in many Israeli casualties.”

In order to avoid Israeli casualties, Etzioni writes: “I asked two American military officers what other options Israel has. They both pointed to Fuel-Air Explosives (FAE).

These are bombs that disperse an aerosol cloud of fuel which is ignited by a detonator, producing massive explosions.

The resulting rapidly expanding wave flattens all buildings within a considerable range.”

“Such weapons obviously would be used only after the population was given a chance to evacuate the area. Still, as we saw in Gaza, there are going to be civilian casualties,” Etzioni adds.

“The time to raise this issue is long before Israel may be forced to use FAEs.” (As people in Gaza were given 5 minutes to vacate an area and succumb to the shrapnel?)

Etzioni concludes his piece implying Israel has no other option but to bomb the city of Beirut. “In this way, one hopes, that there be a greater understanding, if not outright acceptance, of the use of these powerful weapons, given that nothing else will do,” he writes. (How about desist from the preemptive wars strategies and abide by UN resolutions?)

Lebanese journalists and activists have expressed outrage at the article.

Kareem Chehayeb, a Lebanese journalist and founder and editor of the website Beirut Syndrome, said in response to the piece “Should Israel kill me, my family, and over a million other people to destroy Hezbollah’s missiles? How about that for a headline?”

Chehayeb told Salon Etzioni’s argument is “absolutely absurd” and reeks of hypocrisy. “If some writer said the only way to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is just to bomb Israel,” he said, “people would go up in arms about it.”

He called it “ludicrous” that a prominent American professor “can just calmly say the solution is to flatten this entire city of 1 million people.”

“I’m just speechless. It sounds ISIS-like, just eradicating an entire community of people,” Chehayeb added.

Salon called Etzioni’s office at George Washington University’s Institute for Communitarian Policy Studies several times with a request for comment, but no one answered.

After this article was published, Etzioni emailed Salon a statement. “I agree with you that any suggestion to bomb or ‘flatten’ Beirut (or any other city) would be beyond horrible and outrageous,” he said. He said Haaretz had changed and then later corrected his headline.

“Ethics aside — Beirut is not where the missiles are housed,” Etzioni added. “The issue though stands how is a nation to respond if another nation or non-state actor rains thousands of missiles on its civilian population?”

Salon also reached out to the university. Jason Shevrin, a spokesperson, told Salon “the George Washington University is committed to academic freedom and encourages efforts to foster an environment welcoming to many different viewpoints. Dr. Etzioni is a faculty member who is expressing his personal views.” The spokesperson did not comment any further.

Etzioni is by no means an unknown scholar. He notes on his George Washington University faculty page that, in 2001, he was among the 100 most-cited American intellectuals. He has also served as the president of the American Sociological Association.

Israel has already flattened Beirut before

Writer Belén Fernández, an author and contributing editor at Jacobin magazine, published a piece in TeleSur responding to Etzioni op-ed, titled “No, Israel Should Not Flatten Beirut.”

Fernández points out “that Israel has already flattened large sections of Lebanon, in Beirut and beyond.”

She recalls visiting a young man in a south Lebanon village near the Israeli border who “described the pain in 2006 of encountering detached heads and other body parts belonging to former neighbors, blasted apart by bombs or crushed in collapsed homes.”

Note 1: Hezbollah General Secretary, Hassan Nasrallah, replied: All we need is to launch a couple of missiles on the Ammonium plant in Haifa. The conflagration is as powerful as an atomic bomb.

Israel executed this idea and stored an amount of ammonium nitrate in the port of Beirut and let it be forgotten.

Apparently most of these tons of nitrate of ammonium were sold, transferred and whisked away to Syrian insurgent factions. Possibly, from the extent of the conflagration, only about 300 tons remained in the port

Note 2: Who still believes that this calamity is a simple matter of laziness of every responsible during the last 6 years?

Who is still unable to believe that Israel is Not able to prepare for a long-term catastrophe and that hangar #12 was being prepared and targeted for a timely decision to flatten Beirut?

The next article will try to answer the why and how Israel/US wanted Beirut flattened.

THE ANGRY ARAB: US Violated Unspoken Rule of Engagement with Iran

When did the USA administrations felt like speaking with the people in ME?

By As`ad AbuKhalil  
Special to Consortium News

Something big and unprecedented has happened in the Middle East after the assassination of one of Iran’s top commanders, Qasim Suleimani.

The U.S. has long assumed that assassinations of major figures in the Iranian “resistance-axis” in the Middle East would bring risk to the U.S. military-intelligence presence in the Middle East.

Western and Arab media reported that the U.S. had prevented Israel in the past from killing Suleimani.  But with the top commander’s death, the Trump administration seems to think a key barrier to U.S. military operations in the Middle East has been removed.

The U.S. and Israel had noticed that Hezbollah and Iran did not retaliate against previous assassinations by Israel (or the U.S.) that took place in Syria (of Imad Mughniyyah, Jihad Mughniyyah, Samir Quntar); or for other attacks on Palestinian and Lebanese commanders in Syria.

The U.S. thus assumed that this assassination would not bring repercussions or harm to U.S. interests.

Iranian reluctance to retaliate has only increased the willingness of Israel and the U.S. to violate the unspoken rules of engagement with Iran in the Arab East.

For many years Israel did perpetrate various assassinations against Iranian scientists and officers in Syria during the on-going war. But Israel and the U.S. avoided targeting leaders or commanders of Iran.

During the U.S. occupation of Iraq, the U.S. and Iran collided directly and indirectly, but avoided engaging in assassinations for fear that this would unleash a series of tit-for-tat.

But the Trump administration has become known for not playing by the book, and for operating often according to the whims and impulses of President Donald Trump.

Different Level of Escalation

The decision to strike at Baghdad airport, however, was a different level of escalation.

In addition to killing Suleimani it also killed Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, a key leader of Hashd Forces in Iraq.

Like Suleimani, al-Muhandis was known for waging the long fight against ISIS. (Despite this, the U.S. media only give credit to the U.S. and its clients who barely lifted a finger in the fight against ISIS.)

On the surface of it, the strike was uncharacteristic of Trump.  Here is a man who pledged to pull the U.S. out of the Middle East turmoil — turmoil for which the U.S and Israel bear the primary responsibility.

And yet he seems willing to order a strike that will guarantee intensification of the conflict in the region, and even the deployment of more U.S. forces.

The first term of the Trump administration has revealed the extent to which the U.S. war empire is run by the military-intelligence apparatus. 

There is not much a president — even a popular president like Barack Obama in his second term — can do to change the course of empire.

It is not that Obama wanted to end U.S. wars in the region, but Trump has tried to retreat from Middle East conflicts and yet he has been unable due to pressures not only from the military-intelligence apparatus but also from their war advocates in the U.S. Congress and Western media, D.C. think tanks and the human-rights industry.

The pressures to preserve the war agenda is too powerful on a U.S. president for it to cease in the foreseeable future.  But Trump has managed to start fewer new wars than his predecessors — until this strike.

Trump’s Obama Obsession

Trump in his foreign policy is obsessed with the legacy and image of Obama.  He decided to violate the Iran nuclear agreement (which carried the weight of international law after its adoption by the UN Security Council) largely because he wanted to prove that he is tougher than Obama, and also because he wanted an international agreement that carries his imprint.

Just as Trump relishes putting his name on buildings, hotels, and casinos he wants to put his name on international agreements. His decision, to strike at a convoy carrying perhaps the second most important person in Iran was presumably attached to an intelligence assessment that calculated that Iran is too weakened and too fatigued to strike back directly at the U.S.

Iran faced difficult choices in response to the assassination of Suleimani.  On the one hand, Iran would appear weak and vulnerable if it did not retaliate and that would only invite more direct U.S. and Israeli attacks on Iranian targets.

On the other hand, the decision to respond in a large-scale attack on U.S. military or diplomatic targets in the Middle East would invite an immediate massive U.S. strike inside Iran.

Such an attack has been on the books; the U.S military (and Israel, of course) have been waiting for the right moment for the U.S. to destroy key strategic sites inside Iran.

Furthermore, there is no question that the cruel U.S.-imposed sanctions on Iran have made life difficult for the Iranian people and have limited the choices of the government, and weakened its political legitimacy, especially in the face of vast Gulf-Western attempts to exploit internal dissent and divisions inside Iran. (Not that dissent inside Iran is not real, and not that repression by the regime is not real).

Nonetheless, if the Iranian regime were to open an all-out war against the U.S., this would certainly cause great harm and damage to U.S. and Israeli interests.

Iran Sending Messages

In the last year, however, Iran successfully sent messages to Gulf regimes (through attacks on oil shipping in the Gulf, for which Iran did not claim responsibility, nor did it take responsibility for the pin-point attack on ARAMCO oil installations) that any future conflict would not spare their territories.

That quickly reversed the policy orientations of both Saudi Arabia and the UAE, which suddenly became weary of confrontation with Iran, and both are now negotiating (openly and secretively) with the Iranian government.

Ironically, both the UAE and Saudi Kingdom regimes — which constituted a lobby for war against Iran in Western capitals — are also eager to distance themselves from U.S. military action against Iran.

And Kuwait quickly denied that the U.S. used its territory in the U.S. attack on Baghdad airport, while Qatar dispatched its foreign minister to Iran (officially to offer condolences over the death of Suleimani, but presumably also to distance itself and its territory from the U.S. attack).

The Iranian response was very measured and very specific.  It was purposefully intended to avoid causing U.S. casualties; it was intended more as a message of Iranian missile capabilities and their pin point accuracy. And that message was not lost on Israel.

Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Hizbullah, sent a more strident message. He basically implied that it would be left to Iran’s allies to engineer military responses. He also declared a war on the U.S. military presence in the Middle East, although he was at pains to stress that U.S. civilians are to be spared in any attack or retaliation.

Supporters of the Iran resistance axis have been quite angry in the wake of the assassination.  The status of Suleimani in his camp is similar to the status of Nasrallah, although Nasralla, due to his charisma and to his performance and the performance of his party in the July 2006 war, may have attained a higher status.

It would be easy for the Trump administration to ignite a Middle East war by provoking Iran once again, and wrongly assuming that there are no limits to Iranian caution and self-restraint.  But if the U.S. (and Israel with it or behind it) were to start a Middle East war, it will spread far wider and last far longer than the last war in Iraq, which the U.S. is yet to complete.

As’ad AbuKhalil is a Lebanese-American professor of political science at California State University, Stanislaus. He is the author of the “Historical Dictionary of Lebanon” (1998), “Bin Laden, Islam and America’s New War on Terrorism (2002), and “The Battle for Saudi Arabia” (2004). He tweets as @asadabukhal

The views expressed are solely those of the author and may or may not reflect those of Consortium News.

Note 1: The US military base in Iraq, Ain Assad, was demolished by the Iranian missiles, and scores of US military personnel were injured and dispatched to Germany and Kuwait. The Netherland decided to vacate its soldiers from this base to Kuwait: They experienced the fright of a lifetime.

Note 2: Hezbollah of Lebanon delivered a final warning to Israel: Any assassination of its members anywhere around the world by Israel, Hezbollah will retaliate. And Hezbollah delivered on its promise and did retaliate on the assassination of 2 of its fighter in Damascus. Israel had vacated all its military bases in the Galilee and the civilians went into shelters for 3 days waiting for the attack.

Note 3: So far, Syrian regime avoided any clear declaration for retaliation on assassinations on its soil or the frequent Israel missiles destroying weapon depots in Syria.

Latest Speech of Hezbollah general secretary Hassan NasrAllah

🔵 بعض مما ورد في كلمة السيد نصر الله خلال الاحتفال بيوم القدس العالمي:

عندما يجمع الفلسطينيون على رفض صفقة القرن لن تمر هذه الصفقة وعندما يجمع السوريون على ان الجولان سوري سيسقط اعلان ترامب واذا بقينا حاضرين فإن المستقبل هو للقدس ولفلسطين

نحن باستطاعتنا تصنيع الصواريخ الدقيقة وبيعها لدعم الخزينة اللبنانية واتمنى من ساترفيلد ان يدوره ويغلق هذا الملف ويتوقف عن اطلاق التهديدات

اذا الاميركي سيبقى يفتح هذا الملف سأقول لكم نحن لدينا القدرة الكاملة للتصنيع وسنؤسس مصنعا للصواريخ الدقيقة في لبنان

أصل فتح النقاش مع الاميركيين في هذا الموضوع غير مقبول لانه من حقنا ان نمتلك اي سلاح ونصنع اي سلاح للدفاع عن انفسنا

لو لدينا اي مصنع للصواريخ الدقيقة اليوم كنت اعلنت عن ذلك

لا توجد حتى الآن في لبنان مصانع للصواريخ الدقيقة

العدو لا يقصف الصواريخ لانه يعرف اننا سنرد الصاع صاعا إن لم يكن صاعين

ان اي قصف اسرائيلي لاي هدف للمقاومة في لبنان يرتبط بمسألة الصواريخ نحن سنرد عليه بشكل مباشر وبقوة

نحن لدينا صواريخ دقيقة وبالعدد الكافي وتطال كل الأهداف المطلوبة في الكيان الصهيوني وهذه الصواريخ تستطيع ان تغير وجه المنطقة والمعادلة

في موضوع ترسيم الحدود نقف خلف الدولة اللبنانية، نحن نثق بالمسؤولين اللبنانيين الذي يفاوضون لتحصيل حقوق لبنان

نحن نعتبر موقف الوفد اللبناني الى القمة العربية لا ينسجم مع البيان الوزراء، أين هو النأي بالنفس ايها الوفد الرسمي اللبناني؟ نحن نعتبر هذا الموقف غير مقبول ومرفوض ومدان ولا يعبر عن موقف لبنان بل يعبر عن موقف الاشخاص المشاركين والاحزاب التي يمثلوها

لو تحدثوا بلغة فيها حوار وانفتاح مع ايران كانت بقيت لهم اموالهم وكرامتهم

من واجبنا ان نشيد بموقف العراق ورئيس جمهوريته وهو موقف شجاع ومتميز وممتاز

اخر بند في بيان القمة العربية بمكة تحدث عن فلسطين بمعدل سطر ونصف فقط بينما هذه هي القضية المركزية للعرب والمسلمين

السعودية ليست في موقع قوة بل في موقع ضعف وارتباك ووهن

السعودي دعا الى القمم الى الاستقواء بالخليج الذي مزقه وبالعرب الذين حطمهم والمسلمين الذين نشر بينهم فتنة التكفير

السعودية التي فشلت وهزمت في اليمن هل بامكانها شن الحرب على ايران؟

النظام في السعودية ومن معه علموا ان لا حرب اميركية ضد ايران وان ترامب لن يأتي للقتال عنهم وهذا كان آخر رهان لديهم

المؤشر الآخر على عدم وقوع الحرب هي القمم التي تعقد على عجل، والبيانات اظهرت ان السعودية لا تجد اي حل امام الصواريخ اليمنية وهذا فشل عظيم وهو انجاز عظيم للاخوة اليمنيين

أولوية ترامب هي الحرب الاقتصادية على ايران وغيرها من الدول

ليس لترامب مصلحة ان تتصالح ايران مع دول الخليج بل من مصلحته ان يواصل تخويف انظمة الخليج من ايران

معادلة القوة هي التي تمنع الحرب بينما هؤلاء المساكين يريدون من ترامب ان ياتي ليفتعل الحرب بينما هو حساباته الدولار والنفط والمصالح

ما يهم ترامب انه عندما تشتعل المنطقة سيصل برميل النفط الى 200 او 300 دولار وبالتالي سيسقط بالانتخابات

ليسمعني العالم أجمعه، ان ترامب وكل اجهزة استخباراته تعلم ان الحرب على ايران تعني ان كل المنطقة ستشتعل وان المصالح الاميركية في المنطقة ستباد وكل من تواطؤ سيدفع الثمن واولهم اسرائيل وآل سعود

الامام الخامنئي قال إنه لا حرب ولا تفاوض،

ولكن برأينا لا حرب لان ايران قوية مقتدرة بشعبها وبنظامها وقائدها ومراجعها وبخاصتهاو عامتها ولانها اولا واخيرا تتكل على الله

بولتون ومحمد بن سلمان وخليجيون اخرون كانوا يدفعون للوصول الى الحرب ومن يشاهد بعض وسائل الاعلام الخليجية يقول إن الحرب ستقع وكأن ترامب يعمل لديهم

البعض اليوم يهول بوقوع الحرب بين اميركا وايران وهناك من كان يدفع بالوصول اليها وعلى رأسهم جون بولتون الكذاب

هذه الانظمة العربية نفسها هي التي تواطأت على ايران منذ انتصار الثورة الاسلامية وحتى اليوم

ايران هي نقطة القوة في محور المقاومة، فهي دعمت العراق وسوريا والمقاومة في لبنان وفلسطين وموقفها حاسم وواضح ولذلك هم يحاولون محاصرة وضرب ايران بهدف ضرب المحور، فالعين كلها على ايران

أغلب الدول العربية والاسلامية مشغولة بحالها، هذه النقطة سلبية لكن فيها شيء ايجابي ان هؤلاء لو لم ينشغلوا بأوضاعهم الداخلية كانوا سيقفون الى جانب الاسرائيلي بدل الوقوف الى جانب فلسطين

ترامب صاحب هذا الفكر والحسابات هو رجل حرب؟ هو يراهن على الموضوع الاقتصادي وايضا أدواتهم بالمنطقة خائفة ومتضعضة من العناصر التكفيرية الى النظام السعودي وغيرهما من الانظمة العربية

اوضاع اميركا الاقتصادية لا تتحمل الارتفاع باسعار النفط واين موقعها في العالم؟ فهي تخوض مواجهات على مستوى العالم واهم شيء في الادارة الاميركية الجديدة التهيب بالذهاب الى حروب جديدة

حتى اميركا اليوم ليست نفسها التي كانت قبل 50 او 60 سنة، هي ارسلت جيوشها الى المنطقة وخرجت مهزومة وقواتها ضربت في الكثير من دولنا

في اسرائيل هناك فقدان للقيادة وهي تحتاج للدعم الاميركي المباشر في اي حرب مقبلة والحاجة للاساطيل الاميركية للحماية من محور المقاومة، متى كانت اسرائيل بهذا الشكل والضعف؟

Hezbollah is pressured to navigate among treacherous and poisonous waters of “Arab’ States

The all encompassing and elevating speech of Hassan Nasrallah

نبيه البرجي
السيد نصرالله يعلم أن هذه منطقة اللامنطق , منطقة اللاعقل , منطقة اللارؤية .

غابة من القبور (البشرية) المشرعة على الرياح الآتية من ليل الأمم , ومن ليل الأزمنة .
ثلاثة قرون , لا ثلاث ساعات , من الكلام , كلام المنطق, وكلام العقل , بل وكلام القلب , لن يؤثر في تلك “الجوراسيك بارك” , حديقة الديناصورات التي أقامتها الامبراطوريات فوق أكتافنا .

ولسوف ترى , أيها الرجل الرائع , أنك تحمل الراية وحيداً في هذه الصحراء , في هذا العراء …
حين كان يتكلم , كان هناك من يمسك بمفاتيح جهنم . عرب ويلقون المفاتيح في وجهنا “أنتم وفلسطين الى جهنم “.

هل تعني فلسطين غير ذلك , في المفهوم الايديولوجي, وفي المفهوم الاستراتيجي , لصفقة القرن ؟ رقصة القهرمانات حول الهيكل , سواء بني بخشب الأرز أم بحجارة الكعبة .

هؤلاء الذين حوّلوا التراجيديا الكبرى الى الكوميديا الكبرى . كم يبدو صائب عريقات بائساً , كم يبدو محمود عباس ضائعاً , حين يكون الرهان على مفاوضات هي مطحنة التراب مثلما هي مطحنة الدم ؟

من لا يدري ما في العقل الاسرائيلي الذي لا يفقه سوى لغة القوة . من بنيامين نتنياهو الذي ورث عن أبيه ثقافة زئيف جابوتنسكي “العرب الحفاة … العرب الذئاب) , الى الملياردير النيويوركي شلدون أدلسون الذي أقسم أمام الملأ , وأمام يهوه , بأنه سيبني الهيكل من عظام العرب .
في نهاية المطاف , ودون الاستئذان من توماس هوبز , العرب ذئاب العرب …

قال السيد …
لو كنا دولة , لو كنا شعباً (ويفترض أن ننحني أمام أولئك المسيحيين الكبار , وآخرهم موريس الجميل , الذين أدركوا ما تعنيه أمبراطورية يهوه في عقر دارنا) , لانحنينا لحسن نصرالله , وهو يتحدث عن الصواريخ التي تصل الى صدر بنيامين نتنياهو (لاحظتم كم كن مضحكاً وساذجاً في تعليقاته), والى صدر أفيف كوخافي , بل والى صدر دافيد بن غوريون وتيودور هرتزل .

حتى في العتابا والميجانا نتغنى بكبريائنا (نحنا والقمر جيران) , ونتغنى بعنفواننا (هاالكم أرزة العاجقين الكون) , قبل أن نكتشف أن بعضنا عبيد العبيد في المنطقة .

هل يتصور السيد أنه لو أتى بمفاتيح بيت المقدس , ووضعها بين ايديهم , سيكون هناك من يقول له بوركت الدماء , وبوركت الأيدي , التي فعلت هذا ؟ ان وحيد القرن ذهب بهم بعيداً في صفقة القرن !

ما قاله الأمين العام لـ”حزب الله” حول الامكانات العسكرية ليس سوى النزر اليسير . ليعلم كوخافي أن طائراته التي يرى فيها الحاخامات الملائكة المدمرة في الميتولوجيا اليهودية , لن تستطيع , قطعاً , أن تفعل ما فعلته منذ عام 1956 وحتى 2006 . هنا الكارثة الاسرائيلية الكبرى .

الأبحاث في معهد جافي هي التي تتحدث عن “المفاجآت التي تحت عباءة نصرالله” . أحد الباحثين تحدث عن اللحظة اتي يجد فيها الجنرالات أنفسهم داخل الدوامة .

ما قاله السيد يفترض أن نتوقف عنده مليّاً . لن يتجرأ نتنياهو أن يشن الحرب (النزهة) على لبنان . يعلم ما ينتظره لا على الأرض اللبنانية فحسب . على الأرض الاسرائيلية أيضاً . هذيان داخل هيئة الأركان …

ارتجاج في العقل الاسبارطي الذي اعتاد أن يرى الدبابات العربية اما محطمة , أو هاربة , أو خاوية . ثمة واقع آخر بعد وادي الحجير . العالم كله شاهد كيف تنتحب الميركافا , وكيف ينتحب قادة الميركافا الذين طالما وصفوها بـ”الدبابة المقدسة” .
هكذا تكلم السيد حسن . يد حديدية الى ما وراء الحدود , ويد حريرية داخل الحدود . الرفاق في الوطن , الاخوة في الوطن , ولطالما هزجوا لتراب الوطن , أنوفهم في مكان آخر , جيوبهم , أيديهم , في مكان آخر .

مللنا من تلك الكليشهات الرثة تعليقاً على كلام السيد . هل ثمة من رجل دولة يتكلم بتلك الشفافية , وبتلك الدماثة ؟ تابعوا تعليقاتهم التي لكأنها استخرجت للتو من مقامات بديع الزمان الهمذاني , أو من أفواه السلاحف .

منذ القرن التاسع عشر الى جمهورية الطائف (جمهورية الطوائف) , لم يكن هناك لا بيسمارك اللبناني , ولا غاريبالدي اللبناني , لكي يجعل منا شعباً , لا شظايا متناثرة. الآن , المنطقة امام مفترق . اما أن نكون ضيوف شرف على سوق النخاسة , أو نكون حملة الراية الذين ننتشل العرب من الركام , لبنان من الركام .

ما تناهى الينا يفترض بنا كلنا , ودون استثناء , أن نرفع رؤوسنا . اسرائيل في مأزق وجودي . أكثر من أن يكون مأزقاً استراتيجياً حين لا يكون في العقل التوراتي مكان للآخر . نحن الآخر الذي يزعزع الهيكل , الآخر الذي يزلزل الهيكل .

هذه ليست باللغة الفولكلورية . كلام السيد كان كلاماً في العقل , وكلاماً في المنطق . ارفعوا رؤوسكم (أطرقوا أبوابهم بالشواكيش) . المنطقة أمام احتمالات البقاء واللابقاء, ونحن في صراع الأرقام والحقائب . أيتها … السيدة الفضيحة !
هنا في لبنان (الذي لم يعد وسادة القمر) , اختزال “الجوراسيك بارك” . لنتوقف أن نكون اللاعبين الصغار في العملية الكبرى (اغتيال الزمن) , كما حذرنا , ذات يوم , فيلسوف الأمل روجيه غارودي .

كلام السيد الذي كما الزلزال في اسرائيل , ما صداه في لبنان؟ اسألوا من يتباهى بـ”ليلة الشامبانيا” في ذلك القصر الملكي !!

Fahed Rimawi describing Hassan Nasrallah, Secretary General of Hezbollah

Abu Hadi, (father of Hadi, the elder son of Hassan Nasrallah who fell martyr fighting Israel) is Not a leader of a country, Having no official army, Not an oil billionaire or any kind of multinational, who has no multinational media outlet, who don’t pay official visits to State leaders (except Iran and Syria), and yet is the most listen to when he delivers a speech and all his foes know that he can deliver and do deliver on what he promises.
From the bottom of despair and helplessness in Lebanon and most “Arabic States”, Hezbollah, led by Hassan, reaped victories after victories and cornered Israel into a defensive position, after Israel conducted 8 pre-emptive wars on Lebanon and destroyed the infrastructure of Lebanon 8 times since its creation in 1948.

 كيف يقود ابو هادي قافلة الانتصار في زمن الانهيار

فهد الريماوي*
رئيس تحرير صحيفة
المجد الاردنية

August 24 2017

ما اروع ان يخرج الحي من صلب الميت، وينبجس الماء من عين الصخر، وينبت الخير في بوادي الشر، ويطلع الفجر من غياهب الليل، وتنبعث العنقاء من كومة الرماد، وتنطلق البطولة من جراح الشعوب المقهورة، وتنبثق المعجزة من تضاريس الزمن الصعب، وتشرق شمس السيد حسن نصرالله وسط آفاق عربية ملبدة بالهزائم والهموم وعلامات التعجب.

هذا الرجل سيد جليل في قوله وفعله، وليس فقط في حسبه ونسبه.. وهو قائد مقدام في المعارك السياسية والاعلامية، وليس فقط في الحروب العسكرية والامنية.. وهو مبدع خلاق في عوالم البلاغة والخطابة والجملة السحرية، وليس فقط في ميادين التعبئة والتنظيم والادارة اليومية للمستجدات الطارئة والقضايا الواقعية.

هذا الرجل له من اسمه نصيب كبير، فهو نصرالله وناصر العرب الذي ما دخل معركة حربية الا وكان النصر حليفه، وما خاض مساجلة اعلامية الا وكان النجاح رفيقه، وما اطل من الشاشة التلفزيونية الا وكان مالئ الدنيا وشاغل الناس، وما طرح فكرة او اطلق رؤية الا وكانت محل اهتمام واحترام العدو قبل الصديق، والبعيد قبل القريب، والمختلف معها قبل الموافق عليها.

هذا الرجل/الرمز ليس رئيس دولة وازنة، ولا ارطبون جيوش عرمرمية، ولا زنكيل مليارات نفطية، ولا قيصر امبراطورية اعلامية، ولا سندباد رحلات وجولات ومؤتمرات دولية.. ومع ذلك فقد بز كل قادة العرب ورؤسائهم واثريائهم وادبائهم وجنرالاتهم في الشهرة العابرة للقارات، وفي القدرة على حصد الانتصارات،

وفي الشجاعة الطالعة من كربلاء، وفي التضحية البالغة حد الجود بالابن البكر، وفي المصداقية التي يشهد العالم بها ويبصم باصابعه العشرة عليها. هذا الرجل يشكل منحة سماوية جادت بها الاقدار، ويجسد صدفة عبقرية وفرها لنا التاريخ، ويمثل ظاهرة كاريزمية لم تتحقق لغير جمال عبدالناصر بالامس القريب، ويعبر عن اعلى درجات النبل والترفع والاريحية، سواء في مواقفه السياسية، او مبادئه الوطنية والاسلامية، او شمائله الروحية والاخلاقية والطهرانية.. وسيكون من سوء حظ العرب وبؤس طالعهم، ان يفوّتوا فرصة وجود هذا القائد الملهم في مقدمة صفوفهم، دون ان يلتفوا حوله ويشدوا ازره لكي يحرروا التراب الفلسطيني ويمحقوا الكيان الصهيوني الغازي والدخيل.

من حق اي عربي ان يعارض حزب الله، ويختلف مع بعض مواقف السيد نصرالله وطروحاته، فاختلاف الرأي لا يُفسد للود قضية، كما تقول الحكمة المعروفة..

ولكن من العيب، بل العار، على من تسري دماء العروبة في عروقه، ان يمقت هذا الفارس الشهم، ويتحامل عليه، ويشكك في غاياته وولاءاته، ويشترك مع امريكا واسرائيل في محاولات تشويهه واتهامه بما ليس فيه من مثالب ومعايب ونعرات طائفية ومذهبية وجهوية ضيقة.

حسن نصرالله ليس فرداً، بل جمع مذكر سالم، وقاسم مشترك اعلى لابناء امته العربية كافة، وليس لطائفته الشيعية، او ديرته اللبنانية، او ركيزته الايرانية.. وهو صاحب حضور شعبي هائل يتجاوز الارقام القياسية لدى ملايين العرب والمسلمين.. وهو على موعد حتمي مع التاريخ الذي طالما فتح صفحاته الذهبية للزعماء العظماء.. وليس في صالح هذا الرجل، او في حسبانه، ان يهبط من علياء هذه المكانة المرموقة الى درك المربعات الفئوية والمسطحات المذهبية.

هذا الشيخ المعمم ليس يسارياً ولكنه اقرب للكادحين واحنّ على الفقراء والمظلومين من اساطين اليسار واقطاب الاشتراكية..

وهو ليس قومياً ولكنه رفع رؤوس العرب عالياً حين هزم اسرائيل بالنيابة عنهم جميعاً..

وهو ليس مسيحياً ولكنه من اشد المسلمين احتراماً للمكون المسيحي العربي، والتزاماً بالعيش اللبناني المشترك..

وهو ليس فلسطينياً ولكنه اكثر حرصاً وولاء واخلاصاً لقضية فلسطين من بعض زعاماتها وقياداتها التي سكرت بكؤوس الوهم، وهرولت لعقد “سلام الشجعان” مع رابين وبيريز ونتنياهو وتسبي لفني.

مشكلة هذا الرجل ليست كامنة في ذاته ومواصفاته، بل موجودة لدى اعدائه وغرمائه.. فهم مغتاظون من استقامته وليس اعوجاجه، ومن امانته وليس انحرافه، ومن تسامحه وليس تزمته، ومن نجاحه وليس اخفاقه، ومن مجمل فضائله وحسناته وليس سلبياته وسيئاته..

شأنهم في ذلك شأن المثل الشعبي المصري الذي طالما ردده المرحوم ياسر عرفات : ‘مالقوش في الورد عيب، قالوا له يا احمر الخدين’.

اما جريمة هذا الرجل الكبرى التي لا تُغتفر عند الاعداء والعملاء، فتتلخص في كونه صاحب مشروع كفاحي تحرري حاسم ومتصادم على طول الخط مع الصهاينة والمتصهينين العرب والاجانب،

وليس في حياته وبرامجه واجنداته ما يتقدم على هذا المشروع الاستراتيجي العظيم، وليس لديه ذرة شك ان الصراع العربي مع الصهاينة صراع وجود وليس حدود، وان الجغرافيا الفلسطينية وحدة واحدة لا تقبل القسمة على اثنين، وان العدو الاسرائيلي لا يفهم سوى لغة واحدة قوامها النار والبارود.

من نقاء العقيدة استخلص’ابو هادي’ قوة الارادة، واكتسب مضاء الهمة والعزيمة، وامتلك بُعد النظر وعمق البصيرة، ورفض الدخول- بالمطلق- في لعبة الكلمات المتقاطعة والاواني المستطرقة التي تورطت فيها منظمة التحرير الفلسطينية..

فما هادن ولا ساوم ولا فاوض ولا تنازل ولا اقترب من اثم الصلح والتطبيع مع الكيان الغاصب..

ذلك “لان ما اخذ بالقوة لا يسترد بغير القوة”. في خطابه الاخير الذي اعقب تحرير جرود عرسال اللبنانية من قبضة جبهة النصرة الارهابية، زف لنا ‘ابو هادي’ بشرى الانتصار الوشيك في سوريا،

ورغم ان كل الوقائع الميدانية تؤشر الى هذا الاتجاه، الا ان للبشرى الصادرة عن هذا الرجل نكهة عذبة، وعبق طيب، ومعنى فصيح ومريح وباعث على الثقة والتفاؤل..

وطوبى لهذا البشير الذي يبصر بعيني ‘زرقاء اليمامة’، ويرى قبل الآخرين، ويحظى بفراسة المؤمن، ويغشى الوغى ويعفّ عند المغنم.

Visite de Tillerson à Beyrouth : ce qu’en dit la presse libanaise

(See notes at the end of the article)

Fermeté à l’égard du Hezbollah, écarts protocolaires : la visite, la veille, du secrétaire d’Etat américain, Rex Tillerson, à Beyrouth a été abondamment commentée vendredi dans les grands titres de la presse libanaise.

“Tillerson depuis Beyrouth : inquiétez-vous du Hezbollah”, titre le quotidien de référence an-Nahar, en référence aux propos tenus par le chef de la diplomatie américaine, lors de son escale à Beyrouth, selon lesquels l’engagement du Hezbollah “dans les conflits régionaux” menace “la sécurité du Liban” et a des “effets déstabilisateurs sur la région”.

Dans son article, l’éditorialiste Rosana Bou Monsef a vu dans les déclarations de M. Tillerson un “message adressé à l’Iran”, notant qu’elles tranchent avec celles qu’il avait tenues la veille, à Amman, lorsqu’il a reconnu que le parti chiite faisait partie du “processus politique” au Liban.

De son côté, le quotidien al-Joumhouria est revenu, dans l’un de ses articles, sur les écarts protocolaires qui ont marqué l’escale beyrouthine du secrétaire d’État, qui ont provoqué le “mécontentement” de la part des Américains.

A l’aéroport de Beyrouth, M. Tillerson n’a pas été accueilli à sa descente d’avion par son homologue libanais, Gebran Bassil, mais le directeur du protocole par intérim du ministère des Affaires étrangères. (Les coutumes de faiblesse d’antan n’oblige pas a perpetuer ce qui n’est pas du protocole international)

Et à son arrivée au palais de Baabda, un peu en avance, le responsable américain a trouvé le fauteuil présidentiel vide et a attendu quelques minutes l’arrivée de M. Bassil et du président Michel Aoun.

Le journal relate également les sujets de discussion qui étaient au menu des entretiens de M. Tillerson avec le chef de l’Etat et le Premier ministre Saad Hariri, notamment sur les dossiers du mur israélien à la frontière avec le Liban et l’exploitation des ressources offshores au large des côtés libanaises près d’Israël.

Al-Joumhouria publie par ailleurs un entretien avec le ministre de la Jeunesse et des sports, Mohammad Fneich, membre du Hezbollah, qui affirme que “les prises de position de Tillerson sur le Hezbollah ne nous concernent pas”.

Pour sa part, le quotidien al-Moustaqbal, propriété de M. Hariri, titre “Tillerson à Beyrouth : partenariat ‘stratégique’ et ‘médiation’ frontalière”, notant que les responsables libanais ont réitéré leur engagement envers la politique de distanciation des conflits régionaux et la résolution 1701.

Dans son article, Thouraya Chahine souligne que “le message de Washington est clair : la stabilité et l’armée libanaise sont des lignes rouges”.

Le journal al-Akhbar, très proche du Hezbollah, indique dans un article que “M. Tillerson a répété la même chanson américaine classique : désarmement du Hezbollah, assèchement des sources de financement du Hezbollah, retrait du Hezbollah de Syrie, préservation du calme au Liban-Sud et soutien à l’armée libanaise”.

“Le Liban refuse les diktats américains concernant la frontière”, titre le quotidien selon lequel les  Etats-Unis ont recommandé aux responsables libanais d’accepter les propositions au sujet de la frontière de l’émissaire du département d’État, David Satterfield, qui doit s’entretenir dans la journée avec Gebran Bassil.

Selon notre correspondant diplomatique Khalil Fleyhane, M. Satterfield a proposé une formule de compromis au sujet du bloc 9, prévoyant que la compagnie chargée de l’exploration des hydrocarbures offshore verse au Liban les deux tiers de ses ventes et le tiers à Israël, en attendant que le conflit frontalier soit réglé. Une proposition sur laquelle les dirigeants libanais ont exprimé des réserves.

(Pourquoi Israel ne verserapas le tier de ses ventes en attendant que les zones maritimes soient regle’?)

Note 1: After the visit of Tillerson on Thursday, Hassan Nasrallah delivered a speech on Friday. He bolstered the position of the Government by assuring them that Hezbollah can counter any Israeli land or sea encroachment on Lebanon. “Lebanon army is denied adequate weapons, but Hezbollah has all the necessary means to defend Lebanon’s rights”

Note 2: President Aoun responded to Tillerson that the military readiness of Hezbollah cannot be negotiated before a lasting peace on Lebanon borders and the return of the Palestinian refugees in Lebanon

Note 3: Any negotiation on borders land swapping is meant to erect a Wall of Shame along our border with Israel

Lire aussi

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