Full speech delivered by Hizbullah Secretary General, His Eminence Sayyed Hassan
Nasrallah, at the launch of the Jabal Amel Culture and Literature Forum in the
Southern town of Ainatha:
I take refuge in Allah from the stoned devil. In the Name of Allah, The
Compassionate, The Most Merciful. Peace be upon the Seal of Prophets, our Master
and Prophet, Abi Al Qassem Mohammad; on his chaste and pure Household; on his
chosen companions and on all messengers and prophets.
Peace be upon you and Allah's mercy and blessings.
It is also my obligation to welcome you all on this dear occasion and kind
meeting, which is an occasion that has been looked forward to since last summer
in one way or another, as the brethrens mentioned. God-willing, we would be
granted success on this day in launching this forum, this institution, and this
edifice so that it would join this blessed, continuous, optimistic, and
victorious procession according to its specialty, role, and nature, God-willing.
Today, my speech is divided into two parts. In the first part, I will go back to
some aspects of the very beginning from which I will move into Jabal Amel, and
the poetry and literature in Jabal Amel. From the first part, I will move to the
second part in which I would like to talk about some current issues and required
responsibilities proceeding from the first part, too.
In the second part, we will talk a little bit about politics. As for the first
part, let us keep it in harmony with the occasion and the status quo.
From the very beginning, Allah Almighty created man in the best of moulds,
whether on the physical or the spiritual level. Allah granted man the mind. What
a mind it is! This noble creation, which was granted to man, has enormous
capacities in acquiring knowledge as well as in producing knowledge. Thus, the
human mind is not only a receiver; it is also a producer and a generator. It has
the ability to roam in the horizons, the land, and the skies as well as the
worldly and divine realms. It can also transcend barriers and borders and
penetrate through screens...
Then, Allah Almighty bestowed another blessing on man in granting him the
ability - the various abilities- to articulate and to express what he thinks of
and believes and what crosses his mind, as well as the emotions and feelings he
experiences, and even the imagination and illusions and everything he wants.
This man was empowered with this ability - the ability to express and translate
this internal content to the other - to every rational other who hears and
This ability to articulate and express is one of the most important reasons of
human life development and enhancement on all perspectives and levels. It's
because all ideas, information, conclusions, morals, and experiences pass among
people in this very generation and in this very era and from one generation to
another until Doom's Day through the various and diversified means of
expression. That is because when Allah Almighty granted man this ability, He did
not limit it to one means; he rather diversified and varied these means. Above
these means comes language and words. In terms of words, I do not mean spoken
words only. Words or language can be spoken at times and at other times be
written. In fact, writing started even before pens and pencils were invented.
I will return to this means in a while.
One of these means is signaling. Man can express the ideas that cross his mind
and his emotions through signals: hand signals and body movements. Other
examples of these means are painting, sculpturing, and music. In some ways,
music expresses the hidden contents of man - the feelings of man: his joy, his
sadness, his hope, his despair, his estrangement, his loneliness.... Each has a
different expression. Indeed, all of these abilities have always been available
and activated from old times to our very day. However, in our present day,
thanks to the scientific developments and the abilities granted to man, broad
horizons have been opened for the mission of expression, including what we
witnessed and are witnessing now on the level of cinema, TV screens, theater,
internet, and the various communication means.
However, all through history until Doom's Day, the most powerful and important
among these abilities remains language and words; that is to say, the words and
sentences which stand for meanings used by man. Man uses words and sentences to
express meanings which he means or wants to convey to others.
Thus, man was granted the mind and the ability to express. With his mental
strength, he specifies meanings. With his mental strength, he forms sentences
and words in the mind through which he wants to express definite meanings and
which he, in turn, he articulates using his throat and tongue. Consequently,
they come out in the form of voice or through his pen, he writes them down as
One of the wonders of Allah Almighty in His creation is diversification in
languages and tongues. From the beginning of mankind until our very day, there
are thousands - not hundreds - of human languages.
Some became extinct and came to an end; others still exist. Others are
developing and will continue to develop until the Day of Resurrection. Every
language has its special characteristics and elements of beauty. Moreover, any
language - as I am not talking about a definite language - is one of the things
in which the wonders of beauty are manifested. Inasmuch as the wonders of beauty
are manifested in all the entities of this Universe, and one of these entities
in this Universe in which the wonders of beauty is manifested is human language.
Languages have levels and degrees among themselves. They have diversified styles
in prose and poetry, and others. The people of every language vary in their
personal and innate abilities in using this language and taking advantage of its
diversified capabilities to convey these required ideas and images.
Here, the Arab language sits at the throne of human languages. We are not saying
so because we are Arabs. In fact, non-Arabs also acknowledge this fact. The Arab
language sits at the throne of human languages thanks to its strength, wealth,
broadness, flexibility, beauty, grace, charm, and ability to comprise and
develop. It is enough pride and nobleness that Allah Almighty chose the Arabic
language to be the language of revelation of His last, eternal Divine Book. This
is enough pride. That does not need evidence. In fact, electing the Arabic
language to be the language of revelation of the last Divine Book has much great
and substantial wisdom, but there is no room to explain that now.
All through history, the Arabs - and those who turned into Arabs later - have
been known for their fluency and eloquence and their professionalism in the
styles and arts of literature and poetry. It can even be said that the
distinctive characteristic and the main topic for these peoples are fluency and
eloquence. The elite among these peoples are the poets and the speakers, and the
source of pride for every tribe and clan is its poet and speaker. From the very
beginning to our very day, some of this literature and poetry was a product that
was to be bought and sold. The poet would compose the poem for the one who pays
him money generously - and at times ungenerously, too. Some literature and
poetry come under the title of fake pride and precipitated fanaticism.
However, what I care to say on this occasion is that what is important is that
all through history, some of this literature and poetry was at the service of
missions, human and moral values, righteousness, justice, the confrontation of
tyranny, the defending the dignity of the nation and its existence, and
sanctities, the resisting of invaders and occupiers, and the awaking of the
peoples and arousing their emotions and zeal. This is the primary, most
important, greatest, and the most humanistic mission of literature and poetry,
which must be part of the weapon, abilities, personality, civilization, and the
makers of the future of this nation.
Numerous in history are the stories of poets and writers who were hurled in
jails, or were beheaded or were crucified in squares because of a poem they
wrote or an eloquent speech they delivered as the contents of this poem or that
speech did not appeal to the warden or the executioner.
This kind of literature and poetry has always existed in Jabal Amel. For
hundreds of years, Jabal Amal has been known for its scholar and jurisprudent
heritage. It is also known for its jurists and scholars - some of whom are first
class jurists in the Islamic world all throughout history.
However, among the characteristics of Jabal Amel is that its jurists and
scholars are writers and poets in most cases. I am saying, in most cases- not in
all cases- to be on the safe side. This is one of the characteristics of the
jurists and scholars of Jabal Amel.
A simple review mentioned in the book, "Amel Al Aamel fi Ulama' Jabal Amel,"
mentions the names of scholars. The writer almost always refers to the figures
he mentions, saying, "He was a great jurist, scholar, poet and author." He
rarely talks about a scholar or a jurist without referring to him as a poet and
a writer. Moreover, poetry in its various forms - the eloquent and the
colloquial - was a remarkable characteristic, whether it was that of the
diversified educated elite or of the common people in Jabal Amel. On the
scientific level, we find that the literary powers of the jurists in Jabal Amel
were remarkably invested in, even in writing scientific and juristic texts as
well as texts on principles. Moreover, the issues of these sciences were put
into poetry - charming and enchanting poetry that can easily be memorized.
That's why we also find that the books and publications of Jabal Amel's authors
added fluency, beauty, and eloquence of expression to their scientific strength
and power of evidence, which granted them this level of immortality, care, and
consideration in the scientific hawzas and scientific study centers for Muslims,
and especially for Shiites.
Poetry and any literary work in Jabal Amel have always been a platform that
express the commitment of the people, scholars, jurists, and elite to the causes
of the homeland and the nation from the literary, cultural, political, jihadi
and all levels. We are talking now about Jabal Amel because the occasion is the
inauguration of the forum of Jabal Amel; thus, we reserve the right of all areas
and regions to their heritage, history, and role.
From a temporal point of view, we can see that from the beginning of the
previous century and especially before and after WWI, we find this commitment in
more than one dimension. Indeed, because we do not have enough time, I will not
mention names and evidences. I will make a general presentation only.
The first topic: Defending the Arabic language. One of the major missions which
the poets, authors, and scholars of Jabal Amel contributed to achieving and
performing is the safeguarding and defending of the Arabic language at one stage
in face of the Turkish language, and in face of western languages following WWI-
namely, the French language. Language, to any people or to any nation is part of
its identity of civilization, and the loss of this language is the loss of this
identity of civilization.
For us and for the people of Jabal Amel, the Arabic language represented this
concept and what is deeper and farther from this concept because this language
came to be integrated within our conviction, Holy Book, the Traditions of our
Prophet (Peace be upon him and his Household), history, values, morals, fate,
future, and relations. Thus today, dear sirs and scholars, one of the
obligations is to safeguard and defend this language.
Now, we - Arabs - do not understand Arabic. Some Arabic words need translation
and interpretation. There is a new vogue in more than one place in the Arab
world: half of the spoken words are in Arabic and the other half are in a
foreign language - I won't say French or English so as not to target a
particular language. Thus, defending and safeguarding this language is one of
the most important obligations.
In the past, the scholars of Jabal Amel turned schools, hawzas, and even houses
into centers for teaching the Arabic language and its sciences and
terminologies, so as to enable the generations to safeguard the language and to
confront the illiteracy and ignorance that were prevailing.
The second topic: Confronting foreign colonialism. This was true not only in
Lebanon. In fact, the scholars of Jabal Amel had their stances in all the
matters of the nation. Today, this resistance - this state that exists - is an
original expression and an original extension of this history and of these
Today, some people call on you, saying, "Today, we - Lebanese - have enough
problems in Lebanon; why are we to take a stance from the causes of the region
and the threats that confront the nation, and the struggles in the region, which
concern us in one way or another?"
The scholars, writers, poets, elites, and common people in Jabal Amel as well as
in many Lebanese regions and all over the Arab and Islamic world, not only in
Lebanon, Palestine, Syria, Iraq, Syria, or Egypt - meaning the neighboring
countries - were always active. Even in 1911, when Italy invaded Libya, one of
the jurists of Jabal Amel who was the son of this kind town, Ainatha - who was a
jurist, a writer and a poet - issued a statement, gave speeches, and composed
poetry on the call to confront the Italian occupation of Libya.
Here, we are not talking about the neighboring states. The stances of Jabal
Amel's scholars and jurists are recorded- and God-willing, among the missions of
this forum is presenting this history and these documents, and highlighting that
historic stage, and the stances that were taken and the sufferings that took
The third topic: The stance on Palestine in particular, the decisive and early
confrontation of the Zionist project and "Israeli" ambitions, and the
establishment of the usurper state and this Zionist project in Palestine. This
is evident in the stances, poems, fatwas, statements, literature, instigations,
and motivations of Jabal Amel's jurists. I will talk about this when talking
about the resistance; so, I will come back to this point.
There are other causes that concern the nation, including safeguarding the unity
of the nation, and opposing to disintegrate and disjoint it. The jurists,
scholars, and poets of Jabal Amel also took well-known positions from these
causes. However, after there came to be a new situation and when the Arab
country was divided into sectors and entities, they still believed in, were
faithful to, and defended this nation, too. We can refer to their terminologies,
words, and poetry which talk about Lebanon as a homeland, about loving this
nation, about being attached to this country, and about getting ready to defend
this nation. The stances of Jabal Amel, the people of Jabal Amel, and the elites
of Jabal Amel always backed unity, cooperation, and integration, as they also
refused ordeals, evaded seditions, and called for organizing priorities.
We inherit from these senior figures and from these generations this culture and
this mentality and this understanding. Had the people of Jabal Amel wanted to
seek a stance towards Palestine or what is taking place at the level of the
nation, or towards integrating and not dividing the Arab and Islamic world based
on the oppression, tyranny, deprivation, and injustice they suffered at the
hands of the Ottoman authorities (which was ruling the nation in the name of
Islamic caliphate at that time), they were supposed to back isolation,
divisions, and partitions; they were supposed to be unsociable.
They were supposed to care only for their own integrity and the safety of their
people and area. However, since the very beginning, Jabal Amel backed all the
national pioneers and all the pioneers of this nation in defending the
sanctities and Palestine as well as in confronting the Zionist project and
disintegration, partition, and division, and in facing seditions. Today, when we
belong to this intellect and to this resistance, we do not belong to an imported
intellect. This is the original intellect in our nation, land, environment,
society and history. This is the original. If we are not as they were, we would
be the strangers. But, because we are trying to be as they were, we are the ones
who truly belong to this land, this history, and these values.
Before moving into the second part of the speech, I say that what we expect from
this forum - Jabal Amel Culture and Literature Forum - God-willing, is to keep,
safeguard, develop, present, and contribute in presenting this great heritage of
our ancestors to our people in this region and to the present and future
generations which do not know much about the near past.
Unfortunately, not only the youth but also many of the political, media, and
cultural elites in Lebanon do not know much about the near past.
God-willing, I hope they would carry on in their path, especially becausewe are
before very serious cultural, civilizational, political, and existing
challenges. Hereof, I move into the second part of my speech.
In the second part, I would like to talk about two topics. The first topic has
to do with Lebanon, and the second part has to do with Syria. At last, I will
wrap up my speech with Lebanon.
There is always a great challenge called the Zionist project. It had posed a
serious threat since the beginning of the past century until 1948, when the
usurper entity of this project was established. This challenge still exists.
Some try to ignore this threat and consider it inexistent. In fact, this is not
only wrong; it is also a grave sin.
The only option which was available and still is available before the peoples of
our nation- including the Lebanese people - is the resistance with all its
cultural, political, economic, security, and military dimensions.
In depth, the truth, origin, and the profundity of the resistance is the culture
of direct, jihadi military action, or remaining steadfast: the steadfastness of
the owners of the land in their land and their tolerating of the consequences,
and their offering of sacrifices... all of these express and embody this
culture. If this culture did not exist, none of these things would have existed.
All these aspects of the resistance are manifestations of the culture of
resistance. In depth, the resistance is a culture. Some in Lebanon and in the
Arab world, too, have arguments. Let's talk about Lebanon. Some have arguments
about the resistance. It is not something new. The argument over the resistance
has nothing to do with fighting in Syria or with the events of 2006, 1982, 1978,
or the beginning of the seventies when the Palestinian resistance factions
immigrated to Lebanon, if we go backwards.
No, since the establishment of the Zionist entity in the region - in Palestine -
there was an argument over the resistance. There has always been a dispute over
understanding and defining this enemy and the options of confronting this enemy.
This is not a new argument. This has nothing to do with a party or a movement or
a leader or a personality or an organization or a sect or a region or a faction.
Never! This argument existed even before and after Imam Mussa Sader, and before
and after the resistance of Amal and Hizbullah. When the national secular forces
were the primary title of the resistance, this argument and debate over the
resistance existed. So, let no one make the mistake by saying that a national
debate took place because of the performance of the true resistance. No! This
debate existed since the very beginning - since 1948.
Thus, I always used to tell those who confront us in arguments saying that the
resistance has lost the national consensus over it, by saying that never one day
was there a national consensus over the resistance in Lebanon. Even on the eve
of May 25th or 26th - even in the peak of resistance when the resistance was
presenting its victory in Bint Jbeil to all the Lebanese - there was not a
national consensus over the resistance. This is misleading. This is not true.
Thus today, some people say: We have a problem with the resistance because it
has an Islamic title and because the resistance men are Shiites.
Now, were you with the resistance when all the resistance fighters were from all
sects? Were you with the resistance when its title was the national and secular
sects? The big fallacy exists today. However, the generation of youths who were
not contemporary to that stage might be misled with this speech. Thus, they may
conclude that after Hizbullah went to fight in Syria, or because of its
political stance in year so and so or in the such and such cause, the national
consensus over the resistance in Lebanon was toppled and came to an end.
Today, I want to assert that some of those who argued and are arguing about the
option of the resistance know, while others don't know these facts. Still, those
who know ignore that, in fact, the resistance is not a definite organization,
party, movement, trend, group, or sect. It is a culture. It is a political
intellectual trend which can embrace diversified entities, which can be
doctrinally and ideologically contradicting.
It may embrace emotions, sects, peoples, and nations. That's because the bases
of the resistance are innate in man and the goals of the resistance are a common
interest on the domestic and national levels.
Some people don't know that there has been a resistance in Lebanon since 1948.
They don't know because they don't know what the resistance means. Some say it
goes back to the early 70s, or to 1978, or to 1982 or the following years. The
resistance - the Lebanese resistance - in Lebanon exists since 1948, since the
first moment of the existence of the occupation. It became legitimate from that
very moment. It practiced its right from that very moment, however, with the
available capacities. Those people are unaware that since 1948, the South was
They don't know anything about the massacres which were perpetrated against many
bordering villages. They don't know what the residents of the bordering areas
suffered from, regardless of their sects. Here, I am not talking about the
Shiites only. They don't know anything about what the stations of the security
forces at the bordering regions were subject to, and the harm that was afflicted
on the state's institutions and security forces. They don't know anything about
the violation of air, land, and sea sovereignty.
One day, even at the dialogue table when we used to meet in the parliament, not
only one but several of the attendees said: No, before the Palestinians came to
Lebanon, there wasn't any problem; in fact, there was not any problem with
"Israel." I am not accusing anyone falsely. All of this is recorded in the
parliament. They said there wasn't any problem. What the "Israelis" did in
Lebanon in the late 60s and the early 70s is a reaction to the Palestinian
resistance and the Palestinian military action. How can a person say that he is
a Lebanese politician and wants to take part in the making of the present and
the future of the Lebanese when he does not know the history of a major region
in Lebanon? He does not know the history of the past several years.
I still remember that one of the deputies was obliged to leave the session to
bring along a documentary book, which was published by Al Safir Newspaper, as I
still remember. He came back and told everyone that they must learn. He started
with 1948. The faces of some changed. Still, they said that might be possible!!!
Well, there are historic documents. What do you want us to do for you? Do you
want us to take you to the cemeteries? Do you want us to bring for you the
elderly who are still alive to bear witness before you? In the sense that we
believe in, this resistance started since that moment with the available
capabilities, indeed. One of the forms of resistance of that area's people was
to remain in their land, and they remained in their land; to cultivate their
land and they did; and to be killed under the ceilings of their houses and never
to quit their land, and they were killed under the ceiling of their houses.
This was the resistance which was available at that time. It was the resistance
in taking stances and in opposing. It was the resistance of Imam Sayyed Mussa Al
Sader who prohibited our patients to buy medicine from the so-called "good
wall." It was the resistance which preferred dying of sickness rather than
staying healthy while seeking medicine and medical treatment from "Israel." This
resistance used to take place before any movement or party. It was the
resistance of the people. The resistance is every house in these villages,
bordering regions, and the entire South. It is every upright mosque and every
populous church. It is every olive tree and tobacco plant - though tobacco
plants are the specialty of Speaker Berri, but we will borrow them from him for
a while right now.
It is every living being in the South which is still standing on its feet and
every erect tomb. It is every poem, verse, tear, smile, wound, drop of blood,
word, bullet, sigh, and strong fist. It is this patience, steadfastness, and
determination. In Jabal Amel, the resistance is everything. It is the air, the
water, the land, the sky, the hills, and the valleys. It is the people who did
not leave it to be looted by the occupation, and they never left it for a day.
This is the resistance in Lebanon. It is everyone who believed in it, backed it,
supported it, and was patient and offered blood to back it, such as our people
in Bekaa and in all the Lebanese regions. In fact, all the resisting factions
and the resisting generations are a clear manifestation of this truth and this
Consequently, who is making a battle today? As you notice- although the
government was formed and we sit together and see each other and although the
counsel is working again, thanks to God- there is a speech every day.
The common parliamentary committees, the secondary committees, and the deputies
see each other, joke together, laugh together, and talk with each other. Still,
the media outlets, newspapers, TV stations, and speakers of the other bloc act
as if we are still in the previous stage. They always stress on the issue of the
resistance. If you have a problem with Hizbullah, talk with Hizbullah. If you
have a problem with Amal Movement, talk with Amal Movement. If you have a
problem with a definite organization, talk with that organization.
The issue of the resistance is more sublime, more grand, holier, broader, and
deeper than any problem with a party or whatever problem. Indeed, some know
where they are targeting, because, in depth, their problem is with the
resistance and not with this party or that movement or that organization.
Rather, they are exploiting these issues to target it. The resistance is all of
that. Thus, any defamation or harmful attribute is a defamation and abuse to all
who are and what is resistance, and not to a definite group. Indeed, such an
attribute has consequences which will be revealed in the coming few days.
Talking about the failure of the tripartite equation, some may draw conclusions.
However, what is your evidence? Talk about facts. Where did the tripartite
equation flop? Indeed, here, we do not stick to definite terms and phrases. This
is one of the positive points in the Arabic language. The Arabic language saved
the Lebanese government in its ministerial statement. That's what we mean when
we talk about the strength, soundness, and correlation of the Arabic language.
However, in depth and apart from the terms and expressions, where did the
tripartite equation flop and where did it gain victory? Allow me to ask you
where you've succeeded- I am addressing you who talk about the failure of the
The tripartite equation managed to liberate the land when the entire world -
including diplomacy - failed to do so. The resisting state also managed to
restore the detainees. The resistance, along with the army and the people,
managed so far to protect Lebanon, the South, the borders, and the front
The tripartite equation imposed a strong Lebanon in the regional equation. When
thinking about the region, no one can ignore Lebanon because in Lebanon, there
is gold before there being oil and gas. It's because in Lebanon, there is gold.
This is a brilliant, definite achievement for the tripartite equation and to its
strong elements which never were broken and will never be broken, God-willing.
These are the achievements of the tripartite equation. What are your
Where are your achievements? This question will suffice.
Because in the end we will call for appeasement, we will not make a problem now.
However, when we talk about building the state, debts, and projects, let them
talk about their achievements.
In this framework and through this occasion, and before all what was evoked in
the past weeks and recent months as far as the issue of the resistance and the
"Israeli" issue is concerned in talking about a war, risks, and seizing
opportunities and the like, I also would like to assert to you that this
resistance will remain a firm resistance. It is now firm, and it will remain
firm and towering. It will always defend its nation and people and safeguard all
the previous achievements, including the rules of engagement which were the
result of the April Agreement in 1996 and the achievements of the July War.
Thanks to our deterrence power, our villages will remain safe, our fields will
always be cultivated, and our banners will always flutter. I assert to you that
there is no reason to worry at all as far as this issue is concerned.
Now, some might be seeking to intimidate the country as a result of the fighting
in Syria by saying that some of the people in this axis are busy fighting in
Syria and that might open the door and the horizons before the "Israelis" to
settle an old score with Lebanon, or to launch a war on Lebanon. These "Israeli"
calculations are not true. When the "Israelis" decide to wage a war, there are
several points which they will take into consideration. All these considerations
do not lead them to the option of war so far. One of the most important
considerations is that the "Israelis" know very well that this resistance is
strong and has become even stronger.
Apparently, some would tell us that martyrs fell for us here and there. This is
This has always been the case of the resistance. The resistance has always been
growing stronger with time, with sacrifices, and with offerings. This is not an
element of weakness. In some of its aspects, it is an element of strength.
Today, from the town of Ainatha - from the liberated borderline with the dear
neighboring occupied Palestine - I want to announce and assert to you: Today the
resistance is not only strong; compared to its state in July 2006, it is
stronger and more able on all levels, whether humanly, materialistically, or
militarily, and in its ability to confront, and its willingness to bring about
We do not want war. We do not seek war. As a resistance, our strategy is not an
open war. This is well-known. However, if there is any worry on the fate of the
country in any heart, mind, house, or village should any of these Zionists think
of waging a war on Lebanon, I assert to you that is not the case. Unfortunately,
the enemy knows more than the Lebanese the extent of the development, ability,
and power of the resistance on more than one level, and the enemy takes this
Asserting on this and before moving to the second topic, and because I have not
spoken for more than a month and a half, I want to tell you: Gold will remain
gold. Yes, gold will remain gold.
If there is gold before you, and someone changes his mind and says this is tin,
will gold turn to tin? If he says this is iron, will gold turn to iron? If he
says this is wood, will gold turn to wood?
No, it will remain gold. The others' attribute of things does not change the
truth about these things. This is a fixed principle in existence and in
Moreover, due to the economic situations in the world, it is strange that
whoever has money is buying gold because gold is getting expensive day after
day. The price of gold is increasing. This is the case of states, too. Some days
ago, one of the very rich countries - a state rich in gold, has a great surplus
in strong currencies, and perhaps does not have debts and the like - fetched
gold that was worth billions of dollars.
Today, if someone needs to guarantee his money, neither the dollar nor the euro
nor any other strong currency would provide for the guarantee. Today, the true
guarantee is gold. In Lebanon, there is a kind of gold unmatched with in the
How do some people in Lebanon permit themselves to waste this gold? As for wood,
the Lebanese have made from it coffins for the occupation officers and soldiers
who entered Lebanon vertically by foot and left it horizontally on their
shoulders. This wood will remain there to make coffins for all invaders and
occupiers of this holy and blessed land.
We do not have any problem with wood, but each has its worth, value, role, and
Here, we come to the last thing by which I would like to wrap up my speech.
Indeed, one way or another, this attribute will influence our stance in
attending the dialogue table on Monday. I do not want to announce a final
decisive stance. However, indeed this comprehension, this mentality, and this
atmosphere will be very influential on the decision that will be taken by
Hizbullah concerning partaking or refraining from attending the dialogue table.
Our allies, friends, and dear ones are absolutely free to take the stance they
find suitable. So, no matter what our stance will be, it is not binding and it
must not embarrass others. It is normal that at times, stances over some issues
vary pursuant to the discrepancy of positions and targets.
The last point which I want to mention and which I want to wrap up my speech
with is that today, all the attack on the resistance in Lebanon is based on one
essential point - partaking in the fight in Syria. Someone might say: "You went
to Syria, and thus the national consensus was toppled - we clarified this point.
You went to Syria and thus, the function of the arms changed. It is not a
resisting weapon anymore." Well before this, was this weapon viewed as a
Anyway, all of this is now being said. Our going to Syria and our stance are the
primary problem which is being continuously provoked. Since some time to this
day, this problem is being provoked daily.
Because this issue is preoccupying all of the country and all of us, I would
like to comment on this issue in the final section of my speech. Notice that
from the very beginning, the problem that the other bloc in Lebanon, the Arab
and Islamic governments and regimes, and the governments and regimes of the
world have with us, as far as the Syrian issue is concerned, is our political
stance and not our military intervention. Our military intervention came in too
late. As it is said, we intervened after all others intervened, came, and
fought. We came in very late. The problem was in our political stance.
Since the first day, we said: We are not with this struggle in Syria. We are not
with toppling the regime, and we are not with toppling the state. We are with
reforms, with a political solution, with political dialogue, and with achieving
the rightful demands of the people. However, we are not with anyone who wants to
break, topple, destroy, and ruin Syria and anyone who wants to impose major
strategic options on it. Here is the point. Before reforms and demands, the
point is major strategic options.
We took this stance. Many people took another stance. We were required to take
the other stance and to be a part of it. Because we did not become part of it,
the war was launched on us, too. So, in depth, the issue has to do with the
political stance first and not with the military intervention. A major thing is
taking place in the region. They say: Come and be part of this major thing, or
else get ready to be hanged.
This is the storm which was about to hit the region. It was required that we all
prostrate to it, move with it or bow to it. The least thing expected was to bow
to this storm.
We did not become a part of it. We were not in line with it because we
considered that this storm mounts to major strategic and existing threats
concerning Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, and the entire region. We had explained
this extensively in the past, and we will not repeat it now. Accordingly, we
took a political stance.
With time, our stance developed into action, and we went to the battlefield. All
the Lebanese know that, as we had talked about it in the media. Some criticized
us sharply because of that. The first military intervention was limited.
Tens of Hizbullah members went to Western Gotha to the town of Sayyeda Zeinab
(Peace be upon her). This took place some 18 months ago or a bit more. When the
armed groups controlled most - not all - of the Western Gotha area, these armed
troops were 200 meters away from the Shrine of Sayyeda Zeinab (Peace be upon
her). Firstly, we saw that this shrine has a religious status for all Muslims,
and secondly, that destroying this shrine would stir a sectarian sedition in
more than one place in the Islamic world. Well, we went there to give a hand.
The Syrian Army, the National Defense, and the residents of the region were
there, and they were defending the shrine. We dispatched scores of members to
help in defending the shrine. That was the limit of our intervention. Still,
this stance was criticized.
Today, there is a very great state.
It is a state that considers itself very great. It is a NATO member and is
seeking to become part of the European Union. Some view it as a model- I mean
Turkey. Today, the Turkish government is discussing to intervene militarily in
Syria to defend the tomb of the great ancestor of the Ottomans. Now, if you ask
all the Islamic peoples about his name, they won't give you an answer. I myself
don't know his name. I won't hide that I read it, but then I forgot it. I wasn't
able to memorize it. I could not bring along the name with me, too. Well, who
knows him from among the Islamic world? What does he mean for Muslims? What does
he symbolize in the conscience and feelings of Muslims, whether Shiites or
Sunnites? Still, Turkey has the right to think of intervening militarily and to
violate the sovereignty of a state - the Syrian State - and set plots... for
fear that the "Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant" [ISIL] may reach it and
blow up the tomb.
Well, why is that permissible for you, but that what we are doing is not
permissible for us? We went to defend a shrine which is revered by all Muslims,
and a personality which is respected and sacred to all Muslims because she is
the granddaughter of the Prophet of Islam, Mohammad (Peace be upon him and his
Household). Who is he whom you are about to make a regional war for?
You are about to wage a regional war! There was a real danger. In our case,
there was not a real danger.
Moreover, we did not violate the Syrian sovereignty. Indeed, this is not new.
President Bashar Assad talked about this issue some time ago. When asked, he
answered that the resistance entered Syria pursuant to an approval from the
Syrian government. Someone might say now that we violated the Lebanese
sovereignty; this is debatable. However, at least we did not violate the Syrian
sovereignty. Well, today a state in the NATO which is entitled to be an EU
member is planning for war and for direct regional intervention in Syria because
a tomb for the great ancestor of the Ottomans - meaning the Ottoman State - is
threatened by "ISIL." Perhaps, it is they who would ask ISIL to destroy it even.
Allah knows best.
Well, things developed to Al Qasir and other areas. You all know that very well.
Then, it was clear that the battle in Syria reached a stage as a result of the
magnitude of the international and regional intervention, and the mobilization
that brought along tens of thousands of fighters from all around the world into
Syria. Here, I will frankly say what I said before, but I will reiterate now.
The issue is not the Shrine of Sayyeda Zeinab anymore or the Lebanese residing
in Syria. Since that time, the issue became the resistance, the axis of the
resistance, the future of the resistance, the region's political identity, and
where things would lead us to. We have talked about this previously.
Why am I repeating it now? It is not to take more time, but rather, to tell you
the point we reached at this very moment. Well, where are we now? From the very
beginning, we backed a political solution. The Arab League wanted to topple the
regime. It did not accept any political dialogue before the removal of President
Assad and his regime. Well, three year later, you noticed the recommendations of
the latest Arab Summit. Well, it took the Arabs three years of war, killing,
fighting, demolition, destruction, ordeals, and seditions to say what they
should have said from the very beginning, and to move in the path that they
should have chosen from the very beginning.
What is required now? To go and search for a way to exert pressure on Syria and
on President Bashar Assad. We want to reach a political solution. We want to
make serious political dialogue. Things are not going smoothly in Geneva 2. When
President Assad first called for dialogue, saying that the Syrian leadership was
ready to carry out in-depth and essential reforms, none of you were ready to
discuss the idea of a political solution or a political dialogue in Syria and
the region. We told you to go for a political solution, but you headed towards a
military solution. Now, you've reached what was being said from the very
Indeed, I am addressing the Arabs, the other bloc in Lebanon, and the states
which are still intervening in this struggle. From the very beginning, we said
that what is taking place in Syria will drag the entire region to the threat of
terrorism and Takfirism. You said that the story is not as such, and that the
story in Syria is that of reforms, changes, democracy, and human rights. Now,
what is the status quo that you are talking about? After three years, you are
referring to Syria - the land which is controlled by armed groups - as a threat
to regional states and the world. Following three years of your financing,
arming, provocations, thrusting towards military solutions, crippling of
political solutions, and protection of armed groups, you formed a terrorist list
to enlist in it most of these armed groups? What is left now?
Apart from our stance on this list, when you say that "ISIL," "al-Nusra Front,"
and the Muslim Brotherhood are terrorists, who is left in Syria then - frankly
Well, did the region and the world need three years to discover that what is
taking place in Syria will lead to this result? Indeed, some in Lebanon still
did not discover that what is taking place in Syria is a threat to Lebanon. By
God, the Americans who are the farthest from the region as well as the French,
the Europeans, some Gulf states, and North African states consider that what is
taking place on the land of Syria, which is controlled by armed groups, is a
threat to them and to their security. This, indeed, is the case.
There were even some calm squares where there were no calls for fighting,
clashing, and holy jihad. Now, things changed. Such things started in Tunisia.
Unfortunately, in Lebanon still, there are some who say that what is taking
place in Syria does not pose a threat to Lebanon.
I told you from the very beginning: What is taking place in Syria has
transcended the calls for reform and democracy. What would be the case should
the fighting Takfiri trend take control? You know that the Takfiri trend does
not accept anyone within itself, even from within the fighting Takfiri trend!
This is the case now between "ISIL" and "al-Nusra Front," who have the same
intellect, sect, school, leadership, prince, and political project; the dispute
between them is administrative and organizational.
Such things happen in any party or organization. Who is in charge: So and so or
such and such? The entire battle is to decide who the leader is: Abu Mohammad
Golani or Abu Bakr Baghdadi. But, who is paying the price? Thousands of victims,
massive demolition, and tough battles are taking place because of an
administrative organizational dispute. How are these to coexist with all the
Lebanese, with the rest of the Lebanese, with the rest of the Syrians, and with
the rest of the neighboring states and peoples? Your brethrens, dear ones, and
allies - that is not to say your masters - have discovered this status quo, so
why are you still so late?
Stubbornness is good were it not at the expense of Lebanon, the fate of Lebanon,
and the future of Lebanon. For 18 months and until now, some political blocs and
sides call on Hizbullah to withdraw from Syria. Today, I do not want to defend.
I want to make a call: Go ahead and change your stance. Reconsider you stance.
Revise your stance. Make a new reading on what is taking place.
I will not tell you: Come and fight along with us in Syria. No, that is not
required. In fact, there are some people, some Lebanese groups from various and
different sects who had suggested joining us in fighting where we are fighting.
However, we told them that there is no need for that; do not assume this
political and social burden. We have assumed this burden, and we are moving
forward in it.
Still, some people insist daily that the problem in Lebanon is that Hizbullah
went to Syria.
Here, I am telling you that the problem in Lebanon is being late to go to Syria,
that you are still in your places, and that you haven't gone to Syria yet.
Moreover, some of you have gone to the wrong place. Here, I am not telling you
to go to Syria and fight with us. I am telling you to review and reconsider this
issue. Day after day, the soundness, integrity, and validity of the options we
have taken are being verified. I also would like to tell you something I might
be saying so frankly for the first time.
I tell all the Lebanese, and the political currents, the March 14 Bloc, and the
March 8 Bloc, and even those in the middle, on the left and on the right: Should
the Takfiri terrorism gain victory in Syria, all of us will be canceled out.
There will remain no party and no resistance. We will all be canceled out. Don't
you see what is taking place in Aleppo, Idlib, Raqqah, Deir Zur, Fallugeh, and
Anbar? Don't ask the secular people; rather, ask the Islamists and the Islamic
parties in these regions about what is being afflicted on them. However, should
the Takfiri terrorism be defeated in Syria, we will all remain. If this axis
gains victory in Syria, all the Lebanese will be safeguarded.
This axis is not seeking revenge. It is seeking integrity, harmony, and
strength. It is not seeking revenge. Here we have major national choices. Let's
make our choices.
Now, we have said what we wanted to say. Our brethrens too did so. There are few
journalistic and TV interviews. Our brethrens are also giving many speeches on
several occasions. We hope we will not get engaged for long in this race. Based
on all the above, today Lebanon is before an opportunity. This government was
formed regardless of the circumstances and situations in which it was formed, as
we have talked about previously. However, this is a chance. We call for
activating governmental action. We will be positive and cooperative. We will
partake in activating governmental action and addressing the causes that concern
the people and the security situation, which is a priority in all regions,
especially in the North and in Bekaa.
There must be cooperation to address the security crisis. Indeed, a security
approach is not enough. Security problems in many regions, especially Tripoli
and Northern Bekaa, much be approached from a political, social, developmental,
and an economic perspective as well.
Let's try to prepare seriously for the presidential elections apart from the
accusations of seeking vacuum and backing vacuum.
All the political sides in Lebanon have the right to care for having its
candidate become the president in the presidential elections. They also have the
right to practice the legal democratic game to do so. Well, this also needs
effort and hard work.
Now, Lebanon has this chance. Lebanon can really set itself aside from what is
taking place in Syria. The other bloc is not able to do anything in Syria
anymore. Let them not bother themselves. There is no hope that the time of
sending blankets, milk cans, and fighters would come again. You can see the
change in the internal situation in Syria, as well as the change in the regional
and international situations. Then, in light of these changes, alterations, and
developments, let us - both of us - keep Syria aside.
We pray to Allah Almighty for a good ending in Syria. We pray to Allah Almighty
for the prevention of bloodshed in Syria and for pushing Syria towards a
political solution. Let's then lessen or stop the harsh and tough speeches of
instigation and shouting. Let's put our hands together. We never wanted to
cancel out anyone. Even under PM Najeeb Mikati, there was a group which wanted
to abstain from partaking in the government. We did not wish that. Rather, we
wanted it to attend and take part.
No one can cancel out anyone in Lebanon. No one can eliminate anyone in Lebanon.
At least, I am sure our bloc does not have any targets or intentions of
elimination or cancelation. We acknowledge the presence of the other and we want
Well, we might differ over issues that have to do with the fate of the country;
this is normal. This chance is now open before the Lebanese. Let them calm down
and take a deep breath- let them make a somehow decent poem or literary work.
Let them concentrate on the crises of the country in an attempt to address them.
Don't wait for the situations in the region. Don't wait for the changes in the
region. Let's address our problems without waiting for tomorrow.
As for the presidential elections, I want to stress on this point: We are among
the people who insist on the presidential elections taking place on time. Should
there be early elections, we will back that, too. As far as this issue is
concerned, we do not seek vacuum at all. We back the call for early elections.
This call might not appeal to some sides. However, after all, elections won't be
early anymore as we have entered the legal duration. What I mean by 'early' is
that elections take place as soon as possible so that a new stage would be
established in Lebanon. In light of this new stage, we will go and carry on our
dialogue over the defense strategy; we will carry on seeking, exerting effort,
and cooperating jointly to elevate the country from its current state. May Allah
bless you. Peace be upon you and Allah's mercy and blessings.
* Source: Al-Ahed