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Hezbollah…Fear and Begging! | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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Hezbollah clearly has a noticeable infatuation with the word “sectarianism” and this is evident in the speeches delivered by “Bin Nasrallah” and other party leaders. The most recent example of this came in the interview Asharq Al-Awsat conducted with one of Hezbollah’s leaders Nawaf al Moussawi, which brought to mind the following saying: the truth contains a lot of lies.

Al Moussawi’s warning to the Lebanese against the evil of sectarianism and obeying foreign parties was valid as this is a real threat to Lebanon and the Lebanese. But the question here is who is it that is responsible for igniting the fire of sectarianism and who is it that follows a foreign party? This is what’s important.

Not only did al Moussawi warn against sectarianism and subservience to a foreign party, he also begged for sympathy to be shown to the party by saying that Israeli maneuvers aimed at assassinating Bin Nasrallah, accusing the Arabs of paving the way for this in the media! Without doubt, this is a way of begging for votes and there is clear craftiness in this as what al Moussawi is referring to is merely the criticism of Bin Nasrallah, which in itself is [considered] participation in assassinating the “morals” of Nasrallah. In other words, after considering himself to be a divine victor, he has become a divine leader who cannot be criticized!

What’s strange is that it is the party and its leader who are treacherous and who are provoking the sectarian conflict. Here we have al Moussawi saying that his opponents represent a “regime of exclusivity and individuality, and follow foreign parties, and encourage agents by provoking climates of sectarianism.” This is completely in line with the speech given by the spiritual guide of Iran on his visit to the Kurdistan region a week ago and comes in the context of Bin Nasrallah’s most recent speeches that have begun to focus on the idea that to be an agent for foreign parties is to have a relationship with Saudi Arabia and Egypt.

So that we are not accused of exaggerating, let us quote Nasrallah who said in his last speech that there are people “in the Gulf States, from the elite, who say we must cooperate with Israel to protect the Arab world from Persian Iran and Shiism and some of them say to protect the Sunnis.”

This is clearly instigation against the Gulf and the Egyptians but what is strange is that in his speech Nasrallah says, “Yes, we do have ties with Iran, and Iran does support us; where’s the shame in that?” This reminds us of the time he boasted about being a member of the Wilayat al Faqih party!

Following the speech given by Nasrallah who described the day of armed occupation of the Sunni part of Beirut as a “glorious day,” and after the interview with Nawaf al Moussawi, the question that comes to mind is: is a relationship with the Arab powers considered treachery?

As we said before, this is incorrect and it is a warped logic and it is what has shown the Lebanese and the Arabs that Hezbollah is not concerned about the greater interest of Lebanon i.e. to protect Lebanese unity, and that the party does not care about Lebanon’s Arab ties. It cares more about Iran.

The importance does not lie in the fact that this proves what we have been saying all along but in the statements of Hezbollah and those of its leader and the timing of these statements – i.e. just before the upcoming Lebanese elections. Therefore, the Lebanese must be cautious in selecting their candidates in the forthcoming elections.