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In his most recent speech, Hezbollah Secretary-General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah considered electoral “repositioning” or restrategizing to focus on Lebanon internally. This came after he became preoccupied with “verbal battles” that he launched in defense of Hamas during the Israeli onslaught on the Gaza Strip.

Of course, exposing the lie of Hezbollah’s support for Hamas or Gaza forces Nasrallah to occupy Lebanon with a new cause, diverting attention away from debate on why Hezbollah did not use its weapons to defend Hamas, especially that Hezbollah praises the concept of resistance to the skies.

Nasrallah re-launched attacks upon treacherous Egypt using language that would not be used by someone who believes in unifying the Arab ranks. Nasrallah also criticized the final statement of the Kuwait summit, saying that it included less [in its agenda] than the Doha Summit or the Saudi initiative for reconciliation.

Of course there is nothing strange about Nasrallah expressing his opinion on the Doha summit as Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was one of the attendees. But what is the connection between the Hezbollah leader and Arab summits or the Arab League especially that in the past, Nasrallah has expressed, with pride, that he is a member of the Waliyat-e-Faqih party? In a speech he delivered during the Israeli attacks on Gaza, he declared the failure of Arab regimes and their armies.

That day, Nasrallah said that resistance was the only option; of course he was referring to the “freedom armies,” that Iran had publicized. The truth is that we only saw the real strength of the Iranian “freedom armies” when they bounced back onto our countries in the Gaza and Beirut coups.

The question about the relationship between Hassan Nasrallah and the Arabs and the Arab world is one that deserves to asked, especially that the Hezbollah leader, and the media that supports him, consider Arabs traitors and conspirators only. In his recent speech, Nasrallah spoke about the missing Iranian diplomats and called for the Lebanese government to take responsibility for their kidnapping!

The Hezbollah leader should tell us who will take responsibility for those who were killed during the May 7 Beirut coup carried out by Nasrallah and his allies.

Of course, some mobs in our Arab world and their Iranian allies will say that Hezbollah is Lebanese and acts in line with the democracy of Lebanon. This is a lie that is repeated everyday, as Nasrallah forcefully gained the obstructing third [in Lebanese parliament] against the majority that won through elections.

Who can guarantee that if the majority does win elections in the future, Nasrallah and those with him will not request another obstructing third in accordance with his understanding of democracy, even using the threat of weapons? This is what happened after the 7 May coup in Beirut, which led to the Doha summit.

The trap that Nasrallah has fallen into is that he has started to give many speeches and issue numerous statements, with or without an occasion, just like [Al Qaeda leader] Ayman al Zawahiri. The result of this is that he has begun to denounce himself by himself, as he expects that what he says will pass unnoticed and this is what must not happen!

Tariq Alhomayed

Tariq Alhomayed

Tariq Alhomayed is the former editor-in-chief of Asharq Al-Awsat. Mr. Alhomyed has been a guest analyst and commentator on numerous news and current affair programs, and during his distinguished career has held numerous positions at Asharq Al-Awsat, amongst other newspapers. Notably, he was the first journalist to interview Osama Bin Ladin's mother. Mr. Alhomayed holds a bachelor's degree in media studies from King Abdul Aziz University in Jeddah. He is based in London.

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