Monday, January 31, 2011

Netanyahu warns outcome of Egypt revolution could be like Iran's

Netanyahu warns outcome of Egypt revolution could be like Iran's

Insha'Allah Bibi, Insha'Allah!

More signs of Ziopanic

Press TV reports that the Israeli parliament has called for an investigation into the reason behind the failure of Israeli Intelligence services in predicting the Egyptian uprising in advance. In the meantime, 400 Israelis have been evacuated from Cairo.

Israel is flexing its diplomatic muscle in support of Mubarak

That figures.  Al-Jazeera and Haaretz are reporting that

Israel has called on the United States and Europe to curb their criticism of president Hosni Mubarak "in a bid to preserve stability in Egypt" and the wider Middle East, an Israeli newspaper reports. The Israeli daily Haaretz reported on Monday that the foreign ministry, in an urgent special cable, instructed its ambassadors to key countries, to "stress ... the importance of Egypt's stability".
Senior Israeli officials, however, said that on Saturday night the Foreign Ministry issued a directive to around a dozen key embassies in the United States, Canada, China, Russia and several European countries. The ambassadors were told to stress to their host countries the importance of Egypt's stability. In a special cable, they were told to get this word out as soon as possible.

Good.  This clarifies the picture, at least partially.

In the meantime, all the signs are that Mubarak is preparing for a "Tiananmen square solution", albeit at a much larger scale.  Something along the lines suggested by Lysander: letting the situation degenerate into complete chaos and then use force to "restore order".

The question is: can Mubarak still do that?  I honestly don't know.  Most Chinese did probably not support the Tiananmen square demonstrators or if they did, they probably did so in a rather lukewarm way.  The popular anger in Egypt appears to be very widespread and intense.  It's one thing to clear a square, and quite another to take back control over many big cities.  And what if some military units refuse to obey and switch sides?

Your opinion?

First signs of Ziopanic or good intox?

Hoenlein: ElBaradei a ‘stooge’ for Iran

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- The director of the U.S. Jewish foreign policy umbrella called Mohammed ElBaradei, the opposition leader emerging from the Egyptian ferment, a "stooge for Iran."

Malcolm Hoenlein, the executive vice-president of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, accused ElBaradei of covering up Iran's true nuclear weaponization capacities while he directed the International Atomic Energy Agency, the U.N. nuclear watchdog.

"He is a stooge for Iran, and I don't use the term lightly," Hoenlein said in an online recorded interview with Yeshiva World News on the Egyptian crisis. "He fronted for them, he distorted the reports."

ElBaradei, who directed the IAEA from 1997-2009, returned to Egypt after his third term ended. He was soon touted as a possible challenger to the 30-year autocracy led by Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

He has emerged, since protests were launched last week, as a consensus candidate of various opposition groups for transitional leader.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has adopted a policy of not commenting on the breaking developments, not wanting to be seen as siding with any player in the Egyptian unrest. Israel's peace treaty with Egypt is the cornerstone of its defense and foreign policies.

During his term as IAEA chief, ElBaradei said Iran was further away from a nuclear weapon than many in the West claimed and castigated western powers -- including Israel -- for suggesting that a military option against Iran was increasingly possible.

ElBaradei made it clear in those statements that his posture stemmed from the U.S. failure to heed warnings from him and other weapons experts that Iraq did not have a weapons capacity, and to invade the country nonetheless.

ElBaradei criticized Iran for not cooperating with IAEA inspectors, but also argued that the likeliest means of increasing inspections was to engage with Iran.

His outspoken opposition to the war in Iraq and increased pressure on Iran earned him the enmity of some Bush administration officials. U.S. agencies reportedly monitored his communications to see if he was colluding with Iran, but came up with nothing.
So what do you think?  First signs of Ziopanic or good intox?

Good nite!

The Saker

The Egyptian masses won't play ally to Israel

(An interesting commentary by Ha'aretz' top strategist)

As long as the masses in Egypt and in the entire Arab world continue seeing the images of tyranny and violence from the occupied territories, Israel will not be able to be accepted, even it is acceptable to a few regimes.

Three or four days ago, Egypt was still in our hands. The army of pundits, including our top expert on Egypt, Benjamin Ben-Eliezer, said that "everything is under control," that Cairo is not Tunis and that Mubarak is strong. Ben-Eliezer said that he had spoken on the phone with a senior Egyptian official, and he assured him that there's nothing to worry about. You can count on Fuad and Hosni, both about to become has-beens.

On Friday night everything changed. It turned out that the Israeli intelligence estimates, which were recited ad nauseum by the court analysts, were again, shall we say, not the epitome of accuracy. The people of Egypt had their say, and had the nerve not to fall in line with Israeli wishes. A moment before Mubarak's fate is sealed, the time has come for drawing the Israeli conclusions.

Not a plague of darkness in Egypt but the light of the Nile: the end of a regime propped up by bayonets is foretold. It can go on for years, and the downfall sometimes comes at the least expected time, but in the end it will happen. Not only Damascus and Amman, Tripoli and Rabat, Tehran and Pyongyang: Ramallah and Gaza are also destined to be shaken.

The hypocritical and sanctimonious division of countries by the U.S. and the West between the "axis of evil" on the one hand, and the "moderates" on the other, has collapsed. If there is an axis of evil, then it includes all the non-democratic regimes, including the "moderates" and the "stable" and the "pro-Western." Today Egypt, tomorrow Palestine. Yesterday Tunis, tomorrow Gaza.

Not only is the Fatah regime in Ramallah and the Hamas regime in Gaza destined to fall, but perhaps also, one day, the Israeli occupation, which certainly meets all the criteria of criminal tyranny and an evil regime. It too relies only on guns. It too is hated by all levels of the ruled people, even if they stands helpless, unorganized and unequipped, facing a big army. The first conclusion: Better to end it well, with agreements based on justice and not on power, a moment before the masses have their say and succeed in banishing the darkness.

A second, no less important conclusion: Alliances with unpopular regimes can be torn up overnight. As long as the masses in Egypt and in the entire Arab world continue seeing the images of tyranny and violence from the occupied territories, Israel will not be able to be accepted, even it is acceptable to a few regimes.

The Egyptian regime became an ally of the Israeli occupation. The joint siege of Gaza is irrefutable proof of that. The Egyptian people didn't like it. They never liked the peace agreement with Israel, in which Israel committed itself to "respect the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people" but never kept its word. Instead, the people of Egypt got the scenes of Operation Cast Lead.

It is not enough to have a handful of embassies in order to be accepted in the region. There also have to be embassies of goodwill, a just image and a state that is not an occupier. Israel has to make its way into the hearts of the Arab peoples, who will never agree to the continued repression of their brothers, even if their intelligence ministers will continue to cooperate with Israel.

If there's one thing shared by all factions of the Egyptian opposition, it is their seething hatred of Israel. Now their representatives will rise to power, and Israel will find itself in a difficult situation. Neither will anything remain of the virtual achievement that Netanyahu often paraded - the alliance with the "moderate" Arab regimes against Iran. A real alliance with Egypt and its sister-states can only be based on the end of the occupation, as desired by the Egyptian people, and not on a common enemy, as an interest of its regime.

The masses of the Egyptian people - please note: on all levels - took their fate in their hands. There is something impressive and cheering in that. No power, not even that of Mubarak, who Ben-Eliezer likes so much, can overcome them. In Washington the gravity of the moment has already been understood, and they were quick to dissociate from Mubarak and tried to find favor in the eyes of his people. That should happen at some point in Jerusalem.

No 'Zionist panic' out there (am I missing something?)

I do that from time to time.  I browse the headlines at Forward, Commentary, I check the websites of JTA, JINSA, ADL, Stand with us, BBI, AIPAC, etc. and then I turn to the real heavyweight Zionist power players: the NYT, the WP and the WSJ.  In the latter, I scan the opinion pieces and the editorials.  So far, the general feeling is absolutely unmistakable: not a single sign of real worry, not one reference about any 'existential threat' to Israel, nothing about any resurgence of "new Egyptian Antisemitism", not even a reference to an (always assumed possible) 'second Holocaust'.

Nothing.  Not a single "oi veh!"

If anything, general expression of support for the "democratic aspirations of the Egyptian people".

Quick look at the Israeli media (Haaretz, JP, Arutz Sheva, etc.).  Not much of a panic either, though some concerns about the situation in Egypt and its possible consequences.

It might be too early to tell (it's still the week end, at least in the USA).  And maybe its the result of shell-shock.  But so far, I see no sign of panic from the Zionists.

Do you also wonder why?

Sunday, January 30, 2011

A few random thoughts about el-Baradei, the MB and bad comparisons

There is no doubt in my mind that the Empire is pushing el-Baradei as a successor to Mubarak (Hillary is already speaking about an 'orderly transition').  This does not at all mean that the Empire created the uprising in Egypt, or even that the Empire had el-Baradei already lined up ready to step in.  Nor does this mean that this is not the case.  Frankly, it is at this point too early to make affirmative statements about this.  Questions are appropriate, but answers should not be assumed.

The Muslim Brotherhood's apparent acceptance of el-Baradei as de-facto leader of the opposition is a dangerous gambit, but it might be a smart tactical move for at least two reasons:

a) puppets sometimes defy their masters and end up doing unpredictable things, including turning against them (think Hamas here).

b) some puppets are weaker than others and it is by no means sure that an el-Baradei regime would be able to suppress the Muslim Brotherhood as well as Mubarak did; it is possible that the MB hopes to be accepted into a democratic process and, through that, achieve something similar to what Hezbollah did in Lebanon: a peaceful, democratic and bloodless takeover of the reigns of power.

So while the MB's acceptance of el-Baradei as the representative of the entire opposition is dangerous, it might be a very smart move too.

A lot of commentators are comparing the events in Egypt with the failed Gucci Revolution in Iran.  I think that they are totally mistaken.

In Iran the Guccis rejected the results of an election which they had the opportunity to compete in, whereas in Egypt the MB did not participate in elections*.  In Iran the Gucci movement was from day one with a clear leader (Mousavi), a clear political ideology (anti-Islamic) and easily identifiable patrons (Rafsanjani & Co.).  This is clearly not the case in Egypt where the movement might well end up being co-opted, but where its initiation is was clearly chaotic and which, at least in its initial stages, had neither leader nor a single political platform ("down with Mubarak" does not qualify).  Lastly, if the Gucci movement in Iran had had the support of even a plurality of people it would have represented a real threat to the regime which would have been forced to use the Pasdaran to quell it.  That never happened.  The fact that the Pasdars never intervened clearly shows that at no moment did the Gucci revolution really threaten the Islamic Republic.  The combination of simple riot police and Basij volunteers rather easily controlled the situation.  Again, compare that with what is going on in Egypt and you will see that the differences could hardly be greater.

Your thoughts?

On a personal note, I am feeling better, but very weak.  Please forgive my discombobulated and chaotic posts, lack of proper replies, and delays in posting your comments.

Thanks for everything!

The Saker

*Note:  I don't believe for one second that the election in Iran was 'stolen'.  In fact, all the detailed info which came out of Iran shows that the observed irregularities could never have resulted in the highly lopsided result.  I want to clarify that for the record.  I also want to note that whether the election was stolen or not is totally irrelevant to my point which stands even if the election had been somehow - very mysteriously - 'stolen'.

Muslim Brotherhood announces that el-Baradei will negotiate in the name of the opposition

Al-Jazeera has just announced that the Muslim Brotherhood announces that el-Baradei will negotiate in the name of the opposition.

That is a *very* dangerous step for the MB.  I hope that they know what they are doing because to the outsider that I am, el-Baradei looks like an 'Egyptian Obama' i.e. "change you can believe in" as a slogan to keep the Establishment in power and the policies unchanged.

I might well be mistaken, but I have ZERO trust in this man.

Your take on that?

Rude Awakening!

by Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich

Eyes fixed on Egypt, the consensus is that we are witnessing a global awakening. Mesmerized by the crowds, mainstream media reports, and 'pundits' analysis, we have abandoned our ability to think critically -- we fail to ask the right question: Why is the mainstream media in the U.S., the propaganda apparatus of the State and interest groups, condemning the Egyptian leader -- America and Israel's most subservient ally?

Clearly, we no longer suffer from short term memory in this country -- we suffer from a total loss of memory.

We tend to forget that well over a year ago, political actors in America and allied nations had full knowledge that Egypt's Hosni Mubarak was terminally ill. Certain that his reign was coming to a close, they devised a plan to compensate the inevitable loss of Mubarak's unconditional support. A plan was put into motion to assist orchestrate an uprising which would benefit their interests. The idea was to support the uprising so that an ally could be placed in Egypt without raising suspicion. Not only would America be seen as a benevolent force acting in good faith, contrary to its hypocritical policies, but perhaps more importantly for the decision makers, Israel's interests would be served - again - at the expense of the Arab world.

Who would be the wiser for it? It seems the public has fallen for the plan.

Media 'pundits' are eager to blame the timing of the protests in Egypt on economic hardships. Citing Egypt's jobless and inordinate poverty, they would have us believe that the American 'social media', Tweeter in particular, has prompted and aided the protests. They would have us believe that in spite of the fact that the Egyptians cry over the price of wheat, they have cell phones and access to social media. We are to accept that the poor, hungry, and jobless Egyptians are revolting against their lot by 'tweeting' in English.

Their access to modern technology aside, we are told to accept that the knowledge of English among 80 million Egyptians is so strong that they can 'tweet' -- fully comfortable with tweeter abbreviations and acronyms. Else, we are to believe that Egypt is busy 'tweeting' in Arabic even if Twitter does not lend itself to Arabic any more than it does to Persian.

When Iran's opposition leader, Mir-Hossein Mousavi compared the Egypt uprising to the 2009 post-election protests in Iran, he had a point. Both had an outside source. During the 2009 protests in Iran, 'tweets' were traced back to Israel (see link). The rumors and support for the "opposition" initiated in the West though Tehran Bureau -- partnered with the American PBS. A CNN desk was created to give the protests full coverage.

America has been attempting to undermine Iran's government for over 30 years. The media has helped to demonize the regime. Why would the media treat this obedient tyrant the same way? The mainstream media, as well as the 'left' are reporting on Egypt's protests round the clock. It is important to ask why.

For decades, the American government and allies have snuffed nationalist sentiments in the region in favor of dictators. Iran's Mossadegh, a fierce secular nationalist, who was democratically elected to be prime minister of Iran, was removed by a CIA-backed coup when he nationalized Iran’s oil and the oppressive Shah put in power. This political action led to the 1979 revolution. America lost a valuable puppet in the region.

Similarly, the nationalization of the Suez Canal by Egypt's patriotic Nasser led to his demise, paving the way for the eventual installation of a puppet regime - Mubarak.

But Mubarak is dying. Fearful of losing an important ally in Egypt's Mubarak, the political elite in America have undertaken a calculated risk: siding with the Egyptians to promote 'democracy' - hoping to help put in place one of their own. How likely is it that they will prevail in Egypt where they failed in Iran? Could it be that apprehensive about the future of Egypt, more importantly, its alliance with and subordination to Israel, the Noble Laureate option is being played?

Amongst the neoliberals, a new wave of thinking emerged which endorsed the idea of promoting 'democracy' ("liberal Imperialism") in order to evolve hegemonism to imperialism. Their thinking emphasized the 'character of the political leadership'. A wave of books centered on 'democratic transitions' that focused on the character of the leader with the right ideas appeared. They planned to emphasis new successful leaders such as Vaclav Havel, Nelson Mandela, Lech Walesa in order to promote their own in places of interest.

These neoliberals believed that "transition to 'democracy' required focusing on "political strategies" and introducing "indeterminancy" and "uncertainty" into the process of political change which they believed would be ground for cautious optimism that 'democracy' could catch on. Laureates were appointed: Shirin Ebadi, El Baradei, Obama, Liu Xiaobo...

Mr. ElBaradei, the Nobel Laureate and former chief of IAEA, applauded the violation of the NNPT with his acceptance speech as he praised the Bush-India nuclear deal - an NPT violation. Ally S. Korea's NPT violations were given a pass under his supervision, as well as that of Egypt's. In violation of the spirit of the NPT, he allowed the illegal referral of Iran to the UN Security Council. Mr. ElBaradei had proven himself worthy of American trust - he could be relied on and deserved a Nobel prize. He announced his readiness to run for president of Egypt.

Although not supported by protestors (no doubt placing him under house arrest will give him a boost), ElBaradei's return to Egypt enables the American politicians to speak from both sides of their mouths -- supporting the protestors' rights while supporting their ally. How could they go wrong? The thought process in this country (and elsewhere) has been guided and controlled by mainstream media and pundits, many of them neoconservatives. Curiously, the 24-7 media and its pundits have steered clear of ElBaradei and his arrest.

Sadly, the American political elite love Einstein's science but ignore his wisdom. When Einstein alerted FDR to the possibility of a nuclear weapon by the Germans, he was listened to and the way was paved for the Manhattan Project. America developed the heinous weapons of mass murder and dropped it on hundreds of thousands of Japanese citizen in the name of peace. Regrettably, as the Middle East and Africa react to America's decades of neocolonialist policies, Einstein's definition of insanity --"doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results" -- is more apt than ever.

America (and her allies) has practiced the same damning foreign policy for several decades, each time expecting a new result. This political insanity manifests itself as the decision makers interfere in sovereignty of other countries - believing that they can continue to fool all the people all the time. Their controlled chaos may get out of hand and following the painful 'pangs' of neocolonial rule, we may witness the birth of a new world order.

Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich has a degree in Public Diplomacy from USC Annenberg for Communication and Journalism. She is an independent researcher and writer with a focus on U.S. foreign policy and the role of lobby groups in influencing US foreign policy.

News items sent by a friend

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Rats leave the sinking ship

Israeli diplomats pull out dependents

Ha'aretz headline: "Without Egypt, Israel will be left with no friends in Mideast"

This is why the USraelian Empire will do all in its power to keep Egypt under full Zionist control.

Events in Egypt and Russia (while I am sick)

Dear friends,

I am still really sick, though the antibiotics have kicked in and I hope to be back in more or less normal shape in a day or so.

Please keep on posting news items and comments here, in particular concerning the events in Egypt.

Two small notes of substance (I am too sick to write more):

a) Predictably, it appears that the Empire will not let go of Egypt go without a bloodbath.  It appears that a full series of Imperial puppets are lined up behind Mubarak to make it look like change has happened, but that *regime change* will not be allowed to happen.  My personal (and possibly mistaken) opinion is that el Baradei might well be the most dangerous of these pseudo-opponents. I might be wrong, but I fear that el Baradei might be an "Egyptian Obama": fake change.

b) Russian authorities have declared that the author of the bombing in Domodedovo was a 20 year old man from the North Caucasus.  They are not revealing the name.

Dear friends, I apologize for not being able to run this blog halfway decently at such a time.  Please post as much as you want and keep the rest of us involved.

Kind regards,

The Saker

Latest news from Egypt

This was sent to me by a friend (thanks A.!) - the lastest news from Egypt:


Friday, January 28, 2011

El Baradei shows his true intentions

El Baradei just declared on al-Jazeera that the main thing now is to "maintain continuity".
That figures....

Does anybody know?

Does anybody have any info on what is happening, if anything, at the border between Egypt and Gaza?

Also, has Hezbollah made any statement about the events in Egypt?

What about Hamas - are they doing anything in response to these events? 

FYI - al-Jazeera live stream here:

Tehran 1979 - Cairo 2011? (some random thoughts)

I am amazed by the video coming out of Egypt.  I constantly switch from al-Jazeera, to RT TV, to Press TV and back.  Could it really be that the Mubarak regime could really fall?

(I got to give al-Jazeera a big "bravo!" for its coverage of the events in Palestine and Egypt.)

I have written many time here that Egypt is the most important and also the weakest link in the Zionist cordon surrounding the Palestinian people.  If Egypt 'falls' - so will the Gaza blockade.

Amazing times.

First, in farway Tunisia, the Ben Ali regime fell.  Then, far more amazingly, the Hariri regime in Lebanon fell. Then, thanks to the Palestine Links on al-Jazeera, the Abbas regime in the West Bank did not fall (Israel would never allow that), but appears totally paralyzed.  Now the Mubarak regime is shaking and could well collapse.  If so, I can only say

FINALLY!!  Glory be to God!

As with any revolution, there might be attempts to derail or co-opt it.  (The return to El Baradei to Cairo reminds me of Bakhtiar trying to control the Iranian Revolution).

This is far from over, and its too early to call. But I want to believe that finally the entire edifice of USraelien control over the Middle-East is falling down.

I know, some think that all these events are CIA-inspired or even CIA-driven.  I don't buy that.  This is not the "Gucci-Revolution" we saw in Iran and I don't believe for one second that the Egyptian elites are behind these events.  Sure, they might try to co-opt it (see above), but they are currently not in control.

What are you guys thinking about all this?

Let us know, please.

The Saker

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Speech of Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah January 25th, 2011.

In the Name of Allah, The Compassionate, The Most Merciful. Peace be on the Seal of prophets, our Master and Prophet, Abi Al Qassem Mohammad and on his chaste and pure Household. Peace be on you my master and Lord Abu Abdullah and on all the souls gathering around your holy site. Peace be on you as long as I remain alive and as long as night follows day. May Allah make it not my last visit to you. Peace be on Hussein, Ali the son of Hussein, the children of Hussein, the companions of Hussein, the orphans of Hussein and the womenfolk of Hussein who were taken as prisoners. Peace be on all of them on Al Arbaeen day that marks the 40th day following the martyrdom of Imam Hussein.

Scholars, brothers, sisters, adorers, consolers and consoled! Peace be on you all and Allah's mercy and blessing.

First, I ask Allah Al Mighty to accept from all of you your offering of condolences to the Prophet of Allah (peace be upon him and on his Household) and his Household on the Arbaeen of the Master of Martyrs. You have come from all around this chaste and prideful region – the region of Bekaa and the city of Baalbeck – to commemorate this occasion. I ask Allah Al Mighty to reward you generously and accept wholly your work, condolences, tears, sadness and determination.

Brothers and sisters! On this great and solemn occasion, I would like to say a word on the occasion, a brief word on the region and a word on the Lebanese recent developments especially that we are living important, sensitive and decisive days in the history of our country.

First, on the occasion of Al Arbaeen, I say that when we commemorate this occasion here in Baalbeck, millions of lovers commemorate it in the city of Karbala and in many other cities around the world, we would be in fact renewing what took place on the day of Ashura - meaning the bloody confrontation. It is a struggle between righteousness and falsehood, between faithfulness and treachery and between justice and oppression. Al Arbaeen is an occasion to renew the memory of Ashura. Al Arbaeen is an occasion in which we recall the procession of the captive women and what took place in Ashura.

The long captivation procession which the killers had aims behind was not a haphazard trip. The long sad heartbreaking captivation procession extended from Karbala to Kufa along 2000 kilometers, while the womenfolk were in that situation and circumstances until reaching Al Sham countries and the Lebanese territories where the procession of sadness and the procession of the women captives crossed the villages of Qaa, Labweh and Maqneh until reaching the city of Baalbeck where you are massing. From Baalbeck the procession headed to Damascus which then was the capital of Yazid (Bin Muawiyeh).

This historic, jihadi, tolerant, strong-willed, determined, prideful, believing and God-trusting procession included Imam Ali Bin Al Hussein Zein Al Aabideen – who remained from the Messenger and the Prophet and his Household - besides a large group of women who included the daughters and grandchildren of the Prophet of Allah (peace be upon him and his Household), the wives of the brave faithful martyrs who were killed in Karbala and a number of children and orphans. Accompanying the procession were the heads of Imam Hussein (peace be upon him), Abi Al Fadel Al Abbass (pbuh), the martyrs of the Prophet's Household and the companions of Al Hussein who remained faithful and were killed with Al Hussein (pbuh).

This procession which included these dear, holy and precious members was moving from one city to another, from one village to another, from one desert to another and from one hill to another to be seen by all tribes, clans, habitats of towns and residents of villages in very hard and tough conditions: handcuffs and chains around feet, whips lashing backs and chests, curses and abusing words showering over them, incessant threats of killing and liquidation… What is more aching is that the people who were guided by their grandfather and his religion and sacrifices were summoned in every city, town and village to hold shows of rejoice and celebration to hail the victory of the murderous authority which killed the grandson of the Prophet of Allah and the rest of the sons of the Muhajereen (those who emigrated with the Prophet to Medina) and Ansar (those who supported the Prophet while still in Mecca) on the tenth day of Muharam of the year 61 A.H.

By making this procession walk all this long distance, the authority wanted to achieve several goals including revealing its victory, oppression and power. Sayyeda Zeinab (pbuh) hinted to that in the speech she delivered in the palace of Yazid in Damascus. So first they wanted to show their victory, oppression and power. They also wanted to rejoice over the misfortune of the captured and reveal the spirit of revenge and renew what took place in the battle of Badr. In this framework, they said a day in return for the day of Badr. They wanted to say for history and the Ummah that what took place in Karbala was a response to Mohammad and his companions who fought and gained victory in Badr battle over Qoraish and its tyrants. So they wanted to humiliate the Household of Mohammad (pbuh) and touch on their will, belief, determination and trust in Allah, in the future and in Allah's promise to grant His followers victory. Among the goals also is frustrating the Ummah and threatening everyone who thinks of making a revolution and standing in face of the tyrant that they will kill him and behead him and take his women as captives. In 61 A. H. there wasn't anyone dearer, greater and of a higher status higher than Imam Hussein in the conscience of the nation. Still the authority had killed him, beheaded him, roamed with his head and those of his companions in every country and taken as captives his women and even the Prophet's daughters.

So the procession was a policy of terrorizing, crushing and frustration to everyone who might think of voicing out the truth in the face of an autocrat or of making an uprising or a revolution, or fight and revolt. Thus, they wanted this procession to pass in through Iraq and Sham – these two regions which were most important and decisive and capable of deciding the form of the nation, the caliphate and the political future.

This autocratic decision was a show of slyness by Yazid. However, since the days of Adam, Allah Al Mighty has been guarding His religion securing His prophets, defending His followers and guarding His message. {They plot and plan, and Allah too plans, but the best of planners is Allah}. This procession which was meant to achieve these goals was the complementary piece that achieved the goals of the martyrdom of Al Hussein and his blood and cry made on the tenth of Muharram in Karbala. This planning reminds me of the divine planning in the story of Abraham (pbuh) and the story of Moses (pbuh). When Namroud wanted to put Abrams in fire, he called for the people to come from all around his kingdom to witness the burning of Abraham. But then the miracle was. Allah Al Mighty asked the fire: {O fire! Be thou cool and a means of safety for Abraham}. Namroud plotted to absolutely get rid of Abraham. Allah Al Mighty planned in return. If Abraham wanted to roam from one village to another and from one town to another to gather the people around him and preach them about monotheism and show them his miracle, how many years, miracles and effort he would have needed? However Namroud with his wrong plotting he gathered the people for him to witness the great miracle. This is what took place with Moses (pbuh) too. If Moses wanted to move in the kingdom of Pharaoh from one city to another, from one town to another and from one tribe to another to preach them about monotheism and reveal his miracle for them, he would have needed much time and effort and many miracles. However Pharaoh's bad plotting pushed him to gather all the people of Egypt on the Day of the Festival and put Moses before the challenge. Moses' miracle overpowered the magic of the magicians. {They plot and plan, and Allah too plans, but the best of planners is Allah}.

If Yazid and Ibn Ziad took Imam Zein Al Aabideen, Zeinab, the women, the orphans and the heads secretly to Medina and left them there and prevented them from leaving it, would the voice of Hussein, his blood, his word, the injustice made against him and all these values, concepts, events, greatness and principles which were consolidated in Karbala have reach the Ummah in 61 or 62 or 63 A.H.? Would all of that have reached us after hundreds of years? However they aimed for something from this plotting and Allah wanted something else. True it included the pain of captivity and the sorrows of Imam Zein Aabideen and the womenfolk; however this is the path of Allah, this is the path of challenge, this is the path of sacrifices, this is the path of blood and tears shedding and losing face, this is the path of the followers of Allah all through history. This procession left from Karbala to Kufa and met with people who massed to celebrate the victory of Yazid but then their festivals turned to a very touching consolation scene as Zeinab, Sukeyneh and Fatima made every eye and heart cry. She told them the truth. All through the way – from Kufa to Nissibeen, to Aleppo, to Hama, to Homos, to Baalbeck until reaching Damascus, the speech was overt. The exploitation of facts was strongly present even when Zeinab was not allowed to speak out. The tragic scene said quite much: the heads, the orphans, the mourning women and the Imam who was bound with chains. People would approach and ask: Who are you O captive woman? Who are you O orphan? They would answer that they are the daughters and orphans of Mohammad – the Prophet of this Ummah. This fact was enough to reverse things upside down. Many of the cities, villages and towns which welcomed the procession of captives with celebration, turned their festivities to melancholy when they knew that these captives were not dissidents from Dailam but rather the grandchildren and the orphans of Mohammad (pbuh). All of this Ummah read in the Book of Allah: {Say: No reward do I ask of you for this except the love of those near of kin}. Muslims might differ on the issue of Imamate, caliphate and the rule after the Prophet of Allah, but they do not differ over their love to those near of kin to the Prophet of Allah and their love to the Household of the Prophet of Allah. When Muslims among the residents of cities and towns in Iraq and Sham knew that these are the near of kin whom Allah has asked them to love, things used to change and alter. Soon I will mention evidence on this concept in this perspective.

So in fact this truth could clarify things, arouse the nation, break the fear barrier, and carry the blood of Al Hussein to every land, heart and mind bringing with it the light of guidance, the courage of revolution and the logic of refusing humiliation and oppression. Following hundreds of years, who conveyed to us this slogan which we always reverberate and address all the tyrants of the world with when they want to humiliate us "Humiliation…How remote!"? Those who conveyed this slogan from Karbala to us are those captive women and orphans who were apparently captives and prisoners however in fact they were the true liberals of this Ummah. That's why no soon revolutions did move in Kufa, Iraq and in more than one Islamic country. Thus were the revolutions of Tawwabeen, Al Mukhtar, Zaid Bin Ali (pbuh). Even the revolution of the Abbasids wasn't first known to be the revolution of Al Abbass family. This revolution overran the authority of the Umayyad family within few years. For how long did the Umayyad family remain in authority after the martyrdom of Al Hussein (pbuh)? The Umayyad family might have ruled for hundreds of years. But this blood that was shed in Karbala and the shout of the captive women from one country to another stirred up the Ummah. The Abbasids raised black slogans as a show of mourning over Al Hussein. Their revolution raised the slogan of taking revenge for Al Hussein even if they were deceiving the nation saying they would hand the authority to who the Household of Mohammad wanted. Under the name of Al Hussein the great revolution took place and swept the rule of the Umayyad family after few years. This was not to be was it not for Karbala, what took place in Karbala and the complementary part consolidated in this great historic procession.

I will give two evidences before moving to the last two sections of my word.

I will relate two texts: The first event took place in the Grand Mosque which is now known as the Ammawi Mosque. The captives were taken there in the presence of Yazid, his ministers and dignitaries. We must suppose that the Mosque was crowded not with ordinary people but with heads of tribes and prominent figures whom Yazid invited to celebrate his grand victory and his great revenge for Badr.

Anyway, Ali Bin Al Hussein (pbuh) sought to stand in the mosque and talk to the people. Yazid refused, but the people who were there said: Allow him. He is a broken young man. What might he say? Let's listen to him. We would like to listen to what he might say. Upon the insistence of the crowds, Yazid allowed him to ascend the platform. So Ali Bin Hussein (pbuh) ascended the platform and delivered a speech. Indeed I will not relate the whole speech because it is somehow long. Let's go directly to the evidence…

First he praised Allah – the historians say – and delivered a speech which made all eyes weep. So Damascus and the Ammawi Mosque wept for what took place in Karbala and what happened on Al Hussein (pbuh) in the presence of the killer. Then he delivered a speech that made all eyes weep and all hearts ache. Then he said: O people! Allah has given us six things and privileged us with a seventh. He bestowed on us wisdom, patience, dignity, eloquence, courage and love in the hearts of believers. We were privileged by having His chosen Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) belonging to us. To us belong Essedeeq and Attayyar. To us belong the Lion of Allah and His Prophet. To us belong the grandsons of the Prophet of this Ummah. Those who knew me had known me. As for those who did not, I will inform them of my noble descent. O people! I am the son of Mecca and Mina. I am the son of Zamzam and Safa. That means I am the son of Mohammad Bin Abdullah (pbuh). I am the son of Mecca and Mina. I am the son of Zamzam and Safa. I am the son of who held the black stone with the trims of the gown. I am the son of the best of those who have ever put on Ihram and performed Hajj. I am the son of who was taken on the night journey from the House of Allah to the Mosque of Aqsa and then to Miraj. I am the son of who was taken around by Gibrael to Sidratul Muntaha. I am the son of who led prayers of the angels of Heavens. I am the son of who received the revelations of Allah. I am the son of Muhammad Mustafa (pbuh). So I am not from the Turks or from Dailam. I am not an outlaw. I am the son of your Prophet, Messenger, guider and master. These women are my aunts and sisters – the daughters of the Prophet of Allah (pbuh).

He goes on saying: I am the son… I am the son… I am the son… He relates the events that took place. Then he says I am the son of Fatima the best women of the world. He went on saying I, I, … Always keep in mind that this was taking place in Damascus and before Yazid until the people started crying and yelling. Yazid was afraid an ordeal would take place. The mosque and the crowds in the mosque were about to raise and revolt. Yazid therefore ordered the "Muezzin" to call for prayers. He thought that would make the Imam halt his speech and thus the story would be over. When the Muezzin said "Allahu Akber – Allah is the Greatest", the Imam testified: Nothing is greater than Allah. When the Muezzin said: "I witness that there is no god but Allah", Ali Bin Al Hussein said: "My hair, flesh, skin, bones and blood bear witness on that." When the Muezzin said: "I witness that Mohammad is the Prophet of Allah", he turned to Yazid and said: "Is this Mohammad your or my grandfather? O Yazid! If you claim he is your grandfather, it will be an open lie; and if you say he is my grandfather, then why have you killed his family?" This is a part of crying out with righteousness and revealing the truth. When the people of Damascus heard that, they became angry and sad and revolted until Yazid was afraid of an ordeal prevailing. Here when Zein Al Aabideen says: I, I, I… he is not bragging. He rather wants to make people know him and know the truth about this group who were killed, captured, humiliated and forced to walk for 2000 kilometers.

The other evidence is taken from Zeinab's (pbuh) speech. This event also took place in the palace of Yazid. In both evidences we sense pride, will, trust in Allah and full certitude about the promise of Allah Al Mighty. This pride is sensed despite the handcuffs and the chains, despite all the sufferings and pains. Imagine a woman who had witnessed what she had witnessed in Karbala and walked all this long way while the heads of her brother, other brothers, cousins and nephews were before her eyes day and night! What would her case be? She is a lady. Eventually a woman is molded with emotions and tenderness. Still she stood as unmoved as a mountain in the council of Yazid when she saw him with the head of Al Hussein before him. He was violently striking the front teeth of Abi Abdullah Al Hussein with his stick. She could not bear that. Zeinab stood and delivered her speech. Though she was surrounded with Yazid's strong men with their spears and swords which might cut her into pieces, she was not afraid or scared. History conveys to us that when she heard him saying while striking the lips of Abi Abdullah Al Hussein (pbuh):

If only my ancestors who were killed in Badr Battle witnessed the fear of the Khazraj from the hit of swords.

They would have cheered with joy and said O Yazid May your hand never be paralyzed.

We rewarded them what they did against us in Badr. Now the balance is equal.

She could not bear that. She stood and said:

"Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the worlds and blessings on my grandfather, the Chief of divine prophets". She wanted to let the people know that Mohammad is her grandfather and she is his daughter.

"Allah says, and His word is true: {Then evil was the end of those who did evil because they rejected the communications of Allah and used to mock them}"

I will only cite an extract because the speech is long.

"O Yazid! (Notice the strength, firmness, will, determination, confidence and pride) Do you believe that you have succeeded in closing the sky and the earth for us and that we have become your captives just because we have been brought before you in a row and that you have secured control over us? Do you believe that we have been afflicted with insult and dishonor by Allah and that you have been given honor and respect by Him? You have become boastful of this apparent victory that you have secured and you have started feeling jubilant and proud over this prestige and honor. Well, wait for a while then." (Have patience! Why are you in a hurry?)

"Well, wait for a while. Do not be so joyful. Have you forgotten Allah's saying: {The unbelievers should not carry the impression that the time allowed to them by us is good for them? Surely we give them time so that they may increase their evil deeds, and eventually they will be given insulting chastisement}

"O son of freed slaves! (She is reminding him of Mecca because he recalled Badr.) Is this your justice that you keep your own daughters and slave maids veiled while the daughters of the Prophet of Allah are being paraded from place to place exposed.

You have dishonored us by unveiling our faces. Your men take us from town to town where all sorts of people, whether they be residents of the hills or of riversides have been looking at us."

The near as well as the remote ones, the poor as well as the rich, the low as well as the high - all casting their glances at us while our position is such that there is no male relative of ours to render us help or support.

Whatever you have done proves your revolt against Allah and your denial of His Prophet (s) and of the Book and Sunna that the Holy Prophet (s) brought from Allah. Your deeds should not cause amazement because one whose ancestors chewed the livers of the martyrs (She is reminding him of his grandmother Hind), whose flesh grew up on virtuous people, who fought against the Chief of divine prophets, who mobilized parties for fighting against him and drew swords against him, should conspicuously excel all Arabs in unbelief, sinfulness, excesses, and enmity against Allah and His Prophet.

Later on she tells him: "You did what you wished, but remember that you have cut your own skin and your own flesh to pieces. Soon you will be brought before the Holy Prophet. You will be overburdened with the weight of your sins committed by shedding the blood of his progeny and by dishonoring his family. The place to which you will be taken will be before all the members of his family. The oppressed will be avenged and the enemies will be punished. You may contrive and try however much you can. By Him who honored us with revelation, the Book and Prophethood, you cannot achieve our status, nor reach our position, nor can you affect our mention, nor remove from yourself that shame and dishonor that is now your lot because of perpetrating excess and oppression on us. Your word now is weak and your days are counted and your crowds are to be dispersed."

The truth is what Sayyeda Zeinab said. His word was weak; his days were but counted and his crowd was soon dispersed.

This chaste blood could upraise the Ummah. It evoked the whole nation including its Muslims and Christians. History mentions to us how Christian churches in Sham dealt with the procession of the captives and with the head of Abi Abdullah Al Hussein (pbuh) and the extent to which they were greatly moved and aggrieved. They showed condemnation in many councils even in Yazid's council when a Christian stood and told Yazid: I am one of the ancestors of so and so – one of the followers of The Christ (pbuh). Hundreds of years have passed over the death of my great grandfather who is the direct follower of the Christ. Still people seek my blessings. And this is the son of your Prophet's daughter – and it has not been long since you Prophet had died – and you kill him, behead him and take his womenfolk as captives. He was thus taken away and killed.

In fact, this procession shook history. This procession is the voice of blood. Thus we stand today on the day of Al Arbaeen to salute Zeinab and the cry made by Zeinab and Zein Al Aabideen. Our commemoration today and here in the city of Baalbeck comes in the framework of the special significance of this timing and location. The procession of the captives entered this city back in year 61 A.H. between Muharam 10 and Safar 20. Here where you gather they stopped and dismounted. Here the blessed heads were placed. Here drops of martyrdom blood were shed. Here Imam Zein Al Aabideen (pbuh) and Sayyeda Zeinab (pbuh) prayed, thus your land became holy. Here signs of the processions were left as memorials. Here some of the children were left – meaning Sayyeda Khawleh (pbuh). Here there is a headstone for a miscarried fetus and there is a headstone for another.

This year we wanted to commemorate this very concept. I want to thank you because you came from all around the area. Al Arbaeen anniversary will to us in Lebanon from now on be commemorated in the city of Baalbeck for the special significance of the location. This commemoration today is only the beginning. We – all among us who remain alive - must cooperate in the years to come to consecrate and deep-root and develop this occasion and memory. This region has been honored with the procession of the Prophet's Household, the head of Abi Abdullah Al Hussein (pbuh) and the prayers of Zein Al Aabideen (pbuh). In fact, this region remained faithful to this procession, cry, slogan, truth and values. Allah Al Mighty chose that after all these long centuries the Resistance be launched in Lebanon in 1982 to crush the most dangerous US-Israeli project - which was aiming at changing the identity of Lebanon, altering Lebanon's truth and adjoining it to the Zionist project forever - from the land of Baalbeck, the city of Baalbeck, the houses of Baalbeck and from this very field where you gather to answer the call of Al Hussein after hundreds of years saying: At your service… O Hussein.

In this field we recall all those days during which it used to be said that Israel defeated all. We recall the days when many broke down as they viewed the defeat, the collapse and the surrender. We recall the days when our leader, master and teacher – the Master of our Resistance martyrs – Sayyed Abbass Mussawi (May Allah bless his soul) in this field, he put off his religious attire and put on a military suit. He held a rifle and addressed the young men of Bekaa. He called them to join the training camps and the resistance fields. Since then, Baalbeck became the land, fortress, stronghold and den of the Resistance in hard times, calamities and afflictions. Today all of Bekaa meets in Baalbeck to mark Al Arbaeen of Al Hussein (pbuh) and the specialty of this Karbalai occasion through the faithfulness you announced and under which banner you offered thousands of your children and dear ones as martyrs. Your houses were demolished as the tents of Al Hussein (pbuh) were blazed. Still you did not hesitate. Your young children were torn apart in the towns of Bekaa as was the enfant of Al Hussein. Still you remained steadfast. You abandoned your homes for weeks. Still you did not lose power or fell depressed. That's because you are fit to hold this banner and to embrace this occasion and build on it for all the years to come Inshallah.

On the day of the oppressed, the revolutionist, the fighter and the Resistance – on the day of the blood which gained victory over the sword and the righteousness which perished falsehood – it is indispensable that we say a word on the region. On the day of Al Hussein (pbuh), we salute the revolutionist, uprising Tunisian people who are calling for their freedom, dignity, honor and rights. They are rejecting to surrender to the tyrant and his force, suppression and authority. We in Lebanon of the Resistance address the people of Tunisia with a salutation of esteem. We call on them to stick to awareness, unity and coherence to carry on struggling and not to allow anyone to deceive them and waste the achievements of their revolution and the blood of their martyrs. Days ago, we heard that Mr. Jeffrey Feltman – who is dear to some of the Lebanese who call him as "our friend Jeff" – traveled to Tunisia. This is a bad omen. The Tunisian people must be aware. When Feltman goes to Tunisia and says that he wants to talk with the Tunisian provisional government about the procedures, elections and liberties, we must know that there is a new American conspiracy woven stealthily and overtly on the revolution and the uprising of this people. This US intervention in Tunisian affairs must be rejected; or else wherever the US goes – especially this sorcerer Feltman - devastation, rupture and sedition go with him.

On the day of the oppressed, we must recall the prideful Palestinian people who are besieged in Gaza and persecuted in the West Bank. We must recall thousands of the Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails. The whole world talks about Shalit – a killer, aggressive soldier – and forgets thousands of oppressed Palestinians who are people of rights. We recall the houses which are demolished in East Al Qods and other cities in the territories occupied since 1948. We recall Al Qods as today also it was announced that some of the excavations leading to Al Aqsa Mosque will be carried on. We recall millions of refugees against whom the whole world is conspiring to keep away from their lands, homes, fields, rights and sanctuaries while they view how they keep them in exodus whether in Argentine, Paraguay, Australia among other countries. On Al Arbaeen of Imam Hussein (pbuh) we say: We in Baalbeck, Bekaa, Lebanon, Hezbollah and the Palestinian resistance since the very first day we believed in Palestine, the people of Palestine and the oppression of the Palestinian people. On that path we offered our dear martyrs. We will remain next to this people. We will offer sacrifices together, fight together, gain martyrdom together and make victory together Inshallah.

On the day of the oppressed, we must condemn the hands of crimes and murder which do not tolerate even the freedom of raising religious slogans by those who differ with them on their ideas and viewpoints. The martyrs who fell on their way to Karbala and in Karbala this year while heading to visit Abi Abdullah Al Hussein (pbuh) are but victims of this darkness, apostasy and criminality. Still all of this terrorism and killing could not hinder millions of adorers to reach the shrine of Imam Abi Abdullah Al Hussein (pbuh) to demonstrate there the concepts of faithfulness, obedience, love, passion and adherence to Al Hussein (pbuh) despite all the sacrifices.

On the Lebanese situation, no doubt today we are passing through a difficult and sensitive stage that necessitates a responsible performance, action and speech. We look forward for cooperation among all of us to overpass this critical stage. In confronting these developments and events, we resorted to constitutional institutions and legal options as it is said.

In confronting the indictment which aims at the Resistance, we undertook a natural act which is our constitutional right. The Opposition mps presented their resignation and toppled the incapable government. We headed to binding parliamentary elections that led to a clear result. A while ago as you were massing to commemorate the occasion, it was announced on TV screens that His Excellency the President had charged MP Najeeb Mikati to form the new Lebanese government.

As a matter of course, we can understand all feelings because there were tensed nerves and political, psychological, emotional and media tension during the past few weeks. The consultations battle was a very tough battle. Here I am telling you: Many around the world intervened in this issue. Imagine that the US Vice President Mr. Baydon contacted the head of one of the parliamentary blocs and called on him to vote for PM Saad Hariri. States intervened. Many calls were made. Still we can understand this issue and say: This is a political battle in which many intervened and for which great efforts were exerted. Still it was taking place within the legal and constitutional range. We reached this outcome. We can understand the feelings of wrath but I would like to make a simple comment and cross from this point to the essence of the issue: Suppose that the scene was the very opposite. Suppose that the other candidate was charged, and some people hit the street to demonstrate as what took place yesterday and today, you – O kind people - would have then heard condemnation from Washington. Everyone in Washington - starting with the State Department, the Pentagon, the White House and perhaps Obama himself – the west capitals and several Arab capitals would have referred to those who hit the street – were they from the Opposition – as revolutionists, dictators, outlaws and rejecters of the will of constitutional institutions among what you have been hearing in the past years. You would have witnessed an international media and political campaign and attack to this effect. Isn't this the truth? However because the demonstrations – which I reiterate saying that we can comprehend – were made by another camp which is in fact their camp, we find that the whole world remained silent. Those who used to talk about respecting Lebanese legitimacy, the parliamentary majority, the constitutional institutions, the democratic game and the constitutional right remained silent. I said so to make use of the lesson behind it and to be surer that this is the way things go. There are not united norms. If you respect the parliamentary majority, this is a parliamentary majority and that was a parliamentary majority. Why then you used to respect that majority and you don't respect this? Why you respect that will and you do not respect this will? If demonstration, hitting the street and blocking roads are a legal democratic right, why then you used to condemn the Opposition? And if that isn't a legal democratic right, why then you remain silent on parties other than the Opposition? All of that asserts that the ruler of the American, western and other world administrations is not united norms. Right and values are not the adopted norms. Norms are rather political considerations and interests and lining behind a party in face of another party.

Today I believe that all who have been giving us lectures during the past five or six days – since 2005 – on civilization, democracy and the will of the majority are through with these lectures. There is another situation.

Anyway, I call on all the Lebanese to seize the opportunity. Today there is a new opportunity. Bullying and trying to falsify facts about PM Najeeb Mikati are fruitless. It seems that some leading groups and not the good people – the people on the streets are good, faithful people who have definite ideas – know what they are doing and had made endless commitments. It seems that they by now have a great experience in falsifying truths and reversing facts starting with the international investigation, the STL, fabricating the false witnesses until reaching this new falsification. They want to say that the new designate PM is affiliated to Hezbollah. PM Najeeb Mikati wasn't as such and is not now as such. In 2009, you were allies and partners with him on the very list in the parliamentary elections. In general, the man is moderate. He wasn't with March 8 Bloc and the Opposition. Saying that he is the candidate of Hezbollah in an attempt to press on him in fact is a language that aims at sectarian instigation. What is meant is quite understood.

This is not the case. The Opposition was heading towards making another nomination. However, in the last 48 hours, PM Najeeb Mikati decided to run the elections. The Opposition found in the candidacy of Najeeb Mikati – what I am saying is the sole truth – a chance for Lebanon to step out of challenges and a chance to tackle things and meeting ends because the Opposition did not want to get engaged in a fierce battle with the other party. True it has reservations on a definite person nominated for premiership but it is not interested in annulling or canceling anyone or in forming a uniform government. Thus it found in the candidacy of PM Najeeb Mikati a chance for the country. Consequently it adopted this nomination and supported it. So neither the head of the upcoming government is from Hezbollah nor is the new government that of Hezbollah, nor is the new government run by Hezbollah. Anyway, a reputation of wealth is better than a reputation of poverty. All of that is to mislead internally and to cause instigation abroad. But whom do they want to instigate abroad? Will the Arab and Islamic peoples be sad if a resistance movement is leading the authority in Lebanon? Indeed not. The states they want to instigate abroad are America and Israel and all of those worried about the US-Israeli project in our region. This is the truth. Thus I hope that those would stop falsification because that would lead to a definite outcome. When we hear more falsification, lying and fabrication, we become more faithful in our sincerity, right and truth and sure that they are fabricating things against us because we are not as they claim.

Here I say again: We do not look forward to authority or a government. Until 2005, we never participated in any government in Lebanon. We have been called on to share in the authority several times. On the previous year before the martyrdom of PM Rafiq Hariri, he insisted very much on us to partake in the upcoming government. I used to tell him: We do not want to share in the government. We never ever looked forward to any government, administration or governments. All what we used to and still demand from the successive governments is that we in the Resistance and the Resistance movement have dedicated our souls to defend and protect this country and the dignity of the Lebanese and the Arabs, to raise high the heads of the Lebanese and the Arabs and to restore our territories and the sanctities. We only want two things from you: First, leave us alone and do not conspire against us, kill us and stab us in our back. We do not want from you even to protect us. We do not want from you but not to conspire against us. This is enough. I have told this to many. Let us alone. We are people who are heading for death in the South. Our people come from Baalbeck, Hermel, and the farthest regions in Hermel to be killed in the South. We want to be killed. You laugh at us and say that we are naïve miserable people who have no political project, and that our project is martyrdom. Well let us gain martyrdom but do not stab us in our back. Let us be killed by bullets targeting our chests and not our backs. When ever did we compete over a government, a ministry or an authority? Second we told them take care of the people and serve them especially in deprived regions in Akkar, Bekaa, the North and Tripoli. All through the five years of the tenure of the government of that party, what did they do with deprived areas? What did they do for Akkar, Tripoli and the North? I am not talking about Baalbeck and Hermel. This is all what we used to look forward to and aspire for. We do not seek authority or the government. O people! Our minds are in some other place. Our eyes are on some other place. People go to rest and sleep, and we go to exercise, train and get ready and prepared because we believe that there are great changes that will take place in the region; because we believe that there is an Israeli danger lurking and approaching; because we believe that the Palestinian people are at risk within Palestine; because we believe that Islamic and Christian sanctities are highly at risk; and because we examine what is taking place in the region. Our minds and hearts are in another place. You have brought us to the internal square because since 2005 you went to Washington and offered concessions. Since 2005, you have been conspiring against the resistance and its arms and very existence. You offered sacrifices. Even the dialogue table aimed at disarming the Resistance. Still you failed. You brought along July War on the Resistance in Lebanon. Still you flopped. Today the STL project aims at the Resistance and you will flop, and it will fail too.

Today I renew my call: We do not seek power. On the contrary, we are being criticized from several circles in the Opposition because we do not seek power. You hear their voices and they pick at us in internal sessions and at times in the media to the extent that some circles in the Opposition during 2009 elections accused Hezbollah of not acting seriously in the elections because Hezbollah did not want to achieve power and form an Opposition government. Aren't these facts?

The most flagrant falsification and fabrication is that Hezbollah wants to have control over the state and the government and to impose a prime minister and lay hands on the country. Many of the parties and forces address us saying that our problem is that you do not see but the Resistance and put aside the internal situation; and if you dealt with the internal situation, it is from the perspective of defending the resistance only. Our friends tell us this, and our foes accuse us of seeking to seize power, lay our hand on the country and implement an Iran project and a Persian project. We are stuck in the middle. This is all meaningless speech that will not lead anywhere.

As for Hezbollah, we have a clear viewpoint. We supported the candidacy of PM Najeeb Mikati and we call on him to form a national participation government and a national salvation government. Today the Lebanese are before a true opportunity to reunite. No one gained victory and no one lost. Let's cooperate and meet within the government. Refusing to share in this government means that you want to grasp the authority all for yourself and that you are ready to do anything for the sake of achieving power. You accuse us of that, while we do not seek power. We are saying: Do not stab the Resistance and we have no problem with you. Underlying, we have several comments on your economic and fiscal policies and the policy you adopt to run the internal affairs and cases. Still we were cautious in this perspective so as to achieve cooperation, coexistence and dialogue to address our causes and not to annul or cancel each other. The whole matter depends on the Lebanese. If we do not meet, cooperate and give PM Mikati a chance to make success, if we do not seek together to form a national participation government and a national salvation government, where to you would be taking the country?

Let me be frank with the other party: The world doesn't have time for you. International and regional states have many great concerns. So let's not waste time.

Now we come to Israeli threats and bullying. The Israelis have intervened saying that Lebanon has become wholly Hezbollah; this government is run by Hezbollah… Their sense of honor has been moved all of a sudden! We do not know what Israel will do with the country. What would it do more than what it had already done?

Now who is protecting the country? Is it the government? Neither the previous government nor the upcoming government would protect the country. Is the USA protecting the country so that it would be said the USA will abandon Lebanon? Are some regional posts defending the country so that it would be said they will forsake Lebanon?

Lebanon has been left for Israel since a long time. Before 1978 and in 1978 and in 1982, some Palestinian leaders in Lebanon used to say that we were shelled with Israeli warplanes from which we smell Arab fuel! Lebanon is defended by its Army, people and Resistance. Its Army is present, its people are ready and its resistance is prepared. What prevents Israel from attacking Lebanon is not the form of the government or its head or the form of its structure. It is rather the deterrence balance which was found by the resistance in Lebanon and is acknowledged by the Zionists. So do not worry about Israeli threats and bullying. Do not worry about all what is said around the world. All of us are able to overcome this stage. Lebanon today is the responsibility of all of us. The chance is there before all of us. Here again I call for seizing the opportunity, and whoever does not want to participate, let him give the government of PM Mikati a chance even if for one year and then let him try it. As for swooping down over this government in the media and in the street, this is a proof that he does not want the democratic game, circulating power and the work of institutions. He rather would be raising the slogan of "either I or no one else".

Brothers and sisters! May Allah reward you generously for your affliction by the martyrdom of your Imam. May Allah bless your kind attendance and dear and precious commemoration. Thanks Allah you are the sons of his very path and sacrifices.

Again I call you to be wise, patient and to have tolerance and steadfastness to carry on in your presence. Hussein will always be calling you to confront the Israeli and US challenge and to confront all the challenges posed by all the world tyrants. Al Hussein peace be upon him has been hearing your voice all through these years. Today on the occasion of Al Arbaeen of Imam Hussein we want him to hear our voices saying: O our master and Imam! We will not quit the squares. We will not be stingy in offering our blood and making any other sacrifices. Our voice will always remain thundering in our souls and reverberating all through time. At your service, O Hussein!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Putin: "Blast in Moscow not linked to Chechnia"

Russian Prime Minister Putin has just declared on the NTV television news channel that "according to the preliminary results of the investigation the terrorist act is not linked to the Chechen Republic" (Нынешний террористический акт не имеет отношения, по предварительным данным следствия, к Чеченской республике).

According to Russian sources, the terrorist was, quote, "of a Mediterranean type which would include Arabs", unquote.

More details soon, hopefully.

Sayyed Nasrallah: We are a Resistance Not Power Seekers, Don’t Backstab Us

Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah delivered a televised speech Tuesday addressing huge crowds gathering in Baalbek’s Ras Al-Ein to commemorate Arbaeen of Imam Hussein (AS) and his companions.

Sayyed Nasrallah said he will address three main issues in his speech. 

“The first will be about the occasion, the second concerning the developments in the region in brief, the last will be about latest Lebanese developments, especially that we are living significant and sensitive days in the fate of our country.”

The event marks the culmination of a 40-day mourning period after the anniversary of the martyrdom of Imam Hussein, Prophet Muhammad's grandson.

After his religious discourse about the circumstance that prevailed in the aftermath of Ashura, including the long and hard journey of Imam Hussein’s sister Sayyida Zeinab and his household from Karbala to Damascus, his eminence tackled the situation in the region.

Sayyed Nasrallah hailed the people of Tunisia for their brave and blessed uprising, yet he urged them to stay aware and coherent so that no one would thwart their efforts. “We’ve heard yesterday that (US Assistant Secretaryof State Jeffrey) Feltman has headed to Tunisia, this is bad omen. The Tunisian people should be aware because when Feltman wants to talk procedures and elections with the interim Tunisian Government, this definitely means an American conspiracy in the making. Wherever this juggler Feltman appears, desolation and strife appear with him.”

The Hezbollah chief lashed out at the international community for mobilizing their efforts for the sake of Israeli occupation soldier Gilad Shalit, who was captured by the Palestinian resistance in 2006, while forgetting about thousands of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails.

“The world talks about Shalit, this killer and aggressor, and forgets thousands of Palestinians in Israeli jails. We remember the houses that were destroyed and we remember Jerusalem and the Aqsa Mosque and the millions of refugees who the whole world is conspiring against, to keep them away from their land, their rights and sanctities. Since the beginning we’ve believed in Palestine and the sufferings of its people. On this path, we offered our most precious martyrs and we will continue to sacrifice with this people, we’ll be martyred together, and together we will make victory, God willing.”

Sayyed Nasrallah’s speech came as former PM Saad Hariri’s supporters were taking to the streets to protest the nomination of Najib Mikati to form the new government. Hariri’s supporters turned violent as they unprecedentedly attacked local and Arab reporters, Lebanese Army Forces with Molotov bombs and stones, and offices of Mikati and MP Mohamad Safadi,

“We are passing in a difficult and sensitive stage and this requires responsible handling of the situation. We have acted in line with the constitution (to democratically topple Hariri’s government and name another candidate for the post). It is our legal right to face the Special Tribunal for Lebanon’s (STL) indictment that targets the resistance. What we did was normal and we practiced our constitutional right. The opposition ministers resigned and toppled the government, and then we took part in constitutional parliamentary consultations which led to the clear democratic result; President (Michel) Sleiman has designated Mikati to form the new Lebanese government,” Sayyed Nasrallah said.

He added: “The battle over the consultations was very strong. I would like to tell you that many foreign powers interfered. Imagine that US Vice President Joseph Biden had called a parliamentary bloc leader to ask him to vote for Saad Hariri.

“We understand the feelings and anger of [Hariri’s supporters]. But let’s just suppose that things were reversed and the other candidate was assigned and some of our people had taken to the streets to protest; I assure you that we would have heard condemnations from Washington and other Western capitals. We would have witnessed a global campaign to describe opposition supporters as terrorists, dictators, and rejectionists. But because demonstrators were from the other side, the whole world was mum. Those who preach respect for Lebanon's legitimacy, constitutional institutions have remained silent. 

Why do you respect the will of that majority and don’t respect that of another group? And if demonstrations and blocking roads are a legitimate right, why condemn the opposition when they take to the streets? They have been giving us lectures during the past five years on civilization, democracy and the majority-minority formula, but today these lectures have ended forever.”

His eminence added that “however today, there is a new political opportunity.” “Threats against Mikati will be useless and saying that he is Hezbollah’s candidate is wrong, because in 2009 he was running on Hariri’s list and he was a centrist man. These slogans are only to pressure Mikati and we understand that this is aimed to incite sectarian strife. The opposition had another choice but we saw in Mikati’s nomination an opportunity to ease the challenge and a chance for the country; so we supported him. The next Prime minister will not be Hezbollah’s, nor will the next cabinet be. This is being propagated only to mobilize foreign powers against Lebanon, especially the US, Israel and those involved in the Israeli-American project in the region.”

Sayyed Nasrallah stressed Hezbollah was a resistance movement that has always sought martyrdom in the fight with the Israeli enemy.

We are not power seekers. before 2005, we did not take part in any cabinet. We never asked for a ministerial portfolio, administration, or government. Everything we ask for is for you to understand that we are a resistance movement; we did our best to defend the country, preserve Lebanese and Arab dignity, and liberate lands and sanctities. We want two things from you: Leave us alone, don’t plot against us or backstab us. We open our chest for Israel bullets; this how we want to be martyred. We don’t want to take your bullets in our backs. We don’t need protection from you. Care and serve the people, especially in poor areas like Akkar, the Bekaa and the North. What did they do for Akkar, Tripoli and the North in the past five years?”

You went to Washington, made commitments, and plotted against the Resistance and its arms. Even the national dialogue table’s aim was to disarm the resistance, but you failed. You asked for the July War on the resistance and you failed. Today, there is the Special Tribunal for Lebanon and it’s being employed to get rid of the Resistance, but you will also fail,” Sayyed Nasrallah said.

“Although we’ve had economic problems with you, we were keen to live together and resolve outstanding issues. If we don’t give Mikati a chance to succeed, where do you think you’d be taking the country to? his eminence asked.

Sayyed Nasrallah stressed that only the army, people and resistance can protect Lebanon from Israel’s aggression, not the shape of the government or its PM. “Give Mikati’s government a chance, even for a year. Rejection to participate in the next cabinet would show that the March 14 alliance wants to monopolize governance of the country.