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Hezbollah secretary general on the death of Qasem Soleimani
2020 Jan 9, 9:03pm 116 views 3 comments
[Nasrallah begins by praising God and invoking His blessings on the Prophet and his family, then recites this Quran verse:
“Think not of those who are slain in God’s way as dead. Nay, they live, finding their sustenance in the presence of their Lord. They rejoice in the bounty provided by God: And with regard to those left behind, who have not yet joined them (in their bliss), the (Martyrs) glory in the fact that on them is no fear, nor shall they grieve. They glory in the Grace and the bounty from God, and in the fact that God suffereth not the reward of the Faithful to be lost (in the least).” (Quran, 3, 169-171.)
Then Nasrallah briefly recalls the identity of the martyrs.]
What happened on the night of Thursday, January 2, 2020 is a pivotal point between two stages in the history of the region. It’s the beginning of a new phase, a new history, not just for Iran or Iraq, but for the whole region.
[Nasrallah stresses that if Qassem Soleimani worked tirelessly for the Liberation of Middle Eastern Peoples, on a personal level, he ardently desired martyrdom, just like Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis. Nasrallah sends his congratulations and condolences to their families, and insists that their death is an illusory success for the enemy but a real achievement for the Resistance Axis.]
Today, I will speak directly about this major and decisive event. What happened? Why did it happen? Why was Hajj Qassem, and alongside him Abu Mahdi, targeted? What are the objectives of this assassination? Where is the region going? And finally, what is our stance, what is our duty, what is our responsibility? Because I said that we are now at a completely new stage (of the confrontation against the United States).
Of course, this will not be the topic of my speech, but if I wanted to talk about the personality of Hajj Qassem, his qualities, his characteristics, his piety, his courage, his aptitudes, his knowledge & knowhow, his strategic thinking, his humility, etc., etc., etc., all these beautiful qualities that were his, if I wanted to talk about his successes, his efforts, his jihad, his sacrifices, and the same for Hajj Abu Mahdi, I would have to speak for hours, days and weeks. But we will find another time for that, God willing. What I have to mention is the heart of the matter, in order to base our reaction on the facts. What happened?
On the evening of Thursday, January 2, overnight… I take 2 minutes to clarify all this in detail, because this will be the basis of all my speech. Hajj Qasem and a brother of his have publicly left Damascus Airport for Baghdad Airport. At Baghdad airport, Hajj Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, accompanied by his brothers-in-arms among those in charge of the Popular Mobilization Units (Hachd al-Cha’bi), were waiting to greet him.
After they got into cars, and drove a certain distance, the whole procession, all the cars in the procession were hit by sophisticated missiles from the sky, fired from American planes, in a barbaric manner. You all saw the pictures. The destruction of the cars and the dislocation of everything inside was ensured by the barbarity of the strike. Our two dear commanders found martyrdom, with all those who accompanied them, all of them becoming shredded and cremated corpses to the point that it was very difficult to reconstruct the bodies.
Let me say that I knew Hajj Qassem, Hajj Abu Mahdi and the brothers who accompanied them very well, and I know that Soleimani (ardently) desired martyrdom. But maybe what happened to him exceeded his expectations. He ended up headless, like Imam Hussein, and without arms, like Abbas (brother of Imam Hussein), and his body was completely torn to pieces, like Ali Akbar (son of Imam Hussein, all killed in Karbala ). I don’t know if that’s what Hajj Qassem and Hajj Abu Mahdi had in mind.
So they all became shredded and burnt corpses to the point where it was very difficult to put the body pieces back together.
After a few hours, the United States Department of Defense issued a statement in which it claimed responsibility for the operation, stating that the assassination was carried out on the orders of President Trump. Then, the American press releases taking credit the operation followed one after another, as did the press conferences: the US Secretary of State, the Defense Secretary, the National Security Advisor, up to Trump himself in his various Tweets, in which he boasts of having personally ordered the assassination of Hajj Soleimani, mentioning the reasons which led him to do so, and which are nothing but shameless lies.
So we are faced with a public and clear crime, perfectly clear. The one who ordered it admits himself to having done so: Trump. The perpetrator of the assassination makes its guilt clear: the United States Minister of Defense and the United States military, and American forces operating in the region, whether inside or outside Iraq, which is merely a detail.
Therefore, we are not facing a secret or opaque assassination operation, such as a car bomb, a suicide attack, a trap by unknown perpetrators, which would require a commission of inquiry to identify the culprits, with assumptions and uncertainties, etc. not at all. We are faced with a clear, extremely clear crime, for which the US frankly claims responsibility.
These are the two lines on which we must base our response: Trump, the US President, ordered the U.S. military to commit this crime, and U.S. military forces did it in the manner I mentioned. Things are therefore very clear.
Second point: why was this crime committed, so openly and so publicly? Everything was done openly, and claimed formally and publicly, Trump boasting about it in front of the whole world, so as to leave no doubt. There are two reasons for this.
The first is the failure of all previous assassination attempts “without fingerprints”, without leaving traces or evidence. Several attempts have been made. Some attempts to assassinate Hajj Qassem have been made public, others remain secret to this day. And the last attempt… See the satanic and infernal spirit with which the Americans and the Israelis act, in what they prepared to liquidate the Hajj Qassem in Kerman (his hometown). The group preparing the assassination was arrested after bringing the explosives there. They planned to buy a house near a Husseiniya, and to dig a tunnel from their house to reach the basement of the Husseiniya, to place an enormous quantity of explosives there, because the Hajj Qassem goes there every year during religious commemorations to celebrate mourning ceremonies (of Imam Hussein) in this Husseiniya. From 4,000 to 5,000 people usually attend. They were ready to kill up to 5,000 people in the Husseiniya to make sure they killed Hajj Qassem Soleimani. So see this (extreme) criminal mentality. God the Almighty and the Most High protected him, and chose for him this type of martyrdom, as His Eminence the Supreme Guide said, because he deserves this type of martyrdom, this level of martyrdom.
On the one hand, therefore, it was the failure of all previous assassinations without trace or evidence that prompted them to resort to public action and to act openly.
The second point which explains this action in this precise context, and in this public way, is the set of situations and circumstances in our region, the failures (of the American Axis) and the successes (of the Resistance Axis), the stage of the struggle we have reached, until recent developments in Iraq, and all this on the eve of the American presidential elections. This is what I will discuss in detail.
[Audience: Greetings on the Prophet and his family]
It is by presenting this whole situation in detail that we can all understand the situation and determine what is everyone’s responsibility to thwart the objectives of the assassination.
[Nasrallah then makes a list of all the failures of the current Administration since Trump’s election: Venezuela, Cuba, North Korea, Lebanon, Syria, Iran, Palestine and the Deal of the Century of which nobody talks anymore, Iraq… Iran in particular is a dismal failure and a humiliation for Trump, who was reduced to ask other heads of State to beg Iran to negotiate or at the very least talk to him, without success. In his foreign policy, he has no success to put forward for the next elections, except for the 450 billion extorted from Saudi Arabia, huge arms sales to Arab countries and the recognition of Al-Quds (Jerusalem) as the capital of Israel, insignificant compared to his objectives and to the victories of the Resistance Axis].
Faced with all these blatant failures, Trump therefore decided to pursue a new policy. We are not facing an isolated crime: in the yes of Washington, this assasination is not an event that can be overcome, and after which an agreement (with Iran) can be reached, not at all. This is not how they see it. For them, it’s only the beginning. It’s the start of a new phase of US (aggression) in the region. We are not the ones who are going to attack them. On Thursday, January 2, they launched a new kind of war in the region.
This is why the current Administration has thought about what it should do in order to overturn the equations, weaken and break the Axis of Resistance, undermine Iran, restore confidence in its allies and its instruments in the region, regain its prestige, gain internal credit for the presidential elections, impose its conditions in the region, and achieve some success in its foreign policy. So they looked for what they could do.
It couldn’t be a war, because war is a dangerous adventure. Israel is already caught up in the issue of the Gaza Strip, which it does not know how to resolve. A war against Lebanon is no easy task for Israel. I’m not saying it’s impossible for them to launch it, but I’m saying it’s very difficult and unlikely in the near future. Anyone who listened to the Israeli Chief of staff a few days ago understands what I’m saying. Trump knows that a war against Iran would be huge, dangerous and extremely adventurous. Therefore, they looked for what they could do short of starting a war, and which would not lead to a war. What could the United States do to bring us to a new phase, new equations and different conditions?
This is where we come to Qassem Soleimani. So they came up with the idea of hitting the heart of the Axis of Resistance. Who is the central element? They did a study on this, and we were following that closely. A few weeks ago, Hajj Qassem was with me, and I told him that. And Glory to God, Wednesday, the first day of the year, Qassem Soleimani visited me in Lebanon, for no particular reason, he just came to see me and greet me (because we were very close brothers), and we discussed things and others. I told him it was a great beginning of the year for me because it started with his meeting, his company and the pleasure of contemplating his noble face. But shortly before, I had told him that the American media & publications were focusing on him, that his photo was on the front pages, and that he was presented as “the irreplaceable General”. This was media and political preparation for his assassination. Of course, the Hajj Qassem laughed, and replied that he hoped so, asking me to pray for his martyrdom. When we were talking about Kerman’s failed attack, I used to say to him, “Praise be to God, He saved you”, but he replied that he had lost an opportunity (to find martyrdom). This was his way of seeing things.
The United States therefore prepared the ground for the assassination of Hajj Qassem Soleimani. They had observed the Axis of Resistance, and saw that wherever they went, they found him. [Nasrallah lists all the battlefields where Soleimani has played a major role for decades in the victories and the development of the Resistance’s military capacities: Gaza, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Afghanistan, Iran itself…].
Israel considers Qassem Soleimani the most dangerous man ever since their creation. They speak of Qassem Soleimani as the man who surrounded their usurping entity, threatening it with missiles from all sides, throughout the whole region. They speak of Qassem Soleimani as an existential threat for their entity. But they dared not kill him. They could have killed him in Syria, where his movements were public and not secret, the places where he was were known, on all fronts, in Boukamal, etc. But Israel did not dare to kill him, and left the task to the Americans.
Therefore, the central element, which represents the bond, attachment, strength, unity of destiny and objectives, which insufflated the same soul in all the countries, peoples and factions of the Resistance, was embodied by Qassem Soleimani. So they decided to kill this man, and publicly, openly, brazenly, because that was their goal. It wasn’t gratuitous or just a media hype, it was voluntary, with psychological, morale, political and military goals. This overt assassination and this immediate and direct claim of responsibility by the United States after the assassination of Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis served a specific vision and purpose for the Americans, and foreshadowed what was to come. They therefore committed this crime, hoping and still working for it to lead to weakness and discouragement in Iraq and in Iran, in order to shatter the strong bond that links together all the forces of the Axis of Resistance, as well as what binds them to the Islamic Republic of Iran. They hoped that Iran would be afraid, back off and make concessions, and they hope for many more things.
We must state the objectives of the assassination, because when we are going to talk about revenge, equal retribution and fair punishment, it should be understood that these are not two families or clans who fought, with dead on our side that would demand just as many dead on theirs. Not at all. The truth is that there are two rival projects in competition: the project of American-Israeli hegemony over our region, without it being necessary to go into the details specific to each country (Lebanon, Palestine, Syria, Yemen , Gulf, etc.). There is a project of American-Israeli hegemony over our entire region, our holy places, oil and gas, water, our choices, etc. O my brother they even have ambitions on Syrian oil! They even covet Lebanese oil, which has not even been extracted yet! Against them, the opposing project is that of Resistance, independence, sovereignty, liberation and freedom, self-determination of peoples, the re-appropriation of our holy places by our (Arab-Muslim) Nation.
These are the two rival projects today. Some (countries & forces) work for the first project, others work for the second; others are lost, neither in one project nor in the other; others stand on the heights, waiting to see who will win to join him; and finally some do not even know where they are and where they want to go. But those who know what they want are in one of these two Axes.
2020 Jan 9, 9:19pm
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Same o'l same o'l from baloney (with pork yum) 'convert or die' and Democrats of today hell bent on following Satan's globalist's agenda. Our real American (not Kenya born) President gets it. America responds to "death to America' as would I and other true Americans.....Fruk U Aholes! The UN has become useless clowns...time to close the doors we are paying for. Build your own UN idiots. Pelosi & Chucky & Sorry Soros are out...AMERICA IS GREAT AGAIN is IN!
2020 Jan 10, 6:33am
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That fucker should get a missile too. And any fucker that replaces him. Rinse, repeat until no fucker wants the job.
2020 Jan 10, 7:00am
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Not that the Iranians are so wonderful, but how about we send a missile towards the actual funders of global terrorism?
That would be the Saudis.
one year ago