Wednesday, May 2, 2007
Al-Manar special - Mohamad Shmaysani
This is a rare Arab leader you have to respect!
"02/05/2007 Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah inaugurated Wednesday the 2nd Arab and international book fair organized by the Islamic Education Association "Islamic Maaref" in Beirut's southern suburb. Political, religious and public figures attended the opening. Speeches focused on the necessity to give heed to education as a means of resistance, particularly in a country that has been subject not only to military aggression, but to negative intellectual invasion as well.
In his speech, Sayyed Nasrallah praised Almighty Allah for granting us success to hold this book fair, despite of the hard circumstances which Lebanon in general faced in 2006, especially this very hall that was destroyed by Israeli fire during its war against Lebanon. His eminence said that this is a sincere expression for the will life and steadfastness. The secretary general added that the effort to realize this book fair is a manifestation for seriousness and optimism in the future.
Sayyed Nasrallah said that the entrance to sovereignty is independence. "When there is an independent people, independent in its thought, will and ability to survive, make life and development, it can be its own master and it can be free," he said. He added that education and knowledge make us an independent nation. "The most important elements of confrontation are research and planning centers, and not only the government. The governments the world encourage such centers and make use of them. However this is not found in our Arab world. We have become the richest nation in the world, yet the most illiterate, subordinate and ignorant nation at a time, we have every resource we need."
Sayyed Nasrallah said that there is an old political decision to keep this nation ignorant and unable to rise, so as to remain subordinate. "The first accused in this are those who govern this nation and rule over its resources," he added. His eminence read excerpts from an article by the "Columnist" magazine which was quoting British Petroleum officials as saying that the world's oil reserve is estimated to be 1.5 trillion barrels in 2005. He said that what's important in the statistics was that Libya will continue to produce oil for 62 years, Saudi Arabia for 66 years and Iraq, Kuwait and UAE for the 100 years to come, whereas Islamic nations will continue to produce oil for the next 92 years.
"Oil is practically concentrated in Iran, Iraq and Saudi Arabia. Meanwhile the United States' oil reserve as well as China's will cease to exist in the coming 12 years, while Russia's oil reserve will run out in the next 21 years. So this is how we understand what is really going on in the region," Sayyed Nasrallah emphasized. He explained that when the west anticipates a close end to its oil reserve at a time Iraq will continue to produce oil for the coming 100 years, it means that the American project to spread democracy is a flagrant lie. "It's not about defending human rights. The United States supported and protected dictatorships for more than 100 years. The United States is behind Iraq's invasion of Kuwait and paved the way for its fleets to come to our region from every part of this world. I had said before that the war against Iraq will lead to civil war. This was based on studies made by US and Israeli research centers. It clearly said that the goal is to directly control Iraqi oil on the one hand and protect Israel on the other. This is interpreted today, however we only give heed to skin-deep analyses while the US and Israel plan for the future. Their goal is to destroy Iraq and transform the Iraqi people into refugees in neighboring countries."
Sayyed Nasrallah stressed the United States is facing stalemate in Iraq because it knows that to control this region, the spirit and will of the resistance must be crushed. "As long as there is resistance in the region, the United States will not be able to control our resources. First it must crush resistance movements, enhance Israel's superiority and create subordinate regimes in the region."
His eminence continued saying that this how Israel's 2006 war against Lebanon can be understood. "The goal was to totally destroy all aspects of resistance, which is by far graver that the term "disarm the resistance." In this sense, the comprehensive war against resistance movements in the region. The enemy has one project and one coordinated administration. We fight each in his position, and if we cannot fight together, then let us analyze the situation together," Sayyed Nasrallah said.
On the findings of the Winograd Commission probing Israeli failures in the "Second Lebanon War", Sayyed Nasrallah said that the commission decided on the issue of victory and defeat. He said the word "failure" prompted Olmert to acknowledge his administration's failure to handle the war.
Hezbollah's chief however showed respect for Israeli leaders who give heed to their captured soldiers, whether dead or alive.
"This is Israel fighting for its wrong existence and this is us being insincere to our rights. Israel is a country that's existence relies on its military might and terrorism, nevertheless it cannot tolerate an incompetent leadership that jeopardizes its existence. Israel is ready to sacrifice 1000 Olmert for the sake of its existence, and we respect that the probing panel commissioned by Olmert condemns him. We respect that political and popular powers swiftly move to save their country, while unfortunately in Lebanon, neither an investigation was made nor a probing panel was formed and those who achieve an historic victory get stabbed in the back."
Sayyed Nasrallah concluded that he will not to rejoice at the misfortune of Olmert and Peretz or anyone else. "If Peretz said that Nasrallah will not forget his name as long as he shall live, I say that I will never forget that name because it gave us the opportunity to score an historic victory on Israel.""