According to Majid Sattar and Hans-Christian Rössler (“Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung”, Germany), the Lebanese Hezbollah forces loyal to Iran are ready for a new war with Israel - along with it. The article by Sattar and Rossler provides an assessment of Hezbollah’s weapons, given by Israel’s Defense Ministry’s political department Amos Gilad: Hezbollah now has more than 45000 missiles. Gilad believes that the territory of Lebanon is under the control of the armed forces of this organization. Therefore, if Israel attacks Iran, these missiles will be used.
However, there are several significant points. So far, a significant part of weapons from Iran, Hezbollah received through Syria. But now we are talking about the fact that the radical Shiites in Lebanon began to prepare for the changes that may occur after the fall of the regime of Bashar al-Assad. So say the authors of the article.
According to them, soon Hezbollah will not be able to rely on supplies weapons from Iran. Referring to information from the Israeli security service, journalists write that previously Lebanese armed groups received subsidies from Tehran (200-300 million dollars annually), but due to international sanctions against Iran, these revenues were reduced.
In addition, Washington is considering cutting off Hezbollah’s sources of funding. But the European Union should take part in blocking cash receipts, where Hezbollah is not classified as a terrorist organization (the reason for this is the resistance in this question of France). The United States and Israel are now insisting on the introduction by the European Union of criminal liability in relation to financial institutions and businesses that “cooperate” with Hezbollah.
From this we can conclude that the group, losing Iranian and, in the long run, international funding, will begin to grow in Lebanon. The authors of the article write: “... Therefore, it will be important for the grouping to strengthen its position in the Lebanese economy and state institutions: at present, the group will take control of six out of nine Lebanese commercial banks. In addition, Hezbollah’s influence in the National Bank is growing, as the group continuously introduces its people there. The same thing happens in the customs authorities. ”
Thus, according to Sattar and Rössler, several changes are expected in Hezbollah’s activities at once: a change in the arms supply channels due to a possible fall of the Assad government in Syria, as well as international sanctions against Iran; strengthening the organization in Lebanon - both political and economic; use of Hezbollah’s military might in a possible war between Israel and Iran.
Ii. Syed Hassan Nasrallah stands for peace and against aggression
About two months ago, the editor of the site "Wikileaks" Julian Assange on the TV channel Russia Today Interviewed Syed Hassan Nasrallah, Hezbollah leader. The talk was about why some people believe that the leader of the Hezbollah party is a terrorist, while others call him a fighter for independence.
From Nasrallah’s answers, there are several main points that show his position on key geopolitical issues.
1. According to Nasrallah, Israel is an illegal state built by occupation of foreign lands and the seizure of foreign territories. Palestine belongs to the Palestinians. Hezbollah believes that there should be one state on the land of Palestine, and peace and democracy will reign in it, and Muslims, Jews and Christians will live together.
Since 1948, Israeli troops, according to Nasrallah, are firing on civilian targets in Lebanon. From 1982 to 1992, there was resistance. Only ten years later, says Nasrallah, "we began to answer - solely with the aim of stopping the shelling of our civilians by the Israelis."
2. The Hezbollah movement, having transformed itself into a parliamentary party, was by no means morally disintegrated. Hezbollah is fighting against drug trafficking and not leading “some kind of mafia structures”. At the same time there are rich families supporting the movement.
3. Hezbollah is on the side of the government of Bashar al-Assad in Syria because it supports the Lebanese resistance movement and the Palestinian resistance movement and does not give in to pressure from Israel and the United States. Nasrallah believes that Syria needs dialogue and reforms, and otherwise - due to the heterogeneity of Syrian society - thoughtless actions can lead to civil war, "and this is just the right thing for America and Israel."
“I personally became convinced,” says Nasrallah, “that President Assad is committed to carrying out profound and important reforms, and this has convinced us of the correctness of the position we are taking.” But in order for the reforms to be realized, the opposition must engage in dialogue. Hezbollah’s representatives went to the opposition to convince them of the need for a dialogue with the authorities, but the rebels refused the dialogue. The rebels, according to Sayed Hassan Nasrallah, want only one thing - to overthrow the existing regime.
Different states give oppositionists money and weapons. Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri called for an armed struggle in Syria. It turns out that all these people want to turn Syria into a battlefield.
4. Satellite TV channel "Al-Manar" is banned in the United States in order to create a negative image of Hezbollah. Americans must imagine that Hezbollah is a terrorist organization, that its members are killing people. The US authorities do not want people to hear the other side. “In a fair trial,” says Nasrallah, “the respondent at least has the opportunity to say something in his defense.” But the American government blames us, and we do not even have the elementary right to say something in our defense, to present our arguments. They make it impossible for us to speak. ”
5. On the question of "what is good and what is bad." “We believe,” says Nasrallah, “that the Almighty is the creator of all things, including man and all living beings. When He created us, He endowed us with bodies, as well as various psychological and spiritual abilities. This is what we call instincts. People who do not know the religious laws are guided only by instincts. But even they instinctively understand the need to tell the truth. They instinctively feel that the truth is good, and the lie is bad; that justice is good, but injustice is not; that it is good to help the poor and protect the offended, but to attack others and shed blood is terrible. ”
According to Nasrallah, resisting US hegemony or occupation, or any aggression, is both moral and humane. In addition, it is also a godly deed: for the principles of morality do not contradict the heavenly law.
So, the aggression of the USA or Israel, as well as the aggression in general, according to Nasrallah, is bad. Hezbollah is peace-loving until it faces aggressors. Nasrallah is opposed to Syria being turned "into a battlefield," and, unlike Syrian rebels and those who support them, is a supporter of political dialogue.
Iii. Alexander Prokhanov: "Hassan Nasrallah - a great orator, a passionate preacher, a sophisticated analyst, the people's tribune"
6 June in the newspaper "Tomorrow" An article by A. Prokhanov, Hezbollah - the Party of God, was published.
“I listened to the speech at the feast of Hezbollah’s secretary general, Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah,” writes Prokhanov, “who addressed the people from a huge plasma TV, because for security reasons he avoids Israeli demolitions and saboteurs. Nasrallah does not come into direct contact with people, for the two previous party leaders were destroyed by Israeli intelligence agents. Hassan Nasrallah — a magnificent orator, a passionate preacher, a sophisticated analyst, a tribune of the people — warned Israel in the event of a repeat of the aggression. He spoke of Hezbollah’s increased military power. If Israel destroys a house in Lebanon with a rocket, said Nasrallah, Hezbollah will destroy a house in Tel Aviv. If an Israeli projectile falls on the Lebanese plant, Hezbollah’s shell will destroy the plant in Israel. If Israel hits the Lebanese seaport, Hezbollah’s missiles will crush Israeli seaports. ”
Prokhanov continues: “On Mount Mlita I saw an Israeli cemetery tanks "Merkava," which is translated from Hebrew, means "the chariot of God." These charred rusty tanks, turned upside down, resembled wheelchairs in which the state of Israel was taken away into oblivion. I was on another - high, forested mountain - from which you can see the road winding in the gorge. Hezbollah fighter, who controlled the Cornet anti-tank missiles, was sitting on this mountain in a shelter. This rocket, built in Tula by the great Russian gunsmith Arkady Georgievich Shipunov, was the main force that stopped the steel "chariots of God." From this mountain, firing "Cornets", the operator destroyed 11 Israeli tanks, which were smoking, blocking the road. Now this mountain is called "Shipunova Mountain". Standing on a slope, I took out my mobile phone and called Shipunov in Tula, talked about the damaged Merkava, the Kornet rocket, the image of which can be seen in all cities, at all intersections, and that he, Shipunov, is a distant Russian constructor, is a national hero of Hezbollah. The designer calmly listened to my confused and passionate story and in response said: "Good."
Prokhanov describes the Israeli invasion of southern Lebanon and the bombing of Beirut. "Seven hundred thousand refugees left the devastated area, taking with them the horror and sense of disaster." But Hezbollah, continues Prokhanov, defeating the enemy, rebuilt the area. The victory of Hezbollah is compared by a famous writer and journalist with the revival in the USSR of cities destroyed by the Nazis. According to Prokhanov, Hezbollah is able to fight, build and open universities. It is an organization today that "has its own television and newspapers, a corps of refined diplomats, deputies in parliament and ministers in the government, creating a unique ideology and philosophy, a unique religious ethics."
The Hezbollah participants, with whom Prokhanov met in Lebanon, spoke about religion and linked their lives with divine providence. These people, according to Prokhanov, interpret the world as a struggle between good and evil, a battle of light and darkness, and understand their resistance as a battle for divine justice. Hezbollah’s heroes, the journalist says, are martyrs who act, “trampling death upon death”. Coming to a military camp, a Hezbollah soldier digs his own grave. He lives in it, prays, and in the event of his death, he is buried here.
According to Prokhanov, Hezbollah’s experience will be needed in the future: a new model, professing the principle of justice and creating harmony, will inevitably replace the decaying liberal model.
Thus, geopolitics must change: after all, according to Prokhanov, local occupation will be replaced in the future by global challenges aimed at destroying the entire planet. Therefore, “the future organization of the world will require from people the highest sacrifice, religious morality, unprecedented solidarity, which is possible only if human senses are ruled by religious meanings.”
At the same time, Prokhanov says, having already returned from Lebanon to Russia (see "Express newspaper Online" for 13 June), the third world war can begin with the first NATO bomb dropped on Syria. According to the writer, the war cannot be stopped: there are forces on the planet who are going to resolve the world economic crisis with its help. Prokhanov is confident that all countries of the world are preparing for new global battles. As an example, he cites China, in which the MIC operates at full power. As for the United States, according to the journalist, they have a military budget equal to the military budget of all other countries of the world. Finally, Turkey has a huge army, and Iran is well armed.
Considering that world war is not far off, Prokhanov is perplexed about Russia: “Everyone is rearming. All except Russia. Are we not going to participate in the future repartition of the world? ”
Thus, if Hezbollah, according to Prokhanov, is ready for a new war and a new world, then Russia probably should take an example from it.
Observed Oleg Chuvakin
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