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I BELIEVE the Lebanese, who are protesting against their regime, are saying, “If an incomplete person vilifies me, that’s testimony enough that I am complete”, after listening to Hassan Nasrallah’s speech yesterday.
He assailed the protesters in an unprecedented and absurd manner, claiming that they were operating in accordance with agendas of embassies that are paying them. He is willfully forgetting that he is being paid by Tehran, as he repeatedly says and boasts on every occasion about getting funds and weapons from Iran in order to execute its agendas in Lebanon and the region as a whole.
He proudly characterizes himself to be “a Soldier of the Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei” who described him in his recent speech as “Hussein of this era”. If Hussein bin Ali (may Allah be pleased with him) were to return today and witness this little agent hiding in the basement and imposing his control on a country like Lebanon, rendering himself as the mentor of his republic, he would be the first to punish him, indeed punish him.
Nasrallah errs in his attempt to demonize the beautiful, elegant and peaceful uprising to its core. The scene of protesters telling the soldiers that they will not open the way, and if they decide to step on them, they will kiss their boots, is enough to refute his demonizing attempt.
This scene renders the soldiers to withdraw. It also affirms that the protesters did not come to the streets for anything other than to rescue their country. This is exactly what this soldier realizes because he is one of those starving impoverished Lebanese who have been enduring throughout three decades the authority which they consider as crooked authority; hence, “all means all” without exception.
Undoubtedly, Nasrallah has read the saying of Imam Hussein (May Allah be pleased with him), “I have taken this stand not out of arrogance or pride, not out of mischief or injustice. I have risen to seek reform in the community of my grandfather. I would like to bid good, forbid evil …” and perhaps he might have repeated it several times in vigils to mourn the death of Hussein (May Allah be pleased with him).
However, despite all that, he did not realize that about two and a half million Lebanese people protesting for ten days at Liberation “Tahrir” Square, are doing so against the injustice they have been enduring from the authority, which Nasrallah himself considered to be against the poor, but he indulged in it to an extent of being part of it and even defending it, lest the day of reckoning comes and his weapon becomes the first thing that people will demand to be eliminated as soon as they get rid of this authority.
When Nasrallah claims that this protest movement is being funded by embassies and parties which rode the wave, and that Lebanon is being targeted politically, he should definitely look at himself in the mirror, as well as at his militia group that destroyed Lebanon.
He shouldn’t regurgitate slogans of the 1950s which have expired. Those slogans were used by Jamal Abdul-Nasser to accuse the opposition by terming them as “retrogressive and imperialist”. He accused them of working to abort the Egyptian revolution, and later it was discovered that the power force that was produced by Nasser’s regime was the one that
crippled the Egyptian economy and rendered it completely incapacitated.
It practiced oppression on the people and silenced them in order to prevent them from discovering its scandals. Thus, Nasrallah’s claims resemble those of yesterday’s dictators, and worst of all, such claims only attract sedition.
We in the Arab world follow daily the Lebanese television channels that broadcast the voice of people. We have not seen anyone talking about anything except poverty, starvation, unemployment, education and services, and returning the looted wealth.
The response of Nasrallah and his gang is an attempt to muffle and suppress people through scores of crooks. However, his attempt was frustrated in the same way his illusions to keep Lebanon serving non-Lebanese interests failed.
Therefore, the flame of demonstration has intensified and the Lebanese have become more united with their revolutionary slogan “All means all … Nasrallah is one of them”.
By Ahmed Al-Jarallah
Editor-in-Chief, the Arab Times
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