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Thursday, January 17, 2008

US - Beirut involvement

Sayyed Nasrallah: Threatening Us is Useless

16/01/2008 Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah condemned the bombing at Karantina Tuesday that killed 3 people and injured others. Speaking at a ceremony to commemorate Ashura, Sayyed Nasrallah stressed that threatening to internationalize the Lebanese crisis 'is useless and does not scare the opposition'. He also called for preventing the Arab plan from being a step towards internationalization. The Hezbollah chief suggested that bargaining on weakening Syria and Iran or a new Israeli aggression against Lebanon 'could backlash and could destroy the US project in the region as well as those bargaining on it.' "Who said that a war on Iran will achieve America's expectations?" his eminence asked.

"This is not the first time that the US administration promises the ruling bloc with something. They urged them to wait until May, so the February 14 camp was no longer interested in dialogue. The US administration told them that there would be a strike against Iran Syria would be cornered and Syria and Iran's allies in Lebanon would become weak. My questions are: Do you really believe the Americans? What if they are lying to you? Are you sure of the consequences if Iran were attacked? Didn't (Condoleezza) Rice say that the Lebanon War was the birth of a new Middle East? Today, (Ehud) Olmert is struggling to stay in his post. If anyone is bargaining on a new war to gain political advantages, then he is very, very mistaken."

The Hezbollah chief comments came as U.S. President George Bush toured the Middle East on a trip to drum up Arab support against Iran, Hezbollah and all resistance movements in the region.

Sayyed Nasrallah said that to better understand this visit, one can refer to studies, facts, researches and books issued in the US by reliable think tanks. "From these studies, we can conclude that the current US administration continues to be a coalition of three groups: The first is major oil firms, since key figures in this administration either own oil companies or arms factories. So the second is large arms industries. The third group is a religious trend in the US called Christian Zionists. However I do not want to use this term so that the Divine Christian religion is not offended." His eminence explained that this religious group is a strong constituent of the tripartite coalition. The other two groups are interested in controlling oil resources and marketing weapons, he added.
"However the third religious group has millions of supporters, controls media outlets and enterprises. This group believes that it is paving the way for the return of Jesus Christ to Earth, They believe that one of the conditions for his return is the rise of a Jewish state; a condition that materializes in Israel. It is also required that all the Jews from across the globe live in Palestine.
What they are doing for the Jews is not out of love, not to defend Semitism, not to show regret for massacres, but because they deride Israel for the sake of their own ideological project. Hence, I would like to point to two issues: What this religious trend is undertaking should not give anyone in our Arab and Islamic worlds any reason whatsoever to hold the Christians responsible for it. Whatever they are doing will backlash because Jesus Christ peace be upon him will not advocate Israel, oil firms, weapons industries or any tyrant on this Earth. He will advocate the oppressed."

On Palestine, Sayyed Nasrallah called on resistance commands in Gaza to be aware of the plot that has been knitted against the Strip propagated during Bush's visit to occupied Palestine and signed by 'some leaders'. He warned that Gaza has entered the vicious circle.

US reconsiders its security in Beirut
Wed, 16 Jan 2008 01:15:06
US State Department Spokesman, Sean McCormack
The US is investigating any implications for its security posture in Beirut to make required adjustments after Thursday's explosion.

"We have people on scene right now who are going through and continuing to do the investigation, collect information, collect evidence," said US State Department Spokesman, Sean McCormack in Washington.

"We don't yet have a full picture of exactly what happened, who is responsible, who is exactly being targeted," he added.

"We'll of course in the days ahead, take a look at the facts and the evidence. And if there are any implications for our security posture in Beirut, of course we will make adjustments," noted the official.

The blast which killed four Beirut residents took place just ahead of a farewell reception for the American ambassador at a hotel in central Beirut.

Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Seniora called an emergency cabinet meeting after blast.


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