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LEBANON: Hezbollah chief calls on Syrians to stand by Assad regime

ALeqM5jJihxtKGkKr1vax_gqdAhQbyQrxw-1You don't bite the hand that feeds you.

After heartily hailing popular uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt earlier this year, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah has been unenthusiastic about the wave of anti-government protests in Syria, the Shiite militant group's close ally. 

In a speech late Wednesday, Nasrallah threw his full support behind the Syrian regime and denounced international sanctions slapped on Syria for an ongoing brutal crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators that human rights  activists say has left more than 1,000 people dead.

Speaking via video link before a large crowd of supporters in a Hezbollah stronghold in the Lebanese Bekka valley marking the 11th anniversary of Israel's withdrawal from south Lebanon, Nasrallah called on Syrians to stand by the regime led by president Bashar Assad and urged them to give the Syrian leadership a chance.

"We call on all Syrians to preserve their country as well as the ruling regime, a regime of resistance, and to give their leaders a chance to cooperate with all Syria's communities in order to implement the necessary reforms," he was quoted as saying in media reports.

Wednesday's speech marked the first time Nasrallah commented comprehensively on the demonstrations in neighboring Syria which have been going on for the last 10 weeks. Syria, along with Iran, is a major supporter and backer of Hezbollah.

Elaborating on his theory as to why Syrians should support Assad, the Hezbollah chief explained that unlike other Arab countries, the Syrian leader wants to implement reforms. As an example of an Arab country that rejects reforms, Nasrallah used Bahrain, where a Sunni government crushed a mainly Shiite protest movement in March.

"The difference between the Arab uprisings and Syria ... is that President Assad is convinced that reforms are necessary, unlike Bahrain and other Arab countries," he said.

Meanwhile, Syrian human rights activists accuse Assad's regime of perpetrating a deadly crackdown on the protests.

Syrian human rights activist Ammar Qurabi of the National Organization for Human Rights said earlier this week that his organization has the names of 1,062 people killed by Syrian security forces since protests broke out in March, according to media reports.

Nasrallah advised the Lebanese not to "interfere" in what is taking place in Syria and let the Syrians themselves deal with their own affairs. He told party backers to stand firm against sanctions imposed on Syria by the U.S., the European Union and Canada. 

Although Syria withdrew its troops from Lebanese soil in 2005 following the assassination of ex- Lebanese premier Rafiq Hariri on the Beirut waterfront, the Syrian regime still influences Lebanese politics via a Hezbollah-led coalition.


Timeline: Uprising in Syria

U.S. presses Lebanon to distance itself from Syria 

Obama hints at shift on Syria

-- Los Angeles Times

Photo: Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah delivering a speech via video link on Wednesday. Credit: Agence France Presse

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I had respect for Nasrallah until now. How can this person be taken serious when he warns the Lebanese not to "interfere" with the affairs of Syria after all the Sryians have done in so many palces in the world.
Two faced.

Yes, he looks like an entirely agreeable gentleman. I will do whatever it is that he says. "Stay home today." Yeah sure. "Go out and burn some stuff today and act all angry." Absolutely. "Think for yourself and don't follow the commands of dudes that claim to know everything." Huh? What? You mean accept responsibility for my own actions and stop blaming everyone else??? Crazy talk!

“If a few hundred Palestinian youth were able to terrify Israel, imagine if several million from all the Arab countries were to march on the border at the same time. What would Israel do?” he said, adding Israel was “weaker than a spider’s web.” Hassan Nasrallah

(In case you wonder why the pre 1967 borders issue is not acceptable.)

Apparently Hassan Nasrallah is become the equivalent of Jon Stewart on the Arabic Comedy Channel or he secretly harbors aspirations to become the dictator of Lebanon like his buddy in Syria.

Hezbollah is simply a pawn for Syria and Iran, nothing more.

Well this beats all, LOL, one murdering terroists praising another murdering terrorist..... and we throw Israel under the bus. When will the USA learn there is no solution to terrorism except taking them all out. You can not deal with murderes, terrorists, and extremeists.... they are a pox on mankind. If they hit you you hit them back 10X harder... Eventually they will move or leave you alone or the country they operate from will find it too costly to support them.... Make it too costly for them monetarily and physically including the host country . Look at Pakistan, they hid Obama, and in return they are being blown up daily by the taliban using suicide bombers. The Romans had the right idea, the salted earth policy, time we did the same things.

and so we see which tail wags that dog


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