Hezbollah sacrificing Lebanon for Assad: Hariri
May 01, 2013
BEIRUT: Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah is jeopardizing Lebanon, forging a “suicidal” link between it and the crisis in Syria for the sake of President Bashar Assad, former Prime Minister Saad Hariri said Wednesday, a day after Hezbollah hinted Assad’s allies would intervene to prevent his ouster.
“Nasrallah tells us that the Lebanese state is worthless and an eternal hostage in Hezbollah’s hands and that Lebanese, starting from the president, the prime minister to the speaker of Parliament should act accordingly,” Hariri said, according to a statement from his office.
“The state, along with Lebanese groups, is hostage to Hezbollah and that is all for [the sake of] Bashar Assad and at the request of the fatwa he brought back with him from Tehran,” he added.
Hariri was responding to Nasrallah’s remarks Tuesday when the secretary general said the regime’s allies would not allow “Syria to fall in the hands of the U.S., Israel or Takfiri groups.”
Although Nasrallah said the opposition and its supporters could not defeat Damascus militarily, the Hezbollah leader said some states and resistance groups would be obligated to join the fight if the situation in Lebanon’s neighbor deteriorated.
"Who [the opposition] is fighting now is merely the Syrian Army and pro-regime popular forces and everything else about [foreign] forces and intervention is inaccurate or very much exaggerated,” Nasrallah said.
“If this is the case now, what would happen if things deteriorate in the future to even more dangerous level which could force countries, forces or resistance movements to actually intervene on the ground in Syria," Nasrallah, who heads Lebanon’s largest military group, added.
The Hezbollah chief, who was on a recent visit to Tehran where he met with Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, also said that his party would continue to assist Lebanese living in Syrian border villages in al-Qusair in their fight against rebel groups.
Nasrallah argued that the Lebanese state and its Army were incapable of carrying out this duty.
Hariri, one of Nasrallah’s staunchest critics and rivals, said the leader of the resistance group was “single-handedly playing with Lebanon's destiny.”
“He is alone at the helm of Hezbollah and is deciding on behalf of the Lebanese. He alone issues orders to drag Lebanon into regional and civil wars. He alone is allowed to issue fatwas to fight Syrians on their soil,” Hariri said.
“He gave himself the right to expand Hezbollah’s operations from south [Lebanon] to include al-Qusair and Sayedat Zaynab's Shrine in Syria and will not hesitate to transform Lebanon at any moment into a war front alongside the Iranian regime under the pretext of protecting religious sites,” he said.
“Hezbollah, under the leadership of Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah, is driving Lebanon into destruction and wants the Shiite sect to take the lead in this destruction as well as [incite] strife that we urge Lebanese to be aware of,” Hariri, who heads Lebanon’s Future Movement, said.
The former prime minister also said that Nasrallah was creating what he described was a “suicidal” link between the crisis in Syria and Lebanon.
“Nasrallah chose to stand with the oppressor and announced his commitment to defend till the death Bashar Assad's regime and to carry out orders of Iranian operations and the fatwa from the Faqih [Khamenei],” he said.
“The bet is on the real majority of the Lebanese, and the honorable free brothers in the Shiite Muslim community, who will not accept to sacrifice their homeland and their national unity, and will not follow the will of Hezbollah and the Iranian leadership to sacrifice the state of Lebanon on the altar of Bashar al-Assad,” Hariri said.
In another response to Nasrallah's speech, Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea reiterated that the fall of Assad was inevitable.
Quoting a famous line by Tunisian poet Abu al-Qasim al-Shabi, he said: “If, one day, a people desire to live, then fate will answer their call.”
"Regardless of how much you offer support to the current Syrian regime, you cannot stop the course of history and it will fall at the end of the day, just like others before him did," Geagea said.
Geagea also questioned "Hezbollah's justification" for fighting in al-Qusair.
"If the regime was strong as you say and it will not fall, then why are you protecting al-Qusair and the Sayedat Zaynab Shrine?" he asked.
"But if the regime is weak and will fall, as we expect it will, then your presence there is of no use."