Nasrallah Makes Rare Appearance, Says Party’s Arsenal Growing in Numbers

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Hizbullah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah appeared in public for the first time since 2008 on Tuesday stressing that his party’s fighters and arsenal were growing in numbers despite the efforts to disarm the group.

"I wanted to be with you for a few minutes ... to renew our pledge and for the world to hear us," Nasrallah said after he walked among the crowds with his bodyguards clearing the way for him to reach the stage in Beirut’s southern suburbs.

His public appearance, he said, was a message to those who believe they can "threaten us.”

Nasrallah then left the podium, telling tens of thousands of supporters he will reappear in few minutes on a giant screen for a longer speech.

The secretary-general last appeared in public in July 2008, on the occasion of the release of five Lebanese prisoners by Israel as part of a prisoner swap.

Later Nasrallah said via video link that his fighters and arsenal were growing in numbers and the party members were being better trained.

“Those trying to disarm Hizbullah are serving Israel and are seeking through dialogue to achieve what Israel had failed to accomplish for 33 days,” he said about the Jewish state’s July 2006 aggression on Lebanon.

The real security problem in the country is the arms found in the hands of all Lebanese, he told his supporters.

He stressed the army-people-resistance equation to confront the alleged spying of the CIA, Israel’s spying devices planted in Lebanon and the Israeli violations.

No plots and wars whether political or psychological would be able to target the resistance, the black turbaned cleric said.

“The real threat to this nation and all its governments is the American-Israeli project and the U.S. administration no matter who its president is,” he told the crowds.

Nasrallah urged his supporters to confront the alleged efforts to stir strife through awareness, saying: “We stress on civil peace and the need to overcome any discord.”

He also called for consolidating government work and announced support for the Change and Reform bloc’s demands for Premier Najib Miqati to assume his responsibilities.

“Justice comes through opening the file of false witnesses” in ex-Premier Rafik Hariri’s Feb. 2005 assassination, he reiterated. Last week, Nasrallah said Miqati should put the issue on the cabinet agenda and later refer it to the Higher Judicial Council.

The false witnesses have reportedly misled investigators probing Hariri’s murder.

Turning to Arab issues, he said: “We stress not to deal with the internal situation as an isolated island … Lebanon is strongly linked to the developments in the region.”

He accused the U.S. administration of resorting to sectarian strife to revive its plan to transform the Middle East after its failure to implement the project several years ago.

Nasrallah reiterated his support for the Syrian regime while saying that his party backs reform and efforts to eradicate corruption in the neighboring country.

He stressed, however, that “some people want to destroy Syria,” they reject dialogue and they seek to “compensate their loss in Iraq.”

The Hizbullah chief accused the West of seeking to bring a new regime in Syria that would be disloyal to Arabs.

On Iraq, he said the Americans were defeated there. “They had the objective to control it and establish bases for dozens of years but the resistance and the high cost of occupation forced them to withdraw.”

“We congratulate the Iraqi people for defeating the biggest army in the world,” Nasrallah said.

But he warned that the Arab people, who are busy with their internal problems, should be aware of an Israeli attempt to target Jerusalem.

Timeline
  • 06 December 2011, 12:13

    Nasrallah: Through our strong will and capabilities we resisted and recovered our lands. No threats and warnings would stop us.

  • 06 December 2011, 12:12

    Nasrallah: We won’t give up our arms even through dialogue.

  • 06 December 2011, 12:09

    Nasrallah: The real security problem in the country is the arms found in the hands of all Lebanese.

  • 06 December 2011, 12:07

    Nasrallah: We are getting better trained and our fighters and arsenal are growing in numbers.

  • 06 December 2011, 12:07

    Nasrallah: No plots and wars whether political or psychological would be able to target the resistance.

  • 06 December 2011, 12:06

    Nasrallah: We stress on the army-people-resistance equation that we hold onto to confront the CIA’s spying, the spying devices planted in Lebanon and the Israeli violations.

  • 06 December 2011, 12:05

    Nasrallah: Justice comes through opening the file of false witnesses.

  • 06 December 2011, 12:04

    Nasrallah called for consolidating government work and announced support for the Change and Reform bloc’s demands for Miqati to assume his responsibilities.

  • 06 December 2011, 12:03

    Nasrallah: Hizbullah is being held responsible for any event taking place in the country. We should confront the efforts to stir strife through awareness.

  • 06 December 2011, 12:01

    Nasrallah: We stress on civil peace and the need to overcome any strife.

  • 06 December 2011, 12:01

    Nasrallah: We stress not to deal with the internal situation as an isolated island. Lebanon is strongly linked to the developments in the region.

  • 06 December 2011, 11:59

    Nasrallah: They are asking for a Syrian regime that would surrender and would be disloyal to Arabs.

  • 06 December 2011, 11:55

    Nasrallah: But some people want to destroy Syria and compensate for their loss in Iraq.

  • 06 December 2011, 11:55

    Nasrallah: We support the reform in Syria and the regime that has backed the resistance. We call for resolving corruption.

  • 06 December 2011, 11:54

    Nasrallah: We congratulate the Iraqi people for defeating the biggest army in the world.

  • 06 December 2011, 11:50

    Nasrallah: The Americans were defeated in Iraq. They had the objective to control it and establish bases for dozens of years but the resistance and the high cost forced them to withdraw.

  • 06 December 2011, 11:46

    Nasrallah: Palestine should be the central and first cause.

  • 06 December 2011, 11:45

    Nasrallah: As the Arab people are busy with their internal problems they should be aware of an Israeli attempt to target Jerusalem.

  • 06 December 2011, 11:43

    Nasrallah: The U.S. administration, after its failure to implement its project on the new Middle East region, is now resorting to sectarian strife to revive the plan.

  • 06 December 2011, 11:41

    Nasrallah: The U.S. administration is the enemy and the threat.

  • 06 December 2011, 11:41

    Nasrallah: During Obama’s rule, the CIA transformed itself into a Mossad agent.

  • 06 December 2011, 11:38

    Nasrallah via video link: The real threat to this nation and all its governments is the American-Israeli project and the American administration no matter who its president is.

  • 06 December 2011, 11:13

    Nasrallah: I wanted to be among you for several minutes and say to those seeking to intimidate us that we are the followers of Imam al-Hussein.

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Default-user-icon MUSTAPHA O. GHALAYINI (Guest) 06 December 2011, 11:43

and we are the followers imam HANNIBAAL

Missing youssefhaddad 06 December 2011, 12:12

Again, Nassrallah tries to exploit the emotions of the masses in order to promote his Iranian agenda.
While Iran and Syria are the main igniters of sectarian strifes, especially in Iraq and Lebanon, Nassrallah still uses the old accusations against the US to excite the gullible crowds and regain their confidence in Hezbollah.
Hopefully more will see through this man and understand that he drafted the Lebanese to preserve the Iranian regime and its twisted sectarian ideology.

Thumb geha 06 December 2011, 12:15

Ashoura: the day when the shiites fled away from battle leaving Hussein alone in the battlefield t die. for the shiites, it is a sad memory when they acted as cowards, and for the sunnis it is a day when they won the war.
and today, the rat came out of his hole for a while, assuring he will die alone as he knows his followers will leave him alone in his battle like they did in the past for Hussein.

Default-user-icon Observor (Guest) 06 December 2011, 12:23

"........ we are the followers of Imam Al hussein"....and so what ...you sectarian hateful dictator? I am sure Imam Hussein will disavow you and your likes.

The Iraqi resistance....? what Iraqi resistance...... You welcomed the Americans with open arms along with your shiite brethren and established a shiite regime worse than the one that existed under Saddam.
Stop talking about Israel and your resistance of it: You are the number one collaborator and protector of Israel.... What happened to the Shabaa farms that you you use as an excuse to hold onto your murderous weapons?
The Lebanese people are tired of you and your poisonous sectarian agenda..... May God not rest your soul....!

Missing youssefhaddad 06 December 2011, 12:28

What does a political conflict that happened over 1300 years ago have to do with religious beliefs?
How could the sectarian ills be cured with the insistance of carrying on with fights that are centuries old?
When will all this nonsense end?

Default-user-icon Leih (Guest) 06 December 2011, 12:28

Nasrallah: We won’t give up our arms even through dialogue.

.... well, this attitude of arrogance should and will end soon. Does Nassrallah know that most of the non-shiite lebanese hope that he and his hizb of thugs will be wiped out soon, be it Israel or the devil.

Thumb geha 06 December 2011, 12:30

the problem is they lost that war then because the shiites fled the battle ground. so logically they should blame themselves and not others for that :)

Default-user-icon جمال جهاد (Guest) 06 December 2011, 12:47

هل هذا مقطع فيديو تم إنتاجه أم صور معدلة على الفوتوشوب؟؟ لأن هناك بعض الشوائب بين صورته ومرافقيه من جهة وبين الموجودين من جهة أخرى... إلا طبعا إذا كان بصري يخدعني... وهذا ممكن.

Default-user-icon Leb (Guest) 06 December 2011, 13:12

His hypocracy says it all as shown below:

Nasrallah: The real security problem in the country is the arms found in the hands of all Lebanese.

Nasrallah: We won’t give up our arms even through dialogue.

Default-user-icon the truth (Guest) 06 December 2011, 13:14

this treasonous portal calls zionist entity "the jewish state" although lebanon did not recognize it.

Default-user-icon the truth (Guest) 06 December 2011, 13:16

and as for the comments from the 2 "individuals" we all know you come from jewish propaganda center

Default-user-icon Ahmad (Guest) 06 December 2011, 13:28

To Geha: Please know your information properly before you say things that are as pathetic as you are. Ashoura is not for shiites, sunnis, christians, muslims, it is for everyone. It symbolizes the ongoing battle between good and evil, and how one must never submit to anyone but God, and how even when outnumbered by evil, you must stand proud and tall and fight it and refuse to bow down, it symbolizes a cause that is against tyrants that are till this days like leeches, worms, and rats that crawl out of their holes and always in the end crawl back where they came from. This applies to the Satanic Western Governments and the Cowardly Arab countries (and when I say Western Governments I mean Western Governments not the people) look around you how in almost all western countries there are countless protests every day against their governments. And please correct your ignorant information, during Imam Hussein's lifetime, there were no Shiites or Sunnis.

Default-user-icon Ahmad (Guest) 06 December 2011, 13:35

And I advise you to purify your tongue or cut it off before you dare speak about a great man like Sayed Hassan. Ashoura's remembrance is done every year to remind mankind everywhere of a great cause that once ensued so that we can oppose the tyrants of today. But it is people like you and these tyrants that use this occasion and many others to further "Divide and Conquer" Sects and Religions. During Ashoura there were those that Stood with Imam Hussein, those that stood against, and those that didn't interfere, but how you are able to conclude that those the didn't interfere or as you say "ran away" are those that today "regret" it is beyond my knowledge. But in the end, ignorance has become so abundant, so I understand where you are coming from.

Default-user-icon Ahmad (Guest) 06 December 2011, 13:45

To Youssef Haddad: "Iran and Syria are the igniters of Sectarian strife" "Nasrallah is still using the old US accusation" What world do you live in? Everyday and Every minute the US government is committing injustices and crimes against humanity and you are saying he is using the "Old accusations" do you know what I find shameful? Many US citizen are now protesting against their government, and these are real Americans, not American wannabes. And here you are (a Lebanese nonetheless) acting as if Iran and Syria are the bad guys? You Sir, are a product of this sectarian division you talk about, a sectarian division that has been accomplished by Zionists, and not Syria or Iran. If you call yourself a Lebanese then I am ashamed of calling myself one

Default-user-icon Ahmad (Guest) 06 December 2011, 13:52

Tell me something, who was behind the Sykes-Picot agreement? If your history reminds you, Condeleza Rice, during the 2006 July War in Lebanon, claimed "this was the birth of the new middle east". They never hide their intentions about what they intend to to do with the Middle East, but throughout history and till now, their strategy has been the same "Divide and Conquer", so here you are claiming that those reponsible for the sectarian strife are "Iran and Syria". Truly we Lebanese and Arabs deserve to be conquered and enslaved, how can we expect the West to respect us, when we don't even respect ourselves.
P.S. The followers are not "Gullible", they believe in a cause that you apparently are not qualified to comprehend.

Default-user-icon Libnanie (Guest) 06 December 2011, 14:57

"The real security problem in the country is the arms found in the hands of all Lebanese, he told his supporters"...so, I guess he wants everybody to be disarmed except his thugs. That way they can continue to push the Lebanese around. He wishes!

Missing allouchi 06 December 2011, 15:04

Nousralla, ..."You have been weighed, you have been measured, and you have been found wanting"...

Missing allouchi 06 December 2011, 15:05

Nousralla, Why don't you understand that most Lebanese don't want your type of resistance. Why you keep forcing it on us? No dialogue with people like you that refuse to disarm and their loyalty is clearly with Syria and Iran...

Missing peace 06 December 2011, 15:14

dahiye looked like tehran today....

Default-user-icon Anti (Guest) 06 December 2011, 15:47

The devil incarnation ....!

Default-user-icon Anti Metwali (Guest) 06 December 2011, 15:50

@Metwali: I hate filth like you, your leader, and all what u represent.

Default-user-icon Gabby (Guest) 06 December 2011, 15:58

The rapist of Beirut speaks of more weapons. I am glad he came out of his rat hole though......it is a sign of desperation, and gives snipers a chance.

Default-user-icon Flubby (Guest) 06 December 2011, 16:38

Gabby, do you need proof here also? Did the Iranians respond to your request (as well as that from thepatriot, peace and all the pieces of ...cake) for proof re. their claim about the downed US spy plane? Do you want me to get involved or have not lost faith in them yet? Let me know how I can assist.

Default-user-icon MUSTAPHA O. GHALAYINI (Guest) 06 December 2011, 16:39

THE arsenal is growing becose they are hastily removing all the depots from syria assad.....why do u think?

Thumb commonsense 06 December 2011, 17:03

For the love of God or Jesus or Mohamed or Omar or Ali, I, a lebanese citizen, not Irani, not Saudi, nor Amercani Israeli, beg u to stop for a moment and look back at the way we keep humiliating & degrading eachother, as if we hv nothin better to do, as if we have built the perfect nation & now we have all the time for these pointless debates! Wake up people, and stop this nonsense, coz wallah, no religion in the world approves of this!

Missing youssefhaddad 06 December 2011, 17:15

What makes a nation great is not its military arsenal, look at the Soviet Union in its miltary superiority times, but its free people who live in dignity.
Show mw the dignity of those who send their children to beg on street intersections. Show me the dignity of those who send their children to work instead of school. Show me the dignity of those who have to kiss the feet of leaders to get a job or assistance...Where is the dignity in a country where people are terrorized into accepting others ideologies.
Instead of spending money on weapons, spend them on the poeple. No one can defeat a nation whose people is free...

Default-user-icon Le PheneChien (Guest) 06 December 2011, 17:20

We have two issues and two realities. A group wanting to stay with Syria and Iran no matter what, another group wanting to ally with Europe/US/Arabs.
Solution: Cyprus. (Turkish and Greek Cyprus)
Divide the Country into South/Bekaa or West belonging to Hezbollah, The rest belongs to the M14 including Beirut.
Transfer arms and money from Iran and Syria from now until 2099, but do not go near Beirut and Infrastructure as it is the responsibility of the state or Lebanese Republic.

Default-user-icon Gebran Sons for Cedar Revolution II in 2013 (Guest) 06 December 2011, 17:37

Wow! What are his accomplishments? muzzling the most enlightened and intellectually sophisticated Shia community in the world, reared in freedom and democracy, into N Korean-type brainless followers brainwashed into leader worship and culture of hate and blind obedience to protect the repressive regime/Grand Inquisitor in Tehran? How else could he prevent the spark of freedom from Lebanese Shia to reach and transform Iran's dark ages. As his masters in Iran, he derives support from intellectually challenged individuals incapable of free thinking and dependent on degrading subsidies in exchange of loyalty. This is how Basij were created. Their blind loyalty was tested in brutally repressing the Green Revolution of the free in 2009. But times of Tyrants and the like of Nassrallah and Ahmadinajad is gone. They are all dead men walking. Green Revolution II is coming soon. Supporters may build a statue of liberty in Tehran square after freeing the great Iranian nation from this nightmare.

Missing peace 06 December 2011, 17:58

this has nothing to do with religion , this festival of black crows is just to show their so called strenght and to intimidate lebanese. makes me think of the meetings held by the nazis to venere their fuhrer,
= loud music, parades of hundreds, tension mounting before the appearance of the leader...
just check those meetings of nazis and see the staging was the same!
or just look how the veneration of the leader is done in north korea, same thing!
any extremist party does the same, nothing new under the sun!

that s no religion, but mere fanatism and politics...

Default-user-icon Gebran Sons for Cedar Revolution II in 2013 (Guest) 06 December 2011, 18:05

Wow! So this is his divine plan for victory? more weapons and solidarity with criminal regimes in Syria and Iran? Hasn't he already led Lebanese Shia to the abyss, building mountains of rockets and valleys of hate and distrust. Exactly opposite of Imam Sadr's productive and inclusive spirit. Someone should remind Nassrallah that while he build bunker for his rockets exposing villages to destruction and economic abandonment for the sake of his imaginary victories, maybe he should compete with Jews on other grounds: Zukerman's Facebook, Grove's Intel, Ballmer's Microsoft, Brin's Google... to name a few, not to mention 1 in 5 Nobel Laureate is Jewish, a worldwide community less than one fifth of Iran's population. Nassrallah is causing Shia serious harm that takes generations to fix. He has created an iron curtain of hate, destruction and backwardness; and made Lebanese Shia stranger to their own culture, living in a black hole of oppression where freedom and democracy never shine!

Thumb geha 06 December 2011, 18:59

@Ahmed
please go back and learn your religion and history :)
do not try to portray Ashoura as being good v/s evil (i.e. the good being you the shiites?) as this is absolutely not the case.
the shiites rituals of bloodying themselves is due to thei remorse for leaving hussein in the battlefield while they ran away..
please, at least historical facts are what they are, so do not try to portray them differently...

Default-user-icon trueself (Guest) 06 December 2011, 19:04

For Gad's sake who gives a damn what have happened and will happen in Iraq or Iran and even in Syria. We care about what will happen in Lebanon. And with the firing power of nassralah we are certainly on a collision raod with the west and Israel which doesn't bode well for lebanon. nassralah has linked us to Syria and Iran and now to Iraq and God know what else in the future. We are a small country and have no resources or power to deal with bigger and harder issues of bigger countries, let alone make any difference other than bringing destruction on us from our stupid thinking. I sense that nasrallah is realising that his end is near as the regime is Syria is in teh throws of destruction. He's boxed and is trying to vent out but unsuccessfully. For instance, why should he brag that his forces are powerful and in contrl? If this is true he should not say anything because the reality on the ground says a million words. It's only that he realises that things are not really good

Missing applesandoranges 06 December 2011, 19:10

By staying out of the STL's funding, Nasrallah proved to the world how weak he truly is.

Missing youssefhaddad 06 December 2011, 22:28

This is the true enemy, thriving on gullibility and perpetuating ignorance. Hezbollah have dragged back the Lebanese Shias into the dark ages.
Hezbollah have aligned Lebanon with an extremist sectarian ideology and took the country to the wrong side of history.
Hezbollah is the enemy of a free and pluralistic lebanon. nassrallah declared on many occasions that the "AlWali alfaqeeh" is his true master. He should made aware that we do not accept this tutelage and we will fight it ferociously.

Default-user-icon Vido Pinny (Guest) 07 December 2011, 00:17

This guy is THE MAN. In comparison, all of the cheikhs, kings and emirs of the Arab world combined do not amount to the even the tip of his private member.

Default-user-icon moonsear (Guest) 07 December 2011, 01:24

smelly_demon have you noticed that groundhog hassin did not mention the grenades that the Ashura concussed saints use to settle personal differences. So I guess he thinks that you can keep yours, but please smelly, never use it to smash your brain in on Ashura it could detonate and blast your mcbrain off then you'll have walk around looking like hassin with a blown up brain covering turban and that's UGLY!

Default-user-icon jsinton (Guest) 07 December 2011, 02:27

What a comedian. Almost as funny as Fox News.

Default-user-icon The Truth (Guest) 07 December 2011, 04:34

The party who preaches civil peace is the one that takes guns and occupies Beirut. The fall of the pro western dictators was the people but the fall of the Syrian dictator is a US conspiracy. So many lies that it's laughable. No doubt he showed up in public to boost morale in a party that's watching its closest ally next door is falling apart and its organization has been penetrated by the CIA and Iran is having explosions every week.

Thumb IbnAljabal 07 December 2011, 04:45

@نحن الشيعة: Good for you if you want to be a proud Shiia.

نحن الشيعة الابية شجاعتنا نبوية
غـــيرتنا حـــيدرية حشمتنا فاطمية
ادابـــنا حســــنيـة كرامتنا حسينية
عـــــزتنا زينبيــة ادعيتنا سجادية
علومنا باقريـــــة احاديثنا جعفرية
سجدتنا كاظميـــة صلواتنا رضوية
كــرامتنا جواديــة انبــاؤنا هاديـــة
حكـــمتنا عسكريـــة انتصاراتنا مهدوية
فأنشر مذهبك بكل فخر وقل انا شيعي

I just ask you to be as much Lebanese and we'd all be better for it. I have my beliefs too and I'm proud of my religion, but I can be a believer and a good Lebanese citizen.

SO WAKE UP AND PRETEND TO LIVE IN THE 21ST CENTURY FOR GOD'S SAKE!!!!

Default-user-icon Leb (Guest) 07 December 2011, 08:58

Oh no! sweating_demon just disproved my argument by totally ignoring it, skipping over it and correcting a spelling mistake instead.

I got no problem with one religion or another because they're all meaningless to me. I also don't have a problem with resisting foreign agressors regardless of their nationality and religion. What I have a problem with are political parties whose system is based on relgious beliefs. Parties that give shelter, not to say also involved with, people who build houses illegaly and then bully the media and the police away from the area. Parties that flex their muscles on the street when things don't go as planned. Parties that close parliment for months when they know the vote won't go their way. Parties that solely decide whether the country as a whole goes to war or not. Parties that invade areas of their own country and then use it as a threat to intimidate others. The list goes on an on...

Default-user-icon ASSAAD123 (Guest) 07 December 2011, 12:19

هل قال أنه لا يأبه برأي اللبنانين وأنه ينفذ أوامر الله أو انني أحلم ؟؟؟؟

Default-user-icon Leb (Guest) 07 December 2011, 12:47

Good job making an assumption and basing your argument on it.

Where did I say that I'm a supporter of the muslim brotherhood in Syria or anywhere else in the world. I'm not even a muslim...

I do agree that the current syrian regime is pro minorities and that's a good thing. However, this fact doesn't justify the flaws and mistakes of this regime whether domestic or external. Frankly, I don't give a crap what happens inside Syria as long as the regime there doesn't interfere in lebanese afairs and deals with Lebanon as another Syrian province.

Granted, whichever regime takes over after Assad might do the exact same thing or worst and I would be against that too regardless of its religion or affiliations.Having said that, this possibility shouldn't constitute a fear of change. It is natural that every system change comes with its own fears and risks. Sometimes, things work out and sometimes they don't. If they don't, then the new equally bad or worst system will be replaced as well.

Default-user-icon lebfoshore (Guest) 07 December 2011, 16:29

They want their cake and eat it too. All supporters of M8 have a militia mentality. If you are against them, you will die.

Thumb shab 07 December 2011, 21:33

Go back to your hole you sissy whimp

Thumb shab 07 December 2011, 21:42

Ahmad, I will shit on your Hasson Nuslala your ashoura, your mehdi floating in the sky , your khomeni, khamanay and all the other black turbaned devils