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lord patch
02-12-2008, 01:38 PM
Sayyed Nasrallah: Honored to Be Bush's Enemies



Printing Date: 2/12/2008

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Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah said that it was an honor for Hezbollah to be considered by US President George W Bush as enemy. Sayyed Nasrallah was speaking during the 5th evening of Ashoura commemoration. "I won't hide it. I felt honored when Bush spoke about Hezbollah and resistance movements because when the Pharaoh and the Great Satan accuse us and consider us enemies ... it is an honor for us," his eminence said. His comments followed remarks critical of Iran and Hezbollah made by Bush during his visit to the United Arab Emirates. Bush said from Abu Dhabi that "Iran is today the world's leading state sponsor of terror. It undermines Lebanese hopes for peace by arming and aiding the terrorist group Hezbollah."

The Hezbollah Chief said that since Bush could not say anything about Iran's nuclear program, the U.S. president accused Tehran of supporting "terrorism" in Lebanon, Palestine, Iraq and Afghanistan. "Wherever there is resistance, Iran is accused of supporting resistance movements, and these movements, in Bush's point of view are terrorists," Sayyed Nasrallah said.

He accused Bush of supporting "the nation of terrorism, killing and wars," a reference to Israel. "When a country like Iran or Syria support resistance movements that are defending their children, women, land, homes and holy places against the strongest country in the region, then this is a terrorist state that supports terrorism," he said. "Who is trying to stand in the way of forming a national unity government in Lebanon? Is it Iran, Syria or Bush and his tools in Lebanon? I need to fair to some people in the loyalty bloc. I know that some of them, if they were left alone in peace by the US and other foreign powers, they would agree to form a national unity government because they have interests in putting an end to the deadlock. However, the United States is preventing this from happening because Washington considers the formation of a national unity government or holding early elections a blow to the US project, tutelage and interference in the political decision making in Lebanon," Sayyed Nasrallah added.

His eminence also said that being a tool in the hands of this "Satan" and this project was humiliating. "When Bush visited occupied Palestine he dispatched a representative to meet with the families of the captured Israeli soldiers in Palestine and Lebanon. He was only interested in those three soldiers. However those who have families, wives and children…those more than 11 thousand Arab prisoners in Israeli jails who are held under harsh circumstances…they are of no value to Bush," Sayyed Nasrallah said.




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'Hezbollah Managed to Triple Size of Missile Arsenal'



Printing Date: 2/12/2008

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The likelihood that the United States will undertake military action against Iran's nuclear installations is small, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak told the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee on Monday. Barak also briefed the MKs on security-related developments in the Gaza Strip and other fronts.



Barak explained that the National Intelligence Estimate on Iran, prepared by American intelligence agencies, and which concluded that Tehran had halted its efforts to develop nuclear weapons, had contributed to the hesitation to take military action against Iran's nuclear program.



However, Barak said that "whoever reads the small print finds that we [Israel and the U.S.] disagree on some of the conclusions [in the report] but a lot less than what one thinks at first glance."



Barak warned that the way events have unfolded in recent months may also make it difficult to impose further economic sanctions on Tehran. He said that in his talks with world leaders there is a broad agreement with Israel's assessment that Iran is trying to acquire nuclear military capability, but that "the American report is influential because of the U.S. centrality and importance."



Turning to the situation on the Lebanon front, Barak said that since the end of the Second Lebanon War, Hezbollah has managed to triple the size of its missile arsenal in relation to its size prior to the start of the conflict.



He also said that Hezbollah has established its position north of the Litani River 'with the assistance of Syria and Iran'. "This [military] potential should worry us, as should the fact that Hezbollah continues to build its strength and acquire all sort of missiles. In spite of the serious blows Hezbollah suffered during the war, it has tripled its missile arsenal, and extended the range and effectiveness of these weapons," Barak said.



Many of the committee members asked Barak to elaborate on the situation in the Gaza Strip and the incessant barrages of Qassam rockets against Sderot and other communities bordering the territory.



Barak expressed concern that there is an attempt in the Arab world to work toward reconciliation between the rival Palestinian factions, Fatah and Hamas. "There are currently two authorities with different characters. The presence of Hamas in the Gaza Strip is a fact and we do not see the Palestinians as being able to remove them and restore Fatah control."




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tranquill
07-27-2008, 06:58 AM
Israeli analyst*suggests turning nuclear Iran against Egypt.
He argues that Shia dominance is prefereable to the Sunni's.
See this: http://samsonblinded.org/blog/use-iran-against-egypt.htm