Hezbollah: Syria largely out of ‘danger zone’

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The embattled Syrian regime is largely “out of the danger zone” despite a 7-month-old uprising against President Bashar Assad, the leader of the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah said Monday.

The comments by Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, a steadfast ally of Syria, appeared to be an attempt to portray confidence that the regime in Damascus will recover from a popular revolt that has become the most serious challenge to the Assad family’s four-decade dynasty.

“Is Syria out of danger? We can say, to a very large extent, yes,” Nasrallah told Hezbollah’s Manar TV station during an hours-long interview.

Mass demonstrations in Syria have triggered a brutal crackdown, with security forces opening fire on protesters, killing about 3,000, according to the United Nations. International pressure on Assad to stop the killing has been increasing, but the Syrian leader says terrorists are behind the unrest — not true reform-seekers.

The uprising in Syria has posed a serious problem for Hezbollah, which has largely supported the Arab uprisings as genuine revolutions because Hezbollah considers the now-deposed leaders of Egypt, Tunisia and even Libya as too close to the United States and the West.

Syria prides itself for being a bastion of resistance against the U.S. and Israel and has lionized Hezbollah. Syrians and Arabs around the region have in recent years elevated Nasrallah to the status of a nationalist hero after his guerrillas’ 2006 war with Israel. Posters of the turbaned, bearded sheik are one of the top selling items in Syrian souvenir shops.

Since the uprising, however, Syrians have unleashed their anger at Hezbollah over its blunt support for the regime. Some protesters have set fire to the yellow flag of Hezbollah and pictures of Nasrallah.

On Monday, Nasrallah stressed that Assad has significant support in Syria. Assad’s main base at home includes Syrians who have benefited financially from the regime, minority groups who feel they will be targeted if the Sunni majority takes over, and others who see no clear and safe alternative to Assad.

The opposition has yet to bring out the middle and upper-middle classes in Damascus and Aleppo, the two economic powerhouses, although protests have been building.

Nasrallah said the numbers of protesters was now “at its lowest” and predicted Syria will overcome the external pressures. He said Syria’s recalling Monday of its ambassador to Washington, in retaliation to the withdrawal of the U.S. ambassador, was “a sign of strength.”

He also said any NATO-style military action against Syria was far-fetched due to worries that it would lead to a regional war that may affect Syria’s neighbor, Israel.

Syria holds a strategic position in the Middle East as a political keystone in the heart of the Middle East, bordering five countries with which it shares religious and ethnic minorities and, in Israel’s case, a fragile truce. Its web of allegiances extends to Lebanon’s powerful Hezbollah movement and Iran’s Shiite theocracy.

A destabilized Syria, the argument goes, could send unsettling ripples through the region.

Syria also has a volatile sectarian divide, making civil unrest one of the most dire scenarios. The Assad regime is dominated by the Alawite minority, an offshoot of Shiite Islam, but the country is overwhelmingly Sunni Muslim.

Regime change in Damascus could cut off a major supply route for Hezbollah’s weapons, heavily damage its political clout in Lebanon and knock out a third of the “Iran-Syria-Hezbollah” axis of “resistance” to Israel.

A Sunni-led new regime also would likely be far less friendly to the group.

AP

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24 responses to “Hezbollah: Syria largely out of ‘danger zone’”

  1. 5thDrawer Avatar

    Maybe he thinks they killed enough already … we’re not sure how many were in the football stadiums and jails.
    Good thing he has his own TV station. No-one else would invite him to talk.
    Imagine if we had a ‘Nazzy Blog Site’ to have discussions in …

    1. 5thDrawer Avatar

      Here’s some political ‘Double-Think’ … from a Tripoli Star article … where he blames everything on Americans – again.

      > Nasrallah, who said he believed the crisis in Syria had been mostly overcome, said Assad’s reform program was genuine but had been thwarted by the United States.
      “President Bashar Assad said he was willing to implement reforms … but suddenly international pressure mounted along with internal pressure and it became apparent that what [was being sought] was not reform but the fall of this rejectionist, resistant regime,” Nasrallah said.“
      The U.S. does not seek democracy in Syria but the toppling of the rejectionist, resistant regime,” Nasrallah said.
      The Hezbollah chief warned that any alternative to reform under Assad would lead to dire scenarios.
      “  ‘We’ are against the toppling of a rejectionist, resistant regime that is ready for reform and has already  started reforms for the sake of Syrians … because the alternatives are either a regime that surrenders to the American will and gives Israel what it wants, or [a scenario] that plunges Syria into civil war or one that divides the country.”
      Nasrallah urged Syrian protesters to withdraw from the streets and end clashes with security forces in a bid to launch dialogue and to allow for reforms to take effect.
      “Unfortunately, some Arab states … aim at toppling the regime rather than implementing reform which serves the Syrian people but toppling the regimes,” he said. <

      So, according to Nassy, Syria is a "rejectionist, resistant regime" … that Nasssy does not wish to topple. The Americans killed Assad's reforms … Israel sneaks in there somewhere, of course. And Syrians should stop clashing with troops in the streets.
        He doesn't mention the troops clashing with people in their houses in the middle of the night, of course, or the forced marches to football stadiums, or any of the rest of the evidence on public-media-sites – which needs to be sneaked out of the country because of the ban on ALL reporters or witnesses attempting to get into the country.
      No mention either of Lebanese homes being shot at from across the border – or even in Lebanon – by Syrian troops.
      Nasrallah The Propagandist isn't even good at that.

      1. 5thDrawer Avatar

        And more that Nassy doesn’t mention … look it up on the Amnesty International web-site …

        CLIMATE OF FEAR IN SYRIA’S HOSPITALS AS PATIENTS AND MEDICS TARGETED
        25 October 2011
        The Syrian government has turned hospitals into instruments of repression in its efforts to crush opposition, Amnesty International said today in a new report. 
        The 39-page report documents how wounded patients in at least four government-run hospitals have been subjected to torture and other ill-treatment, including by medical workers. 

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    Maybe he thinks they killed enough already … we’re not sure how many were in the football stadiums and jails.

    1.  Avatar

      Here’s some political ‘Double-Think’ … from a Tripoli Star article … where he blames everything on Americans – again.

      > Nasrallah, who said he believed the crisis in Syria had been mostly overcome, said Assad’s reform program was genuine but had been thwarted by the United States.
      “President Bashar Assad said he was willing to implement reforms … but suddenly international pressure mounted along with internal pressure and it became apparent that what [was being sought] was not reform but the fall of this rejectionist, resistant regime,” Nasrallah said.“The U.S. does not seek democracy in Syria but the toppling of the rejectionist, resistant regime,” Nasrallah said.
      The Hezbollah chief warned that any alternative to reform under Assad would lead to dire scenarios.
      “  ‘We’ are against the toppling of a rejectionist, resistant regime that is ready for reform and has already  started reforms for the sake of Syrians … because the alternatives are either a regime that surrenders to the American will and gives Israel what it wants, or [a scenario] that plunges Syria into civil war or one that divides the country.”
      Nasrallah urged Syrian protesters to withdraw from the streets and end clashes with security forces in a bid to launch dialogue and to allow for reforms to take effect. <

      So, Syria is a "rejectionist, resistant regime" … that Nasssy does not wish to topple. The Americans killed Assad's reforms … Israel sneaks in there somewhere, of course. And Syrians should stop clashing with troops in the streets.
        He doesn't mention the troops clashing with people in their houses in the middle of the night, of course, or the forced marches to football stadiums, or any of the rest of the evidence on public-media-sites – which needs to be sneaked out of the country because of the ban on ALL reporters or witnesses attempting to get into the country.
      No mention either of Lebanese homes being shot at from across the border – of even in Lebanon by Syrian troops.
      Nasrallah The Propagandist isn't even good at that.

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        And more that Nassy doesn’t mention … look it up on the Amnesty International web-site …

        CLIMATE OF FEAR IN SYRIA’S HOSPITALS AS PATIENTS AND MEDICS TARGETED
        25 October 2011
        The Syrian government has turned hospitals into instruments of repression in its efforts to crush opposition, Amnesty International said today in a new report. 
        The 39-page report documents how wounded patients in at least four government-run hospitals have been subjected to torture and other ill-treatment, including by medical workers. 

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    Maybe he thinks they killed enough already … we’re not sure how many were in the football stadiums and jails.

  4. Fauzia45 Avatar

    This is what they want people to believe!!

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    This is what they want people to believe!!

  6. josephphdman Avatar
    josephphdman

    nice dream nasrallah:::
    if you only know what,s coocking; the us has goten approval from china and russia on a security counsil resolution on syria ,
    the resolution will be declared soon . the nato  preparing for the next mission which will be syria next , just waiting on the syrian opposition groups to ask  for nato,s help , and its all over for the syrian regeme , it is going to be goddafi number 2. mission for nato, and when the regeme collapse , you will collapse next and your dream to rule lebanon, will stay as a dream.. forever

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    nice dream nasrallah:::
    if you only know what,s coocking; the us has goten approval from china and russia on a security cousil resolution on syria ,
    the resolution will be declared soon . the nato  preparing for the next mission which will be syria next , just waiting on the syrian opposition groups to ask  for nato,s help , and its all over for the syrian regeme , it is going to be goddafi number 2. mission for nato

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    nice dream nasrallah:::
    if you only know what,s coocking; the us has goten approval from china and russia on a security cousil resolution on syria ,
    the resolution will be declared soon . the nato  preparing for the next mission which will be syria next , just waiting on the syrian opposition groups to ask  for nato,s help , and its all over for the syrian regeme , it is going to be goddafi number 2. mission for nato

  9. MeYosemite Avatar
    MeYosemite

    Ghaddafi said that also and ended up six feet underground.

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    Ghaddafi said that also and ended up six feet underground.

  11. If Hassan Nasrallah has any brians, he would die just from his stupidity. This is a man who believes every thing is accomplished with guns. A man who said that having few spies in his organization dis not hurt his (Group), and that is not surprising because he is the most enemy of Lebanon and he is the one who gives Israel the best reasons to attach Lebanon and gives Syria the undercover and free hand in Lebanon. A man who protects illegal constraction in lebanon, and one whose members refuse to pay for electricity, water, building permits and allow the government is Lebanon (as bad as it is) to conduct its business in areas he thinks are HIS… SO, why would a terrorist lke Hassan Nasrallah ever see the truth about what is happening in Syria! There is a saying that goes, (To know the true character of a man, you give him money or power)… and you Mr. Hassan Nasrallah are a shadow of a man, a danger to yourself, your blind followers and to (LEBANON), and you don’t even deserve the air you breathe.  

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  12. If Hassan Nasrallah has any brians, he would die just from his stupidity. This is a man who believes every thing is accomplished with guns. A man who said that having few spies in his organization dis not hurt his (Group), and that is not surprising because he is the most enemy of Lebanon and he is the one who gives Israel the best reasons to attach Lebanon and gives Syria the undercover and free hand in Lebanon. A man who protects illegal constraction in lebanon, and one whose members refuse to pay for electricity, water, building permits and allow the government is Lebanon (as bad as it is) to conduct its business in areas he thinks are HIS… SO, why would a terrorist lke Hassan Nasrallah ever see the truth about what is happening in Syria! There is a saying that goes, (To know the true character of a man, you give him money or power)… and you Mr. Hassan Nasrallah are a shadow of a man, a danger to yourself, your blind followers and to (LEBANON), and you don’t even deserve the air you breathe.  

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  13. Amine123 Avatar

    Wow, when he is going to predict victory over the people of Syria by killing them all? The Lebanese people must arm themself and don’t allow these murderers to dictate and rule and herd like sheep. HA must go and the only way for it to go is by force…

    1. antar2011 Avatar

      the problem is…the lebanese army itself…no one can guarrantee it will side with the right side.

  14.  Avatar

    Wow, when he is going to predict victory over the people of Syria by killing them all? The Lebanese people must arm themself and don’t allow these murderers to dictate and rule and herd like sheep. HA must go and the only way for it to go is by force…

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      the problem is…the lebanese army itself…no one can guarrantee it will side with the right side.

  15. ralphsrouji Avatar
    ralphsrouji

    T O Z

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    T O Z

  17. antar2011 Avatar

    only his supporters believe him now.

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    only his supporters believe him now.

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