Former Lebanese prime minister and Future Movement leader MP Saad Hariri criticized Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah for the speech he delivered on the occasion of the Resistance and Liberation day and told him it is worth “nothing” and accused him of committing suicide in Syria.
“Your latest speech, Sayyed Hassan, is worth a squared zero by all political, national, moral, legal, religious and humanitarian standards in our eyes, in the eyes of the majority of Lebanese people and definitely in the eyes of the Syrians,” Hariri said in a statement issued by his press office on Saturday.
He continued: “The Resistance has declared political and military suicide in Al-Qusayr,” adding that “there is no doubt that you [Nasrallah] have excelled in instigating sectarianism like never before.”
“You have drilled a hole in Syria with the blood of children, women, and elderly; you have drilled an abyss in which you want the resistance to fall.”
The former PM added: “The time of trafficking Palestine and the resistance, the time of trafficking national unity has come to an end and the Lebanese, Arab and Islamic people everywhere have discovered this ‘lie’.”
Nasrallah claimed that Syria is the resistance’s backbone: “We cannot stand still and let them break the resistance’s main supporter”, in reference to the US and Israel.
The fight in Syria isn’t going quite as easily as many predicted for Hezbollah, with it suffering heavy losses even trying to take a modestly-sized border city. Many are predicting that Qusayr could be Hezbollah’s Stalingrad.
According to the latest reports, the Free syrian army is still in control of parts of Qusayr, but the situation is very murky with pro-Assad sources proclaiming victory and anti-Assad forces denying. Hezbollah officials are quoted as admitting the fight is much tougher than expected. An Nahar quoted one of the fighters as saying that the resistance put up by rebels in Qusayr had taken him and his comrades by surprise.
Hariri also accused Nasrallah of using the occasion to belittle the Lebanese state and all its facets.
“[Hezbollah] uses the occasion to accuse the Lebanese state, the people and the Army of shortcomings at the national level and the inability to provide the factors for sovereignty and defense,” Hariri said.
“Nasrallah has denied the Lebanese state, the people and Army and civil society the ability to face anything,” Hariri said.
“This state, in the eyes, beliefs and ideology of Nasrallah, is good for nothing, neither at the political, security, defense or economic levels,” he added.
During his speech, Nasrallah derided the Lebanese state, saying it was ill-prepared to defend against any potential threat from Israel.
“This state can’t even agree on an electoral law,” Nasrallah said.
Hariri said Nasrallah’s ultimate objective behind putting down the state was to seize it.
“The solution for Hezbollah is for the party to take the seat of power and that weapons remain in its hands forever.
During his speech, Nasrallah also criticized the national defense strategy put forward by President Michel Suleiman, which the Lebanese leader envisages would place the Hezbollah’s arsenal under the command of the Army.
Hariri slammed Nasrallah fordismissing of Suleiman’s plan.
“Nasrallah tells the president and all the heads of the National Dialogue Committee that any talk of a defense strategy or placing of the resistance’s weapons under the authority of the state is talk that Nasrallah has decided to throw in the party’s trash can,” Hariri said.
“[By this] Nasrallah is telling all the Lebanese: don’t tire yourselves for there is one side and one sect in Lebanon that is responsible for national sovereignty and it alone is entrusted with defending the borders and possessing arms and the use of such weapons at any time and any place it chooses,” the Future Movement leader said.
“Nasrallah calls on the Lebanese and the president and all the political leaderships and parties and sects to acknowledge Hezbollah’s state whose word rises above the word and will of the Lebanese republic,” he added.
“We say to Nasrallah bluntly and honestly, you can shout whatever you want and you can threaten, launch accusations and describe the state in whatever terms pleases you … your latest speech is worth nothing,” he concluded