[News] Nasrallah Interview - "Goodbye to the Unipolar World"
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August 17, 2006
"Goodbye to the Unipolar World"
The Nasrallah Interview
By CounterPunch News Service
From an interview conducted shortly before the ceasefire by
reporters from the Turkish Labor Party daily, Evrensel.
Q. What is the current state of your relations with the Socialist movement?
Hasan Nasrallah: The socialist movement, which has been away from
international struggle for a considerable time, at last has begun to
offer moral support for us once again. The most concrete example of
this has been Hugo Chavez, the President of Venezuela. What most of
the Muslim states could not do has been done by Chavez, by the
withdrawal of Venezuela's ambassador to Israel. He furthermore
communicated to us his support for our resistance. This has been an
immense source of moral strength for us.
We can observe a similar reaction within the Turkish Revolutionary
Movement. We had socialist brothers from Turkey who went to Palestine
in 1960s to fight against Israel. And one of them still remains in my
memory and my heart; Deniz Gezmis..!
[Deniz Gezmis, 1947-1972, was a Turkish revolutionary in the
Marxist-Leninist tradition. He led major student actions in the late
1960s, went to a Fatah training camp in Lebanon in late 1969,
returned to Turkey where his group seized four US army privates in
Ankara. After their release of the soldiers, Gezmis was captured,
tried for attempting to overthrow the Turkish state and, with two of
his comrades, was hanged in the central prison in Ankara on May 6,
Q. What is the importance of Denizs for you?
Hasan Nasrallah: We now want new Denizs. Our ranks are always open to
new Denizs against the oppressors. Deniz will always live in the
hearts of the peoples of Palestine and Lebanon. No-one should doubt
this. Unfortunately, there is no longer a common fight and fraternity
against the common enemy left over by the Denizs. What we would have
liked is for our socialist brothers in Lebanon to fight against
imperialism and Zionism shoulder to shoulder. This fight is not only
our fight. It is the common fight of all those oppressed across the
world. Don't forget that if the peoples of Palestine and Lebanon lose
this war, this will mean the defeat of all the oppressed people of
the world. In our fight against imperialism, the revolutionaries
should also undertake a responsibility and should become, in the
hearts of our people of Palestine and Lebanon, Denizs once again.
Q. It is possible to see the posters of Che, Chavez and Ahmadinejad
side by side in the streets of Beirut. Are these the signs of a new
Hasan Nasrallah: We salute the leaders and the peoples of Latin
America. They have resisted the American bandits heroically and have
been a source of moral strength for us. They are guiding the way for
the oppressed peoples. Go and wonder around our streets..! You will
witness how our people have embraced Chavez and Ernesto Che Guevara.
Nearly in every house, you will come across posters of Che or Chavez.
What we are saying to our socialist friends who want fight together
with us for fraternity and freedom is: Do not come at all if you are
going to say "Religion is an opiate". We do not agree with this
analysis. Here is the biggest proof of this in our streets with the
pictures of Chavez, Che, Sadr and Khamenei together. These leaders
are saluting our people in unison. So long as we respect your
beliefs, and you respect ours, there is no imperialist power we cannot defeat!
Q. Returning to threats in the region, western governments are
intensifying their pressure on Damascus and Tehran, for which they
are proposing a "change of regime." Some sources are of the view that
the attack on Lebanon will be directed on Syria. According to your
point of view, is a regional war possible?
Hasan Nasrallah: The centers of imperialist power want to make
collaborators of our region as a whole. They expect us to kneel
before them. Syria, Iran and Hezbollah are opposing this. The
provocation concerning the former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik
Hariri and the efforts to secure the withdrawal of the Syrian army
from Lebanon and -- going even further -- their wish to attack
callously on to Tehran and Damascus are all due to this reason.
Syria, with Iran and Hezbollah will certainly resist this. We are
going to resist for our motherland and freedom. We are going to
resist in order not kneel before them. The imperialists of the west
are seeking to make a second Kosovo out of Lebanon and our region.
They are seeking to create a clash in between sects. But we have
spoiled this trick. In our streets, the whole of Lebanon, with its
Christian, Sunnis and Shias, are flying the flags of Hezbollah.
Again, "the unipolar world" has already been left behind in history.
There is us, there is Iran, there is Syria, there is Venezuela, Cuba
and North Korea. There are the resisting peoples of Palestine, Iraq
and Afghanistan! As long as there is imperialism and occupations,
these people will continue resisting. They can forget about peace. If
they want peace, they should now respect the freedom of peoples and
should eliminate the collaborators. God willing, the victory will be ours.
They are not going to be able to turn our country and region into a
Kosovo. Now our people are aware of everything and will not play into
imperialist tricks. We will absolutely not permit them to attack Iran
or Syria. We are going to fight for our freedom to the last drop of
our blood. Let no one doubt this. They are claiming that Iran has
nuclear weapons at its disposal. On the contrary, most of the nuclear
weapons are in the hands of Israel and the US. Furthermore, nuclear
weapons are nothing but excuses put forward in order to create
collaborating regimes in the region.
Q. There are claims that Hezbollah is being directed by Tehran. What
are your views on this issue?
Hasan Nasrallah: This is a great lie. We are an independent Lebanese
organization. We do not take orders from anyone. But this does not
mean that we are not going to form alliances. We are on the side of
Iran and Syria. They are our brothers. We are going to oppose any
attack directed at Tehran and Damascus to the last drop of our blood
just as we do in Lebanon. We uphold global resistance against global
Q. Is there any other additional point you want to make?
Hasan Nasrallah: Peace cannot be unilateral. So long as there is
imperialism in the world, a permanent peace is impossible. This war
will not come to an end as long as there are occupations in Iraq,
Afghanistan and Palestine.
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