Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah on Saturday vowed “victory” in Syria, where militants of his powerful Lebanese Shiite movement are fighting alongside regular troops against rebels trying to topple the regime, VoR Reported.
“I say to all the honourable people, to the mujahedeen, to the heroes: I have always promised you a victory and now I pledge to you a new one” in Syria, he said at a ceremony marking the 13th anniversary of Israel’s military withdrawal from Lebanon. Hassan Nasrallah also claimed that his group would stay in the Syrian war “to the end of the road” and bring victory to its ally President Bashar al-Assad.
Hassan Nasrallah, head of the militant Shi’ite Muslim group, said in a televised speech on Saturday Syria and Lebanon were under threat from radical Sunni Islamists. Nasrallah said Hezbollah would always stand by its ally, President Bashar al-Assad, and his regime, stressing that its own interests were at stake.
“We will continue to the end of the road, we accept this responsibility and will accept all sacrifices and expected consequences of this position,” he said, in a video link of a speech from an an undisclosed location delivered live on a huge screen.
“We are idiots if we do not act,” said Nasrallah who avoids appearing in public for fear of being assassinated by Israel.
“We will be the ones who bring it victory, God willing,” he added.
“Hezbollah cannot be in the same trench as the United States, Israel, the Takfiris (radical Muslims)… who disembowel, behead and desecrate tombs,” he said of reports that rebels had vandalized the shrine of a venerated Shiite saint. He also downplayed a proposal by France for the European Union to include Hezbollah’s militia on a blacklist of terrorist groups.
“We have been on the list of terrorist organisations for a long time, and that is just ink on paper and changes nothing. You can boil your list and drink it.”
Hezbollah is already blacklisted by Australia, Britain, Canada, Israel, the Netherlands and the United States. Saturday marked the 13th anniversary of Israel’s withdrawal from south Lebanon after 22 years of occupation, which Hezbollah considers one of its victories over the Jewish state.