Friday, September 24, 2004
Hizballah (Party of Satan) leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, yimach shmo (may his name and memory be obliterated), reiterated his call for Jihad and death to all American infidels: Nasrallah pulls no punches (Hat tip: irish eyes)
For the first time since the start of the war in Iraq, the leader of a large and recognized Shi'ite religious organization has publicly called for a jihad against the U.S. forces. Meanwhile, American pressure on Syria is mounting.
"This administration is the stupidest and most violent of all the American administrations ... We are suffering from a range of American pressures that are the heaviest since - well, I don't know, I wasn't alive in the 16th century." That was the message of Syrian Foreign Minister Farouk al-Shara this week, in a meeting he held with Syrian journalists to mark the country's Press Day. Al-Shara may not be living in the 16th century, but he seems to have been Syria's foreign minister from time immemorial, and part of the Syrian problem.
Sunday was apparently "America Day" in Syria and Lebanon. In addition to al-Shara's evaluation of the U.S. administration, the secretary-general of Hezbollah had a few important things to say to President George Bush. For example, he invited all the Muslim religious sages in the entire Islamic world "to do something together about the situation in Iraq, so that the Americans will not be able to take advantage of the split in the Muslim leadership. Let us adopt the Iraqis to our hearts so that they will be able to unify their choice: opposition in the form of a war of jihad, making sacrifices for the cause [or suicide attacks - Z.B.]."
This was the first time since the start of the war in Iraq that a Shi'ite religious leader of a large and recognized religious organization called for a jihad against the American forces. Neither the Shi'ite leadership in Iraq, which is far from being a monolithic body and contains fierce opponents to the United States, or even the Shi'ite leaders in Iran, dared to say what Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah did in precise terms, pulling no punches, and in public before a crowd of thousands of his followers.
"The resistance movement [against the U.S. in Iraq] may not be able to remove the U.S. from Iraq within a year, but it will be able to remove Bush, [Defense Secretary Donald] Rumsfeld and [National Security Adviser] Condoleezza Rice, together with their Zionist friends, from the White House," Nasrallah assured his listeners. Nasrallah's scenario requires no deep understanding: Suicide attacks and sabotage operations against the American forces in Iraq will cause American public opinion to turn against the president and not re-elect him, thus bringing about the disappearance of this group of leaders from the White House.