Nasrallah rages against �hegemonic� US

Ynet News (Link) - Roee Nahmias (November 30, 2009)

Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah laid out his political platform Monday during a speech filmed by closed-circuit cameras. The platform promotes armed battle against Israel and the US, as well as all of the latter�s protectorates.

�We see the US as a power that aims to impose hegemony in the region,� Nasrallah explained. �The Islamic resistance movement in Lebanon aims to fight this hegemony and the (Israeli) occupation.�

He said the US has been treating the globe as a market it aims to control, and that it was waging �a strategy of unlimited expansion.�

�The Bush administration found in September 11 a chance to impose his influence, with the excuse of a war on terror,� the Hezbollah leader said.

�He tried to create a parallel between terror and resistance. There is no doubt that American terror is the source of all terror in the world. This administration gave itself the right to embark on a war of destruction which does not distinguish between one man and the other.�

�Political sectarianism preventing democracy�

Israel, in Nasrallah�s view, is a �cancerous metastasis� supported by the US, which plans to conquer Lebanon and its territorial waters and is thus a �lasting threat.�

He went on to rule out negotiation with his southern neighbors, supporting this with the enumeration of his organization�s various victories.

�The resistance has managed to achieve a huge victory over the Zionist entity, provide the homeland with protection, and liberation of the remainder of its land. This function is a lasting necessity before Israel�s expansionist threats and ambitions as well as the lack of a strong government in Lebanon,� Nasrallah said, calling on civilians to enlist in his army of militants for the good of the nation.

The Hezbollah leader went on to dissect his country�s political disharmony, and to promote the �canceling out of political sectarianism, which is preventing the development of the Lebanese political system and acting as an obstacle to democracy.�

Nasrallah presented his vision of Lebanon�s future as a country that will �respect public liberty, achieve national unity, and be able to protect its land, people, sovereignty, and independence.� He added that he wanted Lebanon to have a �modern elections law.�

The leader concluded by praising Iran as a central figure in the Muslim world. �Iran�s policy is clear: Uncompromising support for the Palestinian issue,� he said, explaining that the Islamic Republic was first to open a Palestinian Embassy on its territory, rather than an Israeli one.