The Hezbollah Quiz
Hezbollah, a Lebanese Shia Islamic organization, has evolved over the last three decades from a guerrilla movement to the most influential political and military power in Lebanon.
Given that Hezbollah is a crucial part of the Iran-led “Axis of Resistance”, it is not surprising that the mainstream media in the West uses simplistic stereotypes to demonize it. However, whether the West likes it or not, Hezbollah is clearly fated to continue playing an important role in Lebanon’s future.
The purpose of this quiz is to understand the roots and evolution of Hezbollah, a sophisticated organization that effectively combines pragmatism and militancy, social services and religious faith.
Excerpts on Syria from Seyyid Hassan Nasrallah's latest speech
“On the latest Israeli aggression on Syria:
Unfortunately, the Israelis talked of their “enemy’s enemy” and “friend’s friend”. Isn’t the Israeli enemy the benchmark? Isn’t this rudimentary? This is part of our Islamic lexicon.
Of course there were objectives behind Israel’s attacks which it sought to realize. I want to define this reality so I can discuss the nature of the [Syrian] response and so that we can understand it.
One of its objectives, especially over the past two years— its objective and that of others— is to remove Syria from the military equation in the struggle with Zionist enemy. First of all, Syria hasn’t made a peace agreement with Israel as other Arab states have. Although there is a hudna (truce), everyone knows—the enemy knows this more than friends do—what Syria offered resistance movements for tens of years now and especially over the past few years, particularly the Palestinian and Lebanese resistance movements. If the day comes when our brothers in the Palestinian resistance will declare on their pulpits what they used to admit in private meetings, they will say that no Arab regime has offered us what the regime of Bashar al-Assad offered us.
The Israeli knows that one of the most important sources of strength for the resistance in Lebanon and Palestine is Syria. This is why they want to remove Syria from the [military] equation and they want to besiege the resistance in Lebanon and Palestine. What this siege means is that any material or moral or military support from whoever supports the resistance must end. The Israelis said they won’t allow the transfer of any weapons which could upset the balance of power with the resistance into Lebanon. Now they are saying they will prevent the resistance’s military capability from growing, meaning we won’t even allow you to increase the weapons you currently have. So they struck Damascus and its environs, in order to tell Syria—and we should read this part carefully so we understand the nature and scope of the Syrian response—that the continuation of support for the resistance and the transfer of capabilities will spell the demise of the regime and a declaration of war on Syria. Therefore, the real objective behind the latest attacks is the subjugation of Syria and breaking the will of its leadership, army and people and to permanently remove it from the resistance equation.
By the way, everything you heard in the media about 200, 300 and 400 [Syrian army] martyrs, is all lies. Unfortunately, we heard on [Arab] cable tv takbeer [cries of Allahu Akbar] and jubilation, because Israeli planes were bombing Syrian facilities or locations or bases. This is very sad. According to the reliable information I have, those killed were 4 or 5 martyrs from the Syrian army who were guarding these places.
So these were their objectives. How should one respond? First of all, one must thwart the aims of the aggression. This is the minimum response for resistance and mumana’a movements, and if possible, to turn the magic on the magician. And this is what the Syrian leadership did. There are some well-meaning people who want Syria to bomb occupied Palestine for reasons related to morale, and some hateful people who want it to bomb occupied Palestine so that war can break out between Israel and Syria and let all hell to break loose.
The first [Syrian] response: You Israelis are saying that the aim behind your aggression was to prevent the resistance’s military capability from growing, so the first response is that if you consider Syria to be a weapons’ conduit for the resistance then know that Syria will continue supplying the resistance with weapons. This is a huge strategic decision. More than this, if you are claiming that the aim behind your aggression was to prevent the resistance’s military capability from growing, then Syria will provide the resistance with game-changing weapons that it did not possess before. This means upsetting the balance of power.
Show me one Arab regime which would dare to openly supply the Palestinian resistance with so much as a rifle, let alone a game-changing rocket. And then we have a leadership which was bombed just two days ago which says I want to give them weapons they don’t even have. This is Syria’s strategic response, and it is much more significant than firing a rocket or launching an attack on occupied Palestine.
The second strategic response, which is no less important or dangerous, is to open the Golan front—opening the door to the popular resistance on the Golan front. In this war you have launched on Syria, the threat has been turned into an opportunity.
Let us set the third response aside for now. To go back to the first response, we the resistance in Lebanon announce that we are ready to receive any sophisticated weaponry even if it is game-changing and we are ready to protect this weaponry and use it to defend our people, country and sanctities.
As for the second response, just as Syria stood by the Lebanese people and supported its popular resistance materially and morally until this resistance was able to liberate South Lebanon, we in the Lebanese resistance declare that we will stand by the popular Syrian resistance and offer it our material and moral support, as well as cooperation and coordination, in order to liberate the Syrian Golan.
[Chuckling] The third response is a huge deal so we won’t discuss it now.
All the latest events and responses and positions taken by the Syrian leadership suggest that it is a leadership with nerves of steel, that it is a very wise leadership which is managing the battle with the Israelis with a strategic mind and not in an emotional or impassioned manner. This is how the resistance and mumana’a axis has foiled all schemes in the region since the 1990s.
Whoever wants to retrieve Jerusalem, whoever wants to achieve Palestinian rights and realize Palestinian aspirations, should know that this won’t be achieved in the Arab league or the UN or the Organization for Islamic Cooperation or anywhere else. The only choice has always been resistance and remains so.
Oh Palestinian and Arab people who reject Israeli hegemony, you will not find anyone to stand by your side except he who has stood by your side for tens of years. Protect those who stood by you, protect the sources of strength in your axis. Any serious effort to find a political solution in Syria which refuses to allow Syria to fall into the hands of the US, Israel and the takfiris is effectively the battle for Palestine, the battle for Quds, the battle for the Aqsa mosque.”
IDF map shows Hizbullah positions in Libya
According to an IDF map obtained by a media source, the Lebanese Shi’ite terror militia Hizbullah has over 550 bunkers spread out across southern Lebanon, including 300 surveillance posts as well as another 100 military installations and weapons depots.
Hizbullah is believed to be in possession of more than 40,000 rockets as well as hundreds of long range precision missiles able to reach targets in and around Tel Aviv. The IDF published the map as a step in its public diplomacy campaign to create awareness of the devastating crisis that will occur in case of a new war between Hizbullah and Lebanon.
The Meaning of Labbayk ya Hussain
The American (government) can not understand what Labbaik ya Hussain means.
We will stay still here, and our slogan will remain, and it is utmost necessary for the U.S (government) to be advised on this.
The American (government) can not understand what Labbaik ya Hussain a.s means. Labbaik ya Hussain means that you be ready in the battlefield, even if you are alone. Even if all the people abandon you, and accuse you, and leave you to yourself.
Labbaik ya Hussain a.s means you and your property and your wife and your children are in the battlefield. Labbaik ya Hussain a.s means that the mother sends her son to the battlefield, and when he gets martyred, and the enemies cut his head and throw it in front of his mother, she takes his head back home, rinses the dust and blood from it, and cleans it, and says to him: now you satisfied me, so God is to make your face white and shiny in the resurrection day because you have whiten my face in the presence of Bibi Fatima Zahra. This is what Labbaik ya Hussain means.
Labbaik ya Hussein means that the mother and sister and wife come to dress their son or brother or husband with the armored uniform for war, and lead him to the battlefield. Labbaik ya Hussain means, that Bibi Zainab s.a gives a certificate of martyrdom to his brother Hussain a.s. This is the meaning of Labbaik ya Hussain.
And I finish with these words, that I would like the whole world to hear from me: Each place in the world where people needs our help, we will be right there. And not just to wear the shroud (of readiness for for martyrdom) but we armed ourselves besides it.
And eventually say Labbaik ya Hussein.
“In the July war (2006) the Syrian people opened their homes and their hearts for the Lebanese resistance despite some creed differences, because we were certain they were blocking an attack from an aggressive enemy and even the flags of Hezbollah were raised in our streets. During that time the Syrian people gave from their daily earnings and bread to their Lebanese brothers and sisters, is this (invasion of Syria) the gift that you give as a reward to those generous and charitable people? ”—
Excerpt of Shaykh Mouaz Al-Khatib’s, President of the Syrian National Coalition, speech (translated from Arabic to English) directed to Hassan Nasrallah, General Secretary of Hizbullah.