Hezbollah says: “Goodbye to the Unipolar World”


Richard Moore

Hassan Nasrallah is the head of Hezbollah.

Strange how seldom his words are reported; could it be because he makes too much


   ³Peace 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.²

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"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 

[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, 1972. 

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 polarization?

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 

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

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 imperial terrorism.

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.

Editors' Note: The authenticity of this interview has been challenged, maybe 
because Nasrallah doesn't speak entirely according to Orientalist expectations 
of what a Shi'a leader should be saying. CounterPunch has confirmed that the 
interview did appear in the Turkish socialist daily Evrensel on August 12 and 
13, provoking comment in the Turkish corporate press because Nasrallah expressed
his admiration for the 1960's generation of revolutionaries like Deniz Gezmis.

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