Following are excerpts from an interview with Shiite scholar Muhammad Ali Al-Husseini, which aired on ANB TV on March 6, 2008:
Muhammad Ali Al-Husseini: We, as Shiites and Lebanese, have not benefited from this war in any way. Our homes were destroyed, our factories were demolished, we were driven out of our homes, and poverty was forced on us. All this was done without rhyme or reason. The Shiites do not know what the [war's] goals and objectives were, and how we benefited from it. Today, after all the rebuilding that has been done, along comes Hassan Nasrallah again, and says he is ready for another war. I have heard people in South Lebanon ask: "You, Nasrallah, may be ready, but have you asked the people living here if they are ready too?" We have not yet recovered from what happened, we have not yet rebuilt our homes, we have not yet returned to our villages, and life is still not what it used to be. For the past two years, Lebanon has suffered economic, security, and political collapse. Let's be honest. Anyone who wants a war must first ask his partners. He must prepare others, not only himself.