Hizbullah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah reacted to the aftermath of the American pullout from Afghanistan, saying it was the same way they left Saigon. He made these remarks in a public address that was aired on Al-Alam TV (Iran) on August 17, 2021. Nasrallah continued to say that U.S. President Joe Biden explained to the American people, who were "astonished to see these humiliating images of failure and defeat," that it is not America’s duty to send U.S. forces on the behalf of anyone. He that this should serve as a lesson for American allies in Lebanon and the region, because America would rather suffer a "historic and humiliating defeat" than fight on behalf of the Afghan people.
Hassan Nasrallah: "Allah be praised, the images repeat themselves. Just like everybody in Saigon, Vietnam, climbed up the ladder to reach the plane, everybody in Kabul Airport climbed up the ladder to reach the plane. It’s amazing. A photocopy. Is it a coincidence?
"Listen to Biden. No need for you to listen to me. Listen to Biden, to the Secretary of State, to the National Security Advisor... They must now explain this to the American people. They are not explaining this to the nations of the world. They are explaining it to the American people, who are astonished to see these humiliating images of failure and defeat.
"What Biden is saying... And this message should resonate with all of America’s allies in the region. While defending himself, he said something very, very, very, very, very, very important. I hope that America’s friends in Lebanon and the region understand it well. He said: It is not our duty to send the U.S. forces to fight on behalf of anyone. If anyone waits for the Americans to come and fight on his behalf – that is what Biden is saying. In order to avoid fighting on behalf of someone, he was willing to suffer a historic and humiliating defeat in Afghanistan. Therefore, when you talk about Lebanon and other places – these are just details for him. Therefore, we should learn the important lesson from what happened."