Following are excerpts from a speech by Hizbullah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah. This speech aired on Al-Jazeera TV on February 16, 2006.
Hassan Nasrallah: It is only natural for us to talk about things that are holy, and if the homeland is holy, then the resistance, which defended the homeland, is holy along with the homeland. The weapons that liberated this land are holy, and the blood that was shed upon this land, in order to keep the Lebanese interests elevated, is holy blood. If it were not for this holiness of the resistance, its weapons, and its blood, the armies of the Israeli occupation would still be in Beirut.
Whoever has not tasted the taste of Jihad does not understand Jihad. Whoever has not tasted the taste of martyrdom does not understand martyrdom. Let me tell you that the fighting the original enemy of the prophets, of Lebanon, of the Arabs, and of humanity has a different taste than street-fighting in dark allies.
The political rhetoric we heard two days ago [from Jumblatt] brings the country to the brink of civil war. I am not exaggerating, I am telling it as it is. It brings the country to the brink of civil war i?? much of this rhetoric, not all of it. Part of it was reasonable and balanced. But part of it brings the Lebanese people to the brink of civil war i?? with his language, his curses, his escalation, in his denial of all the foundations on which the situation in Lebanon is based.
This is not a question of who cursed whom. It is about the strategic choices facing Lebanon. That's what it's all about.
Do you want to hear a joke? Brothers, the wretched Shab'a Farms... The day will come when the ownership of all pieces of land worldwide is known - except for the Shab'a Farms. The Syrians say: "By Allah, it is not Syrian." The Palestinians, our brothers in Hamas, who, Allah willing, will form the new government - did not claim it belongs to them, and nor did the former government. Even the Israelis did not claim that it is part of their plundering entity - for us they are a plundering entity. You follow? Now, along come some Lebanese, and say: "It is not Lebanese. " Well, what is it then? It seems that one of these days we will have to add another country to the Arab League - the Arab Republic of Shab'a Farms.
As Lebanese, we do not need to be part of [international] coalitions. What we need, as Lebanese, is to meet, discuss, and solve our problems on our own. But if some insist on including Lebanon in international coalitions, which wage international wars, and if we are given two options: to join a coalitions that ranges from Beirut to Damascus, to Tehran, to Gaza, to Ramallah i?? or maybe we should start with Gaza... From Gaza to Beirut, to Damascus, to Tehran, to any capital in the world, to our brother Chavez in Venezuela... Or to join another coalition... Let me be clear, today we do not belong to any coalition. But if we had to choose between two coalitions, between that coalition and another coalition, which ranges from Tel Aviv to American and other countries - we will certainly be in the first coalition.