Lebanese journalist and researcher Hassan Hamade said that American bravado is an illusion, that people should not fear the United States, and that even giants like America have Achilles' heels. He made these remarks in an interview that aired on October 5, 2021 on Al-Manar TV (Hizbullah-Lebanon). Quoting Mao Zedong, Hamade said that America is a "paper tiger." He accused the U.S. of using nuclear "bomblets" to destroy the Beirut Port in 2020 and of sending agents to destroy Lebanon's banking system. Hamade said that America has robbed the Lebanese people "overnight." "What else can they do?" he asked. For more information about Hassan Hamade, see MEMRI TV clips Nos. 8760 and 8039.
Hassan Hamade: "America’s bravado is an illusion. An illusion! Mao Zedong, the Chinese leader, said something philosophical once, in the days of the Long March and the Chinese Revolution. He compared the United States to a paper tiger. Obviously, he knew that the U.S. is a terrifying country with destructive weapons, but he was addressing people’s minds. No power is absolute. Only the Lord’s power is absolute. Everything else in life is relative. Nothing is absolute, so don’t be afraid. Every giant has an Achilles’ heel, a point of weakness.
"What can the Americans possibly do to us beyond what they are already doing? They destroyed the Beirut Port. In order to destroy the Beirut Port, they used weakened nuclear weapons, which they call 'bomblets.' These are tiny bombs. They used them. What else can they possibly do? They sent agents to the banks and destroyed the banking sectors. They robbed us overnight. When we went to sleep, we had some savings, and when we woke up, we had nothing."