Following is an interview with Lebanese researcher Anis Al-Naqqash, which aired on Al-Manar TV on September 14, 2007.
Anis Al-Naqqash: I say straightforwardly that the U.S. is the enemy of the Arabs, the Muslims, and all of humanity. This empire must die. What means or methods should be employed, or where and how you should deal it a blow – that is up to the fighters and the mujahideen,and up to the resistance throughout the world.
Whoever says that we are the ones who started it, or that we were the ones who attacked them, giving them a reason to attack us, as if [the U.S.] were as harmless as Santa Claus and has never done anything to the world, does not need any oil, does not support Israel… It is as if [the U.S.] did not perpetrate all these crimes throughout the world, and as if it was the 19 [terrorists] who changed the strategy of the world, when they attacked New York.
The strategy that serves our interests is to get the U.S. embroiled in endless wars, which it cannot win. Wasn't it in their interest to get the USSR mixed up in a war it could not win, in order to get rid of it? Weren't they right to do so? We would read about this and say: "They are smart, they have research institutes and intelligence agencies." What are we – donkeys? It is in our interests for the U.S. to get mixed up in every possible crisis and fail. This does not constitute an attack against peaceful people, but against those who attacked us. This attack does not target those who epitomize justice and humanity on earth, but those who epitomize crime on earth – beginning with the Kyoto Agreement and air pollution, and culminating with all the wars and military coups carried out by the U.S.
I say: Let's go to war. We need to reach the desired outcome, which is to put an end to American control [in the region].