by Jonathan Azaziah (Mouqawamah Music EXCLUSIVE)
It has been an undeniable fact for quite some time now that Hizbullah, the Lebanese Islamic Resistance, has transcended the position of a mere guerilla movement – albeit the most successful, fearsome and disciplined one in recent memory – and transformed itself, through its victories, sacrifices, dauntlessness, grassroots support, battlefield innovations and readiness, ideological impenetrability and steadfast commitment to its doctrine and principles, into a regional powerhouse which is capable of redrawing the map of the region in the favor of the Resistance Axis – of which it is the heart and soul – and its supporters throughout the Arab-Islamic world (1). Hizbullah’s intervention in Syria solidified this newfound status and set a precedent that if there is a regional struggle that the Mouqawamah deems vital to its strategic interests, it can and will intervene in whatever way it sees fit (2), for the struggle against the US-“Israeli” Empire in one place throughout the Maghreb and Mashriq, tends to be inextricably linked to others.
It is within this context that a seemingly bizarre and largely unreported event took place just a few weeks ago in Yemen. Upon a closer look however, the strangeness actually becomes rather elucidated and the reasons behind the terribly obvious lapse in media reportage on the aforesaid event are exposed. On September 26th, 2014, two alleged members of Hizbullah, along with three alleged members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), were released from prison in the Yemeni seaport city of Aden (3). The release came just days after the Houthis – also known as Ansarullah, a powerful political-military movement which has clashed with the Western-Zionist-Saudi-backed Yemeni regime for decades – stormed Sanaa, and, on behalf of the oppressed Yemeni people, imposed righteous conditions on the corrupt, US-installed puppets masquerading as a functioning government.
While the story most certainly must be taken with a grain of salt, as all stories about Hizbullah that aren’t from a direct Hizbullah source should be, it is granted immense credence by none other than Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, Hizbullah’s Secretary-General and the most triumphant revolutionary in the world today, who, just a few days before the release of the alleged Mouqawamah members, unprecedentedly saluted the Yemeni people for the agreement achieved via the Houthis’ mini-revolution and described it as a historic opportunity to alleviate the myriad problems plaguing their country (4). It is certainly fathomable, considering the way Ansarullah smacked around the despotic, backwards Saudi regime’s army in December 2009 and killed over 130 of its soldiers (5), that the Houthis’ recent military gains are simply the result of their own astute battlefield prowess and experience. However, the rapidness of these gains, along with the Hizbullah-esque strength, commitment and offensiveness displayed in achieving these gains, most recently in the strategic city of Hudaydah (6) and the crucial city of Rada’ (7), strongly indicates that they have indeed been assisted with a friendly hand.
Moreover, in this particular instance, the fact that men from Hizbullah and the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps were working together shouldn’t be seen as the typical sectarian drivel being spewed by the tyrannical GCC regimes and their hateful, propagandistic media outlets, as Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, chief of the aerospace division of the Iranian Revolution Guard Corps, humbly noted that, “Hizbullah used to depend on the Iranian Revolutionary Guard in certain areas in the past, but today they gained experiences and techniques that drive us in the Revolutionary Guard to ask for their help (8).”
In other words, the student has attained the level of master. It is also telling that Brigadier General Hajizadeh’s beautiful, revealing statement came within the same one-week span (9-23-14 to 9-30-14) of Ansarullah’s triumph in the Yemeni capital, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah’s lauding of the Yemeni people’s victory and the release of the alleged Hizbullah and IRGC members. And since Hizbullah and Iran are within the same axis – alongside the Syrian Arab Republic, which Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah has repeatedly referred to as the “backbone” of the Resistance bloc – and are in constant contact and coordination with one another, whether on Syria, occupied Palestine or other fronts, it is not just plausible but highly likely that the two worked together on a front as critical as Yemen, as the Houthis’ victory brought about what Saudi dissident and noteworthy analyst Fouad al-Ibrahim described as the “fall of the Saudi project” and the toppling of the Saudi dynasty on Yemeni soil (9).
The war against Zionism – and ultimately, the complete liberation of occupied Palestine – is Hizbullah’s raison d’être, and with the decades-old alliance between the usurping Jewish entity and its monstrous counterpart in Saudi Arabia growing daily, a blow inflicted on the latter is indeed a blow inflicted on the former. Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah hasn’t pulled any punches on the matter, once calling Netanyahu the “spokesman” of Saudi Arabia, Qatar and other dictatorial Arab regimes aiding the conspiracy against Syria (10), and pointing the finger right at the Saudi monarchy for seeking hegemony in the region and operating the Takfiri terrorist organization known as the Abdullah Azzam Brigades which bombed the Iranian embassy in Beirut last November (11).
When examined from this angle most distinctly, it quite literally makes all the sense in the world for Hizbullah and Iran to strike back at the Zionists’ Saudi ally in a calculated, covert way that not only represents minimal risk but would also pay maximum geopolitical dividends. Hence why the Zionist media failed to dive on this story and publicize it in some hideous, libelous way; something to the hilariously moronic effect of “Iran and Hizbullah terror offspring pursue expansionist agenda in Yemen”. Such publicity was nonexistent and the usual warmongering shrieking which emanates from Jewish supremacist ideologues across the mainstream media’s echo chamber was silent because no matter how one slices it, World Zionism and its surrogates took a major hit in Sanaa at the hands of Ansarullah, and, ostensibly, the Yemeni revolutionaries’ allies in Hizbullah and Tehran.
Meanwhile, as Hizbullah and the IRGC were allegedly aiding their liberationist brethren in Yemen with intelligence, weapons and logistics, the Lebanese Islamic Resistance was reportedly engaged on another front, that of negotiations, with the sectarian fanatics in Riyadh over the fate of Ayatollah Nimr al-Nimr, who has been unjustly imprisoned and barbarically sentenced to death by crucifixion for the “crime” of relentlessly and articulately criticizing the Wahhabi Kingdom of Horrors for its plethora of oppressive policies. Conducting the back-and-forth through a channel within Saudi Arabia’s Beirut embassy, Hizbullah diplomatically intervened in an attempted to save the courageous cleric’s life (12). Though the Mouqawamah’s sincere overtures have been rejected by the House of Saud, and the vile monarchy has upheld the absurd death sentence of al-Nimr, Hizbullah continues to fight for him. The Party’s latest statement has blasted Riyadh’s “exclusionary and repressive” behavior, slammed the utter illegitimacy of the sentence and demanded that the verdict be overturned so the Ayatollah is released immediately with dignity (13).
There have been a sickening amount of commentators, many of whom from the “leftist” and “solidarity activist” ends of the spectrum, who have ignorantly said that Hizbullah’s extraterritorial interventionism will eventually hinder or hurt it in the long run, but the absolute contrary is the gleaming, beaming reality. Despite alleged covert operations in Yemen, a secret diplomatic intervention on behalf of Ayatollah Nimr al-Nimr and ongoing fighting in Syria, where Hizbullah just neutralized 55 Takfiri terrorists in the Qalamoun Mountains on October 14th, 2014 (14), the Lebanese Islamic Resistance is as focused on the homeland as ever.
Hizbullah not only thwarted an attack on its bases in the eastern Lebanese city of Brital in the first week of October, leaving over 70 thugs from Jabhat al-Nusra and ISIS wasted (15), but the Mouqawamah’s Hassan Ali Haidar unit – named after a Resistance fighter martyred a month earlier in the midst of dismantling an “Israeli” spying device which subsequently exploded – also carried out an operation against enemy number one, the genocidal, illegitimate Zionist entity, in illegally occupied Shebaa Farms, wounding several occupying soldiers (16). Indeed, even the “Israeli” enemy’s terrorist defense minister admitted that, “Hizbullah accumulated more self-confidence than we thought (17),” solidifying that despite the vehement efforts put forth by the criminal Jewish usurpers in their war on Syria and the Resistance Axis as a whole, Hizbullah has adapted, adjusted and gotten mightier.
Hizbullah Deputy Secretary-General Sheikh Na’im Qassem stated categorically that the Takfiris are merely linked to the Zionist regime while the slaughterous monster which has been occupying holy Al-Quds and all of Palestine since 1948 remains the Mouqawamah’s top priority (18). And Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah himself, dressed in military fatigues in a show of oneness between leader and his men on the battlefield (19), during a meeting with Hizbullah fighters and generals in the eastern Bekaa Valley right across the border from intensive fighting between the Resistance and the Takfiri tools of “Tel Aviv”, sternly stated that, “Despite the major changes in the region and the rise of ISIS, the Resistance is still strong, present and ready to repel any [‘Israeli’] aggression (20).” It is for this reason that the chants of “Long live Hizbullah!” and “Labaykah ya Nasrallah!” should be omnipresent within geopolitical discourse.
Where other resistance organizations have lost the plot and gone astray, Hizbullah’s path couldn’t be straighter and narrower. Where other political movements have become ideologically corrupted, infiltrated and disillusioned with the struggle, Hizbullah is as pure as it was – if not more so – than when it first began the struggle against “Israel” three decades ago, even before the Party’s namesake came into being. Hizbullah is now so abyssally entrenched in the regional equation that no power, local or global, can move without first calculating how the Resistance might react to any decision that may be undertaken. And with Hizbullah’s doctrine dictating that when a people are being oppressed, Hizbullah’s Islamic and Arab duty compels it to stand with them and come to their aid if possible, as evidenced by decades of support, in various forms, to the Palestinian Resistance and highlighted most recently with the martyrdom of legendary Mouqawamah commander Fawzi Ayoub (21), it is high time that this phoenix-fresh paradigm be accepted by all, including each and every naysayer who dies of rage at the very thought of Hizbullah’s past, present and future success.
Just as the case is when something malevolent occurs in the world and one looks for the dirty hands of the usurping Zionist entity, it can now be noted with a fair degree of certainty that a similar principle can be applied vis-à-vis Hizbullah when a victory is achieved by the downtrodden and subjugated. Wherever there is oppression in the Maghreb and Mashreq, one should look for the long arm of the Resistance, reaching out politically and spiritually first and foremost, but if such an option is feasible, militarily and logistically as well. As if the burial of the “Greater Israel” project in 2000 and the destruction of the neocon-concocted “New Middle East” scheme in 2006 weren’t enough to cheer about and reflect upon with hopeful smiles, Hizbullah has once again given the world’s oppressed a reason to be optimistic, from Yemen to Saudi and back again.
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(1) Hezbollah and The New Levant by Ibrahim al-Amin, Al-Akhbar English
(2) Hezbollah’s Regional Role: Why and When? by Hosam Matar, Center for Global Security and Geopolitical Studies
(3) Yemen Frees Two Suspected Hezbollah Members by Mohammed Ghobari, The Daily Star
(4) Sayyed Nasrallah: Government Must Negotiate With Kidnappers From Position of Strength by Al-Manar
(5) Saudi Arabia’s Military Involvement In The Yemen Conflict by Rannie Amiri, Global Research
(6) Houthis Expand Yemen Control, Seize Key Port City by Jason Ditz, Antiwar.com
(7) Ansarullah Fighters Drive Al-Qaeda Militants Out Of Rada’ In Yemen by Press TV
(8) Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Asks Hezbollah For Assistance by Al-Akhbar English
(9) Saudi Influence Diminished In Yemen As Houthis Gain Power by Fouad al-Ibrahim, Al-Akhbar English
(10) Nasrallah: Netanyahu “Spokesperson” For Saudi Arabia, Qatar by Al-Akhbar English
(11) S. Nasrallah: Saudis Operate Azzam Brigades, Our Presence In Syria Will Be Praised by Al-Manar
(12) Secret Saudi-Hizbullah Negotiations? by Professor As’ad AbuKhalil, The Angry Arab News Service
(13) Hezbollah Condemns Death Sentence Against Sheikh Nimr, Calls On Saudi To Undo It by Al-Manar
(14) 75 Percent of Jobar is Under SAA Control; Hezbollah Kills Over 55 Militants in Rif Dimashq by Leith Fadel, Al-Masdar News
(15) Hezbollah Kills Over 70 Jabhat Al-Nusra Militants in East Lebanon by Leith Fadel, Al-Masdar News
(16) Hezbollah Targets Israeli Patrol on Occupied Shebaa Heights by Al-Manar
(17) Hezbollah Border Attack Shows Confidence: Israeli Defense Minister by The Daily Star
(18) Hezbollah Prioritizes Israel Over Takfiris: Qassem by The Daily Star
(19) Report: Nasrallah in Military Fatigues during Visit to Party Fighters on Border with Syria by Naharnet
(20) Nasrallah From Bekaa: We Will Finish Off The Takfiris by Wafiq Qanso, Al-Akhbar English
(21) Ynet: Hezbollah Martyr Fawzi Ayoub Assisted, Trained Palestinian Resistance by Al-Manar