Syrian president Bashar al-Assad finally spoke out to congratulate Hezbollah today, a group he was proud to support:
“I say to all those who accuse Syria of taking the side of the resistance that this is, for the Syrian people, an honour,” he said in a wide-ranging speech that also took aim at Washington and anti-Damascus figures in Lebanon.
Assad, whose government the United States accuses of sponsoring Hezbollah, paid tribute to the “men of the resistance” in a reference to the Shiite guerrillas who fought Israeli soldiers on the ground in Lebanon and fired daily barrages of rocket fire over the border during the conflict.
“This resistance is a medal to pin on the chest of every Arab citizen, not only Syria,” he said, adding that the Lebanese guerrillas had “shattered the myth of an invincible army.”
A total of 160 Israelis have been killed since July 12, most of them soldiers who lost their lives in combat with Hezbollah.
Meanwhile, Iranian President Ahmadinejad again called for a Middle East without in the US and the occupying Zionist regime.
Ahmadinejad said the US and Britain are not at all qualified to attend assemblies such as the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).
And, Ahmadinejad says that Hezbollah has hoisted the banner of victory over Israel (Via LGF):
Iran and Syria are the main backers of the Islamic militant group. Ahmadinejad struck a tone similar to an earlier address in Damascus by Syrian President Bashar Assad, who said Washington’s plans for the region have become “an illusion” after the 34-day conflict in Lebanon ended Monday with a cease-fire.
“God’s promises have come true,” Ahmadinejad told a huge crowd in Arbadil in northwestern Iran. “On one side, it’s corrupt powers of the criminal U.S. and Britain and the Zionists… with modern bombs and planes. And on the other side is a group of pious youth relying on God.”
And, by the way, Hezbollah is likely to retain weapons. Surprised?
After the fireworks and a few weeks of living in tents the mood in southern Lebanon may change a bit.
Theo Spark has advice for Assad and Ahmadinejad.