Summary notes of Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah’s speech marking martyrdom of Hajj Qasim Soleimani & Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis – 05/01/2020

(These are rough notes jotted down simultaneously as the speech was ongoing. There may be slight translation errors here or there but this was a faithful attempt to capture the speech’s points ASAP)

2 January 2020 marks a completely new historical turning point

I will get back to this later in the speech

Now allow me to share some personal points about Hajj Qasim

Hajj Qasim achieved his objective with martyrdom as this was his personal objective

Soleimani use to tell Nasrallah: my heart is burning to meet Allah and the martyrs

He use to frequently cry when the martyrs are mentioned

Nasrallah to Soleimani’s family: rest assured as your father has reached his objective

Abu Mahdi after battle with Daesh ended asked Sayyed: pray for me for martyrdom O Sayyed

Congratulations to Hajj Qasim and Abu Mahdi and to their Iranian and Iraqi brothers with this great martyrdom

Now I will talk about this crucial event: what happened, what were the objectives behind it?

Where is the region heading, and our responsibilities?

My focus here is not about Hajj Qasim’s great personality, this will come at a later date, and likewise for Abu Mahdi

1) What happened?

Thursday night: hajj Qasim and his friends left Damascus airport publicly, to Baghdad airport

After entering their vehicles, after a short while, they were barbarically targeted with missiles from the air

They became burnt corpses whom you could not recognise anymore

Abu Mahdi: no head like Imam Husayn, no hands like Abal Fadl…

Hours later, Americans claim responsibility, Trump ordered it

We are before a public, clear crime. Trump says I ordered it, US army says I carried out the crime

Thus, we are not before an ambiguous crime requiring investigations

Ie Trump ordered the US army to carry out this crime, and so they carried it out

2) Why did they carry out this crime in this public way?

Two points:

a) the failure of previous assasination attempts

especially because they were trying to do it in a hidden manner in the last, without leaving traces

All these hidden attempts failed. So they went to a public assasination

b) all the circumstances of the current equations and situation in Iraq and region, and especially with upcoming US elections

Trump has been piling failure upon failure. He has nothing to present to US public in next election.

First example: Iran

Bolton to munafiqeen khalq (MKO) promised them in France: Iran regime will fall soon. This reflects Trump’s failed policies in attempting regime change in Iran, and later at least changing the behaviour of Iran through various pressure

Trump left Iran deal. Placed unprecedented sanctions. Pushing for sedition internally…etc all this failed

So what can he tell US public regarding Iran? Nothing! Worse than that, he is trying through mediators to sit with Iranian officials and they have refused. His term will end without receiving any phone calls from Iranian officials!

Second example: clear failure of their project in Syria, last of which was their betrayal of their Kurdish allies

Trump ends up leaving some soldiers to safeguard Syrian oilfields to steal them, he announced this. This reflects how lost they are in Syria.

Third example: failure in Lebanon!

They tried everything…(Sayyed is mentioning all the different ploys and plots that they tried)

In Yemen: complete failure to achieve any military victory in Yemen. This is an American war, not just Saudi

In Afghanistan, Trump is looking for a suitable way to withdraw from there

He is not sure whether to negotiate with Taliban or not! No success in Afghanistan

The Deal of the Century regarding Palestine: no one talks about this anymore, complete failure

As for Iraq:

What was Trump’s project? Trump was very clear about this, because he is so arrogant

What was Trump saying during election campaign? He was saying: Iraq’s oil is ours. Look how greedy he is over some limited amount of Syrian oil. Iraq’s oil reserves are incomparable to Syria’s reserves

Trump was asked: how can you take Iraq’s oil? He says: theres no government in Iraq, we’ll take the oil ourselves

Thus, Trump’s true project in Iraq: controlling oil fields, he doesnt want a government in Iraq that will stop him from this. And if there is a government, it must be subservient to the Americans

Americans brough Daesh for this purpose..

This was their real problem with Hajj Qasim and Abu Mahdi (for defeating Daesh and foiling these plans)

How did this project fail?

– by downing the Daesh pretext. Iraq’s stance in decisively defeating Daesh was crucial. Here comes Hajj Qasim and Abu Mahdi’s role..

They were able to finish this battle within a few years.

After Daesh fell voices grew within Iraq for Americans to leave. But Americans didnt want to leave..

After Daesh’s fall, there were parliamentary elections, in which the anti-US general movement won in these elections. The US call them the ‘Iranian line’. This is not an accurate description. They are those who refuse to be subservient to America..

The government headed by Adel Abdul Mahdi that was established after these elecions:

– refused sanctions campaign against Iran

– refused the Deal of Century

– went to China and made huge billion dollar deals to build Iraq by giving China oil in return

– refused to close borders with Syria and rather opened them

– and also called for US withdrawal

This made Americans very angry and they felt that Iraq was completely slipping out of their hands

Americans never wanted a stable, strong government in Iraq. From 2003 onwards they unleashed vicious hordes of militants to blow up and destroy Iraq

In recent times US wanted to push Iraq into civil war.

Wise stance of Marjaiyyah and Iraqi tribes and people prevented this

The Americans in recent weeks acted in a delirious manner

This was US failure in Iraq and the region. Now you are going to US elections. What are you going to tell the people?

Let’s be realisic though, he does have achievements. But in terms of foreign policy, what does he have?

Venuezula, Cuba, North Korea, China, Russia, even his friends and allies whom he daily insults

Trump talks about 3 things only in terms of foreign policy achievements:

1) $400 billion he took from Saudi Arabia

2) the weapons deals to Arab states that he struck, boasting that he is securing American jobs

3) moving embassy from Tel Aviv to Quds

These are his achievements. Otherwise there is nothing.

Hence they need achievements before the elections.

We are not before an isolated assasination. This is the beginning of a new type of war in the region

A new American track in the region

This assasination was not a ‘war’ for them, because they cannot do this.

Trump knows very well a war with Iran is a very dangerous adventure. So he looked for something that can change the equations without going to war

Hajj Qasim visited Sayyed on Wednesday, first day of new year

He wanted to visit Sayyed, thats how he wanted to start new year

Sayyed told him: Americans are talking alot about you, they are preparing for your assasination. Hajj laughed and said: I wish!

They looked and found Hajj Qasim was everywhere in the regional axis. Palesine, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Afghanisatan, in every detail of the resistance, wherever they look they foundQasim Soleimani!

And in Iran, what does Qasim Soleimani mean in Iran?!

Israel says Qasim Soleimani is the most dangerous existential threat to it. It never dared to kill him. It could have in Syria many times (but didnt dare), so it went to the Americans for that purpose

Hajj Qasim embodied everything for the resistance. So they said: lets kill him publicly. They purposefully done this, and claimed responsibility for it proudly, this was all on purpose

They wish that there now be weakness throughout the resistance axis..

We must place the objectives of the assasination and try to foil them

There are two major projects in the region. There’s the US and Israeli project of hegemony

And the second is the project of resistance, independence, sovereignty, and freedom for our Ummah

Some people sit here, some sit there, and some have no idea where they are sitting

What is our responsibility to confront these objectives?

The confrontation began right after the assasination: We killed one of your greatest generals…to weaken Iran..

Then came the response from Sayyed Qaaed (Khamenei), Iranian officials, and the millions of Iranians who came out

Nasrallah to Pompeo: watch the response of Iranians to you on tv, and see the millions of Iranians on the streets replying to you

As for Iraq, Trump tried to confuse the resistance movement there, to cause chaos in Iraq and threaten everyone there

But the Iraqi response has begun, with the huge funeral processions of Iraqis and Iranians together!

Americams have been trying for years to divide Iranians and Iraqis, but all these joint funeral processions have foiled all of these efforts

At all levels Iraq has foiled these plans

The magic has turned on the magician

The world is looking towards the Iraqi parliament to act (to vote for the withdrawal of Americans from Iraq). We hope they can achieve this

If US objectives are not downed in parliament, then I know the honourable resistance in Iraq will not leave one American soldier in Iraq!!!

O honourable and great Iraqi people, the least that can be done as a response is removing US forces from Iraq

The Americans did these assasinations not to leave Iraq but they will lose it anyway

The blood of these martyrs must lead to a second liberation of Iraq from US. This is the least that can be done!

In Syria, we must go forth strongly until the final victory. No one must feel frightened.

Yemenis must continue in Yemen too

As for us in the resistance factions, we must do two things:

1) Trump wanted to frighten us. The first response of the resistance factions: we will continue on our path without any fear. These martyrs will provide a huge boost forward. Especially as we feel we are on the verge of a historic regional victory

(Sayyed mentioning powerful words from Imam Husayn..)

2) the resistance must increase its coordination and boost its power, as the region appears to be going in another direction

Martyrdom of Hajj Qasim must not affect the continuation of the program that he placed, likewise for Abu Mahdi

The final response: the just penalty

What does that mean?

We know who did the crime, and they must be punished.
It is well known who Hajj Qasim is

Qasim Soleimani is not an Iranian issue. It concerns the whole resistance and the whole Ummah

If the Iranians wish to respond fine..but this does not remove the responsibility of the resistance factions.

The factions are not tools of Iran..

Iran will not ask resistance factions to implement or do anything

So what will we do?
Keeping in mind this is an attack on the whole resistance axis

We must all go towards a just penalty..
So what is a just penalty?

There is no US personality that equals Qasim Soleimani in value

Soleimani’s shoes are more valuable than Trump’s head and the whole US administration

The just penalty: the US military presence in our region

US military bases…

US military ships…

Every US officer and soldier in our region

The US army killed these men, and they will pay the price

We dont mean the American people and citizens – there are many in our region – we dont mean them. They must not be touched, otherwise this would serve Trump’s policies.

The just penalty equals the US army, the occupiers, the criminals

This is my opinion

If these assasinations are left without much reaction, then this is a very critical and dangerous precedent

From the very beginning we must put a stop to this

If the resistance and people of region go towards this: America will run away from the region as cowards

Just as they did in the past under the blows of the mujahidoon, who were very small in number back then. Today they are states, armies and nations

When the coffins of the Americans begin flying back to the United States, Trump and his administration will realise how they lost the region

Our determination in the resistance axis must be this: the response for the assasinations is removing the US forces from the whole region

If it is achieved, and it will be achieved, then returning al-Quds to the Ummah will be a stone-throw away

We may not even require a conflict with Israel

The ignorant Trump and the idiots with him dont know what they have done

The coming days will reveal this to them…

What blood of ours have you shed? (as Sayyeda Zeinab has said)

Today the just penalty for Qasim Soleimani is the same as that of Hajj Imad, Sheikh Ragheb, Sayyed Abbas al-Musawi, and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis and all the martyrs

I am happy for Hajj Qasim, i am very happy for him

We are not angry, reactive, scared, to the contrary. We are saying: this is a great opportunity for the Ummah

O’ people of the resistance, O’ truthful and patient ones, O’ most pure and dignified people, we will continue this path, and the blood of the martyrs will not be lost!

Wasallamu alaykum wa rahmatullah

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