Hezbollah Chief on Syria: 'We Will Be Victorious'
Militant group's leader openly throws chips in with Assad regime
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 26, 2013 5:39 AM CDT
Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah speaks during a rally commemorating "Liberation Day," which marks the withdrawal of the Israeli army from Lebanon in 2000, Lebanon, Saturday May 25, 2013.   (Hussein Malla)

(Newser) – Hezbollah's leader vowed to help propel President Bashar al-Assad to victory in Syria's bloody civil war, warning that the fall of the Damascus regime would give rise to extremists and plunge the Middle East into a "dark period." In a televised address, Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah also said Hezbollah members are fighting in Syria against Islamic radicals who pose a danger to Lebanon, and pledged that his group will not allow Syrian militants to control areas along the Lebanese border. He pledged that Hezbollah will turn the tide of the conflict in Assad's favor. "We will continue this road until the end, we will take the responsibility and we will make all the sacrifices," he said. "We will be victorious."

Syria's fall, he said, would mean "Palestine will be lost" and "the people of our region will enter a bad and dark period." Nasrallah's comments offered the clearest public confirmation yet of Hezbollah's involvement in Syria, though the group has come under harsh criticism for sending gunmen to Qusair. The Assad regime has been one of Hezbollah's strongest backers for decades and the militant group fears that if the regime falls it will be replaced by a US-backed government hostile to Hezbollah. "Syria is the back of the resistance, and the resistance cannot stand, arms folded while its back is broken," Nasrallah told supporters. "If Syria falls into the hand of America (and) Israel, the resistance (Hezbollah) will be besieged and Israel will enter Lebanon and impose its will," Nasrallah said.

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1492
May 27, 2013 4:18 PM CDT
It is all about Real Estate. If the Muslim People really believe in Allah. They should be in tune with what is written in the First Testament Genesis 15.18 Allah made a promise to Abraham: "Unto thy seed I have given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates". (The Nile River, (longest river in the world) in Egypt to the Euphrates in Iraq. Try inking out a map covering this area....Cairo, Palestine, Jordan, Syria, Iraq, Israel. Hezbollah leader why all the fuss. Learn to understand. Isn't there enough sand for all of you? Allah knows all the evil that you do. The Jewish (Zionist) only want what is rightfully theirs. What part of Allah's promise is it you don't understand? 1942
Vincebus
May 26, 2013 7:29 PM CDT
Nah! I'd say it's the other way around, i.e., they'll be plunged from the dark into the light! Why doesn't the big mouth with no balls i.e., 'empty can make loudest noise MF show up!?
Lefty_Libby
May 26, 2013 5:53 PM CDT
All I can think about are the animal extinctions and the water shortages that are already taking place, while these tribalistic nutbags continue their centuries old squabbles over Shia vs. Sunni, Arab vs. Jew, Muslim vs. non-Muslim, and East vs. West. Hey, douche bag sheikh, take off those 19th century clown clothes, remove your head from your butt crack, and catch some reality. While our planet is racing towards mass extinction, you're murdering your cousins over a few square miles of sand, whose version of Islam is better, and which group gets to rule the roost. Really? Really? Grow the eff up, you stupid old fool.