Hezbollah, the largest anti-imperialist political party in Lebanon, condemned the Oct. 19 Beirut bombing that took the life of Brigadier General Wissam Al-Hasan and others. In a statement, Hezbollah declared, “This hideous crime is a vicious attempt to target stability and national unity,” and urged the “security and judicial apparatuses to use all efforts to control the crime, uncover its committers, and bring them to justice.”
Much of the western media is implying that supporters of Syria are behind the blast. There is no evidence that this is the case.
Syrian Information Minister, Omran al-Zoubi, denounced the bombing as “cowardly,” and on Oct. 19 stated, ”Such terrorist acts are condemned and unjustifiable wherever they happen.”
Hezbollah and other progressive political forces, including Lebanese communists, have worked hard to build a powerful national resistance project that is capable of standing up to imperialism and Zionism. They have struggled to overcome sectarian divisions within the country. The main leader of Hezbollah, General Secretary Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah, has been crucial to the effort to build national unity and to beat back Israeli aggression. Hezbollah and other democratic forces now play a leading role in the government of Lebanon.
In the wake of Oct. 19 bombing, the right-wing, pro-western political forces associated with the Future Movement and other reactionary political parties have been staging violent demonstrations in Beirut, Tripoli and other cities to take advantage of the situation. They aim to weaken the government and turn Lebanon from the path of resistance.
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said in the bombing’s aftermath, “Lebanon’s insecurity only serves the interests of the occupying force of the Zionist regime.”
Iran, Syria and the progressive forces of Lebanon constitute a camp of resistance that fights attempts by the U.S. and other western powers to dominate the Middle East. At the current time, whatever weakens the camp of resistance weakens the struggle against imperialism and is a setback in the fight to end the Israeli occupation of Palestine.
The U.S. and other western powers, along with Turkey and the reactionary Arab governments, are backing the effort to destroy the progressive government of Syria. The U.S. and Israel are threatening the government of Iran. In Lebanon, the right-wing political parties who also help the pro-western forces in Syria are using Oct. 19 bombing as a pretext to destabilize the country.
The western media claims violence from Syria is spreading to Lebanon. This is not the case. Violence from the U.S. and its allies, threatens Iran, has engulfed Syria, and is showing itself again in Lebanon.