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Mohamad Hussein Fadlullah (11/16/1935--7/4/2010)

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On Iraq: "We believe that the Iraqi issue is very complicated. We don't think that the Shiites brought the Americans and the British to Iraq because America had been planning the invasion of Iraq since the eighties, in order to secure the strategic interests it has mentioned many times. When America decided to invade Iraq, it did so under the pretense of removing the weapons of mass destruction. Back then, it did not even mention the Iraqi regime, its negative attitude towards its people and its tyranny, because the Iraqi regime was an American regime through the relations of Saddam with the American intelligence [agencies] and his implementation of many American plans, including the invasion of Kuwait".

"Iraq is wanted to be preoccupied with the sectarian and ethnic quotas amid a security chaos, which risks a civil war. This would help the occupation to stay and achieve its strategic interests at the expense of the nation.

"The US-backed Western axis, within the framework of which the EU states are moving, still insists on resuscitating America and refuses to admit its defeat in Iraq, because it does not want that to lead to a real political turning point that serves the interests of the Islamic and liberation forces. The efforts of this axis are therefore concentrated on protecting the western enterprise by once again targeting Islam and kindling the sectarian fire. 4/23/2006

Regarding statements by some Arab leaders regarding Zionist attacks on Al-Aqsa and Palestinian unity: "Verbal protests by some Arab regimes are useless. The issue of the Al-Aqsa Mosque needs a strong political action. The serious development taking place may require the Arab countries which have diplomatic relations with Israel to withdraw their ambassadors and put strong pressure on Israel... I think this is the least that can be done by those who talk about their respect for the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Israel does not care about Arab protests and these protests do not pose any problem to it"..I tell the two movements and all Palestinian factions that if they argue about the formation of a national unity government, they should know that there is no government in Palestine for the Palestinians. With all due respect to the brothers in Hamas, we find that the real government is that of Israel, which is controlling all Palestinian affairs. We also tell the head of the Palestinian Authority that there is no Palestinian Authority because Israel controls all the authority and government positions. Accordingly, this conflict is not over a real issue, but over an illusion that does not exist. Therefore, I believe that the solution lies in continuing the intifadah and activating resistance against Israel". I believe that the game the West plays in this regard through some US envoys or the Quartet is only aimed at wasting time so that Israel can achieve all that its wants. We hear the United States say it is against the wall and large settlements, but it actually does nothing against them... the United States and its allies do not want the Palestinian state to come into existence" Palestinian unity is the only option which can achieve some of the Palestinian people's aims. 2/7/07

On Sunni-Shia relations: The political issue is not confined to Hezbollah or the Shi'is. The opposition consists of several factions as is known to all. Besides, the government is not a Sunni government. It is a coalition government made up of all communities." He adds: "I can strongly assert that the Shi'is in general have no political plan that is independent of the Lebanese people's plan. All they want is to live together with the other citizens away from any sectarian regime so that they will have equal rights and duties like the rest of the Lebanese... the United States and its allies do not want to solve the problem of Lebanon, and therefore, the situation is very complicated. The Shi'is are loyal to their country. Having relations with others should not mean that they place loyalty to others above their loyalty to their country"The Shi'is pose a threat only to Israel because they are the power which protects rather than harms Lebanon. 2/7/07

On Palestine following a meeting with former President Jimmy Carter
: "For more than 20 years and before Hezbollah was born, I believed and continue to believe that America is the problem, especially with regard to the Palestinian question. Today I heard former President Jimmy Carter say the United States used the veto 40 times to defend Israel at the UN Security Council, thus acting against the will of the entire international community. This is what we note now during the US occupation of Iraq - an occupation which was carried out under a pretext America finally admitted was incorrect". 6/2009

On abolishing Lebanese sectarianism: "I believe that the sects that get too involved in their own issues far from the other sects are the source of Lebanon's woes. Thus I always called for developing the concept of citizenship as an alternative to the sectarian system" 2/7/07

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