Hezbollah’s Nasrallah Brings (Shiite) Discourse Back to Reality: This Fight Is Not About False, “End of Days” Prophecies
As usual, although I have not looked at the speech yet in full, Nasrallah is more forceful, more public, more nuanced and steps in earlier rhetorically disarming harmful trends both within and from without. There is a similar push back in the Iranian media, but Nasrallah sets things straight in Arabic and for his Shiite base as well as others who are concerned by the extreme religious discourse that has pervaded and (partially) accelerated so much of the violence in recent years in the region.
According to the unreliable Naharnet:
“We do not need a religious justification to fight in Syria and we’re not fighting to implement the signs which narrations say would pave the ground for the emergence” of Imam Mahdi, said Nasrallah.
“We are rather fighting to defend Lebanon and the region and to prevent a repetition of what (Islamic State chief) Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi did against the Iraqi Albu Nimr tribe,” added Nasrallah, referring to a fresh wave of mass killings by the IS extremist group in Iraq’s Anbar province.
Hizbullah’s chief warned that “linking everything that is happening to the ‘signs of emergence’ has dangerous cultural and ideological repercussions, which can only lead to aberration.”