Press TV has interviewed Ibrahim Mousawi, a political commentator in Beirut, to discuss the remarks made by Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei denouncing a recent Saudi-led campaign against Lebanon’s resistance movement Hezbollah.
The following is a rough transcription of the interview.
Press TV: Why do you think countries like Saudi Arabia and some of its allies are hostile towards Hezbollah?
Mousawi: Well this is very clear here actually and many places for those who are aware of the Saudi plots and the Saudi conspiracies; they know very well that Hezbollah is defending the rights of the oppressed people, Hezbollah has sidelined with the Palestinian people, with the Yemeni people against the American-Saudi aggression, with the Bahraini people and also feel proud to be part of the axis of resistance and solidarity stretching from Iran towards Iraq, Lebanon, Syria and all those of liberation movements.
It is very normal for a country like Saudi Arabia to oppose Hezbollah and to try to blast Hezbollah and to disfigure, try to distort the image of Hezbollah because it works against the interests of Saudi Arabia which is being used as a puppet and as a hand in the American strategy in the region.
Press TV: And of course why is it that even since the nuclear agreement between Iran and the P5+1, still most Western powers continue to show hostility towards Iran?
Mousawi: Well again this is a reflection of the deep understanding of the Leader about the nature of the Western countries. I would say that this is one of the most important insights that one can follow in order to know how to deal with the Western world.
We know very well about oppressed people and about countries; take like sovereign countries and the great countries like Russia. Russia is not [in] line with the United States of America yet it is the victim of the continuous Western and American pressure in order to make an economic collapse, in order to make sanctions and in order not to give it any opportunity to progress more and more.
Iran [is the target by] the same token, because Iran is a sovereign, independent country. Iran is independent, does not want to belong to any of the axis, not to the East, not to the West, it is an Islamic Republic, they do want to let Iran represent an icon or be a model for the Islamic countries and for the Islamic people.
The Leader, in his insightful sense, was able to diagnose the American plot, the Western plot; that is why he is awakening the Iranian people and the people all around the world that they should not bow to the pressures, they should not give an inch because those powers will continue to mount their pressure in order to make the country or the people bow more and more.