In the long-anticipated first episode of the series "The World Tomorrow" being produced by Julian Assange on RT News
, Julian Assange interviews the Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah.
Nasrallah confirmed that this was his first interview in 6 years.
Nasrallah advises that Hezbollah had urged the Syrian opposition to engage in dialogue with Assad's regime, but that they had refused to do so.
In the interview, Nasrallah tells Assange that Hezbollah supports Syrian president Bashar al-Assad. He said that Syria supported resistance in Lebanon and “hasn't backed down in the face of Israeli and American pressure.”
Nasrallah is considered by the U.S., Israel, Netherlands and Canada to be a terrorist. In contrast he is considered a freedom fighter to millions and says Assad’s regime “served the Palestinian cause very well.”
He confirmed Hezbollah's support of the so-called "Arab Spring" in Egypt, Tunisia, Yemen and elsewhere. However in relation to Syria, Hezbollah had urged the opposition to rather engage in dialogue with Assad.
He revealed in the interview: “This is the first time I say this – We contacted […] the opposition to encourage them and to facilitate the process of dialogue with the regime. But they rejected dialogue. Right from the beginning we have had a regime that is willing to undergo reforms and prepared for dialogue. On the other side you have an opposition which is not prepared for dialogue and it is not prepared to accept reforms. All it wants is to bring down the regime. This is a problem.”
Nasrallah stated that he had called for balance on the Syrian issue as “armed groups in Syria have killed very many civilians”. but that international blame is placed on President Assad.
He states that while several Arab & non-Arab states are arming and funding the rebels, in his opinion Al-Qaeda simply wants to turn Syria into a battle ground.
He tells Assange in the interview: “There is fighting in Syria - when one party retreats, the other will advance, it will go on as long as doors to dialogue are shut.”
Hezbollah supports dialogue and Nasrallah states that without it, "civil war is the only alternative."
He stresses: "this is exactly what America and Israel want… Arab states are ready for tens of years of dialogue with Israel but won't have two months to try a political solution in Syria."