“We heard that [US Assistant Secretary of State] Jeffrey Feltman visited Tunisia. This is a bad omen. The Tunisian people should be on guard: when Feltman wants to discuss processes and elections with the interim Tunisian government,* it definitely means an American conspiracy in the making. Wherever this sorcerer Feltman appears, strife and ruin follow him.” — Hassan Nasrallah
* Editor’s Note: Regarding the kind of work done by the “NGOs” mentioned by Mr. Philip J. Crowley below, consult, for instance, <rightweb.irc-online.org/profile/National_Endowment_for_Democracy>.
QUESTION: Now, you said something about helping Tunisia transit to democracy. How will you do that? In what —
MR. CROWLEY: Well, clearly, the elections that Tunisia is beginning preparations for will be vitally important. We have some expertise, and I think part of what Assistant Secretary Feltman will evaluate is to what extent we might be helpful in providing some of the support through NGOs who have worked with a number of countries around the world for — to prepare — help them prepare for elections, where obviously, there’s not a history of free and fair elections. (emphasis added, Philip J. Crowley, Assistant Secretary, Daily Press Briefing, Washington, DC, January 24, 2011)
Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah is the Secretary General of Hezbollah. This speech was delivered on 25 January 2011. Click here for a video of the full speech; click here for NOW Lebanon‘s translation of the speech. See, also, As’ad AbuKhalil, “The Tunisian People Welcome Jeffrey Feltman” (Angry Arab News Service, 25 January 2011)
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