Thursday 21 January 2021
News ID: 86422
Publish Date: 09 January 2021 - 21:51

BEIRUT (Dispatches) — The head of Lebanon’s resistance movement Hezbollah has said the storming by President Donald Trump’s supporters of the U.S. Capitol this week shows the "reality of American democracy, which they tried to spread around the world.” Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah described Trump as "stupid” and a "killer” in a televised speech, blasting the U.S. leader’s Mideast policies, including the Washington-directed airstrike in Baghdad a year ago that martyred Iran’s top general Qassem Soleimani, along with Iraq’s anti-terror commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis.

Nasrallah said the attack on the Capitol showed that Trump can also "kill his own people.” Wednesday’s violence in Washington left five people dead, including one protester.
"His criminal policies have been revealed to his own people,” Nasrallah said of Trump. "Even Americans felt that he can kill them.”
On Wednesday, Iran filed a "red notice” with Interpol that requests the arrest of Trump and 47 other U.S. officials identified as playing a role in the general’s assassination.
"The Islamic Republic of Iran is very seriously following up on pursuing and punishing those who ordered and executed this crime,” said Iranian judiciary spokesman Gholamhussein Esmaili.
Nasrallah said he hopes the world will be spared Trump’s policies over the next days, warning that "the nuclear button is at the hands of a crazy, racist and stupid person.”
On Friday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she has spoken to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff about preventing an "unhinged” Trump from ordering military actions including a possible nuclear strike in his final days and hours at the White House.
"This morning, I spoke to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Mark Milley, to discuss available precautions for preventing an unstable president from initiating military hostilities or accessing the launch codes and ordering a nuclear strike,” Pelosi said in a letter to House Democrats.
"The situation of this unhinged President could not be more dangerous, and we must do everything that we can to protect the American people from his unbalanced assault on our country and our democracy,” she added.
Nasrallah is the latest in line of leaders to mock the U.S. following the riot and siege at the Capitol building.
On Thursday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said the storming of the building was a sign that American democracy had failed.
Russia leaders also criticized Washington, with Konstantin Kosachyov, the chair of the Russian upper house’s foreign affairs committee, saying American democracy was "limping on both feet”.
Hezbollah, which has been battered from four years of Trump’s "maximum pressure” campaign against Iran and its allies, showed optimism following Joe Biden’s presidential election victory.
Hezbollah’s general secretary said in November he was happy about "the humiliating downfall” of Trump, whom he accused of having no restraints, adding that "arrogance and aggressiveness” had heightened the possibility of war.

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