Hassan Nasrallah, the Secretary-General of Hezbollah, has demonstrated a penchant for distorting and manipulating facts to suit his agenda. He employs tactics reminiscent of the Goebbels theory, although even his own audience is aware that not everything he says can be believed, albeit some elements may hold some truth.
In his recent speech commemorating the death anniversary of Mustafa Badr al-Din, the leader of Hezbollah's militia in Syria, Nasrallah responded to what he perceived as "lies, injustice, betrayal, and ethical violations."
He referred to the party's alleged association with drug dealer Marai al-Ramthan — who was reportedly targeted in an air strike conducted by Jordan in Syria a few days ago. The strike resulted in the death of al-Ramthan, his family, and the destruction of a Captagon production lab.
Nasrallah posed the question: "If not for Hezbollah, would the Lebanese state have been able to dismantle Captagon labs and drug smuggling networks in multiple regions?"
Weaponry used for illicit purposes
He added: "We will not permit the honourable weaponry of the resistance to be tainted by the scourge of drugs. This represents our principles and position."
It is worth recalling that Nasrallah coined the phrase "carrying arms to protect the resistance arms."
When he speaks of the honourable weaponry of the resistance, he is essentially referring to the arsenal of his own party, which invaded Beirut and Mount Lebanon in 2008 and was implicated in the assassination of prominent national figures, notably Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, as determined by the International Tribunal for Lebanon.
Hezbollah also played a role in the assassinations of Minister Muhammad Chatah and Brigadier General Wissam al-Hassan. This same weaponry has been responsible for the deaths of thousands of Syrians and the brutal sieges that have led to starvation in their cities and villages.
This weaponry has an extensive record of criminal activities both within and beyond Lebanese borders — spanning from Kuwait to Saudi Arabia, Syria, and other regions.
However, for the present discussion, let us focus on Hezbollah's purported innocence in relation to the manufacturing and trafficking of drugs, particularly Captagon.
Hezbollah's involvement in drug trafficking can be traced back over three decades. The US Drug Enforcement Administration, operating within the Counterterrorism Operations Center under the jurisdiction of the Department of Justice, has been monitoring Hezbollah's drug trafficking and money laundering activities, which have allegedly financed terrorist operations for more than 30 years.
One notable incident involved the interception of a massive cocaine shipment — estimated to be several tons, carried out by Hezbollah's associates in collaboration with the Colombian drug cartel La Oficina de Envgado.
Project Cassandra — a scandal that came to light a few years ago — exposed Hezbollah’s involvement in drug trafficking and money laundering. This operation led to the arrest of members of a Hezbollah network engaged in smuggling and trafficking drugs worth millions of dollars.