Nasrallah praises Gen. Soleimani as commander that never left frontline
The secretary general of the Lebanese Hezbollah resistance movement has praised Iran’s top anti-terror commander Major General Qassem Soleimani, saying he was constantly present on the battleground and commanding fellow fighters as opposed to military leaders worldwide that are absent from conflict zones.
In an interview conducted by Truth Documentary Film Center and broadcast by Iran’s English-language Press TV television news network, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah referred to Lt. Gen. Soleimani as a humble commander, who always visited his friends and aides on the battlefield, inquired about what his fighters were in need of and was always present on the frontline.
“Such a personality gave him a special privilege in terms of management and command,” Nasrallah remarked.
The Hezbollah chief also said, “One of the interesting points about Hajj Qassem’s behavior was that he was always a supporter of combatants and treated them with great respect and ardor.”
“Such a characteristic had moral and spiritual effects on officials. It also allowed him to hear all opinions, and not just the viewpoints of people who came to visit him in his office [in Tehran]. This helped Hajj Qassem have a better attitude, to consider other aspects, and to have a wider and deeper mindset about his responsibilities,” Nasrallah noted.
He stressed that Lt. Gen. Soleimani was never simply happy with the written reports he received and would rather personally visit the battleground to monitor the situation at close hand, and talk to military personnel.
Nasrallah added that such behavior is not very common among military leaders worldwide.
“Of course, all great Iranian commanders visited soldiers and fighters during the Sacred Defense (the 1980-88 Iraq’s imposed war on the Islamic Republic). But, this exists only in Iran and is not seen anywhere else,” he added
Additionally, he hailed the late Iranian commander’s indefatigability. “We may all get tired and feel that problems are putting a lot of pressure on us; but Hajj Qassem never stopped working. He had a lot of patience and endurance in the face of hardships and problems. I’m not exaggerating, but I have never seen anyone who could withstand hardships like him,” Nasrallah said.
Nasrallah remembered Gen. Soleimani as a very industrious and persistent person whose modesty was unparalleled.