Plant trees, protect forests, preserve Lebanon's beauty. A message from the environment minister? Greenpeace campaigner? Eco-tourism entrepreneur?Previously:
No, this time it was Hezbollah guerrilla chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, taking time out from diatribes against Israel and its U.S. ally to deliver a distinctly green-tinged appeal.
Afforestation is "part of Lebanese national security," the Shi'ite leader intoned, statesmanlike, Saturday, a day after he emerged from hiding to dig in what he said was the millionth sapling planted by Hezbollah's reconstruction arm, Jihad al-Bina.
Nasrallah's tree-planting excursion was a rare step into the sunshine for a man who has lived under cover to avoid Israeli assassination since a 2006 war between Hezbollah and Israel.
"The climate threat today," the bespectacled cleric told his listeners, "is among the biggest threats faced by mankind in (terms of) its peace, security, stability and existence."...MORE
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