Following are excerpts
from an interview with former Lebanese
minister Wiam Wahhab, which aired on New TV on September 25, 2011:
Wiam Wahhab: Let's
begin with Erdoğan, that watermelon seller. There's nothing wrong with
being a watermelon seller…
You're calling him a watermelon seller?! A year ago, you considered
him a pan-Arab hero.
Wiam Wahhab: I
never called him that. The Syrians are the ones who got him wrong. I
never got it wrong, even once. The Syrians did. I knew what he was doing,
and I said so more than once. His only goal is to snatch the Palestinian
flag away from the Iranians. That was his only goal.
Erdoğan thinks that
a watermelon seller who shouts louder sells more. If that's what he
thinks, I'd like to tell him that if he goes even one meter into Syrian
land, 100,000 missiles will fall on him – from Syria and elsewhere.
If he goes even one meter into Syria…
are you trying to incite war between Syria and Turkey?
If he goes even one meter into Syrian land… It won't be me firing
missiles. I don't have any. I am telling you what will happen. This
is a Syrian decision. It is the decision of Bashar Al-Assad and of the
Syrian army. If he enters even a single meter and occupies Syrian land…
I will be one of the people who will go and fight, and I call upon all
the Lebanese who believe in this nation to go and fight if Turkey enters
But Erdoğan wouldn't
dare to do so. He's too much of a coward. If he sets foot on a single
meter, 100,000 missiles will fall on Turkish cities.
that is a Syrian decision?
Yes, it's a decision of Syria and of the entire axis of resistance.
If Syrian land is occupied… First of all, Turkey is an occupier, just
like Israel. Let's be clear about this. Israel took Palestine and Turkey
took Alexandretta. That's my opinion. I believe in the [Arab] nation.
I have never had a good word to say about Turkey. Never.
If NATO sends a plane,
the first missile it fires [at Syria] will mean that 100,000 missiles
will fall on Palestine. That decision has been made. I am speaking on
behalf of Syria, Iran, the resistance, and everybody. That is a done
will be fired from Syria, and from Lebanon too? By Hizbullah?
From everywhere. The entire region will go up in flames.
If the government says
that it wants to disarm Hizbullah by force, in accordance with an American
or Israeli decision, or course we will resort to weapons. The government
will become an enemy.