Monday, August 14, 2006

The New Saladin

Hassan Nasrallah's speech tonight was clear: Nobody will disarm Hezbollah and I am imposing my will to power on Lebanon.
Ah! and of course he claims that Hezbollah won the war. But that is classic and discounted populist spin.

He also said that Hezbollah will compensate everyone whose house was destroyed. That will make him a semi-god (he was prior to that a saint, whose name you could not pronounce in vain) among the majority of Shiites in Lebanon.

He also said that it was his people who suffered most while others were comfortable in their offices theorizing.

Thank you Israel for transforming this ignoramus ideologue, whose philosophy of life and death comes from 1400 year old book and who is educating his people accordingly, into a victorious and arrogant ignoramus ideologue.

Thanks to Israel, Lebanon has its mini Khomeini and the Islamic Republic of Lebanon is around the corner.

Now Israel is depending on the Lebanese government to finish the job, but I hope that Lebanon will not oblige and I hope that Israel will end up with an Islamic republic on its border that will make its life hell for a long time.

Unless they are fond of religious wars, I call on my Israeli enemies to join me in London because a new Saladin is rising at their doors and his name is Nasrallah.

33 Comments:

Blogger Rimstalker said...

"..and I hope that Israel will end up with an Islamic republic on its border that will make its life hell for a long time..."

Well, congratulations! We already HAVE an "Islamic republic" right on our northen border, and have seen in grow stronger every day for the last six years!

Do you really expect Israel to be concerned over the prospect of Lebanon becoming an extension of Iran? Hezbollah is the real sovereign power in south Lebanon, has been for years, and has been the only real military power in Lebanon prior to July, 12.

It’s the people of Lebanon that should be worried of Nasrallah ascent to a “mini-Khomeini” position – He already has southern Lebanon in his grasp and now he might manage to extend that over the rest – at your expense.

Israel declared objective of “destroying Hezbollah” have not been achieved, true.
But Hezbollah has been forced to expose and waste much of the “surprises” it has so carefully prepared (with Iranian help) and it will take time & effort to get back to a position from which it can threaten Israel again – do the mullahs of Iran have the time to wait? I am not so sure…

15 August, 2006 00:23  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Y3ILLVW-rU&eurl=

15 August, 2006 01:40  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1.I'm afraid that not hizballah is the real sovereign power in south Lebanon. Syria and Iran are.

2. I'm afraid that Lebanon now is on a pahth that will lead to another civil war in the future.

3.This war has ensharped the huge
multidimentional damage that
the hizballah does to Lebanon
in almost every possible term.

15 August, 2006 11:02  
Blogger mcreider said...

C'mon, dear Zadig Voltaire, you can't be serious in blaming only Israel for the raise of HA popularity in Lebanon. True, our Gvt. has managed this war stupidly, to say the least, and you will never find a harsher critisizm of the Olmert-Peretz-Halutz trio, in any place, rather than in Israel. But it was your Gvt., which allowed the HA to flourish, may be out of its weekness or out of the Mediterranian non-challantness, and now you got the fruits. Its hard to blame the Lebanese - it is known for one and all that Iran is behind HA, but again, you should not keep Israel responsible for your Gvt's inability to protect its ppl from the looming disaster.
Also, why should you care now? You don't believe in Lebanon anymore, do you?
If and when I, like you, one day lose my faith in my country, I will go some other place, without looking back. It is better this way, I know it from the experience.
Rgds from Tlv, and find yourself a better occupation, rather than blogging, you are an excellent writer and blogs give only an illusion of writing.

15 August, 2006 14:32  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The only solution in the long term is a peace agreement between IL and
Lebanon.

Otherwise, if
Hizballah will return
to it's strongholds'
the next war is only
a metter of time.

15 August, 2006 15:08  
Blogger tedzzz said...

here is a very interesting article about hizballah
"Is Hizbullah winning by losing?" it hits home on some very important points. http://www.csmonitor.com/2006/0731/dailyUpdate.html
I dont think Hizbullah is going anywhere soon.
maybe we expect to much from time, for it does not seem to solve all problems....

15 August, 2006 16:30  
Anonymous Battal Agha said...

Time to stand up and fight for what you want. But dfo not expect the others to do it for you. If you accept the present situation, then I am afraid that it is the end of AL JOUMHOURIYYA AL LOUBNANIYYA and Hello AL JOUMHOURIYYA AL ISLAMIYYA AL LOUBNANIYYA....

15 August, 2006 16:55  
Blogger FreeCyprus said...

Hizbullah and Nasrallah may have been weakened militarily...but they do appear to be stronger than ever.

There is Nasrallah-mania in the streets of Beirut, Damascus and Tehran

16 August, 2006 01:09  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You can say what you want from London and elsewhere, but it takes men (and not spoiled dudes) to be in the battle-field. You're nothing close to being Lebanese since your dis-respect for Islam and its 1400 yrs old Book comes either from south of the Lebanese borders, the Stone Age or Hitler's days. It's good to have people like you out of the country.

16 August, 2006 14:35  
Blogger Beny Shlevich said...

Why are you happy a new Islamuc Republic us underway? All that means is this war will re-open in a few years, and Lebanon will suffer another horrible round of demolition. If I as an Israeli can see this would be awful, why are you gloating? Do you hate your homeland so much?

16 August, 2006 15:59  
Blogger Assistant Village Idiot said...

The critics here misunderstand. ZV just wants it to be someone else's fault.

The Lebanese are children returning to an abusive father so that they at least do not have to fend for themselves.

16 August, 2006 17:59  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Intersting.
israel is to blame when it started the war and caused unbearable damage to Lebanon. (Alot of this damage was made mainly on Hiabullah...
And also israel is to blame that it didn't "finish the Job" and wipped the Enemy.
In short whatever israel will do she it will be accused by You...
Ever thought of looking in thr mirror?

18 August, 2006 10:50  
Blogger Motherearth2000 said...

I have the answer to the middle east. As everyone seems to have an interest in the Shabba farms. Move everyone out and re-name it the 'paintball farms' next time fight the war there and leave ordinary people out of it. Charge huge amounts of money, winner takes all. Make sure old politicians have to partake. This might be tongue in cheek but we can all dream of 'computer wars' and leave flesh and blood intact.

18 August, 2006 18:05  
Anonymous outsider said...

I can't help feeling that arguing about Shebaa Farms is futile. There really are more important issues concerning HZ's actual role in Lebanese life and resolving the prisoner issue once and for all.

The UN says Shebaa is part of Syria. Let them squabble with Israel over it. It's of no strategic or practical use I can think of. It's not exactly Jerusalem, is it?

18 August, 2006 18:43  
Anonymous Delbarre said...

Israel does not consider Lebanon as an enemy. Never did. It was either the PLO or the Hizbullah.
Look at the Lebanese 1000 pound note on the map Seba' farms are in Syria.

''Ouala Françiin, ouala batikh !''


Des choses qui ne plairont pas à Ahmadinejad, à Al Assad et à Nasrallah… vous pouvez m’en croire

Vendredi , la remise de toutes les positions israéliennes sur notre sol à l’armée libanaise devrait être achevée. C’est, en tous cas, ce qui a été conclu lors des nombreuses et cordiales réunions tripartites – ONU – Liban – Israël – qui se sont tenues, et continuent de se dérouler, au siège de la FINUL à Naqura.


Intelligente décision de hâter le mouvement, s’il en est, après le coup de bluff de Douste-Blazy au Conseil de Sécurité. Rappelez-vous, c’était la semaine dernière, la France de Chirac faisait des pieds et des mains pour arrêter l’avance des troupes israéliennes et priver ainsi l’Occident d’un succès par K.O contre le terrorisme islamique. Les discussions sur une éventuelle cessation des hostilités entre l’ambassadeur de Paris et John Bolton étaient au point mort. Le point d’achoppement, qui semblait indébrouillable : comment s’assurer que notre armée, assistée des forces internationales, serait capable d’empêcher le Hezbollah de se réarmer et de retourner sur ses positions au Sud ?

C’est à ce moment-là que le ministre des Affaires Etrangères du Quai d’Orsay, dépêché au pas de charge par son président à Manhattan, sortit un lapin de son chapeau magique : la France était disposée à remplacer "immédiatement" les forces israéliennes, qui comptaient alors environ 35'000 hommes entre nos cèdres.


Impossible pour le département d’Etat et la belle – quoiqu’un peu naïve face à des Orientaux – Condoleezza de rejeter une offre aussi courageuse ! La France s’apprêtait à venir en aide, autrement qu’en paroles creuses, à son petit Liban protégé et à envoyer sa Force de Dissuasion asseoir notre souveraineté dans le Sud de notre pays.

Quelques heures à peine après ce coup de poker, le Conseil de Sécurité votait la fin des hostilités à l’unanimité – pensez donc, la France allait désarmer les scories du Hezbollah – ce dont même Jérusalem et Washington, éblouies par la bravoure gauloise, se félicitèrent.
Ils ont revendiqué un cessez- le- feu immédiate. Puis ils ont accouché la résolution 1701 suite des longue négociations ... et maintenant...
La hauteur de la perfidie et de malhonnêteté française. D'abord ils ont exercé de pression pour voter la proposition de la résolution français- américaine - alors ils prennent un pas en arrière dans l'implémentation de cette même résolution. Donc, Hizbullah peut ne pas désarmer, il peut revenir ET LES ARMEMENTS ET LES FUSÉES de l'Iran ET la Syrie PEUT ENTRER DANS LE PAYS SANS ENTRAVE.

220 soldats français jusqu'à Février – il s'en fou du Liban et de la sécurité des ces citoyens. Une tromperie typique. Israël n'aura pas acceptée le cessez- le–feu si elle aura su que elle ne pas épaulé par une force multinationale robuste.
D'abord, en vertu de la résolution 1701 du Conseil de sécurité de l'ONU, le Sud du Liban doit être démilitarisé de toute présence armée du Hezbollah. Cela signifie qu'il n'y aura plus un Etat dans l'Etat à la frontière nord. L'armée libanaise, épaulée par des forces de l'ONU, doit se déployer au Liban-Sud et rétablir la souveraineté du Liban sur place Israël a réussi à détruire beaucoup de roquettes de longue portée du Hezbollah, et leur remplacement par la Syrie et l'Iran serait contraire aux décisions du Conseil de sécurité.
Un sondage publié lundi révélait que deux tiers des Israéliens sont mécontents de ce cessez-le-feu.


La France réticente à engager son armée au Liban
LE MONDE | 17.08.06 | 11h09 • Mis 17.08.06 | 11h51
NEW YORK (Nations unies) CORRESPONDANT

Selon des sources onusiennes et diplomatiques, la France a été sur le point, mercredi 16 août, d'annoncer une participation uniquement symbolique à la force de 15 000 casques bleus chargés de maintenir une paix fragile au Liban sud, alors qu'elle était pressentie pour en constituer la colonne vertébrale. Cette décision a semé le trouble aux Nations unies.

De la Finul à une "Finul renforcée"
UNE FORCE DE STABILISATION

Votée vendredi 11 août à l'initiative de la France et des Etats-Unis, la résolution 1701 du Conseil de sécurité de l'ONU appelait à une cessation "complète" des hostilités au Liban sud. Le texte prévoyait le déploiement de 15 000 hommes de l'armée libanaise dans le sud du pays, dominé par le Hezbollah depuis six ans. La résolution demandait parallèlement à l'armée israélienne de retirer "toutes ses forces" de la région. La Force intérimaire des Nations unies au Liban (Finul) doit superviser l'opération.

UN MANDAT COMPLEXE

La résolution 1701 transforme la Finul, une force presque trentenaire de 2 000 casques bleus (dont 200 Français), largement impuissants, en une force robuste de 15 000 hommes autorisés à "prendre toutes les mesures nécessaires", et donc à user de la force pour faire respecter leur mandat : établir dans le Sud une zone tampon, dont le Hezbollah et l'armée israélienne seront exclus, "contrôler la cessation des hostilités", "aider" l'armée libanaise à se déployer et prévenir tout acte hostile dans ses zones de déploiement.

19 August, 2006 08:09  
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19 August, 2006 22:47  
Anonymous Anat said...

Oh splendid. Why don't you grow up and take responsibility for your life. If you can't rule your country and defend your freedom, you can just as well invite the French back to rule you. You are unworthy of freedom.

22 August, 2006 12:34  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This new Saladin (sorry, because the old one new what he was doing) has achieved:
1) destruction of Southern Lebanon.
2) Hiding behind women and children and blaming Israel for the destructio............
3) His people suffered while he was hiding in the Iranian embassy in Beirut.
4)And Zadigvoltaire practices the favorite passtime of humanity: blame somebody else.......in this case you can't go wrong blaming Israel.
Anyhow, Nasrallah, WHAT A HERO!!!

24 August, 2006 02:18  
Blogger Fearless said...

Thank you Israel for transforming this ignoramus ideologue, whose philosophy of life and death comes from 1400 year old book and who is educating his people accordingly, into a victorious and arrogant ignoramus ideologue.

Thanks to Israel, Lebanon has its mini Khomeini and the Islamic Republic of Lebanon is around the corner.

Now Israel is depending on the Lebanese government to finish the job, but I hope that Lebanon will not oblige and I hope that Israel will end up with an Islamic republic on its border that will make its life hell for a long time.

Unless they are fond of religious wars, I call on my Israeli enemies to join me in London because a new Saladin is rising at their doors and his name is Nasrallah.

24 August, 2006 15:33  
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25 August, 2006 13:52  
Anonymous Delbarre said...

In an interview with the Lebanese daily Al-Nahar, the mufti of Tyre and of the Jabal 'Aamel district, Sayyed 'Ali Al-Amin, demanded that the Lebanese government bear its responsibility and deploy the Lebanese army in the south of the country. This is because, he says, it is the government that is responsible for the security of the south, and no other group. Al-Amin criticized the accusations of treason against anyone who has called to disarm Hizbullah, arguing that "no community [in Lebanon] is more nationalist and more loyal than another." According to him, "the Shi'ite community in Lebanon authorized no one to declare war in its name" - on the contrary, he said, it opposed the war and is loyal to the state just like Lebanon's other ethnic communities. He clarified that the support for the resistance in the south was no substitute for loyalty to the state, and stressed that this support was common to all Lebanon.(1)

The following are excerpts from the interview:


"[Neither] Lebanon nor the Lebanese People Have any Connection to This War; the War was Forced Upon the Country and People, Who Did Not Want It"

Question: "How do you assess the 33-day war in Lebanon?"

Sayyed Ali Al-Amin: "It was a difficult and crazed war, that Israel undertook as a collective punishment for Lebanon... In this war, Israel deviated from all the international laws and conventions. This is nothing new for [Israel]; it has been its way and its method since it was established...

"[Neither] Lebanon nor the Lebanese people have any connection to this war. The war was forced upon the country and people, who did not want it. Everyone demanded an immediate ceasefire from the moment it broke out, but Israel continued in its aggression, unrestrained.

"This war, and Israel's other recurring wars in Lebanon, revealed the extent of [Lebanon's] lack of preparation [for war] in all areas... Such preparations are necessary for someone who anticipates or plans for war, and pushes towards it... Had there been a minimum level of preparedness, great losses would have been prevented. That is if we assume that the war was necessary, and it should have been solely Lebanon's responsibility.

"But from the form of the open war, from its broad scope, and from the type of arms used during it, we see that this is a war of another kind, a kind uncommon in wars of liberation and popular resistance - rather, it was an all-out war, waged by countries with their armies. If the war was necessary in this way, it was everyone's obligation, and [one particular] part, [i.e. Lebanon,] must not bear its results and its burden [alone]... [But] we think that that this war was not the obligation of Lebanon alone; rather, it should have been part of an overall Arab strategy of war and conflict, of which Lebanon would have been just one component, and not its ultimate scapegoat. Lebanon paid a heavy price in an ill-advised battle, with no preparation. What is the sense and what is the courage in this?..."


"Had the Previous Agreements Been Implemented, We Would Not Have Reached This Situation"

Question: "What do you think is the solution to get out of the continuing deadlock...?"

Sayyed Ali Al-Amin: "Our unity as Lebanese, which was embodied in popular solidarity... and in cooperation [between the elements] of the government... are the basis for a solution and for getting out of the deadlock.

"The points presented by the Lebanese government [for a solution], and to which the various [Lebanese camps] unanimously agreed, are points that draw on previous agreements, which were the basis for everyone joining the state. Had the previous agreements been implemented, we would not have reached this situation.

"Accordingly, I maintain that these points - even though they were basically raised to solve external problems emanating from the Israeli aggression - are also suitable for an opening to the solution of the internal political crisis. Such [a solution] would be by [all camps] fully committing to the state, and a return to [the state's] constitutional, judicial, and political institutions. Then, all the cards will be in the hand of the state - [the state] which constitutes an overarching framework for all Lebanese, who will find in it protection, security, prosperity, and stability only in the framework of one state to which they are loyal, which they defend, and which is just to all.

"The Lebanese experience has proved the failure of communities and parties defending and protecting themselves alone; thus, there is no substitute for one state to which everyone, without exception, belongs."


"In a Society [in Which Different Communities] Live Side by Side, Accusations of Treason Should Be Removed From the Dictionary of Life..."

Question: "What is your position regarding the struggle that is going on between [the supporters of continued possession of] arms by the resistance and of its role, and [the supporters of] restricting arms to the state only?"

Sayyed Ali Al-Amin: "When the state truly fills the role with which it is charged, it alone bears responsibility for actualizing sovereignty and defense... The people does not assign this responsibility to a party or to a [particular] group, but rather demands it from the state that represents everyone."

Question: "[Hizbullah spiritual leader] Muhammad Hussein Fadhlallah said that all talk of disarming the resistance was treason of the highest order. What is your view?"

Sayyed Ali Al-Amin: "Categorizing and name-calling is not acceptable, and it is strange that it is happening now, while everyone is trying to strengthen national solidarity and to bring the different views closer together, in order to deal with the danger of the Israeli attacks. All Lebanese are in the same trench, and no community is more nationalist and more loyal than another...

"The question of disarming [Hizbullah] is one that has [already] been discussed at the National Dialogue table, with the aim of finding suitable solutions for it, and it was submitted for discussion by... genuine partners in the state-building process... [Therefore,] is it right to accuse everyone, or some [of treason] while all have proven their solidarity during the crisis?...

"Let us assume that an agreement [is reached] regarding the disarming [of Hizbullah]; the arms are not handed over to enemies... On the contrary, they are arms that will be handed over to the Lebanese state in which everyone participates - including the owners of the weapons... Had there been any treason or prohibition in this, why did those who are interested in it [i.e. Hizbullah] and the rest of the participants in the dialogue set it on the dialogue table?

"At this stage, we need greater objectivity, and to distance ourselves from exaggeration and from words that sow fear and raise obstacles that prevent the presentation of legitimate questions... In my opinion, any question is legitimate - and all the more so if it is connected to the homeland, to the fate [of the country], and to the future... In a society [in which different communities] live side by side, accusations of treason should be removed from the dictionary of life and from relations with each other."


Nowhere in the World Except in Lebanon Does the President Oppose Deploying the Army and the State's Authority Throughout the Homeland

Question: "What is your opinion on the decision to deploy the army in the south, and what are the missions required of the army?"

Sayyed Ali Al-Amin: "There is no doubt that deploying the Lebanese army on all the Lebanese lands is welcomed and supported by the entire people... This step taken recently by the government had been the obligation of the various [Lebanese] governments since the Taif Agreement. We never heard, in the entire world except Lebanon, that a president - past or present - would oppose the deployment of the state's army and authority on all the lands of the homeland...

"With regard to the missions with which the Lebanese army is charged, they are many and large, and the first one is the mission of defending the country from the Israeli aggression and to deploy the state's authority in all the lands of the homeland. The army's presence in the south and in all of Lebanon is a fundamental [component of] the state, and it is necessary for the defense of the homeland. Similarly, it strengthens national belonging and adherence to the state and to its institutions... and will restore the national anthem to all the Lebanese."


"What Happened in the South Does Not Represent the Will of the Shi'ite Community... [But] Was Caused by the Vacuum That the Lebanese State Left for Years in This Region"

Question: "Do you think that Hizbullah has monopolized the Shi'ite community, and dragged the country into a difficult war in its name?..."

Sayyed Ali Al-Amin: "I don't think Hizbullah asked the Shi'ite community about the war. Perhaps the great emigration from the south is the best proof that the people of the south were against the war. The Shi'ite community authorized no one to declare war in its name or to drag it into a war that was far from its wishes and from the wishes of the other ethnic communities in Lebanon. What happened in the south does not represent the will of the Shi'ite community, and is not its responsibility, but was caused by the vacuum that the Lebanese state left for years in this region... What happened is the natural result of a state relinquishing its duty to defend a region and its citizens."

Question: "Does the Shi'ite community have dual loyalty, to Hizbullah and to the state?"

Sayyed Ali Al-Amin: "The Lebanese Shi'ites are like the rest of the Lebanese in all things regarding adhering to the Lebanese state, and loyalty to it. Their history, past and present, attests to their loyalty and their sacrifice in this way... I don't think that the support that the resistance received in the south is a substitute for loyalty to the Lebanese state. The state, with all its institutions and sectors, participated in this support... I maintain that if we had conducted a poll in the south about [support] for and loyalty to the Lebanese state, the result would have been the same as in the other regions of Lebanon: overall agreement regarding loyalty to the Lebanese homeland and to the Lebanese state.

"The Lebanese Shi'ites have no framework or loyalty unique to them except that of the single Lebanese state - which must take matters into its own hands and deploy its authority throughout all Lebanese lands..."


Endnote:
(1) Al-Nahar (Lebanon), August 22, 2006.

26 August, 2006 16:13  
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Anonymous Ian said...

George Galloway is a joke in British politics. On the payroll of Saddam for years. Expelled from the Labour party, he went on to form RESPECT in a predominntly Muslim area. Funny to see the Chador clad populace cheering him. No self respecting Englishman will ever do so.
The man has been prostituting himself for years, including asking for funds for himself on Al Jazeera. In Damascus along side Fascist, David Duke, he was supporting Bachar.


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"You know, I don't want to embarrass any particular Arab ruler, but once I spoke to a prince. I told him there were three British newspapers on sale for 100 million pounds – The Daily Express, The Sunday Express, and The Daily Star. Three important newspapers. 'Why don't you buy them,' I said. 'You could make a foothold for a decent point of view on the Arab world, if you were to buy these newspapers.' He could have bought them, but he didn't have the courage to buy them. He'd rather spend the money on other things. You know, in London, there is enough money thrown onto the roulette tables of London's casinos by Arabs, which could buy media in America and Britain, and transform the landscape. But I tell you, the good news is this: In the desert, just a few drops of water can transform the landscape. All we need is a few drops of water, because the American and British people have no faith, no trust, in their leaders. They know that the policy of their leaders is leading them to disaster. We need to intelligently apply the resources that we have, and people can contact me, to my e-mail, through my website, georgegalloway.com. I have many ideas on how we can do this. I just don't have any money."

[...]

"Walid Jumblatt was a friend of mine, and his father was someone that I greatly admired. But now I'm ashamed that I sat in the house of Walid Jumblatt, and took coffee from his cups. I think that the mistakes that Mr. Jumblatt made, not only in the last few weeks, but especially over the last 12 months, when he did his best to divide the people of Lebanon from the people of Syria, and to encourage the Franco-American imperial plan for Lebanon, was a shameful act. I'm sorry to say that, because I have many times sat in his house. It pains me to say that, but of all the actors in the Middle East region, the one who has really let everybody down is Walid Jumblatt. I hope that he will wake up one morning, realize this, and correct this mistake, because he has wounded the Arab nation, and this is not something that should ever be done by someone who carries the name of Jumblatt."

27 August, 2006 11:43  
Anonymous Ian said...

British MP George Galloway at Damascus University to Support Bashar Al-Assad


Gentlemen,




Thursday, November 17, 2005
MEMRI: British MP George Galloway at Damascus University to Support Bashar
Al-Assad

British MP George Galloway at Damascus University to Support Bashar
Al-Assad: If the U.S. Invades Syria, The People will Fight the U.S.
Occupation Like the Brits Were Ready to Fight the Nazis

The following are excerpts from a speech by British MP George Galloway at
Damascus University. The speech aired on Al-Jazeera TV on November 13, 2005.

TO VIEW THIS CLIP, visit http://www.memritv.org/search.asp?ACT=S9&P1=923 .


On U.S. Secretary of State Rice's Mideast Visit and the Behavior of Slave
Governments

Galloway: "Condoleezza Rice has been touring the Arab countries to speak
about Syria, so I have come to Syria to speak about Condoleezza Rice.

"You know, it never ceases to surprise me that Arab governments can allow a
foreigner to come to their country and sit at their tables with their
leaders to insult and attack another Arab country. This is the behavior of
slave governments, and the Bahraini regime should have asked Condoleezza to
leave when she insulted Syria in their presence, in their capital. In fact,
maybe it's the rulers who should leave. When she visited Cairo a few months
ago, the Egyptian masses - who are still a part of the Arab world, by the
way - raised the slogan about the Arab rulers: 'Give them a visa ya
Condoleezza,' and I believe that this is a slogan which has not lost its
meaning."

[...]

"I want to be very clear. I was clear in July, and what I said in July has
followed me all over the world by the American and Israeli propaganda
machine, so I want to be very clear again. All dignified people in the
world, whether Arabs or Muslims or others with dignity, are very proud of
the speech made by President Bashar Al-Assad a few days ago here in
Damascus."

[...]

"For me, he is the last Arab ruler, and Syria is the last Arab country. It
is the fortress of the remaining dignity of the Arabs, and that's why I'm
proud to be here and addressing you this evening."

[...]

"After July he [Blair] condemned me for what I said about President Bashar,
but only two years before, he was taking the president to meet Her Majesty
the Queen. If President Bashar is so dangerous a man, why did he take him
inside the royal palace in London? The truth is, Mr. Blair changed his
policy towards Syria because President Bush ordered him to. Mr. Blair too is
a slave of the slaves."

[...]

"The reason that Syria is facing this crisis is not because of any bad thing

which Syria has done or any weaknesses within its democracy, or within its
economy, or within its human rights record - and there are weaknesses in all
three of these. The reason why Syria is being threatened is not because of
anything bad which she did, but because of the good which she is doing.
That's the reason why Syria is being threatened - because she will not
betray the Palestinian resistance, because she will not betray the Lebanese
resistance, Hizbullah, because she will not sign a shameful surrender-peace
with General Sharon, and above all - more than any of these others - because
Syria will not allow her country to be used as a military base for America
to crush the resistance in Iraq. These are the reasons why Syria is being
targeted by these imperial powers."

[...]

"Now I warned in July that Lebanon was being sharpened as a knife to be used

in the back of Syria, and I warned the Lebanese people that those who care
nothing for Lebanon are preparing to use you and your government to weaken
the last Arab power. And I turned out to be right. This knife has been
sharpened and now they are using it."

[...]


On U.N. Chief Investigator Detlev Mehlis

"And I warned in July about this character, Mehlis. And please don't call
him Sayyed [Mr.] Mehlis. I'm not calling him Sayyed Mehlis."

Translator: "We don't call him Sayyed Mehlis."

Galloway: "No, I was interviewed by several Syrian journalists today, and
every time I said Mehlis, they said Sayyed Mehlis. No, he's not Sayyed
Mehlis."

[...]

"Just because somebody is appointed by the U.N. which became - you know,
Lenin called the League of Nations a 'thieves' kitchen.' The U.N. became a
thieves' and beggars' kitchen, where the thieves make the decisions, and the
beggars vote for the decisions, and if the beggars will not vote for the
decisions, the thieves will implement the decisions anyway. Because somebody
came through the U.N., it doesn't make them a saint. Mehlis is not a saint,
he's not an impartial civil servant, he is a policeman with a record of
framing Arab governments, and this is why he was given this job. He was the
one who investigated the so-called La Belle disco explosion in Berlin. He
named Libya as the responsible party for this crime, and Ronald Reagan used
this finding to send a massive and violent attack against Libya, which the
daughter of Mu'ammar Qadhafi herself.
This was Mehlis' job, to falsely accuse Libya of this crime, which verybody
now knows Libya was not
responsible for."

[...]

"This record of framing Arab countries is the qualification of Mehlis for
his new job of framing Syria."

[...]

"This is why he was given this job, and everybody should be aware that the
verdict of the Mehlis inquiry was already fixed before he began his
investigation. This murder of Hariri was deliberately planned and executed
precisely to implicate Syria and to set in train the events which have
unfolded."

[...]


"The Iraqi Resistance Are Defeating the American Army"

"Now some people asked me here, do I think that this will all lead to a
situation in Syria which can be compared to the fate of Iraq, and I say no.
There is no chance of the American army invading Syria, for many reasons.
The first reason is because the Iraqi resistance are defeating the American
army in Iraq."

[...]

"You know, when I went to the American Senate on May the 17th of this year,
which seems only yesterday for me, and for the American senators - I heard
myself say on a video clip the other day - I told the Senate on May the 17th
that 1,600 American soldiers had died. 1,600. That was on May 17th. Today,
it's almost 2,100 and rising rapidly. October was the bloodiest month of the
war, with the Americans losing 107 dead soldiers in one month."

[...]

"Now the Americans cannot control one single street in any town or city or
village of Arab Iraq. Not one street can they control safely."

[...]

"They can control the skies, but only if they don't come low enough for the
RPG."

[...]

"No American soldier who leaves his barracks can be sure that he will come
back alive."

Translator: "No American soldier who leaves his suitcases can be sure he
will return to life again."

Galloway: "Every Iraqi, every roadside, every car is a potential deadly
ending for him. And the American army - the American army is losing the will

to fight."

[...]

"So America is losing the war in Iraq and she cannot dream of starting a new

war in Syria. The second reason is: The public opinion in Britain and
America is moving decisively against the policy of Bush and Blair."

[...]

"The political strength of George Bush is beginning to seep away into the
sand. He is not strong enough to declare another war against another Arab
country."

[...]


If the U.S. Invades Syria, "Every Dignified Person in the Country Would
Fight Them"

"And in Britain, these are the final days of Tony Blair. The British media
is discussing every day whether this day Blair will resign."

[...]

"And the third reason why they will never invade Syria is sitting here and
is outside in the streets. It is that if they dared to invade Syria, every
dignified person in the country would fight them exactly as the people of
Iraq are fighting them now."

[...]

"When Hitler was on the French coast and my country stood alone, when the
Americans were watching the war on television before they joined it, we
faced a violent foreign military invasion. And of course there were
collaborators in Britain who would have collaborated with Hitler if he had
landed, but the vast majority of British people would have fought Hitler,
with their teeth, if necessary, because no free people will allow itself to
be occupied by a foreign army, and Syria is a free people and will never
agree to such an invasion."

[...]

"What your lives would be if from the Atlantic to the Gulf we had one Arab
union - all this land, 300 million people, all this oil and gas and water,
occupied by a people who speak the same language, follow the same religions,

listen to the same Um Kulthum... The Arabs would be a superpower in the
world if they had this unity, instead of the shameful situation in which the

Arabs find themselves today."

[...]


"We are Making a European Union Which in 20 Years Will Balance the Power of
the U.S., Inshallah"

"This is not a dream, you know. In the European Union, there is almost 100
languages, there is many religions, there is countries who only 50 years ago

were slaughtering each other by the million in war - totally different
cultures with nothing in common except living on the mainland of Europe. But

we are making a European Union which in 20 years will balance the power of
the United States of America, inshallah."

[...]

"Chairman Mao said that sometimes the enemy struggles mightily to lift a
huge stone, only to drop it on its own feet, and I believe that's what has
happened in the world today."

[...]

"Instead of terrorizing the whole world with American power, the invasion of

Iraq has showed everybody in the world the limitations of American power."

[...]


"The Hero Hugo Chavez"

"Hundreds of thousands are ready to fight them in the Middle East, and in
Latin America there is revolution everywhere. Fidel Castro is feeling young
again. Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Bolivia, Ecuador, Chile are all electing
left-wing governments which are challenging American domination. And in
Venezuela, the hero Hugo Chavez has stood against them over and over and
over again."

[...]

"Chavez was twice overthrown on America's orders, and twice the poor masses
of the slums of Caracas poured onto the streets in their millions and
reinstalled him in the president's house. America cannot dare to touch his
head, because if they harm Hugo Chavez, a fire will erupt in Latin America
which will engulf them."

[...]

"So I say to you, citizens of the last Arab country, this is a time for
courage, for unity, for wisdom, for determination, to face these enemies
with the dignity your president has shown, and I believe, God willing, we
will prevail and triumph, wa-salam aleikum."

27 August, 2006 11:58  
Anonymous Ian said...

Iraqi Author: George Galloway, You Will Be Tried Just Like Your Friend and Benefactor Saddam Hussein

Please see the enclosed about Galloway.


Shortcut to: http://memri.org/bin/latestnews.cgi?ID=SD10370

27 August, 2006 11:59  
Blogger John Smith said...

Been away for a while…

I’ve just came back from about 3 weeks of army service in the IDF including about 10 days of active war in the Israeli artillery forces.

There were nights it seems like a movie. I heard HA rockets whistling above my head hitting Israeli towns. I saw the forests of northern Israel burning, coloring the night sky with orange. I saw the MLRS firing back leaving a trail of smoke across the sky. I heard the machine guns, the tanks, the planes, the choppers, the cannons. I heard some kind of an explosion every 10 seconds. I saw HA rockets hitting 300 feet from me. We fired back. We destroyed one HA rocket launcher. We killed 3 HA fighters. We nailed one HA anti-tank unit. The war ended. I went home back to my family. I saw my wife and kids again. I survived this round.

p.s.
I met with many soldiers from different units in the front and talked to a lot of my friends that came back from the war. Everywhere I asked, Israeli combat soldiers describe the same thing – in many cases they were held back in order not to harm Lebanese civilians. Examples: A combat pilot friend of mine estimates 80-90 percent of his targets were empty fields. My artillery unit from time to time fired more than 100 shells to the same target (one spot on some empty field). A soldier I met on the front from another artillery unit said they saw HA fighters in a village bellow them but didn’t get a clearance to fire at them. 2 friends of mine (one from an anti-tanks unit, and one from an infantry unit) say the same thing. Everywhere you ask it’s the same story. It seems like the IDF was held back by the politicians in order to avoid Lebanese civilian casualties, many times increasing the risk to its own soldiers. I think that if the IDF was given a free hand, HA would have been reduced to Nasrallah and maybe another 10 people that are hiding in his bunker.

Glad to be home again.
Peace to all.

27 August, 2006 16:26  
Anonymous Delbarre said...

Nasrallah and his lame excuses on NTV TV for vbringing destruction and death to Lebanon:
Nasrallah:We wouldn't have kidnapped soldiers had we known it would have brought

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3296401,00.html

Nasrallah: We wouldn't have kidnapped soldiers had we known it would have brought war

Published: 08.27.06, 20:24

Hizbullah chief Hassan Nasrallah told Lebanese television NTV that "our organization would not have kidnapped thw two Israeli soldiers if it would have known that Israel would launch war of this size."

Nasrallah added that the multinational force in Lebanon was not aimed at disbanding his organization.

27 August, 2006 23:14  
Anonymous Roger said...

International and Lebanese news agencies have reported that Hezbollah has began as of last Friday August 18, distributing US $12,000 per Shiite (only) family whose home was destroyed in the Israeli air strikes on the Southern suburbs, South Lebanon and Beirut, where Hezbollah has erected its three mini-states. Hezbollah declared that it has reimbursed hundreds of families and indicated that the funds are paid in cash for the purpose of renting a temporary dwelling and furnishings for one year. Hezbollah failed to clarify the source of these enormous funds. The Hezbollah reimbursement program is projected to cost US$150,000,000 at a minimum. The "Party of God" also promised to pay later for a new residence for each affected family, and to rebuild the destroyed structures from its "own" funds even though the number of damaged units lies between 15,000 and 25,000 residences.

The availability of these large funds to Hezbollah sheds light into its documented foreign extensions proving irrefutably to the world that such a tremendous missile armada cannot be independently amassed by a private political party - that claims to represent the dispossessed and the disenfranchised - unless financed by a foreign project and an international financial source. This source that financed Hezbollah with billions of dollars for three decades certainly did not do it for purely humanitarian reasons, rather, the support was intended to serve plans and objectives devoid of Lebanese interests.

The tremendous financial capabilities exposed by Hezbollah's leader Nasrallah simply mean that the man will release hundreds of millions of dollars in one wave confirming anew that he possesses political, social, and military means far beyond those of the Lebanese state. It is strange how the Lebanese state observes silently along with the Arab League and the Security Council, this financial expansion of the Iranian-Syrian project whose destructive and belligerent objectives are clearly manifested in the deterioration of the Lebanese people's standard of living. Hezbollah is not only a state within the state, it also dominates through force all the capabilities and decision centers of the Lebanese State.

The nations of the Free world must move quickly through the United Nations and the Security Council to enact a new resolution and take global mandatory measures to interdict Hezbollah's funding and aid in all forms. All funds and humanitarian aid should be channeled exclusively through the Lebanese government in transparent and clear channels and laws pertaining to the sources of aid as well as the mechanisms of its distribution including qualification rules and procedures.

The silence of the Lebanese government, the Lebanese political leadership and the public in general, in the face of Hezbolla's scandalous financial practices, in addition to the regional and international nonchalance towards its military and terrorist practices, will undermine and eliminate all what's left of the foundations of the Lebanese political system and its institutions which has become marginalized and absent as proven with no shred of doubt in last month's war.

Today, Hezbollah's most dangerous practice that we need to pay attention to, involves its theatrical cash reimbursement program to its Shiite constituency,while at the same time inciting the masses against the government to detract public perspective away from its weapons, thus promoting instability which confuses
the internal conditions and obstructs the execution of Security Council Resolution 1701.

The UN and the Security Council must enact the necessary laws obligating Iran and Syria to pay all compensations emanating from their premeditated war.

All peace-loving countries, spearheaded by the US, Canada & Europe should no longer keep a blind eye on the fact that Hezbollah is allowed without any kind of auditing to freely receive from Iran and other secretive sources millions of dollars and pile them in its coffers. This fundamentalist Iranian-Syrian military tool of destruction and terrorism, if not controlled and disarmed by a worldwide joint effort, is not going to limit its destabilizing activities to Lebanon only, but is on the verge of expanding them to the entire Middle East and the world at large.

The other bitter fact that the whole world ought to be fully aware of is that the Lebanese Government will remain unable to fulfill its obligations towards the Lebanese people and the international community, despite of Prime Minister Siniora's good intentions and his meek and peaceful attitude. Disarming Hezbollah cannot, and will not, be achieved by the Lebanese, nor will Hezbollah disarm by itself in some vague manner in some vague future. This is the unambiguous message coming from Hezbollah and the Lebanese government themselves. The failure of the international community at passing a Chapter 7 resolution is the reason why the French government and the world behind it are backtracking on sending peacekeeping forces to Lebanon. The international community must disarm Hezbollah with the same power and authority it used in its intervention to stop the slaughter in Bosnia, Kosovo and East Timor. Nothing short of this will stem Hezbollah's aim at cannibalizing Lebanon and enslaving under people into the Islamic Republic of Lebanon molded on the Iranian model.

28 August, 2006 00:59  
Blogger Fearless said...

Hizballah reneges on its deal for the Lebanese army and the UN force’s missions in South Lebanon

September 14, 2006,
Until Wednesday night, the Shiite terror group stood by its consent to the Lebanese army on the border with Israel handling any military problems or clashes with Israel, with Hizballah assisting. Now, Hizballah has gone back on this deal and announced that henceforth its own forces will no longer wait for the Lebanese army to act but send its own forces into action against Israel.

15 September, 2006 19:08  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ASADUDDIN OWAISI MP MEEETS HIZBULLAH LEADERS IN LEBANON

HYDERABAD LOK SABHA MP ASADUDDIN OWAISI IS THE FIRST INDIAN DIPLOMAT TO VISIT LEBANON AFTER THE WAR ACCORDING TO THE ETEMAAD URDU DAILY AND DECCANNEWS AND ISLAMIC NEWS OF SYRIA MR ASADUDDIN IS ON A PRIVATE VISIT TO LEBANON AND SYRIA AND NOT REPRESENTING THE UPA GOVERNMENT OVER THERE IT IS SAID TO BE A GOODWILL VISIT AND TO SHOW SUPPORT OF INDIAN MUSLIMS IN THE WAKE OF DEATH AND MASSIVE DESTRUCTION OVER THERE ACCORDING TO THE REPORTS MR OWAISI FLEW FROM DELHI TO DAMASCUAS CAPITAL OF SYRIA AND WAS THERE FOR 3 DAYS AND EVEN VISITED ISLAMIC HOLY SHRINES AND EVEN VISITED THE GRAND UMMAYD MOSQUE AND AFTER THAT HE WENT TO BEIRUT AND ON HIS STAY THERE HE VISITED THE SOUTHEREN PART OF BEIRUT CITY WHICH WAS THE MOST BOMBED AREA IN BEIRUT WHICH WAS REPETADELY STUCK BY ISRAELI WARPLANES AND FROM THERE HE ALONG WITH VARIOUS OTHER SOCIAL AND AID ACTVISTS HE WENT TO QANA AND VISITED THE PLACE WHERE A BUILDING WAS COLLAPSED AFTER A ISRAELI AIRSTRIKE IN WHICH 57 CIVILLANNS WERE KILLED AND MR OWAISI HAS EVEN VISITED THE PORT CITY OF TYRE WHICH WAS DESERTED AT THE TIME OF WAR AND BINT JEBIL AN AREA IN SOUTHERN LEBANON WHICH WAS THE MAIN BATTLEFRONT BETWEEN HEZBOLLAH FIGHTERS AND ISRAELI ARMY AND IS SAID THAT THE WHOLE VILLAGES IN THAT AREA HAVE BEEN DEVASTED BY THE FIGHTING WHICH LASTED FOR 34 DAYS AND ON HIS VISIT TO BEIRUT THE HYDERABAD MP GAVE AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW TO THE HEZBOLLAHS RUN TV AL MANAR AND IS SAID THAT HE HAS CAME TO LEBANON TO SHOW HIS SOLADIRTY WITH THE LEBANESE PEOPLE AND SAID HOW INDIAN PARLIAMENT HAS CONDMENNED THE WAR IN LEBANON AND HAS OFFERED AID WORTH 15 CRORES DOLLARS TO LEBANON HE EVEN MET WITH MANY CIVILLANS AND OLD AGE WOMEN WHOSE SONS WERE KILLED WHILE FIGHTING THE ISRAELI ARMY MR OWAISI WILL STAY IN LEBANON AND MEET LEBABNESE MPS AND EVEN WILL VISIT INDIAN EMBASSY IN BEIRUT AND MEET INDIAN EMBASSY STAFF AND AMBASSADOR .THERE ARE SOME REPORTS SUGGESTED BY ISLAMIC WEBSITE THAT HE EVEN MET HEZBOLLAH LEADERS WHILE HIS STAY IN BEIRUT REPORTS SUGGEST HE MET HIZBULLAH COMMANDER IN SOUTH HASAN HUBALLAH IN A SECRET LOCATION AND WHILE COMING OUT OF THERE WAS SURROUNDED BY HIZBULLAH GUNMEN HE EVEN MET HIZBULLAH CHAIRMAN FOR ECONOMIC AND RESARCH DEVELOPMENT DR ALI FAYYAD AND WITH THE TYRE CITY MAYOR MR ALI MUSHARRAF AND EVEN MET WITH VARIOUS OTHER LEBANESE POLTICAL LEADERS AND MPS OF VARIOUS PARTYS SPEAKING OUTSIDE LEBANESE PARLIAMENT AFTER COMING OUT MEETING WITH LEBANESE PARLIAMENT SPEAKER NABIL BERRI THE MAJLIS PARTY LEADER OF HYDERABAD SAID ISRAEL HAS COMMITTED ACTS OF STATE TERRRORISM BY TARGETING INNOCENT CIVILLANS AND DESTROYING ITS INFRASTRUCTURE WORTH BILLIONS AND THIS WILL OR NOT DAMAGE THE HIZBULLAH AND THE LEBANESE PEOPLES WILL TO FIGHT AGAINST ILLEGAL OCCUPATION

13 October, 2006 02:47  
Anonymous George said...

Perhaps the most devastating quality of the Arab world’s violent brand of anti-Zionism is its tsunami-like ability to submerge everything, including clearly disparate ideologies, in a warmongering froth. How else to explain those secular, liberal, and leftist Arabs who support Hizbullah and Hamas? Logically, political Islam is their greatest enemy. Yet they unabashedly support Islamist movements. The only explanation is that they consider "resistance" and the killing of a few Israeli soldiers here and there—to say nothing of the countless Lebanese and Palestinian lives lost in such confrontations—more important than their secular, liberal, or leftist convictions. Such people will support any outfit that fires a few rockets at Israel (or murders Israeli civilians), even if the group in question has a vision of Arab society antithetical to theirs.

Indeed, this is the only reason a religious extremist group like Hizbullah could have done so well in Lebanon, the most liberal and religiously diverse of all Arab countries. One would think that they don't stand a chance; their ideology appeals to only a portion of the Shiite community. Yet ideology aside, it is Hizbullah’s image as “The Resistance” that has historically earned it the support of other sectors of the Lebanese populace. This might have been excusable when Lebanon was occupied by Israel, but that's over. The United Nations has ruled that the Shebaa Farms belong to Syria, and the Syrian government cannot even bring itself to state in writing that the region is Lebanese.

For years, secular and liberal Lebanese and Palestinians haven't had the courage to stand up to Hizbullah and Hamas on ideological grounds. Maybe now they can do so for purely political reasons; Hizbullah and Hamas have caused the destruction of Lebanon and Gaza. That’s pretty bad, and might finally galvanize people into action. In a way, there’s a certain symmetry to this; too much resistance undoes the Resistance. Now would be a good time for secularists and liberals to remember that they disagree with these groups’ fanatic religious ideology, too.

Hitherto, open expression of such sentiment flew in the face of established political orthodoxy, which lionized Hizbullah. Despite Hizbullah’s stated aim of establishing a Shiite Islamic theocracy on the Iranian model, few Christian and secular Muslim intellectuals have openly challenged this proposition. More often than not, politicians and parties opposed to Hizbullah have couched their criticism in legalistic terms, arguing against a state within a state. Yet they would quickly and needlessly temper such refreshing candor by affirming their opposition to the international community’s calls for Hizbullah to be disarmed, claiming that they do not feel threatened by the party’s militia wing. This bit of studied vacillation is like saying that one disagrees with Hizbullah and everything it represents, but doesn’t mind that it is armed to the teeth with all manner of heavy weaponry.

More common is the position, traditionally adopted by Lebanese politicians across the political spectrum, that ideological disagreements should not even be broached so long as Israel continues to occupy Lebanese land and “threaten” Lebanon. This defeatist attitude has furnished Hizbullah with a ready means of pre-empting any potential criticism of its controversial beliefs. Whenever Hizbullah feels that prying eyes are beginning to encroach upon its affairs, all it has to do is resort to a bit of exalted “resistance” against Israel in order to silence its would-be critics. Disproportionate Israeli retaliation, of the kind we have just witnessed, further ensures that Hizbullah does not come in for censure by a dazed Lebanese populace concerned only with how to rebuild what was destroyed.

That such a sorry state-of-affairs exists could not be more indicative of the salient fact that political life in Lebanon has been grossly disfigured by the prevailing “culture of resistance.” Political parties that stand to lose from the rise of political Islam tumble over one another in a bid to curry favor with its foremost representative in Lebanon. Shortly after returning from exile in France, General Michel Aoun steered his Free Patriotic Movement into an alliance with Hizbullah. This may seem shrewd from a vantage point concerned only with securing the presidency, but it makes a mockery of Aoun’s announced plans to turn Lebanon into a secular state. Indeed, Aoun has effectively blunted his secular program in favor of an alliance with a party that opposes secularism outright. The moderate Future Movement opposes UN Security Council Resolution 1559, the imposition of which would mean the disarmament of Hizbullah, even though most accounts indicate that it was the late Prime Minister (and Future Movement founder) Rafiq Hariri himself who was the moving force behind the resolution. How can the Future Movement claim to be faithful to Rafiq Hariri if, for reasons of political expediency, it opposes his political swansong?

The Shiite Amal Movement, which differs markedly from Hizbullah in that it is not an outgrowth of the Iranian Islamic revolution, has bewilderingly agreed to provide diplomatic cover to its main competitor for Shiite support. The ageing Phalange has unsurprisingly proven ineffectual, while a cautious Samir Geagea, clearly chastened by 11 years in prison, carefully maneuvers the Lebanese Forces away from outright confrontation, though his recent speech at his party’s rally in Harissa may have signaled a change in this regard. It is telling that Walid Junblatt, alone among major Lebanese politicians in openly criticizing Hizbullah and questioning its motives, remains ensconced in his ancestral home in Mukhtara, rarely venturing out of the Druze heartland for fear of assassination.

Interestingly, the situation in Israel—like Lebanon a mosaic of different communities—is quite different. Secular Jews openly confront all measures aimed at further squeezing Judaism into politics. Alas, there is no Arab equivalent to Shinui, the staunchly secular political party whose mission is to prevent the ultra-Orthodox from turning Israel into a theocracy. Yet if Lebanon is to climb out of the pit it has dug for itself, this will have to change. More voices like that of Roger Edde, head of the little-known Lebanese Party of Peace, who lambasted Hizbullah on live television at the peak of the crisis, will have to make themselves heard. More Lebanese will have to echo, or at least heed, warnings of “The Hizbullah State” made by secular Shiite sociologist Waddah Sharara in his 1996 Arabic-language book of the same title. Ultimately, dissenting Lebanese will have to assert that they have as much right as Hizbullah to decide Lebanon’s future.

Hizbullah’s mythical status as “The Resistance” is at once its most powerful as well as its weakest attribute. It is powerful because of its ability to attract a populace conditioned to extol the virtues of anti-Israel jingoism in a cloistered world of martial values. Yet it is Hizbullah’s Achilles’ heel in that, if veneration of armed resistance is demolished, non-Shiite support for Hizbullah will collapse. After all, only card-carrying Hizbullah members—by most estimates less than half the Shiite population—espouse the party’s ideology. There are no Christian, Sunni, Druze, or secular Shiite members of Hizbullah. Numerous polls on issues such as secularism and civil marriage demonstrate that most Lebanese do not share Hizbullah’s theocratic vision of state and society; they chose to support the party solely in its capacity as the resistance. It is time that era drew to a close. Today, those who want a new and different kind of Lebanon should steel themselves for a mighty challenge. For only by striking at the mythology of resistance—which they helped create—can the Lebanese hope to arrest their country’s descent into an Iranian-inspired nightmare of theocracy and perpetual war with Israel.

18 October, 2006 20:27  
Blogger klank said...

the rise and rise of saladin ...

26 December, 2006 21:17  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

in this country there are only 2 leaders HASSAN NASSRALLAH and MICHEL AOUN. I fell sorry for our druzi and sunni brothers, they should find themselves real leaders instead of the criminal clown, and the young ignorant playboy they have...

14 January, 2007 02:15  

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