To answer some commentators on the blog

I think these points should be a prerequisite before any meaningful understanding of politics in the region can be done:

1- Hezbollah is a product of botched political steps in the country that goes back to Israeli presence in Lebanon and the political deadlocks that came afterwards along with changing American policy in the region. Hezbollah is not to be supported as such (although you could at least sympathize but that’s up to you), but to be understood as a political phenomenon (having serious political demands) you cannot escape.

2- American foreign policy in the region is very very destructive. it is rigged by incompetence and immaturity in the field. Israeli likewise as we can see today. so you just can’t befriend these guys.

3- Lebanon will never be an oasis of beauty where tourism can blossom and prostitutes can get banged, while being completely detached from its regional anchor. it has internal (palestinian refugees), as well as external (syrian and Israeli issues) problems knocking on its doors reminding her that “lebanese” identity is polymorphous and has to take into account its immediate surroundings.

4- So politically whatever the Lebanese say, they will either be friends with America or friends with whoever comes against. Unless compromise is found as shown in a recent post I did.

5- Hezbollah is a people not an army. Hezbollah is a popular movement. It’s like Lenin, the vanguard party, and the peasants. here you have Nasrallah, the party of officials, and the majority of the shia who happen to live there.

6- We all love peace and freedom (and flowers) but nobody is really working for it. Nobody did anything for peace and freedom in Lebanon, I defy you to find me one example, of a genuine commitment to peace that was proposed politically, and to make it easier for you, i won’t say since independence, i’ll just say since the end of the civil war.

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11 Replies to “To answer some commentators on the blog”

  1. 6- we have a very high external locus of control.

    7- we have high standards for other countries’ behavior/policies but not for our own (we’re different, wallaw).

    8- we dig 50 cent.

  2. 10- we have more loyalty to soccer teams than to political teams.

    11- our politicians are completely obsolete but they never shut the fuck up.

    12- i agree strongly with 4- but not with 2-, i don’t think this is american incompetence but this is the exact plan of the neo-cons for the region and this is how they profit.

    and yes HA are freedom fighters.

    we gheir heik keefkon?

  3. jimmy, samir kassir was in the March 14 camp, and gave them “leftist cover”. Kind of like “See? Even progressives can support Hariri and Jumblat!”. He had run out of descent things to say a long time before his assasination.

  4. 12- i agree strongly with 4- but not with 2-, i don’t think this is american incompetence but this is the exact plan of the neo-cons for the region and this is how they profit.

    this is what i refer to us incompetence. neocons have succeeded nowhere until now. Unless constant killing and destruction is success.

    also, jij, i elect you best commentator on the blog!

    we gheir heik keefkon?

    ahla bil shabibeh wel sabaya, mecheh el 7al bi hal balad el zefer. natrin el ‘azeyef wel ta3tir.

  5. yaa bechir,

    in support of point 5, let’s remember the politics of interpellation. only israel and the u.s. list hizbullah as a ‘terrorist organization’ and canada’s listing came as a result of legal pressure from pro-Israel groups in 2002.

    not a terrorist org? not an army? just a slick media machine with investment in zelzals, fajrs, nazeats, falaqs, AT3s, Raad-T, and mirsad, katyushas…

    as we used to sign yearbooks in the clinton era,

    “peace, love, and yogurt,”

  6. yaa indigo,

    all of what you’re saying does not contradict the fact that Hezbollah is a people. even if a people with rockets! but politically it is a very important aspect.

  7. “Lebanon will never be an oasis of beauty where tourism can blossom and prostitutes can get banged, while being completely detached from its regional anchor. it has internal (palestinian refugees), as well as external (syrian and Israeli issues) problems knocking on its doors reminding her that “lebanese” identity is polymorphous and has to take into account its immediate surroundings.”

    Eih. Exactly. Exactly. And what many, many Lebanese refuse to see. Hence the eternal “7arb al akhareen 3ala ardina”, without any understanding of our own position/place/responsibility, etc..
    It’s funny, but as everyone knows there are many, many blogs that have cropped up around this war. And each has its own particular flavor obviously; each reflects a very specific idea of Lebanon, some more nuanced than others. Among the ones I cannot stomach are the March 14ers, but more than that are the ones that mourn for the lost beach parties, club openings, etc, etc. While I agree the “cultural” loss is a significant one (although does not begin to compare to human loss, wala shway, and anyway, I only mourn the nascent art scene in terms of “culture”, not the clubs and bars), that Lebanon of the eternal parties, where sectarian divisions were as subtle and obvious as a pneumatic woman’s body held together by surgical scars, is one I do not mourn. It was a Lebanon of alchoholic oblivion and self-imposed amnesia, hysterical in its insistence on a good time while the world crumbled around in, unnoticed.
    Fa thank you for pointing that out.

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