Hizballah’s humor and reflecting on the concept of Accountability

(Taken from the Islamic resistance website)
On top of the door it reads: Plastic Surgery operation room (literally from Arabic it reads: center for beauty operations), on top of the helicopter, Apache, on top of the tank, Merkava and on top of the boat, “helper” (I don’t know what type of boat it is but certainly it refers to the boat that was blown out during the first rounds of Israeli attacks in July.

This drawing shows the three symbols of Israeli military might being crushed by Hizballah. It is interesting to see how strong is the urge of Hizballah to express its achievements. The general effort of being credible and trustworthy is impressive by all means. But Hizballah was always eager to represent as best as possible political reality. There is an auto-inflicted process of accountability at work here which severely contrasts with anything the Arab world has known so far.

Likewise during the war through the well-tempered speeches of Nasrallah, who never exagerated nor diminished the unfolding of events, to the point where even Israelis were only listening to Nasrallah if they wanted to know what the hell was going on.

Nevertheless, this urge is also motivated by the necessity to keep a symbolic system of representing reality intact and effective at convincing people of the credibility of the causes espoused by the party (which if yo notice means exactly what I said about accountability). The ideological dimensions of the militaritic overtones of the resistance group have to be cultivated in a hermeneutic way, as a comprehensively exhaustive system. Stated differently, you will never have different Hezbollah discourses one talking of alternatives to the current state and another talking of the current state. Only the latter will be officialized. The current state is a state of confrontation.

What I mean is that accountability (the democratic principle) and ideological constructions are basically one and the same thing. Two sides of the same coin.

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7 thoughts on “Hizballah’s humor and reflecting on the concept of Accountability

  1. Nasrallah got the charisma. We can’t deny that. I guess it would be interesting to look at one of his speeches. You’ll notice:
    – Facts.
    – Humor: (I received a speech from some friend where Basrallah makes fun of George Bolton and tells the audience that he looks like a cartoon character. 😉 )
    – Not discarding any fact and trying to explain it from his own view,
    – The “bullets” choice he uses sometimes (1, 2, 3),
    – Directing his speech to the Lebanese ( both who agree with him and who don’t – even silly questions of Waleed jombla6-),
    – Directing his questions to Israelis, and part of his speech to Arabs of Israel and of course making fun of Olmert declarations and Tseby Levny (or whatever her name is).

    One of the important things that a spokesman must be aware of is how the audience perceives them, but you know in Lebanon this perception thing is out of logic sometimes 😉

    Propaganda and “artistic” media ways (such as this cartoon which is hilarious by the way) helps in the battle.

    1 thing I didn’t like from Nasrallah is his remark about Sanioura’s tears, although I DO NOT find it a sign of statesmanship but it was odd from Nasrallah, maybe I would accepted that from Ali Ammar, but anyway he is after all just a guy that I agree with him on many things and disagree on few things.

    A last notice is the naming of the victory as a “divine” victory. I guess this gave credit to opposing groups (anti HA) somehow.. but maybe it’s just a way to return this victory to its ideological sources for some people .. Maybe it’s about the perception after all..

  2. to hilal:
    about siniora’s tears, u should know one thing. he is used to shed tears. it is an important part of his behaviour when he was hariri’s minister and wept every time he’d go to saudi arabia or to the emirates to beg for loans…arabs react better to tears…

  3. Total crap.

    Your post made no sense, it just seemed like you desperately searching for long words to try and make what you were writing sound important.

    Hizballah keeps pushing the crap they’re pushing because they’re trying to capitalize on the events of the summer. The actions of re-actions of which they were fully aware of, and through which they planned to gain political capital. Hizballah has used the blood of its constituents in order to try and make political gains at home, not for the Shiites it pretends to represent, but for the Syrian government which plans on waiting Bush and Chirac out and then forcing itself back onto the Lebanese political landscape.

    Enjoy your day-dream

  4. Total crap.

    Your post made no sense, it just seemed like you were desperately searching for long words to try and make what you were writing sound important.

    Hizballah keeps pushing the crap they’re pushing because they’re trying to capitalize on the events of the summer. The actions or re-actions of which they were fully aware of, and through which they planned to gain political capital. Hizballah has used the blood of its constituents in order to try and make political gains at home, not for the Shiites it pretends to represent, but for the Syrian government which plans on waiting Bush and Chirac out and then forcing itself back onto the Lebanese political landscape.

    Enjoy your day-dream

  5. Bech I’m not sure anonymous comments is a great idea if we are to read such pathetic posts everyday… we already had simon anyways so why make way for other fascists who can’t even make a post correctly and keep going with their “The actions of re-actions of which they were fully aware of” type of chorus bogus argument that we have been through dozens of times.

    Otherwise I wanted to add that Nasrallah’s most hilarious speech is undoubtably the one where he tells us the story of the kidnapping of … Hassan Nasrallah … in itself one of the most absurd stories of war in mankind history.
    The “July war” had two of the funniest war stories (dark humor of course). Apart from the fake Nasrallah abduction there is also the full Marja3ioun episode and its aftermath.

  6. I think it’s good to keep these comments so that people know the flaws in them.

    In this case, the absurdities are so obvious that leaving it as it is just funny enough.

    In other case, were some twisted thinking is at work, it is advised to answer.

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