By the way, did you know that Ghassan Tueni called the Shia the “proletarians of the earth”? Yes, these were the good old days: On the 18 of March of the year 1974, Ghassan Tueni’s Annahar column was titled: “The Shi’a are the proletarians of the earth, apparently the most submissive class, but the most revolutionary at the bottom”.
Hello? Ghassan? Can you hear me? I came across this article you wrote on the 18 of March in 1974, and I was wondering.. Oh you don’t remember? Well, it was this really insightful even prophetic article you… It really doesn’t ring a bell?… Oh well.. nevermind.
But I still would be amazed by this insight. Here you have it, in 1974, the Shi’a weren’t still that politically organized (of course Musa el Sadr has already worked hard in mobilizing them for the specific voicing of certain grievances but still), and the revolution is “at the bottom”. After 1982, the bottom surfaces. And even today, the revolution is just starting, as unpredictable and mysterious as it can be.