Seven years: from (Israeli) military defeat to (Saudi) sectarian blowback

Empowering Weak & Oppressed

Abu Dharr

Ramadan 23, 1434 2013-08-01

Opinion

by Abu Dharr (Opinion, Crescent International Vol. 42, No. 6, Ramadan, 1434)

Israel’s defeat at the hands of Hizbullah’s in 2006 embarrassed not just the Zionists but also their Arabian allies. The Saudis have hit back with launching a sectarian crusade to divide the Ummah.

Exactly seven years ago this summer the popular mood throughout the anti-Zionist, anti-imperialist, and Islamic hemisphere displayed pictures of Sayyid Hasan Nasrallah, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and Bashar al-Asad in public venues as a matter of sympathy and support for Hizbullah’s standing its ground against the Israeli occupation forces’ 33-day war in Lebanon — aided and abetted by Washington and Riyadh militarily and financially. The Iranian-Syrian-Lebanese alignment driven by the Islamic priority of liberating Palestine carried the day. Hamas and Palestinian liberation wings for the second time felt the actual possibility of routing Zionist Israel out of existence. The first time was in the spring of 2000 when Hizbullah kicked out of Lebanon an 18-year Zionist occupation.

It was only seven years ago and what do we see today in vast parts of that euphoric sphere? Some people now harbor feelings of rage and wrath against Hizbullah and Islamic Iran because of Syria. The euphoria of yesterday turned into the dysphoria of today!

It was only seven years ago and what do we see today in vast parts of that euphoric sphere? Some people now harbor feelings of rage and wrath against Hizbullah and Islamic Iran because of Syria. The euphoria of yesterday turned into the dysphoria of today! The pictures of Sayyid Hasan Nasrallah that were flying high seven years ago in certain cities and capitals are being burned there nowadays. The same journalists and writers who were praising the “master of resistance” seven years ago are condemning him today.

What happened? How did Hizbullah become a danger that supersedes Israel — according to some? What has made some hired pens label Hizbullah as Hizb al-Shaytan? And to call Hasan Nasrallah, Hasan Nasrallat (al-Lat is one of the jahili gods alongside al-‘Uzza)?

Hizbullah is a formidable military fighting force — all Saudi induced rhetoric aside. Hizbullah has achieved its aura and status not through the hard-wired propaganda of the mainstream media, but rather through the blood of martyrs and the long struggle of determined combatants.

Let us part from the emotional fluctuations of the media moguls. Let us look the facts in the eye. To begin with, Hizbullah is a formidable military fighting force — all Saudi induced rhetoric aside. Hizbullah has achieved its aura and status not through the hard-wired propaganda of the mainstream media, but rather through the blood of martyrs and the long struggle of determined combatants. Even the Zionist and imperialist enemies of Hizbullah begrudgingly admit Hizbullah’s tenacity and battle-driven results. Hizbullah climbed the ladder of recognition through four decades of conflict and war with Israel and its Yankee-Wahhabi enablers. By confession of both enemy and friend, Hizbullah captured the imagination of Arabs and Muslims like no other fighting force in and around occupied Palestine in recent years. Sayyid Hasan Nasrullah is not a media sensation; his charisma emerged from the battlefields of south Lebanon as well as the principled struggle against Zionist occupation.

Many Palestinians and many Arabs stood for Hizbullah when it was locked into a life and death struggle with Zionist Israel. Now, some of these Palestinians and Arabs are equating Hizbullah with the devil! Between pro- and anti-Hizbullah Palestinians and Arabs you will find hundreds of opinions carved out of mainstream media information.

When Hizbullah was championing the (Sunni) Palestinians in Ghazzah remarkably no one was saying that Shi‘i Hizbullah is defending Sunni Palestinians.

The internet and satellite TV stations are fuming with caricatures of Hizbullah emerging out of a sectarian bias and verging on kufr! When Hizbullah was championing the (Sunni) Palestinians in Ghazzah remarkably no one was saying that Shi‘i Hizbullah is defending Sunni Palestinians. The fact of the matter here is that Hizbullah was not concerned with the denomination of Palestinians as much as it was concerned with the injustice inflicted on Palestinians. But now there are hired pens and ventriloquist marionettes who in the well-thought-out Syrian trap discovered that Hizbullah is Shi‘i and Hamas is Sunni! It was Hizbullah that supplied Hamas with all sorts of weapons and training via the Islamic Republic’s channels and connections — including Syria. That explains why Zionist Israel attacked a weapons depot/factory in Sudan in recent years. The Israelis attacked a military caravan in the Horn of Africa that was on its way to Ghazzah. It is because of the momentum of the Tehran-Damascus-Lebanon axis that Zionist Israel sought to smother Hamas militarily and economically in Ghazzah — and Israel failed, thank God.

Can women and men that are consumed by capitalist and corporate media priorities point to one government in just one Arabian country that has given Palestinians just one B-B gun or even a sling-shot to defend themselves? There is not one Arabian regime that has the nerves and the backbone to arm the Palestinians. And these regimes cry foul when it comes to Islamic Iran and Hizbullah’s defense of the Palestinians — in word and in deed.

What do they expect Hizbullah to do, knowing that Islamic Iran and Syria are vital to its existence as a force for defeating Tel Aviv’s military criminals? At a time (seven years ago this month) when the Arabian regimes were cowardly and clandestinely hailing Israel against Hizbullah they are now — the same Arabian regimes — publically blustering against Syria because it is towing the Islamic Republic’s line in its support of Hizbullah. Syria, per se, is not enemy number one. Let us be frank about this: Hizbullah and Islamic Iran are enemy number one. And if it is going to take the wrecking devastation of Syria to cut Hizbullah short and cut Iran back — then the bloody logic of these Talmudic Zionists and their American and Arabian underlings is “to hell with Syria: people and regime alike”!

Hizbullah subjected Israel to its longest war: 33 days and Israel did not win. Hizbullah subjected the Arabian regimes to the shame of never having been able to liberate occupied territories, while Hizbullah did. What the Saudi regime and its media kingdom described as an adventure (mughamarah) when Hizbullah took on Israel seven years ago turned into a discomfiture (mudaharah) for the Israeli military that could shame all the Arabian regimes, but not Hizbullah.

When Syria is a means toward an end, what would you expect Hizbullah to do? Sit and watch an imposed war on the Syrian people and regime consume the combined potential for liberating Palestine? Or would it make more sense to reluctantly enter the Syrian fray to secure future lines of logistics and procurement for the epoch-making liberation of Palestine? Would it serve the Syrian people that their country be fragmented into sectarian enclaves as would suit the Arabian clients of Zionism and imperialism? With all the reservations, criticism, and dissension we have with the Syrian regime and how it mishandled a national crisis, it only makes sense in the larger picture to understand Hizbullah’s position to secure its “Syrian bridge” of support.

The issue that is being trampled in the cacophony of the Syrian civil war is that Hizbullah’s presence in Syria is not meant to interfere in a Syrian internal affair as much as it is meant to ensure the logistics and policies that have been at work for the past 30 years and that have proven the test of time in as much as they brought about the first two significant and actual defeats of Zionist Israel.

Another way of looking at this is that if it were not for the presence of the Mossad, CIA, MI6, and other non-Syrian military and paramilitary forces inside Syria, Hizbullah would not have found itself in a position to be forced into that increasingly regionalized and internationalized conflict on Syrian soil.

This is not to defend what the Syrian regime stands for; everyone versed in the politics of the region knows what the Ba‘th party is all about. But when the ultimate decision-makers in Damascus are in line with the overall strategy of liberating Palestine then we have nuances at work here. Toward this end we never heard of the Syrian government being at cross-purposes with Palestinians serious about liberating their country. The Syrian decision-makers also supported the Iraqis who were fighting American occupation forces there. Remember, Syria was accused at one time of being a refuge for al-Qaeda and American forces bombarded Syrian positions near AlbuKamal (eastern Syria). If Bashar al-Asad was willing to wheel and deal with Euro-American offers that came his way to drop the Palestinian issue and be rewarded handsomely he would have had Syria on par today with all “comfortable” American Arabian clients; Syria may have become the Switzerland of the Muslim East. Notice that the anti-Syrian media calls for the fall of Bashar and not the fall of the ruling Ba‘th Party in Syria. How many American agents and functionaries do they have inside that party? Syrian Ba‘th officials were meeting with their American and European counterparts and there were generous offers on the table, not least of which was the return of a demilitarized Golan Heights to Syria. The only thing Syria had to do was to renounce its “Palestine First” policy, break with Tehran, and abandon Hizbullah. That did not happen and Syria finds itself in trouble as a consequence.

In this context, what does it mean to have Syrian Saudi proxies declaring a virtual war against Hizbullah? Doesn’t that mean that the Israelis via their American allies and Saudi stooges have managed to bounce back from their defeat seven years ago and turn the tables against Hizbullah via their Arabian connections while the Turkish government is timidly towing the same line.

Hizbullah’s fighting inside Syria falls within the larger strategy of liberating Palestine, while the other 30-odd foreign forces fighting inside Syria fall within a larger strategy of defeating Islamic Iran.

Why do we have a nervous flare-up when someone says that Hizbullah (a foreign force) is fighting inside Syria, and no one seems to notice that there are 30 other foreign forces fighting inside Syria? Hizbullah’s fighting inside Syria falls within the larger strategy of liberating Palestine, while the other 30-odd foreign forces fighting inside Syria fall within a larger strategy of defeating Islamic Iran. That explains why the Talmudic-Wahhabi American charged axis of sectarianism is nervous about Hizbullah and every move that Hizbullah makes. Little do the foot soldiers coming from all over the world to defend “Islam,” from Libya, Tunisia, Saudi Wahhabiyah, Yemen, Kuwait, Pakistan, Chechnya, Daghistan, France, Germany, Britain, Denmark, Iraq, Turkey, the USA (and Israel) know that they are the “useful idiots” who are fighting the USA’s and Israel’s war against Islamic self-determination; emanating in Islamic Iran and extending all the way to Hizbullah’s domain.

Wouldn’t it have been the call of duty to have committed Muslims — Sunnis and Shi‘is — close their ranks, muster their potential, and move in a coordinated manner to the eventual liberation of the Holy Land?

The demonization of Islamic Iran, Hizbullah, and by extension Syria is the Zionist comeback to their defeat seven years ago. Don’t lose sight of that: “And Allah will have it His way, but many people do not perceive it that way” (12:21).

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