Time for Hezbollah to Quit Lebanese Government
By: Ibrahim al-Amin
Published Wednesday, July 18, 2012
There’s no longer any point in the resistance remaining in government. The government is no longer good for anything. Even the argument that people would be worse off if there was no government at all does not hold. No good will come from the current government surviving.
There’s no longer any point in the resistance remaining in any branch of government, not even in parliament. It’s impossible for it to play a legislative role given the weird and wondrous partnership between the executive and legislative establishments.
There’s no longer any point in the resistance remaining involved in domestic political quarrels, whether justified in their stance or not. We all know by now that all sides want the same thing from Hezbollah: either it fights for them, or it gives up its weapons.
There’s no longer any point in the resistance getting mixed up in political games that tarnish its reputation – even if unfairly –, undermine its standing, and make it resemble the gangsters who make up most of the political class in this land of the deranged.
There’s no longer any point in the resistance continuing to be involved in government crises which it never had anything to do with, and when there is no real partnership in decision-making. This reduces it to the role of mute witness to daily acts of robbery, waste, sabotage and the destruction of what remains of the hybrid state.
There’s no longer any point in the resistance remaining around the table with people who are above the law, however lofty or lowly their ranks. This has become akin to providing cover for the debasement of every family and individual in the country.
There’s no longer any point in the resistance remaining a player in a game of appointments and patronage that does nothing to protect the resistance fighters or maintain the dignity of their families. Instead it isolates those who are willing to sacrifice all they hold dear for their people and beliefs but still cannot cross a road un-harassed or provide for their children.
What use is there in the resistance staying in a government, parliament or other state bodies that it cannot trust?
This does not mean that they are all conspiring to stab it in the back. But the system that regulates the management of the state hates the resistance. It rejects it in principle, not as a means of regaining territory and self-respect and protecting a people. The system sees the resistance as an alien body which must be ejected by any means: through isolation if possible, sectarian strife if necessary, and treason and the summoning of foreign invaders when desperate.
What matters to the members of this wretched and criminal club is to be rid of this burden. They cannot be expected to defend the honor of resistance fighters when they possess none of their own.
What is the use of remaining in a government that provides misleading, fabricated or skewed information to sustain an international body which seeks to damage the resistance in the name of justice – helping Israel achieve what it failed to do by force of arms? It grinds its people to the bone, and will not spend a penny on developing public utility. But it rushes to send funds to Western and Israeli agents working for a supposed international tribunal. And it does so surreptitiously, knowing that the move is neither moral nor legal, but an act of treason to appease a tyrant who sows terror in every corner of the world.
What is the use of remaining in a government that won’t help build a wall in a village, dig a water-well, repair a school, mend a road, or do something for agriculture, commerce or industry? Why remain in a system that includes everyone who has been robbing the country since the start of the civil war?
Why should the resistance continue providing a cloak of integrity for corrupt partners, be they close or distant, and selling its soul in their service as a trade-off for not conspiring against? What is gained from remaining in a government that does not distinguish between right and wrong?
Today, on the anniversary of the Arabs’ proudest victory against the enemy, we have enough to worry about in lifting ourselves out of the mire that is called power in Lebanon. We have what is being hatched in Syria, as a result of both genuine domestic problems and criminal external intervention. We have what is being hatched in Egypt, in a bid to keep the country in the same cage in which it was placed by the tyrant and agent it got rid of. And we have what is being hatched for the Arab countries from Morocco to Palestine, with the aim of bringing them into the game of endless bloodletting.
Today, the resistance has enough on its hands with what is being hatched for it in Lebanon. It need only take a step back to see the massive array of enemies, opportunists and myopia-sufferers lined up to stand against it. It must distance itself from the sorry spectacle of government in order to shake off the dirt of the corrupt which has stuck to its body.
Today, the only right course for the resistance is to get out of this whirlpool. It must declare its refusal to remain captive to calculations that bear no relation to its own thinking, or to be dragged – whether by an enemy, a retrograde, a friend or an ally – into the domestic dirt.
Today, the resistance and its supporters have sufficient burdens to bear preparing for the decisive confrontation that is liable to make all other chapters of the story unfold, and expose many truths and liars.
The resistance must turn to the far South, for it has come to be that the road to Lebanon must pass through Palestine.
Ibrahim al-Amin is editor-in-chief of Al-Akhbar.
This article is an edited translation from the Arabic Edition.