Time for Hezbollah to Quit Lebanese Government

The briefing area in Beirut's Grand Serail home of the Lebanese government. (Photo: Marwan Bu Haidar)

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.

Comments

Now’s not the time for Hezbollah to cut and run

demurring to really bad advice from a friend…

This observer admits that politically speaking, things might appear a bit tough for Hezbollah these days but will spare the dear reader the tedium of a laundry list of what the Party has experienced over the past 20 months in terms of domestic and foreign attacks, condemnations, calumny, obliquey, sundry plots, and legislative and political wounds, some a result of the Party of God lumbering under the weight of some tawdry political ‘allies’ who it must work with in Parliament. Some of the more commonly known and intensifying targeting of the Resistance by its internal and foreign foes who have pledged at all costs to dismantle it but sowing Sunni-Shia discords, include exploiting the chaos in Syria, manipulating the frustrations of the Lebanese public given widespread lack of public services, and attacking Hezbollah’s success in linking its military power with its growing political power but periodically insisting that it gives up its weapons.

Concerned friends of Hezbollah sometimes over react out of sincere solidarity and friendship and a desire to protect the Resistance from surrounding events that are swirling out of control around them. Perhaps it is in this context that the editor in chief of the pro-Hezbollah Beirut newspaper, Al Akbar, Ibrahim al Amin is demanding that Hezbollah throw in the towel and withdraw from Lebanese politics.

On 7/18/12, the 6th anniversary of Lebanon’s July 2006 victory over Israel during the latter’s fifth war against Lebanon which included its brutal 1978, 1982,1993, 1996 aggressions, it was quite normal to discuss and evaluate where the Resistance is today in terms of its work and goals, not least of which is Hezbollah’s moral, religious, political and humanitarian duties to support the Palestinians growing international campaigns to retrieve their country which is still occupied by a Zionist colonial regime after more than six decades and their obligation to enact in Parliament right to work and home ownership legislation for Palestinian refugees in Lebanon.

One interesting, provocative but wrong-headed proposal in this observer’s opinion was put forward in a 7/18/12 editorial in Al Akbar newspaper, by its Editor and Chief Ibrahim al-Amin, reputed to be close to some Hezbollah officials.

Editor al-Amin did not mince his words, declaring thus:

· “There’s no longer any point in the resistance (Hezbollah) remaining in government. The government is no longer good for anything. No good will come from the current (Hezbollah led) government surviving.

· There’s no longer any point in the resistance remaining in any branch of Lebanon’s 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 or discussions…There’s no longer any point in the resistance getting mixed up in political games that tarnish its reputation, undermine its standing, and make it resemble the gangsters who make up most of the political class in this land of the deranged.”

Al-Amin editorializes that “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.

Al Amin additionally concluded:

· 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 Hezbollah staying in a government, parliament or other state bodies that it cannot trust?

· 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.

· 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.

Editor in Chief Amin’s sunshine-patriot weak kneed laments and his apparent eagerness to throw in the Resistance towel plus his expressed fears sound at time like they were written by a speech writer last July for Libya’s Gadhafi or Yemen’s Salah, and he errs with virtually every syllable he pens.

Defending its political mantle and participation in government is key for the future of the Hezbollah led Resistance. The Resistance is bigger than Hezbollah and has now become truly international as has its project of supporting the Palestinian cause. Daily, the Resistance gains strength and support as Israel weakens and US and Western regional implantations and hegemony fades into the pages of history books.

Setbacks are surely in store for the Party of God, as with this country, region, movement, era, and culture of Resistance, inspired as it is by the 7th century sacrifices for the commonweal by Hussein bin Ali and the martyrs at Karbala and the 1st century C.E. Martyred Prophet from Nazareth at Calvary.

Were the logic of the no doubt well-meaning Al Akbar editor to prevail and were Hezbollah to become ostrich like politically, the predictable result would be nothing less and quite likely rather more than the following consequences.

Withdrawing from the political battles in Lebanon’s government would be an egregious capitulation to the designs of Elliot Abrams and the Bush administration when Abrams requested in 2004 of the Saudi Regime, $ 50 million in funding to set up the March 14th coalition. Abdicating its legislative duties would be for the Resistance to cave to the likes of Israel’s Netanyahu, the Zionist controlled US Congress, reactionary despotic Arab regimes and other defenders of the Zionist occupation of Palestine at the expense of people of good will everywhere and supporters of the Hezbollah led Resistance throughout Lebanon as well as internationally.

The suggestion that Hezbollah cannot remain cutting edge in its military preparedness simultaneous with the high quality of its Parliamentary delegation including Mohammad Raad, Nawaf Musawi, Ali Fayad, Hassan Fadallah, and Mohammed Fneish, to name just a few, is faulty. This stellar Loyalty to the Resistance team is more than capable of continuing to advance the Hezbollah campaign pledges and party platforms in Parliament and get results while Hezbollah remains vigilant and prepared to defeat the coming Israeli aggression.

The decision of Hezbollah to participate in Lebanese politics and government was the right decision when it was debated and decided in 1992 and it remains even more so today.

Hezbollah is known for its culture of dialogue, analysis, elements of democratic centralism and patience in decision making. Many supporters of the Resistance, including this observer, believe that proposals for Hezbollah to disengage from Lebanese politics err at best and at worst they are patently absurd, counter-Resistance and undermine prospects for a prosperous future for Lebanon and the people of all 18 confessions who Hezbollah seek to serve. Participating in Lebanon’s government and not least in the mundane work of trying to ameliorate scores of local government problems after decades of neglect is a noble cause.

Whether in Palestine or here in Lebanon, the Resistance takes nearly countless forms, paths, protests, operations, from military to academic and social. Continuing to engage every day, every hour with Lebanon’s government of which Hezbollah is an essential component and is vital.

Now is not the time to throw in the towel just because times are tough, but it would be well for the tough to get a move on and to redouble efforts to serve the people by concrete results from Parliament and thru government agencies.

Because Hezbollah being in the government is bad for Hezbollah and anything bad for Hezbollah is good for Lebanon. Therefore, it is in Lebanon's best interest for Hezbollah to stay in government.

Because... the resistance and the government are one and the same.

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