Smile and Let Them Die of Rage!

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When he finished his speech, many waited for a few long minutes, before breathing a sigh of relief: Thank God, it seems that he has returned to his office safely. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi)

By: Ibrahim al-Amin

Published Saturday, August 3, 2013

I want to go back seven years in time, to when Israel was stepping up the level of its bloody madness, and the Resistance’s opponents in Lebanon were glued to their TV sets, eating their fingers after having bitten their nails.

Around the same time that year, a young woman went into her parents’ bedroom. She had bought clothes from Beirut before war broke out, but the war prevented her from going back to pick them up. She waited 20 days until a friend brought the clothes to her. The young woman had no concern for little more than her clothes. She was happy.

She went into her father’s bedroom; he was asleep. She woke him up, jumping up and down, and told him:

– Guess what?

He could not control himself, and asked her:

– Did they kill Nasrallah?!

– No

– Did they reach the Litani River?!

– No!

– Then what?

– She replied: My clothes arrived from Beirut!

The father tried to suppress his anger, covering his head with the pillow, and cursing right and left.

On Friday, when Hassan Nasrallah appeared personally to address his supporters, he was very happy. He was eager to once again meet directly with the people. His bodyguard Abu Ali was anxious, and wanted him to finish his speech as quickly as possible.

The people who were there, or who watched the speech on TV, were at once happy and anxious. They wanted him to stay there, but they feared for him. When he finished his speech, many waited for a few long minutes, before breathing a sigh of relief: Thank God, it seems that he has returned to his office safely.

For those who did not understand the underlying message behind Nasrallah’s public appearance, let them know that when the man previously came out publicly in defense of the Prophet, he was reaffirming his beliefs that he would defend with his life. When he came out publicly during Ashura, he wanted to express which form his beliefs took, and to underscore the fact that he is a descendant of Hussein who does not fear following in the footsteps of his ancestor. And when he chose to make his lengthy public appearance yesterday under the banner of Palestine, it was because he wanted to say that it is the dearest cause to his heart and mind.

Yesterday, many were seething with anger at Nasrallah’s unexpected public appearance, his clear and firm speech, and his indifference to all inconsequential opponents and their deliriums. He was smiling, and pleasantly emotional.

Smile, Sayyed Hassan, and let them die of rage!


Yesterday, too, former prime minister Saad Hariri made an appearance, all the way from Saudi Arabia. He addressed his supporters and the rest of the public in Lebanon after an iftar. He spoke at length, but went around in circles. The only idea contained in his speech was that he sees the Resistance’s weapons as a danger, and that these weapons are illegitimate and do not enjoy unanimous approval. Hariri reminded us that his camp wants dialogue, is keen to ward off strife, and is seeking to build a strong state.

Yet Hariri was not ready to say anything meaningful yesterday. This doesn’t mean that he did not want to talk to his supporters, but that he doesn’t have anything new to say. He was just letting us know that he continues to bide his time, waiting, like many others, for what the takfiri kingdom shall decide. Hariri was telling us that he has been promised, like many others, that certain developments shall take place in Syria, and that there is no room for any accord now in Lebanon. He wanted to say that all he can do for the time being is to maintain the confrontation, even at a minimum level, but as a result of powerlessness rather than prudence.

In short, Hariri confirmed that he is not ready for anything. Therefore, it is best for him and for us for Hariri to stay where he is, in the hope that he may be able to secure some additional revenues to help a section of the Lebanese cope with the severe economic crisis.

As for his supporters, they will probably meet again at iftar or suhur, and we will probably hear the same broken record again. His camp’s leaders will explain and justify, but his supporters will quietly withdraw, and join those they believe are more effective … al-Nusra Front will be ready to welcome them in open arms.


It’s time for you to leave!

Michel Suleiman was angered by the criticisms of his speech on Army Day. Tension permeated his office yesterday, perhaps concealing the president’s deep desire to scream. He probably wished he were a leader with the ability to mobilize formations to suppress any dissenting voice, and to bring him applauding sycophants instead.

Michel Suleiman was furious, because he heard ordinary criticisms – which were even less than required – of positions that shed light on the chatter among diplomats, purporting that Suleiman has pledged to do more against the Resistance in return for promises for the extension of his term. His speech betrayed a lack of wisdom and a lack of understanding. His speech resembled Mohamed Mursi’s at Cairo Stadium, when he summoned his Muslim Brotherhood persona, forgetting he was president.

Michel Suleiman became angry because he lost his concentration as he manipulated words to take a stance that does not truly speak for his post, and to take sides with one political party, perhaps believing that March 14, and the Arabs and the West behind them, will give him cover to extend his term.

The occupant of Baabda Palace became angry, because he did not appreciate that a position, like the one he made on the Resistance, reflected fecklessness and political naivety, if one is to consider what he said in good faith, but much worse things, if one is to consider it in bad faith. The president became angry because there are some who are now calling on him to step down publicly.

The best course of action is for the president to ask his allies and his opponents to prepare for an informal referendum, a real, scientific referendum, in which the Lebanese can participate by voting yes or no to the question of whether he should remain in his post.

The president became angry because he knows that Samir Geagea’s support for him does not make him stronger, that Walid Jumblatt’s gymnastics do not help anyone believe the lie of “centrism.” He became even angrier because he knows that the Resistance had already overcome and toppled many who were much more malicious and callous, to say nothing more …

Mr. President: It is time for you to leave.

Ibrahim al-Amin is editor-in-chief of Al-Akhbar.

This article is an edited translation from the Arabic Edition.

Comments

Is Nasrallah in photo showing us the size of his dick?

Perhaps of Obama's comparing with Bibi'S?

These events need not have unfolded ... The Amal and HA decision to rely on the extension of Parliament for some 17 months has opened the door of treachery. This extension is a blank check for sedition.

It is becoming clear that events will be unfolding rapidly over the next year. Saad's supposed "house arrest", the nine month "guarantee" of Israeli-Palestinian talks both stalling tactics for attacking the Resistance.

These speeches mark the red lines that will embroil Lebanon in social and economic mayhem designed to crash the Lebanese economy and throw Lebanon into the arms of IMF bankster austerity.

Please keep up the wonderful work of exposing the treacherous hands involved in destabilising Lebanon.

Saad Hariri is a pathetic puppet, and soon these Takfiris will turn on him. As he lacks a cause he is willing to die for (unlike the Sayyid) he will face endless humiliation.

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