December 07, 2006

The patriot and his militia

By Abu Kais

It became clear after listening to Nasrallah’s address on Thursday that the milita leader is pissed about the Lebanese cabinet allegedly conspiring against the re-arming of his group, and the attempt to extend state authority over all territory. Almost the entire speech was reserved for exposing alleged cabinet attempts to destroy the resistance and confiscate Hizbullah weapons. For Nasrallah and his followers, this is unpatriotic and amounts to treason. For any person who believes in the rule of law, any attempt to curb weapons smuggling to an illegal militia is the least a legitimate authority can do.

Nasrallah’s narrative was designed for anti-Israel Shia ears. I find it strange that any Aounist would find anything in it appealing or compatible with their stated aims.  There’s a government guilty of western support for over a year and a half, making it suspicious (never mind that Nasrallah’s political soldiers were part of this government). The internal security forces have to prove they’re a national force. The prime minister is conspiring with the Israelis by ordering the Lebanese army to cut the Hizbullah supplies during the war.

“Just because he [Siniora] is a Sunni doesn’t mean I should keep my mouth shut. Does any Arab, Muslim or Christian, Sunni or Shia accept that a prime minister cut the weapons supplies to the resistance that’s defending the country?”

Nasrallah elsewhere may have rejected murder and civil war, but this last statement, coming from a religious figure in the Arab world, is a legalization of Siniora’s assassination.

What’s worse, Nasrallah accused the internal security forces of spying on Hizbullah for the Israelis, and of trying to locate Nasrallah’s whereabouts and failing to “protect the country and its citizens.” Nasrallah lamented the fact that “they” pay taxes to the government to train and arm such agencies. As if Hizbullah and its 150,000 employees ever paid taxes for the billions they receive from Iran!

And then Nasrallah proceeded to categorize Sunnis, saying that if this cabinet does not accept to give Hizbullah the blocking vote (yes, Nasrallah wants to join the Israeli-supported cabinet), he will find patriotic Sunnis who could handle such leadership.

And since Nasrallah is such a secular minded guy that appeals to Aounists and communists alike, tomorrow a pro-Sunni fundamentalist will lead Shia Islamists in prayer, so the communists and the Aounists better make room. As for Sunday, the “national opposition” will attempt to ruin another weekend, burying the country and its economy in the sanitary hole that Hizbullah created in downtown Beirut.

Update. Incidentally, Le Monde today quoted (French) a senior UN official as saying there was "a constant and massive rearmament of Hizbullah."  According to the official, these weapons are entering Lebanon thanks to the complicity of Hizbullah sympathisers in the directorate of General Security, which controls the borders. The directorate is officially part of the Interior Ministry, but is run by a pro-Hizbullah guy. Its former director is in jail over suspected involvement in the Hariri murder.

For some context on the tug of war between the cabinet and Hizbullah/Amal on this issue, click here (a post about the time former acting interior minister Ahmad Fatfat tried to put a leash on  General Security but was accused of running a security regime by Hizbullah and Amal). This is further proof that one of Nasrallah's primary aims is to protect his weapon supply. Not that it ever stopped. But it could.

In related news, the UN has confirmed the report of a Syrian plot to kill 36 Lebanese figures. Don't expect a fiery reaction from Nasrallah.


Posted by Abu Kais at December 7, 2006 07:35 PM

This has gone on for too long. Israel must bomb the Syrian supply routes, and damn the UN forces who stand around scratching their asses.

Someone should assassinate Nasrallah to end the militarisation and sectarianism in Lebanon.

Posted by: Jono at December 7, 2006 09:00 PM

It would appear to me that the impasse could be tested by another assasination. Despite the conspiracy theorists, I believe that only hizbo, the Syrians, and the Iranians have been proactive. The Americans are consumed with Iraq, the Israelis with the events of the recent war and the French are always too busy with their own economic interests. The anti-Syrian Lebanese are afraid of unleashing a new civil war.

The hizbo fatboy and his Syrian and Iranian handlers are intoxicated with their apparent control of the board, intoxicated to the point of hybris. I don't believe that they expect anything coming their way. I think that if someone wanted to start the process of isolation of hizbo send fatboy a message, it would be to hit one his significant allies and I think the way it might happen is for Aoun to take the hit. It seems that enough of his own people consider him a traitor to do him. It might not be the one to unleash the flood but it would certainly up the ante.

The Americans have to get their act together and get out of that cesspool and let sectarians go at it all by themselves; the Revolutionary Guards and Syrians would likely get sucked in, in a big way, and start to absorb major hits. Turning the PMOI loose in Iran would go a long way to put those nazis on the defensive as well.

All this would serve to isolate hizbo and take them down a few notches.

Unfortunately, that dinosaur James Baker is in vogue and the idiot Democrats like this old Republican's grand scheme to 'negotiate' with scum like Assad and the Persian holy rollers.

Got to beat these people at their own game

Posted by: ankhfkhonsu at December 7, 2006 10:13 PM

Nasrallah’s narrative was designed for anti-Israel Shia ears. I find it strange that any Aounist would find anything in it appealing or compatible with their stated aims.

Besides the "anti-Israel" half of course. There will always be something that Lebanese Christians and Shias can agree on. Unity!

Posted by: Israeli at December 7, 2006 10:17 PM

MJT, when you are coming back online?

Posted by: Ron Snyder at December 8, 2006 04:29 AM

Someone should assassinate Nasrallah to end the militarisation and sectarianism in Lebanon.

The guys who need whacking are in Damascus and Tehran. Whack Nasrallah if you like, but all that would accomplish is creating a martyr and making the puppetmasters choose another puppet.

This problem will not be solved in Lebanon.

Posted by: rosignol at December 8, 2006 04:33 AM

that the milita leader is pissed about the Lebanese cabinet

Oops, read so quickly at first that I thought you said "pissed on the Lebanese gvmnt" which has been a daily occurrence for some time now.

Words matter. The anti-nuts forces have relinquished the moral high ground a long time ago, and the country pays all pay for it.

When you they say "resistance, resistance, resistance" and you kow-tow to it (because its PC and expedient), before during and after the war without a hint of criticism or deligitimization, then when when it's time to counter them you are defenseless (Milquetoast). Why? Because you have no justification left, and the idiot masses have swallowed the other's mssg. line hook and sinker.

It was the same in Lebanon when the yell-du-jour was "Palestine, Palestine, Palestine" and the PLO ran wild and wreaked havoc.

Posted by: JoseyWales at December 8, 2006 04:37 AM

especially since american foreign policy now is going to empower terrorism, it seems to me that there is NO way hizbullah is going to back down (as if they ever would anyway). conflict is now a foregone conclusion and lebanon is going back to being a hellhole. shouldn't everyone be preparing for the fight instead of this endless specualtion and analysis?

Posted by: mike at December 8, 2006 06:12 AM

especially since american foreign policy now is going to empower terrorism it seems to me that there is NO way hizbullah is going to back down

Not quite. True, the "realists" aren't much in favor of American troops engaging in democratic nation-building. However, if you look at their actual record, the "realists" have been in favor of supporting undemocratic "resistance" movements against enemy entities: Iraq (Kurds), Afghanistan (against the Soviets), Nicaragua (contras), etc. Hezbollah may one day wish that the "neocons" still dictated policy in Washington.

Posted by: Solomon2 at December 8, 2006 07:56 AM

These people are so screwed. I don't think the West should raise a hand. What could we possibly do that we wouldn't be shat on for? Either Hez will rule Lebanon or Hez will be wiped out. Since this will not happen, Hez will rule, then will attack Israel; more shelling, blah blah blah, misery forever. Lotsa luck, Lebanon! The smarter ones should be renewing their passports.

The funny thing is, the French don;t want this, and the French seem to always get what they want. I think we can ignore the Israelis and Americans - how are the FRENCH going to fix this?

Right, so good-bye, Lebanon. Sorry about that, I hear Beirut used to be nice.

Posted by: nichevo at December 9, 2006 04:06 PM
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