Again Lebanon

I did not want to talk about the illusive victory that most Arab and Islamic countries are assuming for Hizbullah, but one does not have any choice with this public who is so desperate for victory while thousands of Lebanese are homeless and humiliated, begging other nations for help.
Talking about dignity? Is this the dignity we want for our beloved Lebanon?
Surfing the Net and especially in some Israeli sites, I see a different note all together. Most are not happy with this war, declaring their defeat and scrutinizing their Prime Minister and all the responsible parties for this grave loss. They’re constantly analyzing all the ins and outs of this war (or should I say the first phase of it) for a more victorious reencounter, although their loss was not even a fraction to our loss. Why is that? Does this really give an indication of who won the jackpot?
It would be naive to think so; the difference between us and them is that they have something called self criticism that unfortunately we Arabs lack. If we had half of what they have we wouldn’t have been in this pathetic situation today.
Nasrullah can assume victory; the war calculations of victory and defeat are proportional to the goal achieved. And it is obvious that Nasrullah achieved this goal in the first round for Iran who is the main player in this war against USA. But for the public to cheer the victory! This is the real puzzle.
I said Iran is the main player and I meant it; Iran’s war against the west ideology is no secret and it is decades long since Alkhumaini revolution. Iran’s continuous struggle for power verses that of US democratization of the region is the main cause of this chaos we are in. The war in Lebanon was just the first round; the whole region is on the brink of the big war, and thanks to Iran for preparing the embers of sectarianism in the Middle East. Who will win this war in the end is the question that we need to ponder on; The Islamization of all our region, or democracy?
The way I see it, Islamization is winning when the public is so hungry to win against the west on fake slogans against a common enemy. The enemy is right within, while we look far away. May be we need the bang on the head just like those thousand Iranians who are stranded away from their land and the ones living on rations in their own country while their rulers send millions of dollars to other nations for the sake of spreading it’s power.

11 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Hanan
    Aug 21, 2006 @ 19:23:00

    Well said.
    You write: they have something called self criticism that unfortunately we Arabs lack

    And I’d add that the other significant thing we lack is appreciation for the life of every human being. We are so easily willing to risk the life of some for the sake of the bigger cause forgetting that no political cause can even be half as important as human life. Unfortunately our sense of society has lead us occasionally to neglect and erase or individuality to such an extent that we, as individuals, become unimportant, and therefore, easy to sacrifice.


  2. AyyA
    Aug 21, 2006 @ 20:43:00

    Today Dr. Ahmad Beshara published a very nice article about what you just said in AlGabas, check it out here


  3. skunk
    Aug 21, 2006 @ 22:28:00

    very well said, and i’d just add this:

    its not necssarily that arab lives are unimportant, but when the arab population justifies their own dead by calling them martyrs for the cause, well whats the point of crying out against the dead arabs when they themselves are celebrating it?

    its worse than calling them sacrifices.

    it makes them disposable and expendable.

    self criticism is definately somethign thats needed here. even more so than in the west or israel. afterall its been well over 60 years of struggle,… whens the performance review?


  4. Jewaira
    Aug 21, 2006 @ 23:15:00

    Here is a very interesting and, I believe very true portrayal of the situation of Muslims today:


  5. AyyA
    Aug 22, 2006 @ 00:35:00

    No religion, be it Islam or Christianity or Judaism values anything no matter how dear to a single human soul. A man can’t take his own soul, let alone others.
    Now what happened in Lebanon is a crucification of a country. Now let’s leave aside the States and Israel, Did anyone question Nasrullah’s one sided decision to drag the whole country into this fate? Did anyone question Lebanese leaders’ leniency toward Hizbulla’s huge artillery and arms? And who is Nasrulla to declare victory? And on what basis? And what are the goals that he achieved in this war? And was the gain (if there was any) proportional to the loss? A lot of Christian and Sunni Moslems had already fled the country, and a lot of others are looking for jobs outside, who is responsible for this? The country is at the brink of another civil war, who is benefiting from this?
    On the other side; let’s look at the matter from a bigger sphere; what did we Arabs and Moslems gain from centuries of war? And why aren’t we learning from our past mistakes? The future is very gloomy because we do not ask these questions. We do not analyze our actions; we keep repeating our mistakes over and over. We became like an open book to anyone to use us, or better yet misuse us.

    Lady J
    A very nice article and I do agree it’s very true in most of its analysis. Thanks for the input dear.


  6. No3iK
    Aug 22, 2006 @ 19:02:00

    that is very sad.
    the thing we can do now. is provide all types help.
    with both our prayers and support.
    and by giving them all the things they need. specialy us, we have alot of things that we never use or even need. people should start thinking of other people now. not just them selves.
    and pray … that god might heal their hearts and land soon, very soon inshallah 🙂


  7. kila ma6goog
    Aug 22, 2006 @ 20:20:00

    The Islamization of all our region, or democracy?

    whois islam and who present democracy if i may ask?


  8. AyyA
    Aug 22, 2006 @ 23:27:00

    Prayer and self control, weighing matters without getting over emotional, unity is what we need, not only for Lebanon’s sake, but also for the whole region’s survival.

    kila ma6goog
    It’s not a “who”, more of a “what political system”, and if you must, it’s a war between radicalism and democracy. The Islamic wave which is spreading in the region due to many social, political and economical shortcoming in the Islamic nations and on the other hand their struggle to have a true democratic nation. Of which both mullahs and the Bush administration are unfortunately using each to his benefit.


  9. Mini Я.
    Aug 23, 2006 @ 11:06:00

    Unfortunately, Islam has been saturated with politics to the point that one can’t tell where what begins & what ends.

    Very well said, I couldn’t have said it better! 🙂


  10. AyyA
    Aug 25, 2006 @ 07:20:00

    The harder you make your demands in a religion the more complicated life gets. Take for example the story of the cow in Quran; Moses asked the Jews for a special cow, if they had gone and fetched a healthy cow with some features standing out, the story would have ended right there and then, but their consistence for details and specifications of the cow complicated the search and narrowed it down to the only one available where the owner asked for it’s weight in gold. Unfortunately; Islam is a totalitarian belief, you take all or none. It has its own political, social and economical systems in boring details, here moderation is not permitted, and that what makes it more difficult to deal with man-made rules than any other religion.


  11. wraithlike
    Nov 06, 2006 @ 04:24:00

    First of all let me say that I wish I found about your blog earlier, I would have made a timely reply to this article. Since most of the posts here are siding with you, let me present another point of view.

    Let me first share sadness with all of you to what happened and still happens to the people of Lebanon because of this war, I wish all of them speedy return to normal life.

    The cause of war was not Nasrullah. Hizbulla kidnapped soldiers earlier when Sharon was in power (few years back), but because Sharon knows his limitations politically and strategically, he didn’t wage full-scale war at the time. These people now in power in Israel, and I mean the politicians, have no experience whatsoever in warfare. That is why they blundered in this war. When I say blundered, I mean they have smeared the reputation of the Israeli forces by not winning against a few-thousands strong guerrillas, whereas previously they have won against many Arab state armies, all at once. You can easily refer to what Olmert and Peretz said and contrast it too with what the Israeli forces generals said. Just refer to the Israeli daily press online. The Israeli army lost the sacred image of the invincible army, this is taken straight from the horses mouth. Most of the fighting was to try to regain this image.

    Iran was definitely part of this war. They have backed Hizbulla by arms, money and political stance from its inception, there is no question about this. But if you think that the USA didn’t do the same with Israel, then you are grossly wrong. During the war, everyone knows, USA has sent smart bombs to Israel to annihilate Hizbulla. The USA have also delayed the agreement that resulted in the 1701 UN resolution. It has willingly participated in the prolonging of the massacres of the Lebanese people. Every person in his right mind would admit this. Instead of crying because Iran is sticking its nose all over the Arab world, why don’t you (and me and I suppose all the other readers) say that Arab states have miserably failed to defend Lebanon, and previously Palestine, and Iraq. That would be constructive self-criticism. Don’t you have to help your brethren?

    You say this is a war of Democracy against Islamization. Do you call the rigging of elections in the USA in 2000 and 2004 democracy? do you think the ID card in the USA and the UK violates privacy, which is part of democracy? do you consider the Guantanamo bay detainees legally put behind bars? do you consider the country that invades Iraq with no UN resolution to back this invasion, do you consider it (the USA) worthy of being a role model in democracy? what do you think of the post 9/11 USA laws against terrorism, do they do any damage to the civil liberties of American citizens? We are all searching for that illusive utopian society.

    Islam has respect for human life. It is a rule of Islam that the worth of a Muslim soul is more than the holy Kaaba itself. What happened in Lebanon (and daily in Palestine for that matter) is a simple decision taken by every individual: do I prefer my daily bread and cheese but with humiliation, or do I preserve my pride but with hunger and probably death. This is a conscious decision taken by every individual, all over the world. Ho Che Minh, Ghandi, Nelson Mandilla , Che Guevara, and George Washington and their followers prove that all humans, regardless of their beliefs and ideology, have a common nature. Pride and respect for themselves, although at the price of their lives. Actually, you cannot stop such people from taking the decision of confrontation with their oppressors.

    You say Islam is a totalitarian belief. There are many interpretations of Islam. Some of them avoid general and wide Islamization of politics and the economy. You have to be specific, unless you are dumping the whole Islamic dogma.

    My reply is rather long, but I hope it clarifies some points and reaches you in time.

    Bahraini Muslim Arab man


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