Thursday, November 30, 2006

a message to hizballah

get new leadership.

hassan nasrallah accomplished what millions around the world consider wonders for his organization when its main focus was repelling israel and making it too costly for the israelis to remain as occupiers in lebanon.

however, today, the situation has changed dramatically. the main focus of hizballah is no longer israel. it is lebanon. and a man who was highly proficient at one task does not necessarily need to be proficient at another - unlike, women, who I hear are masters of multi-tasking.

A flattering historical precedent of such a shift would be churchill. the man did wonders during wartime, but was booted out when his country faced the challenges of peace-time governance. if the british could do it, i'm sure lebanese can - or can they?

the point here is that hizballah has entered a new era in its history. gradually (and whether it likes it or not) the organization is being turned into a political party meant exclusively to play a role within the lebanese political process. it's focus is shifting from war to peace. And if such a dramatic shift is to take place smoothly or at all (leaving lebanon in one piece) then I believe that new leadership is called for.

Of course one could make a similar argument for the entire political elite. jumblatt, jaejae and the rest all "grew up" as politicians during the civil war. however, at least they went through a little more than a decade of what one could consider "a transition period." some of them spent it under syrian tutelage and others spent it in a prison cell or in exile. not exactly good practice to run an independent state, but definitely better than transitioning from war to peace-time leaders in a matter of a year or two.

on that note, allow me to cite the lebanese constitution. It takes special consideration of this war-peace leadership dichotomy. it specifically stipulates that the commander of the lebanese armed forces cannot become president of the republic unless he retires for a certain number of years (or - and I'm not sure this is in the constitution - the syrians decide otherwise). So you see... even the vaunted constitution supports me on this notion.

Therefore, I conclude, and reiterate that Hassan Nasrallah and his "hizballah cabinet/politburo" need a vacation. I recommend Malta. Maybe, Mohammend Fneish can take over for 10 years while Nasrallah absorbs the sun, and winds down in his temporary European home. I think everyone will be better off if he does - and I'll even be willing to pitch in if he needs the money.


Anonymous said...

Hizbullah is not the smart player people think it is-- its leadership is making tons of mistakes. These mistakes could either destroy them, or the country. However, and because of their holy status and people's thirst for messiahs, they are getting away with murder. It's a classic case of liberators becoming occupiers, and it will take Lebanese a long time before they realize that this group in power is the worst idea possible. Even if they weren't jihadists, but pure "resistance fighters", it would still be a bad idea to give them political power-- for the same reason soldiers should not be made politicians, and armies stay away from politics.

Alas, it's not just Hizbullah's supporters who are guilty, it's every politician who treated them as politicians, and not out of commission warriors.

R said...

I am going to second Abu Kais on that... I have to ask though, are you sure that HA is transforming into a political party and abandoning its military nature? Could it be not that they are evolving into an armed political group, that has no venue for use of arms but internally? I am not saying that they will use it now or a few years from now. Heck they might never use it. But what guarantees do we have for when Khamenei dies, or for after Nasralla is gone. None!!
They have to be dealt with now, peacefully, but with determination.

Anonymous said...

No offense Raja, but this is a lot bigger than Hezbollah needing a new leader. :)

Anonymous said...

I'm gonna third Abu Kais and R on this one. I'm too emotionally charged to make lengthy comments at this time. But those who've read my previous comments know where I stand.

francois said...


do you really think that Geagea grew up?.

when i m just listening to him saying "we are ready to the sacrifices" i do not think so

and same on the future side when one of its MP was claiming about exchanging blood to get weapons.

The only guy that is doing quite well right now is saniora, with his slogan "manifestations are a sign of democraty" as long as theses manifestations are non violent

it s all the political class that need to be changed, definitly they are mature from all the sides

francois said...

(correction: not mature from all the sides)

Anonymous said...

Letter to Mr. Fouad el Sanioura,

Shame on u, shame on u, shame on u, I can believe how you are humiliating yourself, cant u see what you did to Lebanon and its people, you sold us to the west and Saudi Arabia, you sold us before to Syria.
You crushed every aspect of life in Lebanon, starting from economy; you are responsible of the 40 billion dollars debt the same amount of debt for the whole African continent.
We are done from you, go away, go away, your place is the jail.
If only you have a bit of dignity I guess you would kill yourself for what you have done for a whole country and its future, you have destroyed the youth dream Mr. Saniora, I just wonder how you sleep at night, and I can’t believe how greediness can do to people like you.
Mr. Sanioura the chairs don’t make men and the history and the people of Lebanon will reject you, have a dignity and step out.
Shame on you and get away from Lebanon.

FGA said...

Rima from South Beirut, you clearly must not be old enough to remember what Beirut looked like merely 10 years ago. God,it was awful, backwards, disgusting--- almost like da7ieh today --- eeewww...
Obviously, building a modern, gorgeous city costs money, and we, the progressive people of Lebanon, chose to build rather than destroy. Hence, we choose Fuad over Hassan, any day of the week.