Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Tripoli And The One Dimensions

Nothing new so far. Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa has just arrived to Beirut. We'll know what transpires from the Arab League's intervention shortly.

But I wanted to share with you something that struck me yesterday. Sleiman Franjieh from Omar Karami's home in Tripoli said that the Sunnis in Lebanon (particularly Tripolitans) are de facto aligning themselves with Israel, because some Arab leaders and Lebanese political figures have convinced the Sunnis that the "struggle" is no longer against Israel and are trying to persuade the Sunnis to believe that the Shiites are the enemy.

Why is Franjieh going there? Why does he have to remind the Tripolitans (me included) time and time again that Tripoli is a bastion of Arabism and home of Abdel Nasser? We know that very well. And the majority in Tripoli who have Abdel Nasser's picture hung on their walls are the same ones who choose not to align themselves with the Opposition. Does that mean that suddenly those Arabists are allies of Israel? If people disagree with Hizbullah's ways, does that mean that suddenly now Tripolitans have changed their enemy from Israel to the Shiites?

No, Franjieh! These black-white statements are rotten, from the olden ages. I'm tired of such compartmentalization of issues, of the "de factos". Why are we doomed to be one-dimensional? Why can't we have multiple causes, multiple struggles, multiple friends and foes?

Why is it that if I like Syria, I'm de fact a pro-Syrian? I'm not! But I like Syria and the Syrian people and that has nothing to do with the Syrian regime. And why is that if I'm against the Syrian tutelage in Lebanon, then I'm de facto someone who hates Syria?

Why is it that if I like America, I'm branded an "agent" and a de facto Zionist? I disagree with the current U.S. foreign policy, but that does not mean I need to chant: Death to America!

Why is it that if I am of the position that Hizbullah needs to integrate itself into the Army (which is a strengthening factor for Lebanon), I become a de facto Zionist (again), an agent, a traitor, and anti-Shiite? I believe that our state institutions can be strengthened through this integration and would be a move that would make Hizbullah popular across the country, as opposed to what Hizbullah is doing right now.

Why is it that if I am against the overthrowing of the current government, I'm a de facto Sunni? My position has nothing to do with my sect; it has to do with a set of principles I stand by.

So it's time to toss these de factos in the trash bin. Franjieh, you're old and rotten. Can we have new leadership in our country? A leadership that is more in tune with our multi-dimensional world, a world so diametrically different than Franjieh's world?

Addendum: By the way, why is the Tripolitan cleric Yakan (who held the Friday prayers in Riad Solh last Friday) is saying that any move to occupy by force the Grand Serail is a red line and will lead to a massacre? Why? Perhaps it is on the Opposition's agenda and Yakan is just revealing in public that he's against this move.

"Nobody knows how many rebellions, besides political rebellions, ferment in the masses of life which people earth."

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

You really needed a whole post to ask that?? I mean seriously? Franjieh's one of Syria's old guard and their main tactic throughout their presence here was to brand anyone against them as a traitor.. Rafic Hariri was one who got his fair share and we heard a lot of that on al-Manar... And then after he died Nasrallah said that they used to attack Hariri politically so as not to show the world that they are in agreement... Hezbollah is following in the foot steps of Syria and branding everyone a traitor!! Hope these traitors don't have to be blown up to be appreciated by the party..

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e said...

How is Fangieh wrong?
If you are against HA and Israel is against HA then it is a fact that you and Israel have common interests. That does not make you a Zionists, it just makes you somebody whose current interests are at this point in time aligned with Israel's. There is nothing to be ashamed or defensive about.

And by the way, Nasser was a prize idiot. After Eisenhower saved him in 56, he let himself be lured into Soviet influence and with his own hands he killed Arab nationalism in 67. On top of that, he failed to use the huge political capital he had after 56 in order to modernize and democratize Egypt. If he is your model, you are in deep trouble.

e

Anonymous said...

e,

Not everyone who opposes Syrian and Iranian meddling in Lebanese affairs has common interests with Israel. That is an old and rotten piece of propaganda. Neither you, nor the Syrians and Iranians (who never really did anything but talk) nor Hizballah are in a position to issue such baseless claims. Also, I would suggest you re-read Doha's post because you missed the whole point.

e said...

Israel doesn't want Syria and Iran to meddle in Lebanon. I think this is obvious.
Therefore, it has a common interest with anybody else that doesn't want Syria and Iran to meddle in Lebanon. The common interest is a narrow one restricted to the Iran/Syria issue and but a common interest nontheless. It would be futile to deny this.
The correct way to reply to Frangieh is not be defensive about it and just say that if acting in the interest of Lebanon also sometimes means acting in the interest of Israel, then so be it. It is stupid to act against Lebanon's interest just because it might help Israel.
e

Anonymous said...

This is the oldest trick in the book: Demonize your enemies.

GW. Bush: "If you're not with us, you're with the terrorists."
"Terrorists" have been the demon to us here in the US since 9/11. And now anyone who opposes to president's policy is somehow labeled as pro-terrorism.

In the Arab world, Israel has been the demon for 60+ years. Anyone who doesn't agree with you is automatically labelled an agent, a zionist, or a collaborator.
Siniora was accused of being an "agent" last week by Nasrallah, in very much the same vain as what we're hearing today from the idiot Frangieh.

Cybereye said...

Too many old guard types in Lebanon, on all sides and in all factions. Need some fresh blood, new ways of thinking, at the top.

Anonymous said...

are you refer the israelies as your
enemies ? . beyond me .

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