It must be the end of the world

As'ad Abu Khalil wrote something I actually agree with, if you ignore the whole blame Harriri thing at the end:

Just a word of caution on Lebanon.
These are historic times in Lebanon. I have been thinking about the
significance of them as I am trying to finish my article for Al-Akhbar,
and I have been experiencing my first writer's bloc. I am not pleased
with the exuberance that is exhibited by some leftists toward the
developments in Lebanon. I believe that the radical left, or the
revolutionary left, should be careful in evaluating the situation. I
see that the Lebanese Communist Party has for all purposes conflated
its position with that of Hizbullah–at least during this crisis. The
radical left should keep a distance from an organization (i.e.
Hizbullah) with which it does not share an ideology–a religious
fundamentalist one at that. Today, I kept thinking of the leader of the
Iranian Communist Party who sang the praises of Khumayni only to be
forced to appear on TV (after the revolution) and make Stalinist-style
"confessions". He later was executed as were other communists. The
radical left, it has to be ascertained is fiercely opposed to the
US/Israeli/Saudi plan and its implementers in Lebanon (Jumblat, Hariri,
and Ja`ja` and the other gangs of March 14), and is dedicated to the
liberation of Palestine. But it can't abandon its other important
principles of social justice, secularism, and pluralist politics–and
these are issues that Hizbullah either opposes or has a bad record on.
The Left in Lebanon remains the only group without a militia and it is
not an accident: the March 14 and the Hizbullah-led opposition don't
want the left to play a role in Lebanon, and this was something that
the Syrian regime and Iran (and Israel of course) agreed on. I was also
displeased with the closure of Hariri media, as much as I detest them
and as much as I believe that they have been engaged in acute sectarian
mobilization that is exactly the same as of the propaganda of
Al-Qa`idah. I will not enjoy writing in Al-Akhbar and attacking my
opponents if they are not on an equal footing: especially if their
media are closed. One sided polemics are the stuff of which the Saudi
and Syrian media are made, and we can't replicate that in Lebanon.
Having said that: i still blame the Hariri Inc for the crisis, and
their external backers: the agenda of the external backers pose the
biggest threat to Lebanon and Palestine, but that does not mean that
the left should be a mere cheerleader of organizations that are not
leftist.

Amen!

Comments

  1. I did indeed notice that this was an usual post for As’ad, one full of many items I agree with. Scary!

  2. Adam B. says:

    “The radical left, it has to be ascertained is fiercely opposed to the
    US/Israeli/Saudi plan and its implementers in Lebanon”

    Would anyone here elaborate on this joint Lebanon-plan between the US, Israel, and Saudi? I can’t recall having heard of such a plan, and can’t find anything on the net… Of course, I doubt that the US and Israel are “planning” something other than a free democracy in Lebanon, and the RADICAL left have always been much opposed to personal and political freedom, so his claim goes without saying, but I still find it’s presence in his post a bit odd, and I see no reason why things should get better if the radical left got it’s own militia as well…!

  3. “Would anyone here elaborate on this joint Lebanon-plan between the US, Israel, and Saudi? I can’t recall having heard of such a plan, and can’t find anything on the net…”

    That’s cause you forgot to wear your tinfoil hat today.