Response to “Why Fisk is wrong”

Why Fisk is wrong about Lebanon

“This is how the conflict began in Lebanon. Outbreaks of sectarian hatred, appeals for restraint, promises of aid from Western and Arab nations and a total refusal to understand that this is how civil wars begin”.

Robert Fisk, ‘World ignores Signs of Civil War in Lebanon’, UK Independent (27 Jan)

Robert Fisk is all wrong about Lebanon. The country is not on the brink of another “civil war”, but has been subsumed in an “imperial war” engineered in Tel Aviv and Washington (from the first sentence we can see that this guy has never actually lived in Lebanon, or he is too blind to see the whole picture. I’m pretty sure that a lot of the problems currently in Lebanon are caused by Israeli and American hands, but due to the anti-American ideas that are developed as a consequence of this western influence, some people take advantage to attack the government and take over power for their own purposes, this is the sad reality in Lebanon, everyone claims to be helping in some way, when in reality they are all looking at their own benefits. Meanwhile israel keeps attacking us whenever it wants and the US gets richer with it). He’s also mistaken in thinking that the Paris 3 Conference is designed to “save” Lebanon from the mountain of debt which piled up after Israel’s destructive 34 day war. The real purpose of the $7.6 billion in loans is to shackle Lebanon to the international lending institutions that are demanding additional taxes on the poor, more privatization of state-run industries, and restructuring the economy to meet the requirements of the global banking elite (what’s even worse is that there is no other way to repay for all the damage caused by the war, Hezbollah said that it will cover all the loss of all the families, meaning houses and material loss, it didn’t even pay all the families with what they promised, they were supposed to rebuild all the houses, meanwhile the people of the south were supposed to stay on the tents provided by the Italian government, go now to downtown Beirut and you will see all the tents there!!! It all repeats it self, the Lebanese cannot agree with each other and they have to refer to outside sources to help them, whether these sources are Syria, Iran, or the US).

According to a recent article by Chris Marsden in countercurrents:

“Only a fraction of the loans will be spent on reconstruction projects. Most will go towards servicing Lebanon’s short-term debt and therefore back into the coffers of the imperialist governments and financial institutions, while leaving Lebanon’s long-term debts to climb even higher. The rest will go into paying the Lebanese army (and security services) in order to suppress the opposition in the Shia areas in the south of the country (honestly this is a typical biased argument made by a usual Hezbollah supporter, they always try to show as the suppressed people, no matter what, they will always claim that the government is taking from their rights, and this is not a new issue, it was the same even during previous governments. Look how the money is being spent right now, all the people that were affected from the war were rewarded with money that the government collected from Paris 3, it is funny that when the government announced that money is ready for all the affected families, all the opposition supporters went to ask for it, even though at that time they didn’t recognize the governmental institutions as legitimate). And, once again, any money given will be made conditional on the government implementing the reforms demanded by the IMF and World Bank.”

This is the real war–the class war– that continues to be directed at the people in developing world.

How many times have we seen the World Bank and IMF swoop down on their prey after a nation has been savaged by war only to apply the vice-grips of massive debt and set up another corporate colony? The rise of sectarianism and the “clash of civilizations” bunkum is just the mask that conceals the real struggle; the ongoing war and exploitation of the people who have no voice in government.

Here’s a question for Fisk: Is there any doubt now that the US and Israel used the UN to push Syrian troops out of Lebanon just so they could execute their bloody plan to invade the country and set up a puppet regime in Beirut? Or was that merely a coincidence? (Very biased!!!! It might be true that the whole 1559 resolution was a plot, but remember that the Syrians asked for it with all their overpowered domination over Lebanon, people are really fed up of them, and Robert Fisk knows exactly this, he was a witness of all the Syrian control in Lebanon for the past 30 years or more. The opposition and the pro-Syrian community always say that let Syria dominate us, it’s better than being dominated by the US or the UK, they really use that argument as a defense for their claims, this is really wrong, we cannot afford any type of domination. I always say that if our enemies attack us and try to destroy us, that’s something expected from them, all we can do is defend ourselves, but when our supposed “allies” and brother countries try to destroy us, it is not something we expect from them and t is not something we can tolerate)

And, is there any doubt that World Bank president, Paul Wolfowitz, knew that he would be used in Phase 2 of the assault on Lebanese sovereignty by providing more economy-busting loans?

The US military is just the left hand of the banking establishment. One hand washes the other.

It’s the perfect system; the US-Israeli war machine flattens an entire country and then their buddies in the in the corporate-banking business rake in the profits from loans and reconstruction contracts. At the same time, they insist that the “New Lebanon” be rebuilt according to the neoliberal model; the same economic model that has kept Latin America and Africa in abject poverty for 2 decades.

Fisk is wrong; it’s not “sectarian hatred” that is driving the war, but outside powers that are using their proxies within Lebanon to achieve their geopolitical objectives. In other words, this not the beginning of civil war, but a continuation of the 34 Day war; the deliberate pulverizing of Lebanon to create an US-Israeli protectorate in a critical area of the Middle East. Future pipeline corridors and regional hegemony require a compliant pro-western government in Beirut. That’s why the Bush administration has armed and trained the massive security apparatus of Prime Minister Fouad Siniora, so he could succeed where Israel failed, by crushing Hezbollah and the pro-democracy movement (please, now this guy is over the limit, what the hell is pro-democracy government, the government of Siniora was the first real democratically elected government since the civil war, all governments that were dominated by Hezbollah and their allies have been elected by the Syrian regime, for the first time we can see a government that reflects what the people want, and the opposition cannot stand that).

On the other hand, Hezbollah is demanding that the Siniora respect the constitution and step down to allow for the formation of a unity government. That is what is REQUIRED under the law (after six members of the Parliament walked out, it effectively disbanded the government) and that is why Hezbollah has been camped out in the center of the city since December 1 (he doesn’t even know how the law system in Lebanon works, they have resigned without the approval of the governmental institutions, Siniora can easily get other Shiia ministers and cover for them, he is not doing that as a respect for the opposition, the parliament should have done a meeting a long time ago to discuss this issue of the government being legitimate or not, but they haven’t, not surprising since the parliament speaker is a head person in the opposition as well, it all fits at the end).If the Bush administration was serious about democracy, they’d throw their support behind the opposition. (Hezbollah and Michel Aoun’s Free Patriotic Movement) But then we know what happens when the will of the people clashes with the aims of the administration. (check the war against the democratically-elected government of Hamas)

Siniora’s political base is limited to Sunnis, some parts of the Christian community, and the Lebanese business elite (Hariri). Some of them like, Samir Geagea, “the ex-civil war militia killer” are connected to right-wing extremist organizations (they love to mention this everytime they speak about Geagea and Joumblatt, they are “the ex-civil war militia killers”, but they never say that Nabih Berri who is the head of the Amal movement allied to Hezbollah was a bigger killer during the civil war, he used to fight against the Palestinians and against Hezbollah with the help of the Syrians, and they don’t mention Michel Aoun too, he re-triggered the Lebanese civil war in its last 3 years, when things were finally cooling down, he couldn’t take it, he wanted to be in control, and the Syrians wouldn’t allow him. When we do a claim about someone, we should first look at what we have done before). These are the groups who stand to benefit the most from an open confrontation with Hezbollah. Washington needs them to conceal its dirty war; a war that Bush stepped up last week when he authorized the CIA “to take covert action against Hezbollah as part of a secret plan to help the Lebanese government prevent the spread of Iranian influence. Senators and congressmen have been briefed on the classified ‘non-lethal presidential finding’ that allows the CIA to provide financial and logistical support for Prime Minister, Fouad Siniora”. (UK Telegraph)

Consider this: Siniora is freely violating Lebanese sovereignty to conduct covert operations against the very people (Hezbollah) who stood alone in defending Lebanon from Israeli invasion (oh please, Siniora and the Hariri family are the only people who have stand against israel from the beginning, they are the only ones free of guilt on the civil war, and now they are attacked as being traitors, come on this guy should also have a history lesson!!!!). Additionally, he is accepting this “assistance” from the United States knowing that it was the Bush administration that provided the laser-guided munitions and cluster-bombs which were used to kill Lebanese nationals just months ago.

And one last thing; despite his promises, Siniora has made no effort to help the poor Shias in the South rebuilt their homes and communities. Much like the victims of Katrina, the Shia have been left to languish in the ruins created by Israel’s relentless bombing raids (again same response I gave before, and you can find a lot of articles that prove this issue, the government is actually providing help).

Is it any wonder why Nasrallah and Aoun want to get rid of Siniora? (I’ll tell you why, Aoun wants power to be only his and no one else, Nasrallah wants the Syrians back and he wants an Iranian regime, they both think that they are fooling each other, but they will seriously crash at the end)

It should be noted that the Bush administration sees no inconsistency in a policy that supports Sunnis in Lebanon, but Shias in Iraq. The rule of thumb appears to be: “If our actions create greater mayhem and suffering for Muslims, then we are on the right course.”

Hezbollah chief, Hassan Nasrallah, has wisely ordered his people to stop their acts of civil disobedience and to get off the streets to avoid further violence. Three Shias were reportedly killed by snipers at the university (read the news and you will find that actually 3 sunnis were killed from the snipers, no shiias were injured in this operation, and please he should really recall the issue of civil disobedience, you saw the news and you know what the opposition did during those 2 tragic days, and it was Nasrallah who ordered the people to go the streets, until now he has never given any orders to get out of the streets, the complete opposite, he is still provoking people to stay on the streets, this guy has real bad sources). Already we can see the familiar tactics which have been used in cities in Iraq.

Nasrallah, is portrayed in the western press as a provocateur, but he has kept the peace for the last 2 months and is committed to preventing another civil war. Just days ago, he told his people, “Even if they kill 1,000 of us, we will not use our weapons against them.” (I wonder how all this people died during those confrontations, and why more than 400 cars were destroyed, all belonging to the Hariri followers, if this is not civil disobedience and not use of weapons against the others, then I cannot explain it any other way, using weapons is not only using rockets, weapons are everything, even those tires they were burning all over the place) 

He also added, “We have the political, popular and organizational strength to bring down the unconstitutional government at any time. What has prevented the fall of this government is not the support of the western powers but the opposition’s will to preserve civil peace in the country.” (That is not true, what Nasrallah said is that the only reason that the government is still standing is because of outside forces)

But it’s likely that Nasrallah will not be able to stop the fighting; already events are beyond his control. Washington is preparing to open another front in its ongoing war on terror and is looking for a showdown with Hezbollah. The neoconservative ideal of “creative destruction” is now in full-flower and has extended the conflict from the northern tip of Afghanistan to the southern coast of Somalia swallowing up an immense swath of the Middle East and Central Asia. This is the “total war” the neocons promised when Bush took office. It isn’t civil war, but the calculated destruction of an entire region by the imperial powers.

I would like to mention that this guy is missing the big picture in Lebanon that Robert Fisk actually sees, if you look at all the series of events that happened from the killing of Hariri in 2005 until now, you can see a big connection that can be planned by the Us maybe, but that is most likely planned by the Syrians in collaboration with israel, we are seeing now how Syria and the US are somehow secretly cooperating with each other, and I expect some serious talks between them and israel to emerge soon, everyone is fighting his own war in Lebanese lands, the Syrians, the Iranians, the US, and the israelis, and the real Lebanese people are the ones stock in the middle and paying the price of all this.

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