Lebanon- The Smoke, Anguish and Terror of a Fascist Attack
mashriq / arabia / iraq |
imperialism / war |
Saturday September 02, 2006 20:28 by Pieman Paydar - Grupo Qhispikay Llaqta, Perú
The anarchists of Peru and the rest of the world oppose the fascist attacks
of the Israeli State against the Palestinian and Lebanese peoples. We refuse to follow reformist or reactionary positions that call for the formation of a new Palestinian state- a state that even if established
only survive subject to the mandates of American imperialism. Instead,
support and instigate the class struggle in the region as a means
eventual foundation of an Anarchist Federation, which in turn is the
way to secure a truly humane and dignified existence for the working
of these countries.
We still haven’t forgotten that dark day in 1982 when the tanks of the fascist Zionist Israeli state entered Lebanon under the pretext of ‘ending once and for all’ the presence of the Palestinian resistance organizations under the leadership of Yasser Arafat and the PLO. They continued to occupy the ‘pearl of the East’ for 18 years (1982-2000), killing and injuring thousands of Palestinians and Lebanese. They succeeded in forcing the PLO leadership into exile in Tunis, and significantly weakened the group’s infrastructure with the help of the fascist Syrian state which had sent its troops into Lebanon under the blessing of France, the U.S., and Israel itself. This was only meant to smother the Palestinian and Lebanese masses, thereby assuring Syrian influence in Lebanon. To be absolutely clear, the Arab states (especially Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Jordan) have always been junior partners in American imperialism (the same Americans that have
vetoed more than 70 UN resolutions condemning Israel) right next to the
Israeli state, always with the aim of destroying the Palestinian Liberation
Movements. There is no doubt about the complicity of the Arab governments.
Nor have we forgotten the darkest chapter of this Hitlerian invasion: the massacre of 1700 Palestinians in the Sabra and Chatila refugee camps by fascist Christian militias allied with Tel Aviv, under the control of
then Defence Minister Ariel Sharon, otherwise known as ‘the butcher of
Lebanon.’ According to their very own testimony, Israeli soldiers stood by and
observed the massacre.
As a result of this savage incursion the ‘resistance movement’ better
known as Hezbolah (‘the Party of God’) was born. Hezbolah is very influential
among Lebanese Shiites, who make up 35% of the total population, and is
in turn composed of both a military and a political wing. The Israeli withdrawal in 2000 after 18 years of occupation was the first defeat of the Israelis at the hands of Arabs since the founding of the Zionist state
in 1948. Hezbolah is already more than a simple guerrilla organization; today it constitutes a political group firmly rooted in Lebanese national life with parliamentary representation and a cabinet minister.
Not even six years of peace had gone by when for a second time, on the 12th of July 2006 the black clouds of Zionism again darkened the skies of Lebanon. It’s worth mentioning that the bombardment of southern Lebanon is simply an extension of the continuous attacks on Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank.
Although the official pretext of the bloody, colonizing attacks was the capture of two Israeli soldiers by Hezbolah, we know that the attacks had actually been in planning for more than a year. Israel is continuing
its crimes against the sensibility of the world with the blessing of its godfather, American imperialism. When the fool-leader of the American imperialist state declared that ‘a cease fire just doesn’t make sense (as reported by the Spanish newspaper El Mundo), we know who is the real
accomplice and conspirator behind these criminal acts. The 26th of July Israeli forces deliberately killed 4 UN observers even after they had begged for the army to hold its fire more than 10 times.
On the 30th of July Israeli warplanes committed another bloody attack against innocent civilians when their missiles struck a home in Qana, killing 54 people (including 35 children, 11 women, and 8 old people,)
just another openly fascist demonstration before the eyes of the watching world.
The cry ‘Death to America and Israel’ echoed across the globe, chanted by thousands of demonstrators in Beirut marching against the American-Israeli alliance and this savage act of genocide.
Up to the time this article was written more than 600 Lebanese have been murdered: 30% are children, 55% are less than 15 years old, and there have been more than 2,000 people injured- not to mention the destruction of several towns. Doctors without Borders has denounced Israeli use of powerful explosives in the Gaza strip, as well as outlawed phosphorous and
fragmentation weapons (according to the French newspaper ‘Liberacion.’)
These are the same values promoted by the White House in Iraq and Afghanistan. This is the same logice (madness) of ‘combating
terrorism’ and ‘the long road towards peace.’ These are outrageous political lies
that disguise real motives like petroleum, the colonization of new territories, the expansion of hegemony, etc… Lies that conceal what we know to be true- that the two biggest terrorist states are the US and its little
The worst of all is that when an Israeli dies it is the result of ‘hate, fanaticism and intolerance,’ but hundreds of Arab deaths are ‘collateral damage’ or the unfortunate by-product of a very necessary war on
terror. In short, the savage terror of the Zionist state against Lebanese and
Palestinians is justified and explained as ‘legitimate self-defence’ while legal resistance (by all international resolutions and standards of law) on the part of Palestinians and Lebanese against Zionist attacks (and Iraqi resistance to US occupation) is labelled ‘terrorism.’ Shameless!!!
Here we can’t omit a line written by Guillermo Giacosa, a progressive journalist, in the Peruvian newspaper Peru21. Giacosa sharply notes that ‘one of the full time idiots who forms part of the Bush administration
said, using slightly different words, that non-Jewish deaths did not have the same
value as Jewish ones.’ All this is nothing more than a repugnant Eurocentric racism.
We all can see that history teaches that those who suffer in war can rise from the ashes with ‘strength, dignity, and sacrifice,’ as Japan and Germany did after World War II, and Lebanon did between 2000 and 2006. The question that we need to ask ourselves is ‘did the concentration camps of
Auschwitz destroy the will of the Jewish people to keep living and struggling
against the terrors of Nazism (and its western accomplices who did almost
nothing to stop the genocide)? We all know the answer.
So when will the Zionist state learn from the history of its own people? The Palestinians and Lebanese aren’t going to disappear. More repression brings more resistance. This is the logic of all peoples. Have the
two ‘Intifadas’ taught them nothing? Barbarous military actions by the Israelis will never diminish the risk of future confrontation in the region. Quite the contrary, Israel is creating more tension and resentment in a
region that was already a giant meat grinder.
10,000 Palestinian prisoners and hundreds of Lebanese in Israel who have been tortured and humiliated by their captors are the souls of resistance of an oppressed people. No one can or should have to live forever on their knees. Neither will the racist ‘separation’ wall being built by the
Israelis stop the Palestinian resistance. Enough fascist horror! If butcher like Menajam Begin, head of a Jewish terrorist organization that killed even the cats and dogs in Palestinian villages before the
creation of the Israeli state in 1948 weren’t capable of stopping the legitimate resistance of the Palestinian people, neither will Ehud Olmert or any future Israeli government. If the Vietcong could defeat Yankee imperialism, guerrillas in Palestine and Lebanon can do the same to the Israeli
The Hypocricy of ‘Peace Negotiations’ and Our Response
In the capitalist system the oppressed and exploited will never find the solution to their problems- all calls for peace are lies or delusions. All the imperialist countries (the G-7) are co-conspirators with the big
Israeli capitalists. Palestinians and Lebanese will never receive the support
of their ‘Arab brothers.’ The last 58 years of Israeli history have shown this clearly. Everything suggests that an eventual Palestinian state will never be tolerated by Israel, except as a concentration camp, constantly watched and vulnerable. Not even all the concessions ceded by the traitor
Yaser Arafat up until the time of his death were sufficient for the creation of a
Palestinian state. So, what is the solution to the principal problem of the Middle East?
As anarchists we have no illusion! We are not in favor of the creation of a new Palestinian state, even if it is labelled ‘sovereign.’ To the contrary, we think that the only human, revolutionary, and really lasting solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is the creation of an Anarchist Federation without flag or national anthem. We have to ignite and promote the class struggles of workers and exploited Palestinians, Lebanese, and Israelis against their national ruling classes and construct collective solidarity bases on mutual aid between both peoples. All this is to say that imperialist capitalism, the Arab nationalist mentality, and Zionist
colonialism are common enemies of the working class in Israel, Arab countries, and around the world.
Because we support a truly revolutionary anticapitalist struggle we say:
-Down with racism! (be it Arab nationalism or Zionist fascism)
-Down with the state of Israel and all states!
-Long live the solidarity between peoples in conflict!
-Long live proletarian internationalism in the face of bourgeois
-For the creation of an Israeli/Palestinian anarco-communist