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Stands >2006 Stands >The Stand of  Safar 01 1427H /March 1, 2006 A.D.
 

The relations between the West and the Arab world

Sayyed Fadlullah: the only option the Lebanese have is the dialogue in which the Lebanese forget all their bets on the tutelage states, and strive to reach one goal: a reconciliation formula that emphasizes the impossibility of building the country on the basis of a victorious group and a defeated one

Asked in his weekly seminar the following question: How do we reestablish the balance in the relations between the West and the Arab world?

The Religious Authority, Sayyed Muhammad Hussein Fadlullah, said: Islam has always recognized the other as a partner in existence and in several religious and human interests, regardless of his race, creed or color.

It has also always been decisive in rejecting injustice on the basis that the wrong doer is not qualified to engage in any dialogue.

Islam's relations with the West remained ambiguous, and marred by several complications due to complicated historical conditions whose consequences we are still living, which made dealing with the present burdened with the negative aspects of the past. This calls on us to study the problem thoroughly and search for what is wrong in it and the elements that explode it.

In this respect we can point out to the following:

Firstly: The fundamental problem lies in the Western dealing with Islam as a "fearful neighbor“, a notion that has been a central one in the sub-conscience of several Western ideological and cultural circles, as well as most Western states that treated Islam as an enemy with all the dangerous consequences of such an assumption.

Therefore, we consider that recognizing Islam could not be established by some words the Western leaders repeat whenever a major crisis erupts. Recognizing Islam means the respect of the Muslim's rights in practicing his beliefs and rituals, a well as living his life in accordance with the Islamic mode. The Western mode of life should not be imposed on the Muslim as in the dilemma of not wearing the veil that France witnessed lately.

Secondly: Both Muslims and Westerners should admit that there are in each group obliterating parties that adopt violence as a major means in their political or cultural activities, to reach their goals.

Thirdly: The Western relations with the Arab and Muslim worlds is not based on Mutual interests, but rather it treats the Arab and Muslim region as a milking cow for the West. That is why the West has since long ago aimed at appropriating the region’s wealth and invading it politically and militarily. The West has treated the region as an underage nation that needs to be rehabilitated politically and culturally. But it also dealt with the region is a consuming market for its products.

Fourthly: There is also the Western nation of freedom that sometimes neglects responsibility and is more like a kind of chaos, while the Muslims have a different view of freedom and of how to live. This difference necessitates a dialogue on the points they differ about so as not to impose one's notion on the other and consider him not able to accompany the progress . On its part , Islam is ready for such a dialogue and does not wish to impose its view on others. Moreover, it has always been ready and capable of accompanying any development in life.

Fifthly: The Western siding against all Arab and Muslim causes, especially the Palestinian cause, has created a big gap in the relations with the West. It has created in our memory a deep wound that can not be healed, especially with that blind siding with the Israeli at the expense of the obvious rights of our peoples, Therefore, the rulers' normalization of the relations with Israel will not be accepted by our peoples as long as the Palestinian wound is still open, and as long as the Western view to the Arabs, and Muslims is based on our” inferiority” or that we constitute an ideal market to promote their economic and political and even cultural commodities.

We call for a comprehensive correction for the relations between the West and the Arabs and Muslims on the basis of recognizing mutual interests and respecting religious and cultural differences, and ultimately a recognition of our complete independence that does not accept any tutelage or interference.

We see in the American increasing interference in the Lebanese internal affairs as an imminent danger not only on Lebanon, but also on the entire region, since America which planned for penetrating the region through its invasion of Iraq is trying to redraw the regional map turning Lebanon into a starting point having failed in other places.

We warn the Lebanese, especially the political and religious leaders, from falling once again a victim of the American policies. It is not enough that an American official should came and talk in a consuming manner, for the country to walk in the direction America wants. for Lebanon, although open for the influence of any development in the region is strong enough to wear down the American project.

Thus, the only option the Lebanese have is the dialogue in which the Lebanese forget all their bets on the tutelage states, and strive to reach one goal: a reconciliation formula that emphasizes the impossibility of building the country on the basis of a victorious group and a defeated one.