The role of the Neocons in
the second Bush Administration
should not wait for any minor changes the American Administration
might adopt. We should work on two fronts: establish reform to
confront the internal oppression and injustice, and protect our major
causes to face the American and Zionist arrogance on the external
Asked in his weekly
seminar the following question: Following the election of
President Bush, how do you view the future of the region in the light of the
great influence the new-cons have on the American Administration?
Authority, Sayyed Muhammad Hussein Fadlullah, said:
Some researchers believe that the roots of the neoconservatives go back to the Second World War, when
a German thinker immigrated the US and introduced a set of principles
focusing on the use of religion to control masses, and resorting to lies and
deceit to ensure the stability of the government, as well as establishing a
strong state to repress the hostility spirit of mankind. Although the
proponents of such ideas played an active role in the Reagan Administration,
they could not win over the Congress during the Clinton Administration to
their project in which they focused on American's challenge to anti-
democratic regimes and using force against dictatorships, especially the
Yet, we believe that 9/11 gave them a big boost, and led
many Americans to believe in preemptive wars and controlling rogue states.
In practice, this meant an anti-Arab and anti-Muslim policy, especially
towards the Palestinians, as well as using all possible political and
informational means to invade the Arab and Muslim region starting by Iraq.
We are not saying, as some have suggested, that it all
started in the aftermath of 9/11 because we know quite well that the
Americans have drawn their plans to deploy their forces in the oil region in
the eighties. The invasion of Kuwait by Saddam was suggested by the US to
pave the way to implement such plans. But 9/11 gave America a chance to act
as a "wounded lion" with a vengeance, and one that was not met by
any international axis that would have warned him against resorting to the
military means which are actually terrorist in nature, and which aim to
fulfill the imperial dreams of the Neocons.
Thus, we believe that there are two fundamentalisms that
nourish one another whether directly or indirectly. Furthermore, the
political atmosphere created by 9/11 was a precious gift that presented the
ideas of the Neocons with a safety net that of fighting terrorism which many
tried to identify with Islam.
In the pursuit of their goals, the Neocons marginalized the
UN especially after ignoring the international legitimacy in their invasion
of Iraq. Moreover, the preventive war strategy has become the weapon raised
against all those who oppose the American policies, and even to bring down
the UN itself.
For they do not want the United Nations to be the leading
institution in the world but rather to give America a free hand in
determining the fate of the nations in the way that promotes the American
Despite all that, we believe that the American
Administration led by the Neocons had had several major setbacks and
failures not least of which is the exposure of its WMD lies and the
subsequent sinking in the Iraqi mud. Thus, it will have to be less
aggressive in the future or even change its tactics in the region whether in
Iraq or in Palestine. But this does not mean abandoning its strategy of
control over the oil resources in the region and the supremacy of Israel's
security. It only means that it might have to cooperate more with the EU and
the group of eight.
Therefore, and as the hope that American will stop
supporting Israel or give up its strategy to subdue the entire region is
merely a mirage, we should not wait for any minor changes the American
Administration might adopt. We should work on two fronts: establish reform
to confront the internal oppression and injustice, and protect our major
causes to face the American and Zionist arrogance on the external front.