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Stands >2004 Stands >The Stand of Zu elhujja 19  -1424H /February 10 2004A.D.

 

America calls for “freedom “ and “democracy” in the region

Sayyed Fadlullah: We should, on the one hand, expose the American deceit when they call for freedom and democracy. On the other hand, we should prove that freedom and respect of the other are original Islamic and Arab themes, which should be implemented through our own creative potentials, based on an internal will of change no matter how difficult the circumstances are.

Asked in his weekly seminar the following question: President Bush has been constantly referring, in his speeches concerning his policies in the Arab and Islamic region, to the necessity of freedom, a term that he added to his other two excuses “terrorism” and “weapons of mass destruction” to justify all what his administration is doing in the region.

Do you consider that his talk about freedom is enough to trust the American intention and what it aims to do in the region?

The Religious Authority Sayyed Muhammad Hussein Fadlullah said:

The problem with this administration as well as the pervious ones does not stem from the expressions they use to describe the situation in the region or from their assertion that the region needs freedom. The American political discourse is full of such expressions that present these terms as ideals while in fact they constitute a ladder they use to promote their interests at the expense of the Arab and Islamic interests…

What President Bush means when he talks about the need for freedom in the region starting by Iraq is actually something quite different. He is with the freedom of any regime to adopt the American policies especially the US plans for Iraq. Moreover, he is with the freedom of any regime to establish relations with Israel. He pretends, in the media, to be with the freedom of any people to choose the political system they want, but he moves to prevent the people when they choose Islam out of their own free will.

If that was not the case, how could we explain the answer he gave when asked about his position if the Iraqis opt for Islam?

He said: “They will not develop that”, as if he is drawing the acceptable American framework that the Iraqis have to limit their choices. What the American and British Administration want is to oppress the people and change their subjugation from an internal tyrant to a foreign force of occupation.

When the American President says that Syria and Iran did not implement the American demands concerning freedom, he is suggesting that they did not follow the line his administration has drawn to be acquitted from the American accusation of being rogue states. The American judgment of any regime is simple enough: It is sufficient to forego your Islamic or national aspirations to become free and democratic. That is why, Bush praises some of the regimes in the Gulf who have adopted the American agenda or at least have gotten along with it. However, he fails to talk about the democratic process and freedom in Iran where two political trends are allowed to struggle freely, regardless of some negative circumstances that accompany such a struggle, which might also be found in the West.

We believe that all these promises of freedom and democracy in the region are lies. They will do all what it takes to ensure the protection of the autocratic regimes in the region as long as they need them… They have only toppled Saddam Hussein when they no longer had a need for him, but they were the ones that supported him in his war against Iran and encouraged him to invade Kuwait.

When they talk about change, they mean the change that is favorable to their interests. Terms like change and democracy are used as threats and pressures against those who oppose the US policy of hegemony.

There is only one entity in the region that the US describes daily as free and democratic. It is the Zionist entity that enjoys full freedom to execute all sorts of atrocities and massacres, to change the borders and to create new facts on the ground as its sees fit, for it enjoys the support of the American Administration and the arrogant world.

We need an active popular movement that confronts this daily terror, and change the corrupt situation in the Arab and Muslim countries. We should, on the one hand, expose the American deceit when they call for freedom and democracy. On the other hand, we should prove that freedom and respect of the other are original Islamic and Arab themes, which should be implemented through own creative potentials based on an internal will of change no matter how difficult the circumstances are.