Let us take to the street before the Americans execute their
Asked in his weekly
seminar about the American preparations and the international
atmosphere that suggest that an American aggression against Iraq is in
the making. The Religious Authority H.E. Sayyed Muhammad Hussein
Fadlallah said: It goes without saying that the Palestinian struggle
represents the major challenge to America, in addition to its being a
very big impasse to the Israelis.
So far all the
American and Israeli attempts to subject the Palestinians have failed
including the talk about changing or overthrowing the Palestinian
All these pressures
aim at ending the Intifada, and it seems that this goal has given an
utmost American priority. It is linked to the American vision of the
region’s future, and the project it has prepared for it since it
decided to attack Afghanistan, and then started to talk about the
“axis of evil” that has to be defeated.
That is why we
believe that the American administration has given Sharon a free hand
to speed up his war against the Palestinians, thus allowing America to
go on to the next step of attacking Iraq and strengthening its
hegemony over the whole oil-rich region resorting to direct control
This situation has
grown more dangerous as the international powers, which will be also
strategically affected by the American project, have resorted to bend
with the storm, which made their impact rather marginal. Moreover, the
popular Arab and Islamic movements no longer take to the streets.
Consequently, America and Israel may be tempted to target new fronts,
in addition to Palestine and the neighboring countries.
We call upon the
parties that consider themselves influential among the masses, and on
the intellectual elites as well, not to wait for the next American
step that would be carried out after Sharon completed his new
aggression against the Palestinians, or it might not even wait for it
to end… We call upon them to start right now a new popular movement
that revitalizes the Arab and Muslim streets, so that we can put an
end to all this indifference towards our causes and our fates, and
bring back life into the spirit of Arab and Muslim Intifada before it
is too late.