American Sanctions on Syria
let us be honest with ourselves and punish America for its arrogant
Asked in his weekly seminar the following
question: How do you view the American use
of the weapon of economic sanctions against anyone who dares to
oppose its policies, especially after it has included Syria?
Authority Sayyed Muhammad Hussein Fadlullah said:
There is nothing new in the sanctions the
American President announced against Syria except the threats
the American Administration made to escalate its sanctions to
include military ones. Nevertheless, such a threat conforms
fully with the American imperial mentality that resorts to all
possible means of intimidation to secure its hegemony over the
world in general and over the Arab and Islamic World in
In the last decade, the American
Administration has accused about fifty states of various charges
including violating international law, supporting terrorism and
seeking to possess weapons of mass destruction, aiming at
subduing the countries which opposed the American policies. But
these accusations and the sanctions that were imposed as a
result were useless because the states that decided to take the
American train were not doing so out of fear of the sanctions,
but because they found that this is the best way to preserve
If we study the sanctions America has imposed
on Iraq, we will find that they affected the Iraqi people
killing hundred of thousands of children and the elderly as a
result of hunger and the shortage in water and medication.
It did not affect the well being of the ruler
who continued to live in prosperity until the US decided that it
no longer needs him.
But Syria is not Iraq, whether with respect
to its role, its prominent position in the Arab and Islamic
issues, or the way strategic affairs are run without any
adventurism or acrobatic stunts. Thus no one will be able to
deny Syria its role or force her to forego its strategic
principles of embracing Arab and Islamic causes.
In this respect, we believe that Syria holds
several cards that would enable her to overcome the mounting
pressures that aim at making her act as a security police to the
American occupation in Iraq, as it has previously thwarted the
Israeli pressures to turn its presence in Lebanon on a security
belt for Israel.
Moreover, America knows quite well that the
pretense of WMD has proved to be a failure in Iraq. America
itself has sunk in the Iraqi quagmire and lost its credibility
before the entire world. On the other hand, talking about
supporting terrorism is useless since the world is quite aware
of America's support of Israeli terrorism, and its going out of
its war to ensure Israelís possession of WMD and nuclear
It is ironic that America, that occupies
Iraq, practices all kind of abuse of human rights there and
announces that it will extend its occupation of Iraq for a long
period, pretends to care about the Lebanese sovereignty claiming
that it is violated by Syria, despite all the understanding and
cooperation between the two sister countries.
America's attempt to give its pressures
against Syria the label of fighting terrorism and halting the
spread of WMD is hopeless; for it will not provide a way out for
the American Administration from the dilemma it has sunk itself
in when it occupied Iraq.
The American Administration actions do not
follow a moral set of values Ö It rather aims to promote the
interests of the oil and weapons industries to secure its
hegemony over the entire world.
We call on all free and honest people in the
world, and on the Arab and Islamic peoples in particular, to
take a practical stand of punishing America.
They ought to boycott American commodities
and adopt a political and practical stand that make it pay the
price of its arrogant policy of imposing sanctions ... We have
to be honest with ourselves and punish those who commit
aggressions against us. Let us at least return the favor for the
Iraqis and Palestinians and protest in a practical manner
against the American arrogant policies.