from the consequences of relying on the Palestinian struggle only,
Sayyed Fadlullah asserts that the Palestinian steadfastness
constitutes an obstacle in the way of the American war on the region.
Asked in his weekly
seminar about the recent events in Palestine and its impact on the region, The
Religious Authority Sayyed Muhammad Hussein Fadlullah made the
In a previous
statement I pointed out that we are witnessing a new experience in Palestine , that of the leading people. Now we
see a renewed militant and popular movement that proves that this
people is still capable of giving more, and that it still surprises
the entire world with its heroic stands, at a time many have thought
differently. Those have misread the realities on the ground, for they
did not take into consideration the implications of this miraculous
steadfastness and willingness to sacrifice.
The most wonderful
thing about the latest Palestinian stand, represented by these popular
demonstrations, that challenged the enemy’s tanks with their bare
flesh, lies in the fact that it broke the Zionist terrorist ring.
Now, the ball is in Sharon ’s court, who used to say that he
defeated the Intifada. He even went as far as saying that had the
Intifada been treated harshly from the beginning it would have been
stopped. However, the latest demonstrations and martyr operations have
proved that the enemy has failed in breaking the will power and
resolve of the Palestinians, just as many in the Arab world as well as
the West have failed to decipher the “codes” of the Palestinian
ability to hold fast.
We believe that what
happened in Palestine has taken by surprise all those in the
West who thought that the Palestinians have become exhausted, and that
they can now move their war against our nation to another location.
Thus, the American offensive against the region has experienced a
setback, since Sharon war against the Palestinians is in
some of its aspects a part of Bush’s war against the Arabs and
We can not be
absolutely positive that the American war against Iraq and the region has been stopped or
canceled as a result of these events, but we believe that every round
that the Palestinians win constitutes an obstacle in the way of this
Nevertheless, we do
not want the nation to rely on the Palestinian struggle alone. The
Palestinian people have paid such a heavy price that deserves the
support of the Arab and Muslims streets. Besides, the latest events in
Palestine open a window of opportunity to the
Arab and Muslim people to wake up and prove that they are not as
incompetent as the enemies think. It provides a chance to face the
coming winds, that might be even more dangerous, not only on the
Palestinians, but on the whole region as well.