What the Arab and Muslim Street will do in the hours and days ahead is crucial for the fate of the Nation
his weekly seminar, the Religious Authority H.E. Sayyed Muhammad
Hussein Fadlullah was asked the following question: "The French
Foreign Minister commented on the violation of human rights in Iraq by
the American aggression that is targeting civilians by saying that the
human rights in the world is on a critical crossroads. How do you
think the international position that rejects the American policy will
unfold in view of the military developments on the battlefield that
surprised the American Administration?”
It might be
still early to talk about the way things will turn out on the ground
despite the vehement resistance to aggression.
and the British had imagined that the road is paved for them, and that
the Iraqi people will, as a result of their tragedies and pains
inflicted by the dictator, forget who has brought Saddam in the first
place and who has protected and armed him for many decades.
that Washington has started to read the message of the Iraqi people
and that the Americans are not welcomed. Its presence in Iraq will be
treated as an occupation force with all the political and even
military implications of such a consideration.
As for how
the battle will unfold, we believe that, as the forces of aggression
continue their attempt to advance towards the Iraqi capital, the
American administration will continue to monitor the Arab and Muslim
street, and try to act in a way that will not thwart its previously
drawn out plan for the region, especially through claiming that they
do not target civilians and that they are doing their best to avoid
any civilian causalities.
But we notice
that the American Administration has ignored all international stances
against the war, because it feels that they are still mere talk and
criticism that did not turn to action. Moreover, they were not met
with Arab and Islamic decisive stances that would encourage them to
conduct what could be described as a political transformation in
That is why
we believe that all parties have reached an impasse, and probably the
biggest impasse will be what the new world order will look like. That
is why everybody will monitor the Iraqi steadfastness and the Arab,
Islamic and even international interaction with this steadfastness.
When the war elongates, with the Arabs and Muslims escalating their
response, we could reach the point of explosion.
depend to a great extent on the level the Iraqis will reach in their
confrontation of the invasion and the occupation, and how much the
Arab and Muslim street will react. The fate of the nation depends on
our reaction as Arab and Muslim peoples in the hours and days ahead.