and External Reform Projects
We have to make every effort to confront this American project,
starting by devising our own reform project before the one that is
coming from the outside can sweep the region with plans ideas, and
practices that promote their own interests.
Asked in his
weekly seminar the following question: The Arab and Muslim
World is apparently the region whose wealth and potentials are
dominated By America and the West in general more than any other
region. Its political decisions are also being confiscated.
Taking such a reality into account, could we say that the Arab
and Muslim world is ruled from the inside?
Religious Authority Sayyed Muhammad Hussein Fadlullah said:
It has become
common knowledge that the Arab and Muslim world has turned into
a stage where the various international political projects
compete, as well as the economic and even social plots…
It has also turned
into a theater for the military operations that confiscate the
land and those living on it in the name of democracy.
But it goes well
We believe that
there is a very dangerous arrogant plot that aims at
reformulating and restructuring this world. The American
Administration not only plans to prepare the political agenda
for this world but even to change what the students learn and
how the society thinks. A time might come when they would want
to change the making of the Arab and Islamic novel to conform
with the American interests and the Israeli subjection plans.
in the Arab and Muslim world have abandoned their previous
assertion that the American Administration is not an honest
broker, and replaced it with a talk about the need for a
complete American formulation for the solution of the
‘Palestinian-Israeli conflict’. They claim that the facts on
the ground following Nine-Eleven compel us to recognize the new
situation that is characterized by the weakness of the Arabs and
Muslims to the extent that we have to accept not only the
American right to propose reform projects for the Broader Middle
East, but even to change structural laws and concrete facts.
There are also
there who claim that America is the actual leader of the EU, or
at least the generator of many of its resolutions including
those that have to do with the region, like considering Hamas a
terrorist organization, or the actions of the Quartet Committee
that is no more than an American front whose ultimate decisions
are taken by the Americans. Therefore, according to these
people, it is better to submit and side with the Americans.
But we have seen
that America has failed in its attempt to run the world. It is
stumbling in the Arab and Islamic region. Moreover, it was
unable to cancel the European identity with its promising
inspirations and its opening upon our region. Despite all the
American pressures in this field, Europe still has a somewhat
different position towards Iran, Iraq and especially Palestine.
We fully appreciate
the potential dangerous consequences of the American Congress
endorsement of the letter of Guarantees Bush sent to Sharon
especially that it is binding to the coming administrations. We
know that America, being under the influence of the Zionist
lobby, will try to do anything for Israel in the coming stage
which is marked by the instability of the Arab and Islamic world
as well as the choice of most regimes to ride the American train
that is driven by the neo-conservatives towards carrying out the
But the issue is
what can we do, as Arab and Muslims, inside the Western
societies including the American one, and how we can stop our
regimes from being that much dominated by America, and how we
can visualize our own ideas that are not merely a reaction to
those of the others. If the West settles its accounts with us on
the basis of Western values, we too have to deal with the
arrogant powers on the basis of our own values.
What the Americans
are doing and preparing for goes far beyond merely turning a
political issue in Palestine into a security one. It is an
attempt to forge history by legitimizing injustice, for
America's and Israel's ultimate aim is to occupy the whole
region with the help of certain Muslim and Arab rulers who find
such excuses as frustration and imbalance of power… etc.
Faced with such a
grand project that could amount to a new Sykes-Pico agreement,
we have to make every effort to confront this American project,
starting by devising our own reform project before the one that
is coming from the outside can sweep the region with plans,
ideas, and practices that promote their own interests.