|Sayyed Fadlullah: All I see is the American, Iranian, and Syrian Lebanons|
The Religious Authority, Sayyed Fadlullah received a delegation from Jbeil, which included professors, writers, painters and lawyers of the different Lebanese sects and discussed with them the Lebanese crisis. His Eminence said:
The difficult situation that Lebanon was created in through Sykes-Picot and other agreements, in addition to the intersection of colonial goals resulted in creating, during that stage, a country that is not unified by its state, but rather a sectarian and confessional country… That is because every sect wants to search for its interests within the bigger confessional entity, and it does not find for itself a special existence except through the confessional openness on the outside… and thus, we have become un-united states.
He added: Why do the religious and political positions insist that the Christian deputy must be elected by the Christians and that the Muslim deputy must be elected by the Muslims? Why do the disputes over the electoral law continue, sometimes for political interests and sometimes for confessional interests? All that aims at giving priority for confessionalism over nationalism and citizenry… This supremacy of the confessional regime turned Lebanon into a non Lebanese state… Hence, if you look carefully at Lebanon, you will see an American Lebanon, a Saudi Lebanon, a Syrian Lebanon, an Iranian Lebanon and so on and so forth… Besides, what is the purpose of the international figures' frequent visits to Lebanon that never seem to fit in the traditional protocol of political visits… why are the aids that come from here and there directed towards the confessional interests and not the national ones? Why does the strategy adopted by many foreign countries aims at reinforcing the confessions with special economic weapons, while the friendly countries do not work on reducing the debt, especially amidst the difficult economic situation that the Lebanese people are living, at a time some Arab and other countries an enjoying an oil boom?
He added: If you look carefully in the Lebanese affiliations, you will find that most of these are not Lebanese and you will hear some talk about the "International Community". But, we ask: Who is the International Community? The International Community is America. It is also Israel. It is the community that did not take any action when Israel destroyed Lebanon, killed its children in a series of massacres that no one else dared to commit except America, as it did in Iraq, Afghanistan and Somalia.
His Eminence saw that Lebanon will remain an open front on the winds of the entire world, the lung through which all the problems in the region breathe and a front for struggle between America and its enemies. In addition, the Lebanese politicians' speeches contradict their actual behavior when it comes to their opposition to external interference as they are all working for other countries' interests…. Thus, Lebanon will not become independent as long as each party is associated with a foreign power. It will also remain to play the role of the lightning rod … We will always meet in Lebanon American supporters, Saudi supporters, Iranian supporters, Egyptian supporters and Syrian supporters… as well as fanaticisms and parties all in the name of "diversity"… This Lebanon will remain to attract the interests of the foreign countries as long as the Lebanese people do not come to an agreement…
In the end, the Sayyed stressed that everyone, according to his abilities and potentials, would work on recreating Lebanon through working on producing a new Lebanese generation that is open and not sectarian. He also stressed the importance of universities in fighting racism, fanaticism and personality, adding that these institutions should not turn into centers for producing internal strives.