Home Archive Meetings and Communications Receiving a delegation of Norwegian researchers and academics 21/11/1430 H., 08/11/2009 A.D.

The United States, Lebanon, Iraq, Palestine, the peace process, Israel

Sayyed Fadlullah received a delegation of Norwegian researchers and academics
Fadlullah: I glimpse an international movement spearheaded by the United States to expel the Christians from the domestic equation

His Eminence, the Religious Authority Sayyed Muhammad Hussein Fadlullah, expressed his fears over an international movement spearheaded by the United States to expel the Christians out of the domestic equation, or at least weaken them. He also said that the United States looks at Lebanon from the perspective of its interests in the region.

He added that the problem of Iraq lies in the continued occupation, and the lack of an Iraqi popular and political force that can unite everyone in light of the confessional and ethnic and political divisions.

He noted that everyone in the region is getting prepared for a war, while the political salons are dominated by the language of peace, because the United States' Administration is looking for further violence in the region, and does not differ from the previous administration except for the means of dealing [with others]. As far as the content is concerned, nothing has changed.

His Eminence, Sayyed Fadlullah, received a Norwegian delegation that included: Social Science Professor "Piorn Olaf Hotel" and Dr. "Tilda Rosmar" who is a researcher in Islamic Movements in Palestine, and Dr. "Trols Tunis" who is a researcher in Islamism between violence and politics, as well as the journalist "Kay Kagma". A long dialogue took place over the Western perception of Islam, the role of the Islamic movements and its influence on the Middle East, in addition to the development of the Lebanese, Palestinian, and Iraqi situations.

Sayyed Fadlullah said that the problem that still exists among the Muslims and many Western political and cultural quarters is sometimes due to these quarters' ignorance of Islam and the dominance of the Islamophobia over the mentalities and the thinking modes in these countries. It also stems out from the lack of any efforts to establish mutual understanding that rests on dialogue between the Westerners who are interested in the Islamic affairs, or those who are in touch with the Muslims and Muslim communities [in the West].

He added: We are not calling for reconciliation between Islam and the West, because we do not believe that Islam is an enemy for the West, as many Zionism-affiliated apparatuses try to portray it. Rather, Islam represents the ideology that is open to the horizons of soul and life, which seeks to present itself for others in the framework of ideas and approaches and many methods which the Westerners were introduced to. We also reject to deal with the West as an enemy, and we reject the language of generalization that puts the people in an equal position with the ruling powers and authorities, because we believe that there are some in the West who are wise and rational, and who seek to give the rights to their owners, and this kind of people might not be found in the East.

He also said that some schemes have been drafted in advance to prevent the Westerners from engaging in fruitful dialogues with the Muslims. Thus, there is a dire need for large-scale political and ideological dialogues that address the controversial issues here and there, on the basis of a debate that is later exposed to the media and the people.

Sayyed Fadlallah was asked about the reason behind which the Lebanese situation is tense and stagnant and the reasons behind the delay in the cabinet formation. He said that some Lebanese, who occupy leadership positions, made it easy for some foreign sides to engage their country in the game of regional and international comprises and deals, and opted to harmonize with what the international axes propose at the expense of the internal accord. They also listened to the foreign sides who insisted on dealing with the Lebanese reality based on the fact that one Lebanese group was defeated and that it is necessary to deal with the situation according to the logic of loss and gain, even if this entailed undesirable results on the domestic arena.

He added: I can glimpse an international movement spearheaded by the United States, one that is aimed in a way or another to expel the Christians out of the internal equation, or at least weaken them. the Americans look at Lebanon from a specific angle and from a perspective through which they believe that the future of Lebanon is not determined by the various Christian sides. The Americans are also working to entice Lebanon into the market of their international trade in the region, and they look at the region from the perspective of interest that focuses on the confessional and political issues and the Israeli national security. Therefore, when we look at any internal movement that pertains to the formation of the government or other issues, we have to thoroughly study whatever is related to the American interest in forming, obstructing, or delaying the formation, without ruling out the calculations of other regional players.

As we watch the [conduct] of the current United States Administration, we believe that it adopts the pragmatic approach that is based on pragmatism which discards any civilized human values. Therefore, it does not differ from the previous US Administrations which did not respect the Christian presence in Lebanon, as these administrations have worked since 1975 to weaken this presence. No one should forget the project of Dean Brown that rested on displacing the Christians and expelling them from the East. This does not mean that the United States is loyal to the Muslims, as it is only loyal to its interests and those of Israel.

Sayyed Fadlullah said that the problem in Iraq lies in the continuation of the occupation, and the failure of many sides in reaching common grounds for a large-scale national unity. He noted that the division of forces among confessional, ethnic, and political ones, as well as the engagement of many quarters in dividing the cake as in Lebanon kept Iraq in a volatile situation, not only in terms of the field situation, but also in terms of the main structure of the regime. Therefore, it is in the interest of all Iraqis to seek to establish a national and political force, one that would unite them in the framework of national unity that surpasses the sects, confessions, and ethnicities. But this seems unlikely and difficult under the current political and security circumstances.

Sayyed Fadlullah also said that the Palestinians are paying the price of the American approval to keep the Zionist entity unaccountable and far from the hands of the international law, which does not only influence their lives and future, but also affects the overall situation in the region. Therefore, the talk about the peace negotiations is aimed at covering the realities, since the region is ahead of further violence, while the peace is drifting away. This is what the United States wants, under its new administration which only changed the means and the way of dealing with the Arab and Islamic world, without introducing any concrete changes to the content and the core. Thus, everyone is getting prepared for a war, while the political salons are dominated by the language of peace and its synonyms.