Stands >2002 Stands >The Stand of Rabi’al-awal 23 1423H – 04/06/2002 A.D.


Let us surpass the internal differences and rifts by setting out a new mechanism for political and economic confrontation

Asked in his weekly seminar about how he views the impact of the coming stage on Lebanon and the region the Religious Authority H.E. Muhammad Hussein Fadlullah answered:

The general picture in the region shows that the international players have been drawn in to the impasse together with the regional players. Even the Untied States, that provided cover and support to the enemy in its war against the Palestinian people, seems unable to go further ahead with the regional settlement. In this respect the talk about the suggested international conference is a kind of deceit or a way to run forward by some general theories that are not accompanied by any mechanism to carry them out.

Thus all parties have entered the impasse that was intended for the Palestinians by means of various pressures and ready-made classifications of terrorism.

Although the American Administration is trying to suggest that is has subjected the whole world and forced it to take part in confronting the so-called terror, it is evident that there are still certain international as well as regional differences that will reveal itself every now and then. The assertion that there is a decisive consensus on every political detail in the region is certainly not true.

Therefore, all the confrontation forces in the region, states, liberation movements and trends of change should not be intimidated by this political and informational campaign that aims at convincing all concerned that the Americans have established full control and have already contained the Arab and Muslim support of the Palestinian rebellion on Israeli aggression and terror.

As for Lebanon, we are beginning to see new diverging and different views between the Americans and the Europeans regarding the political and security situation in South Lebanon as well as the economic crisis. In this respect, we would like to draw the attention of the Lebanese that they still have many cards to play. This does not mean that the dangers the Lebanese face are not grave, but it means that they should try to find new ways and mechanisms that could establish a new state of economic and political balance, that would be added to the balance of terror that the Resistance accomplished in the South.

But the problem lies in the Lebanese internal political, economic and electoral performance that suggests to others that Lebanon has yielded and that it no longer wishes to confront.

Thus, there is an urgent need to hurry up and set out new rules to surpass the internal rifts that have begun to seriously threaten the political and economic stability in the country. We ought to utilize every available resource before the temple falls on the heads of all of us.