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Sayyed Fadlullah: American democracy is but a project to extend US hegemony in the Middle East and the rest of the world.
Asked in his weekly seminar the following question:The Bush Administration considers that its message impels her to spread democracy in the world, although America has, for several years, fought the Islamic Republic on the ground that it seeks to spread Islamic revolutionary thought.
In this respect, some writers believe that the real battle is between the spread of democracy and the spread of Islam.
Are we strong enough to do that? And how do you view the spread of Islam in the world ?
The Religious Authority, Sayyed Muhammad
Hussein Fadlullah, said:
Islam is a
universal message that seeks good for all human kind. As such,
it is but natural for it to strive, as any other universal
message, to reach the entire world, with no boundaries or
obstacles standing between the message and those who are
desperately awaiting it.
Thus, the issue of
reaching the oppressed, the needy and in fact all men, becomes a
cause. And promoting the Islamic thought becomes a right that could
not be seen as a kind of dominance or hegemony. In this respect, the
Quran calls for adopting wisdom and arguing in the best way. Islam
does not believe in spreading the Message by force. It explicitly
says in the Quran: "And if your Lord had pleased, surely all those
who are on earth would have believed… will you then force men till
they become believers".
It believes in leaving
the choice to the people: "Let him who please believe and let him
who believe disbelieve".
Moreover, the Message
that is imposed by force will be laying the foundations to its
Islam believes that if
it aims to guide people, the means should conform to the goals. The
goals, in this case, do not justify the means, they rather clean
them. As for the claims that the sword spread Islam, it is refuted
by the historical facts: the Muslims did not reach Southeast Asia by
force; it was the merchants who carried their thought before
carrying their merchandize. In Iran too, it was not the sword that
convinced the Persians with their great civilization of Islam but
rather its concepts, doctrine and thought, which made them forego
their beliefs and adopt the new religion as the call for unification
that is inherent in man's nature.
As we admit, on the
other hand, that the spread of Islam was accompanied by certain
negative acts and mistakes committed by those who claim to be
Islamic, yet this does not mean that it was spread by force.
We refer those who hold
such claims to Gustaphe Lubin who said that history did not witness
any conquerors who are more merciful than the Arabs.
We finally believe that
thought and revolution could not be exported by means of force. Yet
thought has no homeland, and forbidding free thought from reaching
all places is an aggression against the freedom of thought and that
of the individuals that is guaranteed by all international charters
But America has fought
Iran and besieged it since the advent of the Islamic revolution, on
the pretense that Iran is trying to export its revolution, although
Imam Khumeini used to say that “exporting the revolution is to
present Islam as it is… And that exporting the revolution is not
done by force but by Islamic ethics".
This open war against
Iran has always aimed it hindering the spread of the general Islamic
awareness, not because Islam represents the opposite of the West,
since Islam is affected by the Western civilization, just as it
affects it, but because America has always sought to prevent a human
Arab and Islamic power that possesses all the elements of
civilization from unifying and returning to hold its place in the
In fact, America's
Administration is not promoting democracy but rather preventing its
spread, except in the places where there are regional or
international gains for the Americans , making sure that the new
regimes that are supposedly democratic are actually under US
Thus America's praise
for some of what is happening in the region and considering them as
American achievements is a kind of deceit to the entire world. It is
trying to say that Bush's project to export democracy is in the peak
of its success, while what we are witnessing in our region and in
the world is but a project of killing, terror and tragedy that aims
at subjecting and dominating the world's nations.
When the American
President talks about democracy, he is trying to deceive the world.
His country cannot claim that it supports the peoples of the world
while they are in fact responsible for most of its tragedies
including that of the Palestinians, the Iraqis and for all the
destruction in the region.
Washington is trying to
incite sectarian and racial wars that originate from Iraq where
America has spread terrorism, closed any opportunity of democratic
development for the country and sought to make it a bridge to spread
its bloody violence to the region.
Therefore, we warn the
Lebanese that America that is integrating the Lebanese elections in
its democratic project might not be unwilling to spread chaos in
Lebanon afterwards, to suggest that this is what it might take to
spread democracy. We also warn that the slogan from "Tehran to
Beirut" that Bush has raised might also turn violent in many parts
of the region as the American plan unfolds.
This American talk that
the world is turning towards democracy is a warning that the slogan
of "from _ Marrakech to Tashkent" has fallen under the American
universal hegemony. Would the Arab and Muslims wake up?