The Death of the Arab League
Fadlullah: We have to conclude that this eternal helplessness,
failure and refusal to accept responsibility indicate that the Arab
League has indirectly collaborated with America and Israel to fail all
the Arab vital issues and to pave the way for additional concessions
in his weekly seminar the following question: In about half a century the Arab League has been moving
from one failure to another, Do not you think that these failures
justify the question about its role and the meaning of its very
Religious Authority Sayyed Muhammad Hussein Fadlullah said:
It does not need
too much research to conclude that the Arab League has failed to
safeguard the major Arab causes.
It has even failed
to envisage a plan for confrontation. It has also failed to get
out of the state dependency to the major international powers,
whether those of the past or the current ones.
development of the Palestinian cause, as well as the Arab
disruptions, what is going on in Sudan, and the WMD lies in Iraq,
all indicate that the American Israeli attack has been able to
undermine the movement of the League and turn it to a satellite of
the major international powers and one that is part of the
decoration which means that it had ultimately played a negative
role in the Arab World.
Now when we study
the recent talk about reform that secures only the American
interests, as there is a need to change the totalitarian regimes
that can no longer promote these interests, we notice that America
does not allow other international powers, not even the NATO, to
take part in, except on its terms.
the Arabs find themselves nowadays in, whether in Palestine, Iraq,
Sudan or in this security chaos and these explosions, that have
created a state of weightlessness on all levels, are part of the
negative history that has accompanied the march of the Arab League
with all its summits and communiqués that have so far offered
nothing but concessions. The plans the American Administration has
drawn for the region have turned into political and security
programs to most of the League’s states.
We have seen that
the international, political or economic unions like the EU hasten
to meet whenever any development that affects their countries
occurs. But the Arab states, which face a vital and critical
challenge, give itself extended vacation for months and months
before they would meet and then they will issue communiqués of no
political significance that would be archived for further use as
the same tragedies reoccur and they would confront them by similar
summit’s stands are controlled by the relations of most Arab
states with America and Israel. We have seen how the last summit
in Tunis was postponed, so as not to issue any strong communiqué
in the aftermath of the assassination of Sheik Yassin and to allow
Israel to kill more Palestinian leaders, and put an end to any
circumstances, how could the Arab leaders go to Washington and
come back putting on happy faces after all this disgrace caused by
Bush’s promise to Sharon that is similar to the Belford
declaration in its consequences?
We are afraid that
there is an actual plan which the Arab league is taking part in to
give Sharon more time to finish off his on going project of
eradicating the Palestinians, as well as giving Bush the time he
needs to destroy Iraq… In the meantime, perhaps the Arab rulers
will be in a better situation to protect their thrones.
That is why the
hopes are attached to the Arab and Muslim peoples to voice their
rejection, especially with the virtual death that the Arab league
and most Arab rulers convey.
We have to
conclude that this helplessness, failure and refusing to accept
responsibility indicate that the Arab League has indirectly
collaborated with America and Israel to fail all the Arab vital
issues and to pave the way for additional concessions.
In the end we have
to ask: What Arab League is this league?