South Lebanon

sevag sev at
Sun May 28 00:33:42 MDT 2000

The truth about the "hammer and the sickle" in south lebanon.     The red flags
seen in the celebrations in the south lebanon were carried by the members and
the fighters of the Lebanese Communist Party. The LCP has been fighting or
"resisting" the Israeli occupation before even hizbollah started to. Mainly and
truly, the justification is the imperialist zionist expansion for more than 22
years on the Lebanese territory. Their arms are mainly provided by Syria, which
got the weapons in the 80s from USSR. Actually the weapons were sent to the CPL,
but the Syrian regime took everything and as a central planner distributes
weapons to all the fighters of different ideological and national groups in the
south.     The PLFP, assumbly the popular front for the liberation of palestine?
is not in essence Communist. The Communist party of Palestine whose members were
massacred by the HAMAS and Jihad,. the 2 radical Islamist palestinian parties
are really weak. The tanks i think are not Palestinian, they are Russian from
Syria. Actually Syria and the Ba'th party are the reason why the LCP and other
communist movemnts in general are so marginalized today. The history of the area
shows how this "socialist" pan-Arab movements and parties actually cracked down
on communists from the fear of their radicalism! I don't know the actual formula
of the Palestinians in Lebanon, but I am 100% sure that the ones who if a
gueriila war will fight are the pro-syrian ones. Which are definitely a mosiac
group with different members of different political affiliations. Even if there
are communists within the PFLP, (which i don't think there is) they will be only
a small part or individual communists and not a communist movement.     Syria
today is following the western model of political and economic liberliazation,
there will be no alliance with the Communist progressivness nor any
implementation of any ideas borrowd from Communism.    

----- Original Message ----- From: Sean Noonan To: marxism at Sent:
Friday, May 26, 2000 3:07 AM Subject: South Lebanon
----- Original Message ----- From: Chris Brady <chris_brady at>   >
Pause for astonishment,,, and contemplation:
> last night "ABC-News with Peter Jennings" (Wed., 24 May, 2000)
> displayed some interesting images:
> news footage of celebrants [!] in south Lebanon showed
> two scenes in which I saw, among expected yellow Hezb'Allah flags
> --an unexpected yet familiar big, red banner with a gold
> hammer-and-sickle.
>   I've seen estimates that up to a third of the Hizbollah fighters are
Palestinians from the refugee camps and that most of these are affiliated with
the marxist PFLP or the more nationalist PFLP-GC.  The techies responsible for
the Kaytusha rockets were originally all PFLP and many are still.  The few
russian tanks used by Hizbollah in recent days were reportedly provided and
manned by PFLP-GC.    Barak's recent letter to the UN expressed concern that Syria
would now provide military and logistical assistance to the PFLP and PFLP-GC for
use as a guerilla force against Israel's northern border in order to force
Israel to surrender all of the Golan Heights. Syria will probably only use these
forces tactically and for its own opportunistic ends, but the consequeces of
such an alliance can still have progressive effects.  I hope Barak's fears
become reality.   The most important lesson in all this is that Israel is
neither militarily or politically invincible. The recognition of this fact can
only make Arafat look more and more like the bantustan capo he is.   Sean Noonan
snnoonan at

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