[Marxism] Nasrallah interview and Achcar article

Mike Friedman mikedf at amnh.org
Wed Aug 16 22:02:35 MDT 2006

I want to thank Lou and Lou for posting these two excellent articles on
the list. With respect to the Nasrallah article, I think the following
words by Nasrallah are critical:
> What is the current state of your relations with the Socialist movement?
> Hasan Nasrallah: The socialist movement, which has been away from
> international struggle, now for a considerable time, at last began to
> become a moral support for us once again. The most concrete example of
> this has been Hugo Chavez, the President of Venezuela. What most of the
> Muslim states could not do has been done by Chavez by the withdrawal of
> their ambassador to Israel. He furthermore communicated to us his support
> for our resistance. This has been an immense source of moral for us. We
> can observe a similar reaction within the Turkish Revolutionary Movement.
> We had socialist brothers from Turkey who went to Palestine in 1960s to
> fight against Israel. And one of them still remains in my memory and my
> heart; Deniz Gezmis..!
> What is the importance of Denizs for you?
> Hasan Nasrallah: We now want new Denizs. Our ranks are always open to new
> Denizs against the oppressors. Deniz will always live in the hearts of the
> peoples of Palestine and Lebanon. No-one should doubt this. Unfortunately,
> there is no longer a common fight and fraternity against the common enemy
> left over by the Denizs. What we would have liked is for our socialist
> brothers in Lebanon to fight against imperialism and Zionism shoulder to
> shoulder. This fight is not only our fight. It is the common fight of all
> those oppressed across the world. Don't forget that if the peoples of
> Palestine and Lebanon lose this war, this will mean the defeat of all the
> oppressed people of the world. In our fight against imperialism, the
> revolutionaries should also undertake a responsibility and should become
> in the hearts of our people of Palestine and Lebanon, Denizs once again.
> It is possible to see the posters of Che, Chavez, Ahmedinecad ve Hezbollah
> side by side in the streets of Beirut. Are these the signs of a new
> polarisation?
> Hasan Nasrallah: We salute the leaders and the peoples of Latin America.
> They have resisted heroically against the American bandits and have been a
> source of moral for us. They are guiding the way for the oppressed
> peoples. Go and wonder around our streets..! You will witness how our
> people have embraced Chavez and Ernesto Che Guevara. Nearly in every
> house, you will come across posters of Che or Chavez. What we are saying
> to our socialist friends who want fight together with us for fraternity
> and freedom, do not come at all if you are going to say "Religion is an
> opiate". We do not agree with this analysis. Here is the biggest proof of
> this in our streets with the pictures of Chavez, Che, Sadr and Hamaney
> waving along together. These leaders are saluting our people in unison. So
> long as we respect your beliefs, and you respect ours, there is no
> imperialist power we cannot defeat!
They are critical, because they clearly show the difference between
Hezbollah and al-Quaeda, which Bush and others -- even on the left --
insist on trying to lump together. In brief, Nasrallah and the Hezbollah
movement are both nationalists and internationalists. Are they
"socialists"? Probably no more or less than Camilo Torres or Gaspar Garcia
Laviana, with their "preferential option for the poor."

Michael Friedman
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City University of New York

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