[Marxism] Is Lebanon on the verge of a new fighting?

Jim Farmelant farmelantj at juno.com
Sun Jun 22 11:40:49 MDT 2008

On Sun, 22 Jun 2008 12:58:41 EDT Jscotlive at aol.com writes:
> Yossi writes:
> Hezbollah leadership readiness to enter the government of "National  
> Unity"
> indicates the degree of their reformism, but it is not a solution to 
>  the
> economic and political crisis that is part of the historical crisis 
> of  this
> epoch.  The idea that Hezbollah participation in a government that  
> will
> police the working class and the masses of poor peasants who  
> trusted
> Hezbollah,  will end the crisis,  is to mistaken  the  symptoms of 
> the
> problems with the roots of the problems in  Lebanon
> Reply:
> Hezbollah, at this moment in time, are playing a progressive role in 
> the  
> region. They constitute a crucial component of the Arab resistance 
> to US and  
> US-sponsored imperialism. That they do not conform to some sort of  
> Marxist/socialist purity checklist is neither here nor there based 
> on existing  material 
> conditions. As such, Yossi's analysis is ultra leftism of the worst  
> sort. 

I would add to that I am sure that Hezbollah knows quite
well that if this time they were to go on and attempt to
finish off Siniora and company, this would mean a
new war with Israel with all the death and destruction
that would bring.  It is true that two years ago,
Hezbollah successfully fought Israel to a humiliating
standstill and that the Israelis were forced to withdraw
from Lebanon without having accomplished any of the
goals they had set for themselves.  Nevertheless, we
should keep in mind that this victory over the Israelis
came at a very steep price in terms of lives and property
that was lost in the war.  It is easy enough for keyboard
bangers to forget this but it is not so easy for leaders of
a popular movement to do so  I suspect that the
Hezbollah leadership has a pretty good idea of what
they can and cannot accomplish at this time.  I am sure that there
is much that the radical left can criticize Hezbolllah for,
but I don't think that this one of them.
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