Confront reality, ‘accept defeat’
Posted on 8/13/2006 12:11:01 PM
By Ahmed Al-Jarallah
Editor-in-Chief, the Arab Times

SYRIA has been raising slogans of “resistance” since the beginning of Israel’s aggression on Lebanon and the killing of the Lebanese. One wonders what resistance Syria is talking about or against whom. While Lebanon is bleeding and being demolished, the only resistance from Syria has been in the form of words and slogans. This is the typical war fought by religious fundamentalists and intellectual terrorists. Syria will be happy to resist in its own way as long as its cities and towns are safe. Never mind the destruction and killing of innocent children in Lebanon.

Soon Syria and Iran will start spreading illusions of victory, especially after the issuance of UN Resolution 1706, doing a repeat of 1967 when Gamal Abdul Nasser and other intellectual terrorist groups attempted to turn a disgracing defeat into a temporary setback. In the name of “Liberating Palestine,” the Nasserites succeeded only in destroying Egypt’s economy and future. There is no winner in Lebanon. Hezbollah’s defeat has affected everything in Lebanon — including its people, buildings, and infrastructure. However, some Lebanese politicians, who are followers of the Syrian regime, won’t be able to avoid coming up with misleading statements praising Hassan Nasrallah for achieving victory.

At the moment all we want is the elimination of these misleading groups because the Arab world cannot afford any more defeats. We must help people of all Arab countries know the facts to ensure they don’t repeat the mistakes of Palestinians who are currently ruing their decision to reject the division of Palestine, the Camp David accord, and former US President Bill Clinton’s initiatives. We want a comprehensive and unified Arab decision to close the mouths of such misleading intellectual terrorist groups.

The Arab world must face reality and accept it has been defeated. This will help Arabs to identify their real enemies and be prepared to defend themselves in the future. Arabs should understand it will be a fatal mistake to challenge a powerful enemy and lead their countries into a dreadful adventure like Nasrallah and then urge the Arab and Islamic worlds to come to the rescue.