Norman Finkelstein, doing what he does best… speaking the truth in a world where speaking the truth often has serious consequences. Why should we respect Hezbollah?
“Its a choice the Lebanese have to make: Who they want to be their leaders, and who they want to represent them. But there is a fundamental principal. People have the right to defend their country from foreign occupiers, and people have the right to defend their country from invaders who are destroying their country. And that to me is a very basic, elementary, and uncomplicated question.”
July 22nd, 2006 – Condoleezza Rice described the plight of Lebanon as a part of the “birth pangs of a new Middle East” and said that Israel should ignore calls for a ceasefire.
Norman Finkelstein’s opinion on the Secretary of State’s description… “The Secretary of State said it was the birth pangs of a new Middle East. That’s the statement of a freak. A human freak would compare the birth of a child with the destruction of a country.”
And about Hezbollah’s militant resistance? Why not support those Lebanese willing to accept terms dictated by Israel and the United States (meaning disarmament and marginalization of Hezbollah)?
Finkelstein hammers the point home again… to those who would welcome George Bush into their country less than two years after the war was over “Who the hell cares if George Bush was coming? You should have declared him a persona non grata. He’s not welcome here. He destroyed your country. He was responsible for the war. You know full well that resolution could have been passed three weeks earlier. He destroys your country and you couldn’t wait to greet him. You have no self respect! How can you expect people to respect Arabs if you don’t respect yourself?”
“I respect the Jews a thousand times more. Never to forgive, never to forget.”
His comparison is to the European resistance to the Nazis during WWII, most countries in Europe chose to live under Nazi rule rather than to resist. And he goes on to say that looking back we honor the resistance movements, not the appeasers. Although Hezbollah does get some support from the Arab world, I would hardly compare it to the situation in WWII where the English and the Americans were at war with the Nazis. Its more like the situation the Native Americans faced. You can honor the ones who resisted all you want, but they perished at the hands of the US Army. Those who accepted peaceful treaties had everything taken from them, but at least they survived. Kind of a hard choice to make.