Lebanese Communist on Hezbollah:
‘We agree on liberation of land and nation’
Published Sep 28, 2006 1:26 AM
Following are excerpts from an interview by Workers World with Dr.
Mufid Kuteish, member of the Political Bureau and head of the Department of
International Relations for the Lebanese Communist Party, given during a
fact-finding delegation to Lebanon on Sept. 12.
administration is in a hurry to remove Hezbollah’s armaments. Six months
ago Condoleezza Rice came to Lebanon and advertised that the patience of the
U.S. has run out, and that America will effectuate this its own way. So it was
clear to all of us, including Hezbollah, that Israel would do this war.
They imagined that Israel in a week or two would completely finish
Hezbollah. The opposite happened; therefore, the opinion of people in Lebanon
and the entire world began to change.
As a communist party, we see
Hezbollah as a very important national resistance. It is trying to liberate the
occupied land, liberate the Lebanese political prisoners in Israel, and defend
Lebanese borders, because the Lebanese government is completely unable to take
care of these matters.
We as a party from the very beginning aided
Hezbollah in their resistance. From the beginning of the war we declared a
mobilization in the party in support of Hezbollah, and we took the
responsibility of political action to explain to the parties and to the people
outside the truth of the matter inside Lebanon. Our comrades aided in the
defense of areas in the South, and we lost 10 martyrs and four close friends.
Internally we conducted aid operations to the refugees and we took the
responsibility of operating inside Lebanon politically to preserve Lebanese
unity in the face of the enemy.
There is much talk about
Hezbollah’s armaments—is it realistic that there remains an armed
party in Lebanon? At present the answer is very simple. There ought to be a
nation that all participate in, and that takes responsibility for defending the
country. That’s what Hezbollah says, and that’s what we say, and
that’s what all thinking people say in this country. But the fact is that
this nation does not exist. The only solution is that we build this nation, that
we change the politics that we have at present—the sect-oriented regime in
There was a project of Arab national liberation but it failed.
These movements met a huge attack from the imperialists. The Marxists have had
to confront a great tragedy with the loss of the Soviet Union. As a result, in
this area the religious parties have taken power, and took on the same
Hezbollah has taken on the liberation of the land and the
nation. Even though we as a party had a confrontation with Hezbollah in the
1980s, Hezbollah has developed its methods in a way that has been very clear and
speaks our language. Therefore we and Hezbollah are in total agreement about
things in this period of time. That doesn’t mean that our disagreements
have ended, and therefore we work hard to bring close to us and empower the
positive side of Hezbollah.
We had warned that if Hezbollah did not win,
there would be a great tragedy in the land, because if Hezbollah were defeated
then the attitude and reality of resistance would have been defeated.
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