By Joseph Alagha
As the dominant political strength in Lebanon and essentially the most robust post-Islamist organisations on the planet, Hizbullah is a resource of serious controversy and uncertainty within the West. regardless of the numerous consciousness paid to this team by means of the media, the main points of Hizbullah’s evolution have usually confounded politicians—and even students. during this very important examine, Joseph Alagha, a pupil with exceptional entry to the association, exhaustively and objectively analyzes Hizbullah’s ancient evolution and gives a progressive new standpoint at the political phenomenon of the organization.
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That is why its second Manifesto had to be along the lines of a pragmatic political document, rather than the ideological-utopian one propagated in the mid-1980s. Nevertheless, the 2009 Manifesto is not a political document par excellence, as Nasrallah claimed in his 30 November 2009 press conference and as Hizbullah tried to portray it in its extensive media campaign; rather it has important ideological undertones such as the enmity towards Israel and the US. It seems Shaykh Na‘im Qasim was right in his 2002 predictions that Hizbullah’s hostility towards Israel and the US administration would not be changed in the new Manifesto.
3:103). 43 Section 23: (An appeal/call to the) ‘ulama of Islam You Muslim ‘ulama, You have a grave responsibility, as grave as the calamities that strike the Muslims… You are the best in conducting your duty of leading the umma towards Islam… And in alerting it to what the enemies are plotting in order to control and enslave it as well as rob it of its treasures… No wonder you are conversant that the Muslims look upon you as bearers of the Prophet’s trust (amana) in your capacity as successors to the prophets and messengers… So be the hope and the good lead in overtly calling for right and 1 The text of Hizbullah’s open letter addressed to the oppressed 53 standing up against the tyrants and despots.
We call on all the countries that respect themselves to adopt a resolution banning the right of veto, which is accorded to the oppressor countries… We also call on all countries to adopt a resolution to fire Israel from the UN because it is an illegitimate-rapist entity, which is opposed to humanity at large. You will free the oppressed… These are our visions and goals, and these are the basic regulations that guide our path… There are those who have wholeheartedly and righteously accepted us [our discourse], God is the only Truth; and there are those who have contested our views.