Nassrallah Misunderstands the Sunnis

The Shiaas shouldn't make the serious mistake of ignoring the depth of Sunni feelings towards the tribunal.

I once had a talk with a friend. Although we both live and work in the same city in this African country, she’s a Shiaa from Nabatiye and I’m a Sunni from Tripoli.

She is not a religious person but she’s a fervent supporter of Hezbollah. After talking with her, I realized that she simply couldn’t understand why would anyone not support Hezbollah. Her feelings were so strong and entrenched that she concluded: “To me, the only reason why you would be against Hezbollah, is either because you hate the Shiaas, or because you are taking orders from the Americans, why else would you gloat at the killing of our brothers and sisters during the Israeli war?”

After some honest give and take, I discovered the mother of all misunderstandings between Shiaas and Sunnis in Lebanon.

Although we’re both from the same country, my friend and I come from completely different historical backgrounds when it comes to our past relationship with Syria.

My friend was shocked when I told her about what Syria did in the North, where people were seriously harassed under Syrian tutelage. And I’m not talking about regular political assassinations and bogeymanship, I’m talking about mass humiliation and utter disregard for human dignity. Lands stolen and plundered, Men ordered to send their wives to Syrian officers, mothers were given machine guns and forced to kill their own children. Cars were stolen and sold back to their owners, phones were tapped and mass scale harassments were taking place. If you add that to the regime’s history with the Sunnis (Mass wiping of Hama, shelling beb el tibbene, killing muftis, installing the Karamis to rule Tripoli) you would understand why Hariri’s murder and its consequences are not just an excuse for Sunnis to grab power, it’s a loud, resounding ENOUGH from an entire sect. This is no longer about Hariri, it's about a straw that broke a camel's back.

As I concluded from my friend and from Nassrallah's speech yesterday, Hezbollah and its supporters seem to sincerely believe that the only reason the Sunnis want the Hariri tribunal is because Hariri is buying out their loyalties, or because his media empire is mobilizing and misinforming them. Yesterday, the overwhelming Sunni reaction to Nassrallah's speech was a loud: "does he think we're stupid?"

For the love of Lebanon, don't make that mistake..


At Monday, November 20, 2006 4:28:00 PM, Blogger SC said...

Are you a Jewish agent?

It seems everyone who doesn't support hezballah is a Jewish agent. There are a lot of Jewish agents in Lebanon, apparently! As the situation worsens I have no doubt the shia will say the sunnis and christians are not just jewish agents but jews altogether!

At Monday, November 20, 2006 6:07:00 PM, Blogger Rhiannon said...

Hmmmmmmmmmmm. Mind clarifying? Which 'jews' are you talking about? Are you speaking of the Neturei Karta Jews? Or are you speaking of the zionists?

Then there are the assorted in betweens.

Pick one.

At Monday, November 20, 2006 6:07:00 PM, Blogger Maya@NYC said...

Mustapha, this to comment only on the sunni feelings toward syria. I think the murder of Hariri did cause the upheaval. not a straw that broke the camel's back. because that camel was holding pretty well for more than 15 years, after a sunni/saudi arabia/hariri sponsored taef that consecrated the presence of Syria.
when aoun was asking for a free country, and liberation from Syria what did the rest of the country do?...
The rhetoric of those who claim to be the makers of march 14 is a hypocrite one.
on the other hand, the public alignement of hezbollah with syria is irritating and borderline unacceptable.
the choices keep being presented to us as "Amrica", or syria/iran.
how about neither!

At Monday, November 20, 2006 7:18:00 PM, Blogger Lazarus said...

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At Monday, November 20, 2006 7:19:00 PM, Blogger Lazarus said...


the "sunni's", and the lebanese, have a right to be angry at what the syrian government did ... but in the same vein, shouldn't the lebanese, and the "sunni's", be angry at those who helped perpetuate the syrian presence?

or am i missing something here?

- l.

At Monday, November 20, 2006 7:48:00 PM, Blogger jij said...

what rubbish. The problems only started when the relation between Hariri and Syria started to turn sour. Typical tribal behavior which of course applies to the other Lebanese tribes. What "historical background" are you talking about? Mass wiping of Hama? lol... yes this is why the future movement is against Syria. We all know that event just happened a few months ago. It's nice to see that Jumblat is not all on his own on his quest to turn this into a Sunni-Shia confrontation. Keep it up.

At Monday, November 20, 2006 7:52:00 PM, Blogger Mustapha said...


I have absolutely no clue why you put the word (Sunnis) between quotation marks..

At Monday, November 20, 2006 9:29:00 PM, Blogger Hisham said...

Thank you for your comment... You made my day!

At Tuesday, November 21, 2006 12:18:00 AM, Blogger jooj said...

Moustafa, I don't quite get the point of your post.

Are you saying one should not be aligned with HA in any shape or form because they are backed by Syria? i.e. given how terribly Syria acted in Lebanon.

But if so, then why should anyone be aligned with the current gov and Mar 14? i.e. speaking about terrible pasts, corruption, massacres, humilation, etc ...

At Tuesday, November 21, 2006 3:33:00 AM, Blogger Lazarus said...

... for one simple reason mustapha: using such monolithic groupings is simplistic at best.

in order for the word sunni to be used in a political context, you first must define what the sunni political point of view is.

otherwise, all reference to this "sunni" view, as are references to the "christian" view, are not very meaningful.

- l.

At Tuesday, November 21, 2006 8:14:00 AM, Blogger Mirvat said...

Posts like that with sterile thought process and hidden insinuations are just upsetting since the only purpose of writing statements like that (in bold no less) is a propagation of the same lumped loyalties and mind sets we should be trying to break away from or truly criticize and re-examine. The “overwhelming Sunni reaction”? Please… And different historical backgrounds? This is simplistic at best … The Hama incident, though horrifying, could be argued to be against a religious direction that you now would accuse HA of and back when Lebanese were tourmented under the Syrian regime, Syria was against HA as well. I agree with the rest of the commentators, you have to be careful about the distinction between an anti-Syrian feeling and a pro-American movement. It is naïve to think the Syrian issue alone is what drives a divide today. I say you go back and define your historical background a little better. The divide between confessions will always only be about grabbing power and it’s a known fact that any leader will be more than willing to whore themselves out to any external influence that will facilitate their control. March 14 are a perfect example of that far more than HA is.

At Tuesday, November 21, 2006 9:31:00 AM, Blogger shafik said...

Here is why Hezbollah does everything it does:


At Tuesday, November 21, 2006 11:57:00 AM, Blogger Rabie_Halad said...

HA isn't bringing back Syria to the Lebanon, maybe it will use it's support. Would you rather America's suppor or Syria's? Maya I agree with your comment but are people ready to live in a Lebanon without Electricity? We have a huge debt, we need support from the outside. Syria and Iran are close to us next to us and face the same problems as us, I would much rather go that way then America, anyway anything that has to do with America has somthing wrong in it, including coca cola:).
What's wrong with what HA want? It actually just makes the governemnt more equal, and makes decisions more equal, by rejecting their proposal look whats happening now in Lebanon, these guys can mess all of Lebanon up but while your Sanioora/Jumblatt are sitting there plotting ways to steal money before the government breaks down, HA is sitting there trying to make a more equal government


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