EVENTS that some Arab-Islamic countries witnessed in the past two years have revealed the intelligence services are no longer the baton which oppressive regimes use on their people. In the same manner, hiding behind the religious authority, as currently prevalent in Iran, can no longer make people rely on slogans.
These slogans neither feed the hungry nor secure medicines for the sick; hence, real power lies in societies which gave up fear in front of a tyrannical force that does not know how to cover up its corruption, looting the wealth of the nation, and gaining control through the democratic election drama as the case in Iran, Lebanon or Iraq.
The current situation in some Arab countries and Iran entails the demolition of walls of fear as described by Tunisian poet Aboul-Qacem Echebbi in the 1930s: “If, one day, people desire to live, then fate will answer their call.”
Here is fate responding to Iraqis as it did for the Sudanese and Algerians. Without a doubt, it will respond to the Lebanese who have overcome all the barriers of fear – whether in relation to civil war which the gang and militia leaders keep on mentioning or the financial and economic collapse; while the ruling juntas continue to plunder the country’s wealth, sponsored by the force operating outside the legal framework of Lebanon and also conspire with Iran. This renegade force is the so-called ‘Hezbollah.’
Indeed, the emergence of the popular uprising suggests it is aimed at bringing down corrupt people; but in essence, this uprising aims to topple the disguised occupation which appeared at a time of division when the Arabs abandoned their role to focus on side conflicts, allowing the enemy to infiltrate through the cracks with the help of weak souls.
When the nation decided to protect itself from outsiders, the enemy already changed into several forms – starting with being the ‘Brotherhood,’ and not ending with being ‘DAESH’ and the multicolored Hezbollah.
All this happened because the Arabs did not unite and revolt as one nation against their enemies – the Mullah regime in Iran and Israel, until the rulers of some countries that considered themselves democratic mastered the art of accumulating wealth rather than devoting themselves to developing their countries.
This approach led to the volcanic eruption of popular anger, starting in Tunisia a decade ago; and today in Lebanon and Iraq, whereas the grip of the uprising smeared with blood is knocking on the doors of the regime in Tehran, and the lava is flowing inside its fences.
In the first half of the 20th century, people stood up against the Sykes-Picot Agreement and the agents of colonialism who were appointed at night to keep them under occupation. Aboul-Qacem Echebbi perfectly depicted the situation of the people at the time as he said: “If, one day, people desire to live, then fate will answer their call. The night must disappear and the chain must break.”
Today, the scene is recurring in Iran and Lebanon. People stood up against the Persian scheme which seeks to revive an empire that was crushed by time in order to support Israel in the region. This will put back the Arabs between the Zionist-Persian pliers in the hands of the American administration.
Indeed, it is time to break the chains; it is time for a new dawn so that the night of injustice could disappear. Today’s fate is answering the calls of these nations which will complete their journey until they reach their objective to crush the Iranian occupation – whether the occupation is direct or disguised, and only then the determination of the people will surface.
By Ahmed Al-Jarallah
Editor-in-Chief, the Arab Times