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The resounding speech that Secretary-General of Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah, delivered to his audience in which he targeted the Sunnis resulted in not only shooting himself in the foot, but also in verbally opening fire on all other groups. Nasrallah is personally contributing to the demise of his popularity, which he had gained through the steadfastness of his forces in confronting the Israeli aggression. It was almost comical that Nasrallah reminded us of the Camp David Accords, alluding to the late President Sadat’s agreement with Israel; however failing to mention the suspicious silence of resistance for reclaiming the Golan Heights.

Without fail, Nasrallah never ceases to remind us of the unconstitutional misuse of power by Sunni governments whilst completely dismissing the current situation in which the president of the republic has abused every line of the ancient constitution! Is this issue related to the Sunni-Shia divide?

What is built upon falsehood will always remain so no matter how much one tries to guise or gloss it over, which mirrors the current situation of the opposition and its discourse in Lebanon. When Hezbollah’s war horn sounded and when it fired its guns against the common enemy, Israel, on which all unanimously agreed, everyone emphatically supported the party. However, Hezbollah started to redirect its efforts internally with the intention of triggering a sedition that would rip the country in two and distance it further from revealing the crimes past and the ones that still continue to unfold, while Hezbollah and its supporters show no concern and pay no attention to bringing these criminals to justice…even if out of sheer curiosity! Perhaps it is because of the ‘peace of mind’ it feels, seeing as all the victims of terrorist operations or assassinations belong to the other side – thus we hear murmurs of “so what?” Is this, too, related to the Sunni-Shia divide?

The divine victory in which Nasrallah basked was meant to ‘reveal’ to him the righteous path to follow. It seems however that human nature is weak when confronted by demonstration slogans powerful enough to intoxicate anyone. In moments such as these, the leader becomes enslaved by the roars and the cheers of the masses and only heeds what the ‘listeners’ request of him. Errors have been made by Nasrallah, which is only natural, but the greater danger is that there is a massive price to be paid as a consequence of these errors by thousands of innocent people – which has been the case for thousands of years.

A prayer that united Sunnis and Shia was led by Imam Fathi Yakan only to be followed by Nasrallah’s speech that was replete with loathsome sectarianism – so which of the two should one believe? Will we see Fathi tolling the bells of a Maronite church in the southern district of Beirut that has witnessed the most unusual union between al Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah and Michel Aoun?

The errors of human nature will subsist in the absence of the principle of defending one’s rights and in the quest for truth. God, who grants victory, will not be pleased with the loss of justice.

Hussein Shobokshi

Hussein Shobokshi

Hussein Shobokshi is a businessman and prominent columnist. Mr. Shobokshi hosts the weekly current affairs program Al-Takreer on Al-Arabiya, and in 1995 he was chosen as one of the "Global Leaders for Tomorrow" by the World Economic Forum. He received his BA in Political Science and Management from the University of Tulsa.

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