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Hezbollah-FPM agreement… a year later (1)

Posted by worriedlebanese on 06/02/2007

It’s been exactly a year now that the Free Patriotic Movement (FPM) and the Hezbollah have signed a political agreement. I remember the first feeling I had when I learnt what had happened. I was quite shocked. I felt kind of cheated, betrayed by the FPM. After all, I had voted for their list in the past election because the party signaled changed and a coherence that the other alliance didn’t have. The quadripartite alliance (Future Movement, PSP, Amal and Hezbollah) during the election reminded me too much of all the Syrian times and the electoral techniques then used to hijack people’s vote. The FPM gave me an alternative and I didn’t hesitate to take it (leaving out of the slate those of his allies I didn’t approve of and filling the empty slots with their rivals).

The agreement signed by Aoun and Nasrallah took me by surprise. I felt that he was going the same road his political rivals had gone, privileging short term interests to long term ones. But after reading the agreement and thinking about it for a while, I came to understand its long-term outcomes. In no way it could be seen as a tactic used by Aoun in his drive to take over the presidency, after all, Hezbollah’s votes in Parliament (and those of its allies) were not enough for that. What it actually did was counter the demonisation of Hezbollah and the communitarian polarisation (Shiites vs the rest) that was appearing in Lebanon. It also signaled a change in political behaviour. Two large Lebanese political parties were starting an alliance based on basic principles that they agreed on and put on paper. This contrasts with the electoral alliances that were done in 2005 within the quadripartite alliance.  

Scarlett Haddad interviews M. Aoun (Orient-Le Jour)

2 Responses to “Hezbollah-FPM agreement… a year later (1)”

  1. Jean-Louis said

    I guess it’s a good thing to try to “un-demonise” a party. However, the ones who do not demonise the Hezbollah tend to “angelise” it, by making it honest and without a flaw. That’s one of the problems in Lebanon. Either you’re a traitor, either the others are traitors. There is no in-between. Shouldn’t we try to give more info about the murderous past of all the political parties in Lebanon? Even though you support Aoun, do not forget that his hands are not completely devoid of any trace of blood, since he had a part in the war in 89 (was it?). I might be wrong, but I would like to be proved wrong, and not just contradicted. But my point is not to attack Aoun. Historical awareness is my main goal. If the governement’s main motto is “we will never forget”, then we should publish the full CV of every political person in the country. That should help, although it might prove to be tricky, trying to separate fact from rumor.
    The opposition would have been interesting, had they not attacked the government in such a simplistic way, like accusing the future movement to have a militia. Even though it might be true, the use of the word “milita” sounds too much like a desire to say that Hezbollah is not the only militia in the country. There is too much “mauvaise foi” in the debate to give anyone credit.
    Hence, some independant inquiry about the history of the civil (and plain) war(s) should be done.
    Easy to say.

  2. I think your proposal is a very good one. We should publish every political leader’s CV, and probably even more… start Truth commissions on the kidnapping and killings that took place during the war… on the thefts… on the expulsions…

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