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.