The people under the armaments: our hope and power in a dark time.

History is an angel being blown backwards into the future
He said: History is a pile of debris
And the angel wants to go back and fix things
To repair the things that have been broken
But there is a storm blowing from Paradise
And the storm keeps blowing the angel backwards into the 
And this storm, this storm is called Progress.
                                  “The Dream Before”
                             Inspired by Walter Benjamin

[Publisher’s Note: I would like to evaluate Žižek’s article ‘In These Times‘ and response to it. What is not being discussed is that the current attacks in Paris are being used as a political tactic by ISIS to turn people against the French government.

What is not discussed in the article or the response to it, is the day before the attacks in Paris, the bombing of a mainly Shia district in Beirut was likewise designed to turn people against Hezbollah (as part of the Lebanese government).

Žižek and governments are fixated with ‘terrorisme’ but unconscious of the strategies behind it. In the article the author makes the facile statement:

“There should be no “deeper understanding” of the ISIS terrorists … they should be characterized as what they are: the Islamo-Fascist counterpart of the European anti-immigrant racists.”

Even though the tactic by ISIS has backfired, so far at least, do people really think that is the end of it? How mad is the logic of raiding the poorer arrondissements, shooting the suspects and bombing ISIS in Syria?

Currently a branch of Hezbollah, along with 20 other groups including ISIS, is listed by the Australian government as a terrorist organisation.

This is despite the role of its parent in Lebanon as a political organisation with wide support, e.g. Hezbollah has a satellite TV station, radio and provides social services. Hezbollah was elected and holds several ministerial positions in the Lebanese government. It has a highly disciplined military, strong enough to defeat ISIS in Lebanon and possibly in Syria (as well). This ‘terrorist’ wing that has put boots on the ground in Southern Lebanon and Syria. I am no apologist for Hezbollah but no person living through this period would doubt its role in bringing 5 years of peace after it drove the Israeli occupation out in 2006.

What is not being discussed on the Left is the Australian and other western governments’ failure to distinguish between Hezbollah and groups like ISIS, especially when all but one of the 20 ‘terrorist’ groups listed are Islamic.

Ian Curr
19 November 2015


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