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I am Lebanese, for more than 10 years…just like you. And I happen to love my country…just like you.
Our paths have never crossed. And since the 7th May I hope they never do. I am writing this following the ‘liberation’ of Beirut by your brave and loyal fighters after two days of heavy fighting that brought us back to the ugly days of the 1980s. At the time you were in the early days of building your resistant organisation slowly and quietly while keeping away from the absurd infighting plaguing other militias. You went on to defeat the mighty Israeli army once in 2000 and again in 2006. I bet you did not expect that one day your men would be pleased with having seized control of Corniche El Mazraa.
Sayyed Hasan! Let me start by saying that I do not share your views on God, religion, alcohol, sex, music, women rights, taste in movies, relations with Syria and a lot more. I reckon that we do agree that the Palestinian question is central and that peace with Israel is not an option unless of a fair and just solution for it. How this is achieved is a matter of debate that would most likely end up in a disagreement. Unfortunately neither debate nor disagreement is possible in a Beirut under the control of an armed militia whatever moral high ground it holds. You talk of the ‘resistance’ as an abstract concept that you and only you engage in, in the name of a divine mission. Resistance for the sake of Resistance is neither constructive nor desirable. Your resistance is Islamic, more specifically Shia Islamic. Nonetheless you state nationalist credentials, supported by a collection of allies that the devil himself would hesitate to claim as his. But I have bad news for you. At least 50% of the nation’s population do not support you and have learnt to loathe and fear you over the past few days.
Trust me Sayyed Hassan. This country does not deserve a resistance of Hezbollah’s calibre. Lebanon is at best a whore house corrupted by Western influence and the Lebanese are mostly cowards with no sense of duty (obviously you and your men are not included in that sample). This people cannot live up to your expectations and will fail you again in the near future. Already we have dragged you kicking and screaming into Hamra and Verdun when your only desire consists of facing the enemy in Shebaa and Maroun El-Rass. I wish we could help you find another place worthy of your effort and leave us be to our incurable moral and social corruption. Or at least, if our questions are a nuisance and our presence a hindrance in the path towards divine victory then at least provide us with a timetable. We would leave you and other patriots to get on with the business of resistance. We promiss to come back (if you allow us back of course) when you are done.