Thursday, January 28, 2010

Lessons of the Ethiopian Airlines: Chauvinism and Political Points

The tragic horrible death of the Ethiopian airlines led to a shock, and a week of mourning. In what was a stand-off between the different reactionary parties in regards to several reforms, the plane crash bought some time.

There are several shocking events that generated prior and after the terrible crash which left several people of different nationalities mourning.

The first event were the reforms to be discussed in the Parliament.

The first focused on reducing the voting age to 18. The advocator to such change came as a surprise, at least in terms of parliamentary blocs, Nabih Berri and his hooligan AMAL. This of course, provides a trauma for me, since AMAL are notorious to enter fist-to-fist fights with almost anyone (a tend that has been operational since the days of the Lebanese Civil War). Nabih Berri, for the past three months or so has advocated all types of change, supporting Ziad Baroud's proposals, and seems to be trying to bring back the legacy of Imam Moussa Sadre's goals for reform back in the 1970s. Berri was involved in sparking the "Cancelation of Sectarianism" act, protecting the Ta'ef Accords (ironically), the Age Act reform, and giving strength to the Parliament (which was shut down for over two years by Berri himself).

The clash of reforms began with the head of the Reform and Change bloc, with lunatic General Aoun, and the other two Christian parties: Lebanese Forces and Phalange. The fear from the voting age reform scared the Christians that they will be overwhelmed by 'Muslim Votes'. The Christian parties eventually proposed that the Immigrants would have the right to vote under the basis that one reform cannot go without the other. This of course hinders all possibilities to implement the age 18 voting law. Since, the new age of the new parliament began under the banner of "Age of Love and Flirtations" among the elites, it was natural that the two camps in Lebanon bickered each other along the same alliances.

Just like the 14th of March and Opposition collisions, historical insights are highlighted and others forgotten, specially when Berri attacked Aoun that the latter was not present to forge the Ta'ef Accords.

The showdown between these two reached its climax when the infamous Monday parliamentary meeting was supposed to take place. Hezbollah attempted to sooth the situation, and it was anticipated that most of the blocs (pro Harriri or not) were going to avoid the making of such a meeting by making sure that the Parliament's quorum was not met. The different news media reported that meetings between AMAL and the Free Patriotic Movement remained taking place till 4:00 in the morning. The same day, the tragic death of the Ethiopian Airlines took place. This saved the politicians of the embarrassment of shooting down the parliament's meeting to take place.

Naomi Klein dubbed the Haiti disaster as Shock Capitalism, with highlights to Israel's 'humanitarian' activities to cover away its past sins in Gaza which turned world opinion against it. This is exactly what took place in Lebanon. A national mourning day took place, the parliamentary session was postponed.

The Lebanese-Ethiopian tragedy

As the plane collapsed, and all efforts took place in a very remarkable manner to salvage survivors, Lebanese pride rose up. Everyone on facebook, msn, and whatever placed a Lebanese flag with a black strip on their profiles. This is indeed a human tragedy.

All politicians diverted their attention into supporting the Red Cross and the Lebanese Army to save the survivors.

Nevertheless, Lebanese fascism sprang. Several Ethiopian blue collar proletariat in Lebanon were denied entrance to the hospitals in order to identify the bodies of their beloved. That is a typical country of contradiction: Co-existence and racism, tolerance and intolerance, and finally democracy and tyranny.

The incident itself was preceded by a controversial acts of beating activists in front of the Egyptian embassy because the activists there found it unusual to attack the apartheid wall of Israel, while Egypt's Moubarak is building another Iron Wall on the Rafah route, to force "coexistence between Hamas and Fatah".

Back to the plane incident, as much as Lebanon's president attempted to show Lebanon's humanitarian face to the world, the Human Rights Watch group slammed Lebanon for its mistreatment of foreign labor and Palestinians. Ironically that was celebrated by Fascist Israel who never bothered to read the entire report, as well to read the reports on their own country.

The acts of racism towards the foreign proletariat proved yet again, amidst this disaster, that foreign labor needs to be protected. The proletariat across the world, like the Lebanese, need to be protected and treated as humans. Every week we hear a story about a foreign laborer being maltreated, specially those who are abused to work almost for free as maids in households. It comes as a surprise for some Lebanese (those whom I spit on their faces) that labor from Sri Lanka, Syria, Jordan, Palestinians, India, Egypt, Ethiopia, Philippines, others are their own equal: simply humans. If Lebanese culture means superiority, for me, that equates to trash (Zionism is even more terrible by the way). It reminds me of France hailing itself as democratic while it was too busy demolishing Algerian proletariat back in the late 1950s and early 1960s, or Israeli "democracy" which rotates around only Judaism while trashing the rest of non-Jewish (and giving Jews of the world a bad name).

For those racist Lebanese, thing of it that Lebanese, Ethiopians, and others died equally as humans on that plane, equals also to the wife of the French Ambassador in Lebanon. May those who mourn find peace again in their hearts.

Again, we see that the whole world is governed by Class War under the banner of different logos: racism, reform, and political points


PS: The fact Berri is proposing all those reforms is still hard for me to digest


Let Non Arab - Muslims Live! said...

The twin fascisms that causes most massacres, wars, "conflicts" today:

Arabism is racism (Arab racism)
Millions upon Millions are/became victims of Arabism which is the worst current form of racism in its gigantic proportions, like: Kurds Jews (not just in Israel...) Berbers (the real natives of North Africa), Africans (noty just in the genocide in the Sudan & in Egypt on native Nubians by Arab invaders - till today), Persians, etc.

Islamism is bigotry (Islamofascism)!
The Islamic supremacy that "works" towards its vision of "final Islamic domination on the entire planet", from Middle east to Africa from Asia to Eurabia, from terrorism & massacres in multiple countries (like: Thailand, Phillipines, China, Indonesia, Tunisia, Morocco, Kenya, Tanzania, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Lebanon India, USA, France, Israel, Russia, UK, etc.) to propaganda,

Let's face it! that entire war on Israel & the Jews since the 1920's by their facsist Mufti Haj Amin Al-Husseini who started the "genocide campaign" [and continues by the children/grand children of Arab immigrants into Israel - Palestine - now convenienently called "palestinians"] in a clear outlined declaration to 'kill all Jews', is nothing but out of pure Arab Muslim bigotry.

MarxistFromLebanon said...

First, let me be clear, there is a big difference between Judaism as a religion, and Zionism as a fascist racist movement that aims to expel non-Jews from Palestine (aimed, aims, and will aim).

Prior to the 1920s, Jews were part of the Arab community in the Middle East and they lived as one people. (review your historical facts).

Second, problems started when people started arriving from Europe and expelled the local inhabitants (Christians and Muslims, while Jews were threatened into corporation with the Zionists who were regarded in general as alien).

Third, you don't give flowers to the Zionist movement (or its equivalent Bosnian Serb a la Karadzic style) if they are expelling you out, you generate reactions. So drop the "Jewish" Victimization. If there are any victims of Zionism, it is the Jews as the majority of the Jews in the world do not identify with Israel as their spokesmen, nor grant Zionism the right to speak on their behalf, due to its ethnic cleansing activities (read Ilan Pape: Ethnic CLeansing of the Palestinians).

Fourth, Mufti Husseini doesn't represent the entire palestinian community. Both, the Zionists and the Palestinians had problems with Britain as a ruler, even though the latter was very generous to the Zionists. Mufti Husseini's calls weren't answered except in Bosnia-Herzegovina, and even there, such a call was minor, as the majority of the Muslims joined Tito's partisan (Read: Robert Donia: Sarajevo, a Bibliography).

Fifth, the greater and official deals struck were between the NAZIS and the ZIONISTS. The Zionists shot down the Jewish Refugee Act in the US on purpose to prevent Jews to go to the USA, and hence more Jews died in the concentration camps due to Zionist fascist greed. Furthermore, the Zionists, in collaboration with the Nazis, smuggled the youth from the concentration camps to bring them to Palestine. Ben Gurion expected 3,000,000 Jew to go to Palestine, they coerced 100,000 to go there. The rest wanted to travel to N. Africa and USA. THere were no problems between the Jews and the Arabs in general even then as Zionists didn't generate another horrible reaction.

Finally, nobody even gives a damn about Mufti Husseini or his ideas, as PLO, and other groups sprang out. If you think the war on Jews is on racist manner, guess again, currently there are 4.2 million Palestinian refugees scattered around. Half of them are stateless or even do not qualify as refugees. Hence, read UN resolution 194 for that.

Further readings other than Ilan Pape (Israeli historian)

Invention of Jewish Identity (Shlomo Sands, Israeli scholar)

Yossi Shwartz (Israeli scholar): Origin of the Jews, read chapter three to read about the Nazi-Zionist deals.

Benny Morris (Israeli Scholar): Birth of the Palestinian Refugee Problem

Walid Khalidi (Palestinian Scholar): From haven to conquest (contains minutes, speeches, letters between the Zionists, and the British).

Norman Finkelstein (Non-Zionist Jew): Holocaust Industry... etc etc etc


MarxistFromLebanon said...

OH btw, I have three Lebanese Jewish friends in Beirut, enjoy that slap in the face