by Abdul Rahman Al-Rashid
At the UNESCO palace in
The word resistance has become obsolete with time and as a result of misuse, and so this word has lost its sanctity. How can someone respect the resistance in
This is the state of the resistance today. This is the state of any type of resistance that passes its expiry date, such as Hezbollah in
They now seem to epitomize retired war generals in their military uniform and with their medals. Those active in the resistance know that this word lost its sanctity after it lost its job. In fact the meaning of this word had reversed and now has bad connotations when it is purposefully imposed as is the case with Hezbollah today which has become a movement that signifies sectarianism, or the Senior Council of Islamic Scholars, which is not a Council and has no scholars, but in fact is a façade to justify violence in Iraq.
Let's take the Algerian resistance for example, this ended in all practicality in 1962 after a ceasefire agreement was signed with the French, however the resistance leaders considered themselves to be above the fray. The resistance continued to remind the public of its efforts to win them liberation, therefore allowing it to rule the country and enjoy special privileges even 30 years after the country was liberated from French colonial rule. Nobody dared to voice opposition to this until the early 90s following the initiation of a political open-door policy. I have heard criticism against the privileges enjoyed by resistance members, such as a monopoly on certain jobs, like taxi driving, as well as monthly expenses between $80 and $800. Criticism of this reached the point that doubts were cast on the veracity of resistance members and it was rumored that some resistance members only entered the records [as being resistance fighters] after the war ended. After this, resistance fighters had to have three witnesses if they wanted to be included on the governmental list, which is an attractive prospect due to the financial privileges offered to resistance members.
The Palestinian resistance in
Abdul Rahman Al-Rashid
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