What is it about the Lebanese and Palestinian peoples that they refuse to kneel to power?
Hundreds of thousands of people began flooding back to the South of Lebanon just minutes after a cease fire was supposed to have taken place, in a jubilant celebratory elation amidst a devastating annihilative scenery of their homeland, homes, towns and livelihoods. But they were cheering. What were they cheering for? The destruction? Do they consider themselves victorious, having sat in homes without bomb shelters under the rain of bombs, having spent weeks running from town to town to avoid death, as everything they've built for generations was being destroyed around them? Why do the Lebanese consider themselves victorious, and in the same regard, how can the Palestinians stand honorable and proud as they are, to this very moment, incessantly ransacked, raped, beaten and butchered, while they are deliberately and increasingly abandoned and sold out by the rest of the Arab world, and conspired against in the most historic of betrayals? What constitutes a victory, and what constitutes a defeat for such a people?
For such a people, victory is a state of mind. It has nothing to do with a mental state of denial and everything to do with a differentiation between right and wrong. Not that they represent angelic societies which are infallible and which respect every aspect of the Declaration of the Rights of Man; far from it. Arab society, in general, is in a deep sociological and psychological crisis. But there is one grandiose wrong that the Lebanese and Palestinians have continuously rejected. The complete and utter defiance of occupation and military domination has become a legacy of Lebanon and Palestine.
Defiance of domination is synonymous with Lebanon and Palestine.
When a person or a people choose to refuse, they are victorious, even, and especially, under relentless slaughter and destruction by way of the most elite and technologically sophisticated weaponry that a ruthless juggernaut can dish out. It is the concept of the blood rising triumphant over the sword. They keep refusing because there is a great travesty that they cannot comprehend accepting: zionism. The zionist project of military, economic and socio-political hegemony over the other peoples of the region plans to make itself a reality one way or another. The zionists, who are not synonymous with millions of Jews around the world, want to continue to live among the peoples of the region but only on the axiom of mastery over them. This basis for the Izraeli government's behavior continues, and the outright refutation of it also continues.
Defeat is also a state of mind. Izrael will always feel a crisis within it, a crisis of imminent catastrophe, not because everyone around it is about to invade it and destroy it tomorrow; but more because the zionist project can never fathom the idea of coming down from its lofty mental superiority complex to accept the reality of its existence: It exists only on the pretext of expulsion, occupation, and a U.S. sponsored paper-tiger economy. It can only exist by means of weaponry that is simultaneously most superior and least effective, in the midst of a sea of hundreds upon hundreds of suppressed Arabs and Muslims, suppressed by Izrael and what Noam Chomsky pinpoints as "The Arab Facade." It is the Izraelis who are in denial about the fact that they are in this sea.