Nothing but the truth. Even if against me.

Nothing but the truth. Even if against me.



Monday, March 28, 2016

Lebanese Hillbillies in America

March 28, 2016 

The news of Donald Trump appointing the hillbilly Lebanese academic Walid Phares as one of his foreign policy advisors descended on the Lebanese as yet another proof of their brilliance and success, especially when they leave this hellhole of ignorance, corruption and backward religious beliefs. It is likely that none of the Maronite aborigines mountain-dwellers who suddenly are fans of Walid Phares has ever read any of his books, nor do they know what exactly does Phares stand for. You see, for the Lebanese it is notoriety that matters, superficial notoriety without any regard for the substance underneath. Any famous Lebanese will do to tease the arrogance bone of the Lebanese who have declared themselves superior human beings to all of mankind and heirs to the Phoenician civilization.

Here is what I don't like about Walid Phares. The Maronite establishment is monolithic, extremely conservative, and revolves around the religion and the Church. Maronite nationalism is an Eastern Catholic version of American south Evangelicals, or a Christian clone of Lebanese Sunnism, Shiism, Druzism, or Zionism. There are no progressive, left-wing, liberal Maronite parties. Any diversity within the Maronite community (and all the other sects for that matter) is never ideological, it is always clannish, family-based, or region-based. That is why Lebanon is immune to reform and to exiting the backwardness of the Middle Ages in which it thrives. Occasionally, you have a politician that sounds promising, e.g. Michel Aoun, but as soon as he "made it" he created a new sectarian family-based political farm, a clone of the other Maronite parties like Kataeb, Ahrar or Marada. 

Mr. Walid Phares is intellectually limited by this Maronite Gulag, and the worst part of it is that he doesn't even realize it. Instead of his education in France and the US enabling him to challenge the ideas he was indoctrinated with as an up-and-coming Maronite from the backwoods of Lebanon's mountains, the stubborn quality of mountain dwellers made him immune to any evolution. For him, Maronitism can only be a Christian clone of Zionism, for example, in which there is only one way to be a true Jew, namely to subscribe to backward Bronze Age religious beliefs, to live by the superiority complex of God's special creation or His favorite desert tribe, to react with the knee-jerk schizophrenic minority reflex of hating everyone else, and to have no option ideologically but to subscribe to the absurd Zionist notion of re-creating a 2,000-year old kingdom of Israel. Likewise, Walid Phares, a good sheep of the Maronite herd, believes that there is only one way to be a Maronite, and that is to feel superior to every other human being, supposedly because God gave this supposedly sacred mountain to the sect, to hate all Muslims, and to instinctively react through their limbic nervous system rather than reason with their cerebral cortex in the same knee-jerk minority reflex.
In Mr. Phares's view of the world, the DNA of a real Maronite is encoded with antiquated religious beliefs in monks, saints, miracles, random divine intervention, and blind faith in a Church that is exploiting and oppressing its herd of mountain brutes. The Vatican itself has tired of the dozen or so monastic cave-dwellers that the Maronite Church sends to Rome every year for beatification and sainthood. "Enlightened intellectuals" like Walid Phares, despite the PhD, are no different from said mountain brutes in that they are incapable of imagining a Lebanon or Lebanese nationalism other than those of neanderthals hiding in their tiny mountain caves, and protected by feudal lords and clergy bigots to defend God's special herd. The reaction to Islamic fundamentalism, Mr. Phares argues, is to clone Zionism and become Christian fundamentalists. In their blind zeal and notoriously Lebanese inferiority complex vis-à-vis the West, people like Phares never see that his much beloved West has become largely atheist and secular, or at least pushed religion and sectarian ruffianism out of the public sphere. Particularly France which was the midwife of this corruption-, garbage-laden ultra-religious monstrosity we call Lebanon. Lebanese Christians, especially Maronites, are firmly convinced that the West likes -or ought to like - them because they are Christians, when in fact the West today hates groups like the Maronites because they not only remind it of Islamic and Jewish extremist nationalisms, they remind it too of its own past of Christian barbarism. That is why the Lebanese Christians lost the 1975 war. They appealed to the West on religious - rather than civilized, modern, progressive, liberal - grounds, something the West could not support. The Serbs made the same mistake. In the mindset of westerners, they have enough headaches with Jewish extremism (Israel) or Muslim extremism (the whole lot of 30 countries or so) to come forward and support Christian extremism (especially the Maronites who have nothing to offer the West). 

And that is why, of all the great political and intellectual movements in the West, Mr. Phares finds nothing better to do with American politics than support people like Trump and other backward Christian evangelical supremacists from the boonies of America to ally himself with. Phares is far from having the requisite intellectual acumen that he pretends to have. Having been reared by the LF in their early racist, violent, thuggish years, and writing about the Christians of Lebanon as a Zionist would write about Israel, he blathers inanities about how special the Christians of Lebanon are, in a way to appeal to the backward Evangelical white supremacists of the American south, just like Trump. No wonder his earlier advising to the Mormon Romney went nowhere. Phares's vision of Maronitism is one you hear around the boonies of Bickfaya's neanderthal cesspits lorded over by backward feudals like the Gemayels, except he couches it in English (bad English, I might add). After the 2005 Syrian withdrawal from Lebanon, Phares supported the March 14 movement, comparing the Druze who got pummeled by Hezbollah in 2008 to Sparta's 300 men! He seemingly forgets that those same Druze he was cheering in 2008 perpetrated in 1985-1986 wholesale massacres against his beloved Maronites and ethnically cleansed them during the war from which he himself fled to atheist France and secular America. When March 14 revealed itself to be the failure that an "educated" man like Phares should have foreseen, he never made a mea culpa. Phares must be losing sleep these days over Geagea's support of Aoun for the presidency. Anyone who associates with today's Republican party in the US, especially someone who espouses the Tea Party and Donald Trump, is a racist, white supremacist, Christian fundamentalist that Lebanon should not be proud of.  

Those like Phares who fled Lebanon more than 30 years ago and never returned, have been out of the country for so long that their ideas about the country have become fossils which, if Carbon-dated, would take us as far back as the Bronze Age, or Mar Maroun's roaming of the Syrian wilderness, or the Abbasid Caliphate where they would be a lot more comfortable intellectually than the modern world. 
Which goes to show that many mountain brutes remain stuck in their mountain brute ideas even as they live among civilized people in the West. They take their narrow sectarian-political garbage in their bags when they emigrate and transplant it in their new places of abode. Just like Muslims who travel to settle in the West, they reject their new environment and do not learn from, for if they did they would inevitably evolve and grow and begin to see their own filth for what it is: Sectarian Middle Eastern filth derived from the gutter of the three monotheistic religions that have not stopped tormenting the world since time immemorial.
Maybe their time to evolve, come down from the trees, and start using their brains like the ancestors of Homo sapiens sapiens did 6 million years ago, has not yet come to pass.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Letter from Beirut to Brussels

You have tried liberalism. It hasn't worked. It won't work. The enemy is blind to reason, blind to accommodation, blind to compromise. The killers sowing bombs in Europe were born in Europe some 20-30 years from parents who were welcomed by a liberal Europe. Can you imagine what the children born these days to the millions rushing to Europe's borders will do in 20-30 years?

There is no answer. Whether atheists or religious, western liberalism facing religious blindness has failed and will continue to fail. A liberal West can certainly win over ideological, nationalist, or economic Fascism as it did in the 1930s and 1940s against German, Italian, Spanish, and Soviet Fascism, for the simple reason that even in their gutter racist supremacist ideologies, these forms of Fascism had a modicum of reason; they were amenable to defeat because they reasoned, they were rational in their decision-making.

Religious Fascism, on the other hand, is not amenable to reason or rational compromise because its tenets do not belong to this world. Religious Fascism is non-falsifiable; it cannot be be put to the test because it is centered on non-falsifiable concepts. As long as the current wave of anti-Western terrorism is couched in religious fervor, it will never give up, and the escalation between Europe's traditional liberal forms of government and indigenous Islamic movements will continue. The day is inevitable when voters across Europe will bring to power racist, Fascist governments whose task will then be to cleanse Europe of the religious cancers that have metastasized across the continents and that continue to pour in from Turkey into Greece and beyond.

I will admit that I am gleeful to see you agonizing in the throes of how to deal with Islamic fundamentalism, because when my country was the first to face this enemy back in the late 1960s - early 1970s, you and your liberal press blamed the victim. When Islamic fundamentalism challenged the existence of the Lebanese State, you called it a "civil war", blaming the defenders of the State against hordes of terrorist movements (Palestinian PLO, PFLP, etc., so called Druze "Socialists", Sunni and Shiite Islamic movements, Syrian-created battalions and movements allied with Japanese and Italian Red Army outfits.... ) all claiming to be victims of an unjust and prejudiced Lebanese State. I remind the New York Times, L'Humanite, L'Express, Time magazine, Le Point... and many others how they accused liberal Lebanese of being right wing Fascists bent on victimizing the above-named downtrodden revolutionaries..... So much so that France and the US gave in to the blackmail, and colluded with Iran, Syria's Assad, and Saudi Arabia to cede Lebanon to the Syrian occupation, even as French and US soldiers were being blown up, their clergymen and teachers kidnapped, their embassies bombed.... Those were the 1970s and 1980s. The West was not happy until Lebanon fell to the Syrian Gulag and the hegemony of Iran, Syria and Saudi Arabia which, since the early 1990s, have dominated all Lebanese governments through their local proxies, and failed miserably at running the country as the current state of the country amply demonstrates.

I cannot but feel a sense of vindication at seeing you deal - and fail miserably - with the enemy I dealt with some 30 or 40 years ago. I am in a way happy to see Syria on fire and its people having to live the way we lived some 30 or 40 years ago, with car bombs and suicide bombs ripping through our streets and our children's bodies, with Syrian army bombs falling over our homes and our heads from the sky, and with your blessings to Assad for "keeping peace" and "stabilizing" Lebanon.

I am equally happy to see you running around from European capital to capital, and from American city to American city, like headless chickens trying to comprehend why, after all that you've offered my erstwhile enemy, this enemy has now become your enemy and is doing to you what he did to me - with your blessings - 30 or 40 years ago.

In your stupidity, you see the European-born children of the non-radicalized Muslim refugees you welcomed in the 1960s bomb and kill your children, yet you continue to welcome wave after wave of this time radicalized Muslim refugees by the millions. Imagine what the children of these new waves of refugees will grow up to believe. The refugee women of the 1960s were modern-looking, secularized by the then-ending colonial regimes. The refugee women of today are all veiled. The refugee men of today, though they wear jeans and speak English, have been raised under the Baathist secular but Western-hating ideologies of Syria and Iraq, if not having been radicalized by the plethora of militarized Islamic fundamentalist movements. If the children of the 1960s wave of refugees are doing to Europe what is happening today in Brussels, can you even begin to imagine what the children of today's refugees are likely to do to Europe by 2035 and beyond?

Here in Lebanon, we paid a heavy price for being on the fault line between the two religious camps. We did what we could, and we lost, thanks to your careless cavorting to secular and religious dictatorships. But we survive and continue to hope for better days. I'd say that Europe will in the next 10 -15 years usher right-wing Fascist racist governments as a reflection of the backlash that is in the making by European peoples against their liberal governments. I may even call the "troubles" that are beginning in Europe a "civil war" between Fascist racist right-wing Europeans and their poor, downtrodden, disenfranchised Muslim populations. Remember that Muslim refugees are worse than Catholics: They will breed rapidly and in large numbers, no condoms, no abortions, such that within a generation or two, let's say by 2050, they will reach a critical mass, demand rights and privileges, and bomb and suicide to have their way.

Jacques Brel, a Belgian, said in one of his songs, "Il n'y a plus d'Amerique"... but given the scene in Europe, I think Europeans will re-think Brel's statement and embark on their own voyage to a re-discovered America to shelter them from the Muslim onslaught. That is how Islam spread between the 600s and 700s, how it conquered Spain and southern France, how it penetrated through the Balkans (creating the heartbreak this region has become) to reach Vienna, how it went as far as China and the Pacific, and conquered half of Africa. The 21st century may see the final assault by Islam to complete its takeover of Europe. Rome fell to the Barbarians for much less.

H. A.