by Daniel Mabsout
Thursday, July 12th, 2012
On this day the 12th of July 2006 Israel started its war on Lebanon, the war that lasted 33 days and ended with the defeat of Israel and its inability to invade Lebanon despite the wide range of weapons that has been used and the constant flow of arms that did not stop during the whole period coming from US via Britain, not to forget the massive Arab financing of the war against Lebanon where it is said that the contribution of Saudis alone reached above 9 billions.Israel lost this war as it lost its reputation of military superiority and supremacy.We won.
How did it happen we don’t know, how we won, how we liberated the land, how the Israelis were defeated, we don’t know, how the land was retrieved, how the villagers went back to their villages and started cultivating the land again, we don’t know, how we chased them and followed them and outsmarted them, we don’t know, how we got to know them and their cowardice and weaknesses we don’t know, and how we got acquainted with our capacities and potentials we don’t know; but we know that this happened. No one expected this to happen, no one expected the Israelis to be defeated, no body expected them to evacuate, the way they evacuated, in a big haste, leaving lots of weapons behind them and tanks, they could not wait to reach beyond borders, they were told that coming to Lebanon would be like going on vacation, on a trip of some sort, but it was something totally different that they experienced in Lebanon.
It is still a mystery how the Lebanese freedom fighters with their light weapons succeeded in defeating the Israeli army, a mystery for those who do not know what this whole operation required. There was a basic transformation that happened and great decisions that were taken regarding individuals and society; a great pure resolve from the bottom of few hearts started the whole thing and got externalized into steps and acts and measures and relations and understanding and insight into the nature of the task and its requirements. All this became suddenly clear to the freedom fighter’s eyes: the goal, the way and the means became clear, also the enemy in all what he represents became clear, his motives, his nature, his greed and violence and blindness all this became clear like pure water,and the freedom fighters could swim in these waters with excellent visibility.
The task was immense but the men were up to it by way of concentration and commitment and dedication and prayers; the men and women were up to the task, it was like moving mountains and they moved the mountains, like lifting boulders and they lifted the boulders. Many people became involved, everyone had his share of the work that he carried on, at the same time independently and in coordination with the others. The fighting part was only the tip of the iceberg and what went underneath was even more impressing, the training, the testing, the praying, the austerity, the fasting and, above all, the study. All these were offerings that paved the way to victory in an endeavor that involved the whole of society and involved the chore of religion and spirituality.
Our Resistance by this way – slowly and surely- achieved a monumental work that ended in the shameful retreat of the mighty army, a retreat never experienced before, where Israelis were seen dragging their dead and wounded and crying publicly on the screens of several local and foreign stations.
It is the awareness of the people and the setting of their order of priorities that made the Resistance to the enemy acquire this unquestionable value, this value outstood all others and took over the desire of prospering and multiplying and living leisurely, from this awareness originated the readiness for work and sacrifice, and the will to channel all efforts towards the desired goal. As the awareness grew, the work and sacrifice grew and, with them, grew the span and the depth of the action. All this lead to the outstanding victory of the people over their dire enemy, the enemy of humanity in all its aspects.