While my politics are most certainly not those of Hezbollah, a working class resistance looks very different from the one Hezbollah proposes, I find myself following what their leader Hassan Nasrallah says with real interest. Hezbollah has rightly gained massive credibility for its creative, determined and even powerful resistance to Pax Americana. Compare him and Hezbollah to any of the gombeen leaders and compradors that claim to speak for the “Arab nation” and the difference is stark.
The atrocious and thoroughly cynical Israeli assault, surely with United States acquiescence if not active support, on Gaza demands acts of solidarity for the Palestinian people. The “leaders” of the Arab world would rather let Palestine die than suffer the consequences of lifting a finger in their defense.
Here is part of a speech, translated into English, by Nasrallah to thousands yesterday where he explains why that is and argues for an active solidarity and resistance. If you want to know why his voice is listened to, listen to him.