The people of the Resistance, the most honored [achraf al-nas], or “the Shiites of Ali” as Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah likes to call them, unleashed on Wednesday evening a barrage of celebratory gunfire following the announcement of Bashar al-Assad’s unsurprising victory in Syria’s presidential elections. Supporters in the Bekaa and in Tripoli’s Alawite-populated Jabal Mohsen, as well as in Beirut’s southern suburbs, celebrated Assad’s victory as their own. You’d think Imam Mahdi had finally appeared, or that Israel had been wiped off the map.
It was a significant show of power, dominance, and entitlement, as if to say, “We are here, we are everywhere, we have weapons, and we will use them anytime we want. You – the insignificant others – cannot do anything.” It was a sign of the power that had forced many Syrians to vote for an incumbent president who had wreaked havoc on their nation. And that’s the only thing that matters. Victory is about the ability to stay in power, no matter what the consequences are.
Drunk with power and triumph, Hezbollah and its supporters will now look further down on anyone in disagreement with them, and even more so if you are a Shiite. Whoever you are, you’ll be a traitor, a symbol of betrayal to the Resistance and all the sacredness it carries. But if you’re a Shiite, your betrayal is more striking because, simply, this fight is about your identity and the community’s sense of power and righteousness. The Resistance tolerates no resisting, especially not from Shiites. The Resistance is about dominance.
What is it like to be a Shiite today?
Resistance is a way of life
In the name of the Resistance, you must rejoice. Keep your fears and pains to yourself. Ignore those passing feelings of sympathy for the dead children of SyriaHanin Ghaddar