Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Fatfatism

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Fatfatism (in Arabic, الفتفتية) refers to the parodic ideology tied to the person of the Minister of the Interior in Lebanon, Ahmad Fatfat. This ideology, which has come to refer to a certain "Moderate" breed of political behavior in the Middle East, can be explained, according to Dr. As'ad Abu Khalil, the intellectual who coined the term, as such:

"...it requires no commitment to principles; it merely adjusts to the interests of the political status of Ahmad Fatfat. The ideology contains contradictions: it speaks of democracy and 'liberalism' and yet cultivates support among Bin Laden supporters in North Lebanon and serves as a client for Saudi Wahhabism; it speaks in favor of 'sovereignty' and 'independence' while it faithfully represented the interests of the tyrannical Syrian regime, and now represents the external patrons of Sanyurah. The ideology of Fatfatism believes that the most effective way for fighting foreign occupation is serving tea to the occupation soldiers. While it is widely believed that Fatfatism is a Lebanese phenomenon, it is now noticed that Fatfatism is spreading in countries in the Middle East and well beyond the Middle East."

The December protests in Beirut, Lebanon in 2006 included chants which echoed a wide-spread understanding of Fatfatism. The chant went, according to primary sources: "احمد فتفت يا قابدي واحد قهوة واثنان شاي" (Ahmad Fatfat, you tough guy; one coffee and two tea). This reaction to Fatfatism can be understood in the wider framework of discontent in the Middle East with politicians like Hosni Mubarak, Abu Mazen, Iyad Allawi, and Fouad Sanyurah who are perceived by the general Arab public to be no more than tools of Western imperial powers.

5 comments:

Raja said...

Fatfatism vs. Nasrallahism

Fatfatism: it speaks of democracy and 'liberalism' and yet cultivates support among Bin Laden supporters in North Lebanon and serves as a client for Saudi Wahhabism

Nasrallahism: speaks of notions such as equitable representation and even democracy yet can only said to be envied by the likes of Bin Laden and serves as a client for none other than the divine, benevolent and enlightened Islamic Revolution.

Fatfatism: The ideology of Fatfatism believes that the most effective way [to fight] foreign occupation is serving tea to the occupation soldiers.

Nasrallahism: The ideology of Nasrallahism believes that the most effective way [to fight] foreign occupation is to militarize a civilian population and demonize the international community but then appeal to that community's conscious whenever the civilian (military?) population is targeted.

Fatfatism: can be understood in the wider framework of discontent in the Middle East with politicians like Hosni Mubarak, Abu Mazen, Iyad Allawi, and Fouad Sanyurah who are perceived by the general Arab public to be no more than tools of Western imperial powers.

Nasrallahism: can be understood in the wider framework of discontent in the Middle East [how dare As'ad use such a "white man's" notion? It's not the "Middle East" it's the center of the world!] with politicians like Bashar el Assad, Khaled Mashal and Nouri al Maliki who are perceived by the general Arab public to be no more than tools of the Persian imperial power.

Anonymous said...

Not to trivialize Fatfatism, but isn't 99 percent of the definition little more than standard political tactics in the Middle East, if not the entire world? (I believe Hakim was offered a superb blend of tea this past week at the White House while his militia members planted IEDs all over Baghdad...) I love those stuttered surnames (fat fat...gea gea).

Oberon Brown said...

That entry was erased from Wikipedia :)
Come on, you must reckon it was too biased...

EDB said...

And I believe it's back up, albeit expanded, referenced and with annotated illustrations.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fatfatism

Anonymous said...

it is the facing of the arabsim and Persian it is the old fighting between the arab who lost their power after Iraq full and the Persiamzim and their truing to control the midel east
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