The Concept of Resistance and New International Balance
Kifah Saied Kifah Saied

The Concept of Resistance and New International Balance

The political geography and the conflict of human groups over wealth and influence throughout history has imposed on the Eastern Mediterranean region to be always at the core of international events, and an arena of international conflict.


It was normal for the international intervention to be always confronted by different forms of resistance, relying on the fact that all peoples and nations throughout history do not accept invaders, outsiders and oppressors. This resistance has taken different forms: religious or nationalist or sometimes tribal, based on the level of historical development, the structures that form the social fabric of the peoples of the region, and the role of leaderships and their interest. This resistance ascended after many struggles to the general national level, and put the fundamentals that constitute the inclusive national identity. 

The role played by this resistance led in the context of historical development especially during the last century, along with other factors, to the formation of the model of the national state, which is considered an important historical stage despite all the critical remarks against this model, and the outcome it reached.  

Resistance Under (Neocolonialism) 

Resistance is an objective response to occupation, colonialism, and to all forms of injustice. Every historical stage has a model of resistance that suits the nature of this stage. During the period of direct military occupation, the colonialist was confronted with the military form, and with different forms of public protests that support it. With the mechanisms of neocolonialism that prevailed after WWII, resistance was supposed to rise to higher levels, and a comprehensive military, economic, political, cultural and informative resistance was supposed to be established. Unfortunately, this did not happen for reasons that now seem to be related in depth with the decline that happened in the global revolutionary process, the nature of the social forces that held the reins of power in the countries of the national liberation movement, the hopes it was built upon, and the importance of every political stance that rejects the dominance of the American imperialist core. However, this rejecting political stance did not lead to the desired outcome in complete and absolute liberation, because it was not associated and complemented with the strife for separation from the neocolonial looting mechanism. As the concrete experience has shown that despite the impetus of the liberal patriotic strife politically and popularly in so many peripheral countries after WWII, they kept living in a state of economic subordination to this core, and the ruling powers did not work on breaking away from the system of dependency, with only a few exceptions. This was what made them always at the mercy of Western countries in general, and Washington in particular.

Resistance Today 

Rebellion against the dollar as the base currency in the economic and financial international activity is considered a crucial cornerstone to any act of resistance against the American economic dominance system and its main tool -the dollar-, especially under the global capitalist crisis, particularly that the possibility has become wide available to proceed in this direction after the emerging international powers have put the material basis to this through activating intraregional trade with national currencies. 

The emerging capitalist states -given the large size of the state sector in the economic process, and under the greed and voracity of the financial capitalism forces- are impelled by virtue of their national interests to get out of the cocoon of the crisis-ridden dollar, either by finding an alternative world currency, or by adopting advanced forms of barter in exchanging, or by any other innovation that moves the dollar away from controlling the international monetary market. The engagement in this new global direction is considered a fundamental criterion in today’s circumstances due to the seriousness and radicalism of the act of resistance. 

Upon the paradoxes of the current political scene is that many countries that present themselves in the confrontation against the Western project in general, and the American in particular, are still chasing after financial and economic relations with the West. However, this chasing only means more subordination and more attrition. This imposes the question about the real background of such contradiction, and what is the political paradox in countries like Syria and others?

Ask About the Comprador

Under the form of economic, social and political development of peripheral capitalism countries, a social class whose interests directly connect with the Western capitalism market has grown. It has an existential relationship with the West, as the continued existence of this class is significantly connected with the permanence of this level of economic relationships with the West and adapting with the inequivalent exchange system. Therefore, every serious act of resistance should begin from liquidating dependency pillars and its local holders in those countries. Nevertheless, this is what it seems the internal balance of power does not allow under the absence of the broad masses in the political act scene, due to the poor level of political freedoms.

The peoples of the peripheral countries and their vital forces are compelled to fight the battle on two fronts: the political front, or maybe a political one against the American project and its tools from terrorist forces, and at the same time against the local comprador, as it is also considered a local tool not less dangerous than neofascism. So, if ISIS was the tool of direct military destruction, the comprador has been the tool of prolonged and soft destruction, whether through its relationships with bureaucratic bourgeoisie and sharing plunder with it during the period of traditional corruption, or after the bureaucratic bourgeoisie transformed itself into a class of businessmen and masters of the market, and the adoption of the model of the so-called social market and the privatization it brought as the highest levels of corruption.  

Without that- that is to say: without fighting the battle on two fronts, and whatever extent was the political disagreement with the American project- the patriotic position in this state does not exceed the populist patriotism threshold that does not change anything, but rather these countries will remain controlled and helpless in any real confrontation. After all, the comprador class has come to a historical existential impasse, as it cannot break away from subordination, neither is it capable of managing social balance inside the country like before under the project of creative chaos, in other words: its historical role has ended. 

Between Intentions and Objective Reality

The issue here is not in judging intentions, rather it is in the reality of class interests of local social strata, and their role and status under the neo-liberal globalized project. This central project cannot be confronted with a local liberal version, because the second is an objective extension of the first, and is an inevitable outcome of it, and the first, within its deep crisis, is compelled to permanently deplete all its holders and followers in countries of the world. This may explain the state of complete chaos prevailing in many arenas in the world today.