by Jonathan Azaziah
Striking Star Salutes, salaams, bent knees, bowed heads, tilted fitteds, RIPs, raised fists and Al-Fatiha for Hajj Imad Mughniyeh (R.A.), assassinated by the usurping Zionist entity’s Mossad 9 years ago today in the Kfar Sousa area of Damascus. The architect of Hizbullah’s hybrid conventional-asymmetrical military doctrine and the most formidable moujahid of the last 100 years (and then some) hands down, left this world fighting the enemy he spent his whole life outmaneuvering, outthinking, outfighting and defeating at every turn. It may ***seem*** contradictory or incorrect even to make such a statement, considering it was indeed the Jewish supremacist tumor which murdered Mughniyeh in the “end”. But… Funny word, “end”, isn’t it? Because when we look at what Hajj Imad left behind in the wake of his martyrdom, it should be as evident to all as the night sky is black and the day sky is blue that the only thing ‘Israel’ killed on February 12th, 2008, and the only thing ‘Israel’ brought an “end” to, is the physical body of the larger-than-LIFE Hizbullah Commander.
Yes… You see… His SPIRITUAL body, that is, his BODY OF WORK, in the ever-expanding, ever-living field of Mouqawamah that he built from the ground-up alongside the other founding members of Hizbullah, is very much alive, very much healthy and very much as fit as fit can be. Mughniyeh began his what can only be described as an epic, legendary career as a bodyguard in the PLO, a reflection of his love and deep-rooted commitment to the Palestinian cause. He was then hand-picked by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, which recognized his genius immediately, to lead Resistance Black Ops throughout the 80s when Hizbullah was just beginning.
He then took on the role of the Mouqawamah’s “General of Jihad”, devising Resistance strategies, procuring weapons, fortifying the Party’s military infrastructure, delivering arms to the Palestinian Resistance, deepening the Lebanese side’s ties with every brotherly actor in the Resistance Axis and masterminding liberation. Mossad and the CIA hunted for him but they failed time and time again. For decades. Every triumph of Hizbullah’s, from ’93 to ’96, the full liberation of Lebanon in 2000 to the ’06 Divine Victory and all in between, bears the signature, nay, THE DNA, of Mughniyeh. And now, from beyond the grave, beyond space and beyond time, like something right out of an Anti-Parasitic comic book, the defiant legacy of Hajj Imad Mughniyeh continues in an ethereal vicarious form through all of his pupils on six different battlefields–Palestine, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Yemen and the digital sphere.
It is said that when a personality of greatness no longer resides on this plane, the weight of their deeds will leave a mark remembered by the world. But Hajj Imad wasn’t just great. He exemplified greatness, redefining it in such a radical manner that the word is devoid of all meaning if it isn’t mentioned in description of him. To call him a giant would be an immeasurable injustice because Mughniyeh was (is) bigger. To call him a legend would be an incomparable insult because Mughniyeh was (is) more mythical. And to call him a hero would be an immense impropriety because Mughniyeh was (is) what heroes aspire to be, not the other way around. There aren’t any words eloquent or poetic enough–including these here which are wholly insufficient but nevertheless are all this lowly Iraqi MC can offer–to honor Mughniyeh’s revolutionary whirlwind of a life. Indeed, it wasn’t just a mark that Hajj Imad left but the equivalent of a state-sized scar seared into the skin of the planet by a lightning strike; a scar so deep that if the world was to ever be torn to shreds and reduced to a cluster of asteroids, the planet-shard with Mughniyeh’s imprint would find its way to yet another planet endowed with life so Mouqawamism would remain present in the fabric of the universe.
Let there be no sadness on the 9th anniversary of Hajj Imad’s martyrdom. Let there be no tears, no frowns and no despair. For like his martyred friend, brother and fellow Hizbullah architect Hajj Moustafa “Sayyed Zulfiqar” Badreddine (R.A.), Mughniyeh is present in the blood of Hizbullah on both the Lebanese and Syrian fronts; he is in the soul of the Yemeni Islamic Resistance as it beats back Al-Saud; he resides in the heart of the Palestinian Resistance as the struggle against the Jewish terrorists who stole Palestine continues; and he is in the spirit of the Iraqi Islamic Resistance combating ISIS and American-British-Zionist subversion. In other words, the Hajj Imad Mughniyeh (R.A.) School of Fighting, an institution which is studied by Imperialists the world over but impossible to understand let alone crack, is thriving. Hajj Imad was known for his simple philosophy: The eyes of the free should remain turned toward Palestine ’till every inch of it is liberated. So we will follow that very command, as he is our General and we are his soldiers. Towards Palestine we turn, as we count down the days for the inevitable vengeance for his killing, something sternly promised by Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, to be executed and then finish off the Zionist enemy once and for all. It’s still Hajj Imad Mughniyeh’s (R.A.) world… We’re just blessed to be living in it.