Imperialists First Capture Your Leaders Then Your Country

Text: Veli Mbele

Photograph: Supplied

Those who know me more intimately, know that one of the revolutionary movements and revolutionary leaders, I admire-is Hamas and its leader, Khaled Meshaal.

One of the things that fascinates me most about Hamas is their emphasis on internal security-as the first and last line of defence of a revolutionary movement.

For instance, as part of their internal security measures, Hamas intelligence monitors the bank accounts and general lifestyles of all its leaders. One of the reasons for this is to check whether their leaders are not receiving other forms of income, other than what Hamas is paying them. If you’re not willing to adhere to this, you will never be allowed to lead Hamas.

This is done to check whether their leaders are not being bought or influenced by the enemies of Hamas or simply, whether their leaders are not selling their souls and by extension, the revolution (being on the payroll of the enemy).

Today, in South Africa, you find political movements who refer to themselves as ‘revolutionary’ and are led by people who have amassed all manner of material possessions in a short space of time, yet such movements or their members can’t explain how their leaders have acquired such possessions. And some are okay with this.

In fact, some who are members of these movements tell you that they are not worried about the personal finances or private lives of their leaders, as these are private matters and that the privacy of their leaders must be respected.

They also say, they are just happy for as long as the leadership ensures they recieve their benefits as members. This is how revolutionary some of our political movements and their members are.

All movements that are authentically revolutionary know that, revolution is a matter of life and death, and that therefore, they can’t have a liberal attitude towards the issue of internal security (infiltration).

They also know that, for any foreign enemy to capture a political movement or country-they must first capture the leadership of such a country or movement (of course, the leadership must first be capturable).

Once the leadership is captured, the programme of imperialism proceeds seamlessly. In fact, a captured leadership easily serves as agents of imperialism. Therefore, the internal security of a revolutionary political movement resides in having a leadership that is incorruptible and uncapturable. Is there such a leadership?

One of the things that fascinates me most about Hamas is their emphasis on internal security-as the first and last line of defence of a revolutionary movement.

For instance, as part of their internal security measures, Hamas intelligence monitors the bank accounts and general lifestyles of all its leaders. One of the reasons for this is to check whether their leaders are not receiving other forms of income, other than what Hamas is paying them. If you’re not willing to adhere to this, you will never be allowed to lead Hamas.

This is done to check whether their leaders are not being bought or influenced by the enemies of Hamas or simply, whether their leaders are not selling their souls and by extension, the revolution (being on the payroll of the enemy).

Today, in South Africa, you find political movements who refer to themselves as ‘revolutionary’ and are led but people who have amassed all manner of material possessions, in a short space of time, yet such movements or their members can’t explain how their leaders have acquired such possessions. And some are okay with this.

In fact, some who are members of these movements tell you that they are not worried about the personal finances or private lives of their leaders, as these are private matters and that the privacy of their leaders must be respected.

They also say, they are just happy for as long as the leadership ensures they recieve their benefits as members. This is how revolutionary some of our political movements and their members are.

All movements that are authentically revolutionary know that, revolution is a matter of life and death, and that therefore, they can’t have a liberal attitude towards the issue of internal security (infiltration).

They also know that, for any foreign enemy to capture a political movement or country-they must first capture the leadership of such a country or movement (of course, the leadership must first be capturable).

Once the leadership is captured, the programme of imperialism proceeds seamlessly. In fact, a captured leadership easily serves as agents of imperialism. Therefore, the internal security of a revolutionary political movement resides in having a leadership that is incorruptible and uncapturable. Is there such a leadership?

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