“Love of life necessitates violence. Ghassan wasn’t a pacifist. He was killed in the class struggle like Karl Liebknecht, Rosa Luxemburg, Ernst Thälmann, Lumumba and Che Guevara. As they loved life, so did he. Like them he saw the necessity of revolutionary violence as self-defence against the oppression from the exploiting classes. In spite of repeated threats against his life he was not subdued.
The Palestinian liberation movement has been forced to answer violence with violence; it has sacrificed itself in the unequal struggle and it has been forced to face death every day. A Western correspondent asked Ghassan shortly before his assassination: “Does death have a meaning to you?”
“Of course death means a lot. The important thing is to know why. Self-sacrifice, within the context of revolutionary action, is an expression of the very highest understanding of life, and of the struggle to make life worthy of a human being. The love of life for a person becomes a love for the life of his people’s masses, and his rejection that their life persists in being full of continuous misery, suffering and hardship. Hence, his understanding of life becomes a social virtue, capable of convincing the militant fighter that self-sacrifice is a redemption of his people’s life. This is a maximum expression of attachment to life.””