"Pseudo-relations between Lebanon
By: General Michel Aoun
(Translated by: Elias Bejjani)
24 April 1998
History has rarely witnessed as bizarre a relationship between two countries as
the one existing between Lebanon and Syria, a unique relationship is founded
upon political hypocrisy and falsification. The events experienced by Lebanon are distorted in the propaganda employed
by Syrian officials in order to justify their continuing attempts to devour Lebanon. They
insidiously attribute to themselves a positive role in Lebanon while
portraying the Lebanese people as somehow responsible for the crimes committed
against them. These endeavors are supported by some "made in Syria" politicians" and by some
international parties whose interests coincided with the political conspiracy
against the existence of Lebanon.
We do not intend to issue accusations or judgments, for these events and facts
identify their own perpetrators. We inquire into these events only refresh the
memories of those who lived through them in order to stimulate critical
attitudes among those who are "re-learning" these events through the
Syrian controlled media so that they may perceive the truth. It is impossible
for us in this article to enumerate all questions related to what the Syrians
have done and are still doing, but a reminder of Syria's positions with regard
to Lebanon helps the people of Lebanon comprehend fully the the
actual precipitating factors behind the Lebanese crisis.
Syria has banned completely
any Palestinian military activities on its territories, while at the same time
encouraging such activities in Lebanon.
It established a Palestinian militant guerrilla organization known as Sa'iqa which has never conducted a single military
operation against Israel,
but instead focused its energy on instigating internecine strife among the
Palestinians one hand, and between the Lebanese and the Palestinians on the
During the early phases of the Palestinian-Lebanese conflict, Syria encouraged Palestinian transgressions in Lebanon in order to justify the entry of its
troops into Lebanon
by claiming that the Lebanese requested it. It seems that many of us have
forgotten what Syrian President Hafez al-Assad himself declared at the University of Damascus on July, 17, 1976. Assad
bragged that he ordered his troops to enter Lebanon "without asking any
one's permission" to bring a victorious end to the battle that none of the
parties involved had been able to conclude. It is clear that Syria has
orchestrated and perpetuated the Lebanese war to justify the entry of its own
troops. The truth about its role in instigating the war is not a secret,
although pro-Syrian media propaganda has been continuously trying to falsify
We ask all parties who profess love and envy for Lebanon to desist from this farce.
Such love suffocates Lebanon
by dissimulating the crimes committed against it, and may prove fatal. A crime
cannot be forgotten through sweet rhetoric. Compensation for a crime must begin
with full admission of that it has happened and full restitution of damages
inflicted during the course of its perpetration.
The first step in ameliorating the deep wounds inflicted by Syria is the withdrawal of Syrian troops from Lebanon,
leaving the Lebanese alone to rebuild their own political system, an ideal
model for neighboring peoples who aspire to a democratic way of life. We would
have preferred to overcome all these events, but the Syrians pushed us to
declare all facts because of their persistent efforts to colonize our country.
The latest assault upon our people was a call by Syrian Foreign Minister Farouk
al-Shara for full unity between both frontiers South
Lebanon and Golan Heights. Mr. Shara's request is humiliating, degrading, and
underestimates our intelligence. The question is: who can accept such an offer
when on one hand the Golan Heights enjoy a kind of tranquility that is not
available in other parts of Syria,
while our South is burning?