By: General Michel Aoun
(Translated by: Elias Bejjani)
4 June 1998
Once again we remind our fellow Lebanese that all kinds of elections are like a mirror reflecting many different images. In this context the electoral law and the way the electoral process is managed reflects the state's image. The politician's image is reflected through his nomination, the kinds of coalitions he makes, and the quality of respect he shows for platforms and slogans. The citizen's image is reflected in his manner during the elections in relation to conduct and choices.
The Lebanese puppet government legislates, every now and then, electoral laws tailored to serve its officials, interests and aims. It strengthens minorities while dispersing majorities, combines certain areas while dividing others, then interferes to corrupt the processes of coalition among nominees. It resorts to mean and illegal pressures, affecting people&'s affairs and interests to manipulate their voting choices. It protects voteİbuying candidates and makes a mockery of integrity and freedom, fakes voters lists and naturalizes, illegally, thousands of non-existing voters in a bid to use their votes in due time and place. It creates artificial numerical majorities, in areas naturally not supportive to the regime.
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The boundless, selfish individuality of a citizen plays an important role in political stances. It begins in his own life, spreads to familial domains and the down , getting broader and broader while the nation's true interest shrinks, getting smaller and smaller, enabling the occupiers to devour everyone. The citizen--the actual victim--commits an act of suicide through faulty choices, when his real intention is to survive quietly and peacefully. Things get lost among family, town and nation. The citizen lives personal, instinctive feelings while unconsciously casting his vote, forgetting all that has happened to him. He behaves exactly like the moth tempted by the light until it bursts into flame.
At times a lay person loses all rationality in casting his vote, and continues faulty reasoning to engage in a self-destructive process that results in exactly the opposite of what he hopes and calls for. He calls for the reclamation of sovereignty and independence, while at the same time voting for those who sold away both of them. He calls for improvement in his living status and votes for those who starved him. He calls for freedom, and votes for those who oppress. He brags of his dignity and then sells his vote in the market.
After all that he has committed, and after all the chances for change have been lost, he goes back to crying loudly, complaining of the bad situation. Because of such behavior, the situation on all national and public levels is going from bad to worse and moving towards catastrophe. And yet, in spite of all these difficulties, disappointments and hardships, we shall continue to educate, orient, caution, support, guide and reprimand. Our patriotic obligation dictates that we help and lead our Lebanese society towards responsible national practices. Those of us who have reached this status must continue to carry their crosses, and work on reaching those who have not.