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By: General Michel Aoun
(Translated by: Elias Bejjani)
31 July 1998
To the great people of
I have always called you great, and you have always proved to be so. Your concerns and wishes were and still are mine. We endured together and bravely faced all kinds of difficulties and hardships. You have expressed patriotism, national faith and love for peace and democracy through words, drawings, songs, dancing and prayers. Your genuine feelings are astounding, beautiful and extremely civilized.
You courageously defended the country against assaults. You faced invader's tanks, cannons and all other armaments with faith and no fear. Once again, you proved to the whole world that you deserve life, respect, independence and freedom.
You were intelligent enough to recognize the devastating components of the imposed status quo seeking to divide you into denominations, tribes and money-slaves. You were successful in freeing yourselves from this status and proudly rose to high national and human levels. You unveiled the ongoing conspiracy against
On October 13, 1990, foreign military forces invaded our free parts of
We, the great people of
It is evident that we must wait patiently for the arrival of the salvation train. It is also more than evident that those of us who decline to prepare for its arrival will miss it when it passes by and shall be left behind. My fellow Lebanese, fight to overcome the obstacles and get ready so you do not miss this train when the time is due.
All attempts executed by occupation forces in coordination with collaborators and mercenary journalists initially aimed to destroy your morals and significant achievements in national unity and intellectual domains. They aimed to destroy your dreams for change and abort your efforts to reform the imposed, catastrophic status quo.
They forbade you from practicing all means of free expression, so you can not work or interact with each other intellectually. They imposed silence and isolation because criminals are always scared of voices reminding them of their crimes.
They tried to make you falsely believe that your courageous rejection of the occupation is a kind of frustration. Some citizens and leaders, due to weak national will and lack of faith, were entrapped to become the first victims of this ongoing psychological war against
They surrounded you with fake election choices; some of you were ambushed and jailed again in cages of feudalism, tribalism and denominationalism. Some bowed and knelled in front of money and authority due either to greediness or to need. You were trapped into the game of deception, which made it easy for deceivers to lead you.
The reconstruction facade in
The "Return of the Displaced" deception was a camouflaged means of displacing citizens who remained in
Patriotic Lebanese are detained in Syrian jails under the pretense of maintaining national security (in actuality, to protect the security of the Syrian occupation).
The election deception was merely a game for illegal control of authority in a disguised manner. Is it possible for a democracy to survive and flourish without the exchanging of authority in accordance to democratic free elections?
So-called "opposition" from within the regime is a deceptive traitors' game. They disguised opposition roles hoping to substitute in themselves in due time for the collaborators in office once the occupant decides to charge them after being used and abused. In fact, there is no opposition without resistance against occupation forces.
Dear fellow Lebanese,
Eight years are more than enough to believe that our warnings and cautions were real. You are living a status quo about which we warned you strongly from its inception. You are living in an occupied country where human rights are humiliated, people's dignities downtrodden, freedoms confiscated and your beloved ones are forced to emmigrate to other countries looking for jobs and safety.
The first of August anniversary has been lost with the loss of sovereignty. Let the event be an occasion for renewing the covenant between the people and army to regain and reclaim this lost sovereignty.