By: General Michel Aoun
(Translated by: Elias Bejjani)
7 August 1998
The political cockfight within
The Lebanese people are questioning the role of their country's media role in this ongoing official charade. They are wondering if this media is still Lebanese and really concerned about the devastating events that have unfolded, or has alienated itself to see only news in the news and nothing else?
Members of the ruling troika (the three presidents: Herawi, Beri, Hariri) have been exchanging accusations of public theft. Hariri's cabinet ministers followed the steps of their masters and added more to the charade. Scandals are piling up in every government institution and ministry. In spite of this, not even one newspaper had the decency or the courage to call for the government's resignation, or for a judicial investigation of the accused officials. Is the media getting a cut of government revenue for this silence?
Where is the Parliament? We predicted before the fraudulent elections that its role would be marginal and that any opposition under the puppet regime's umbrella would be a ludicrous farce. But it never crossed our minds that it would reach such a pathetic state of helplessness and complete incapacitation. Has this Parliament has abandoned its role because it is getting a cut of government revenue?
What about the judiciary and the role of its Attorney General's office? What actions have been initiated to investigate the hundreds of officials accused of theft and embezzlement? Is the judiciary happy with its forgery role? Is it a fact the judiciary has become an obedient puppet body in the hands of the rulers performing all its duties in accordance with their instructions? It is true the judiciary is creating, faking and destroying legal cases in accordance with the rulers' demands and wishes?
Those who take refuge under the puppet authority's wings do exactly like the lamb who runs from the wolf, asking the butcher for protection..It escaped the wolf's stomach only to end up being slaughtered by the butcher's sharp knife.
The prospects of the general situation in occupied
We believe that, in spite of all the ongoing hardships and agony, there is still a possibility of stopping the occurrence of imminent catastrophe and reverse its course. To be able to do so, we must take the right national decisions and work together with determined will and defined objectives.
The first clause of our decision must be an immediate halt to all political theoretical and rhetorical analysis aimed to divert the people's focus from the occupation to trivial matters. We have to prepare our brooms and get to work... Our arms, and only our arms, can clean the country.