"Elections! What Elections?"
By: General Michel Aoun
(Translated by: Elias Bejjani)
14 August 1998
The main advantage of democracy is that it provides people with a peaceful and meaningful process for changing officials. Through elections, the main component of democracy, people vote into office candidates they believe are honest and capable of fulfilling their national objectives in the domains of reform and administration. In
The most striking example in this regard is the so-called "election" of the republic's president. Newspapers in
In spite of this mockery, they still speak shamelessly about a Lebanese "election". What election? Our tiny republic has been made into an international corporation with shares sold on the stock market.
Who is actually accountable for normalizing wrongdoings and filling people's minds with them? Is it the collaborating politicians? Is it the media fabrications that have become the means of psychological war waged by the Syrian Intelligence Services to spread their rumors and poison people's minds? The Syrians are trying viciously to instigate ordinary people, inflict despair on intellectuals and frustrate the country's labor force.
All are dishonored and none of them are shameful anymore for their overt collaboration and subservience to the occupier. They act lamentably and cheaply as brokers for financial Mafia and shareholders in international stock markets. Aren't all of the above the real voters in
How can the Lebanese people dream of any change while the current occupation remains. The ruler (the Syrian occupation) remains the same, puts in office through fraudulent elections unused agents instead of used and abused ones to serve his interests, not those of
The Lebanese people cannot in any way trust the occupant's choices or build any hopes on his integrity. The election mockery will continue to unfold as long as the occupant remains the first and final voter.
The people of
Dear fellow Lebanese, do not raise your hopes high, or otherwise you shall be disappointed. The worst is still to come. Do not ever forget that Salvation is achieved only through liberation ... anything less is a continuation of bondage and exploitation.