The Deceptive Media in
By: General Michel Aoun
(Translated by: Elias Bejjani)
Censorship of the media and
limitations on freedom of expression are basic foundations of authoritarian regimes. The
deep-rooted hostility between dictatorships and truth necessitates the subversion of truth
and creation of an empty slate in public opinion to be loaded with deceptive illusions,
which are published and broadcast by the regime's media in order to justify illegal
actions and infringments on the rights of its citizens.
Lebanese society lives in the realm of this warped pseudo-reality. Its members are abused on a daily basis in the core and essence of their existence as human beings and in their spiritual, intellectual and material faculties. In this heavily camouflaged milieu, the Lebanese currently fight their political and military battles. The officials, in their endeavours to deceive, turn virtues into sins and defeats into victories. According to the regime's media, we are destroying the enemies, achieving victories and living a crucial time period awaiting to celebrate the great victory day.
It is very painful and extremely
fatal that some of the Lebanese media are participating in a conspiratorial scheme against
themselves. They are burying their mission by being fully submissive to the remnants of
the fascist and stalinist wishes in the Middle East.
The astonishing achievements of
the collaborationist media include portraying the regime's theft of Beirut's real state as
ownership. Destruction of Beirut's historical ruins is dubbed "construction."
Confiscating freedoms is "reconstruction." Forging parliamentary elections is
heralded as "high vote turnover." Submissiveness to the occupation forces is
"coordination." The occupation is merely a "presence," the occupier is
considered a "brother," and slavery is camouflaged as "brotherhood."
As a result of these remarkable
achievements we now need a new dictionary to keep up with the new linguistical changes in
our every day language mandated by our puppet regime and its Syrian masters. Things seem
to be relatively easy until we get to the regime's new vocabulary improvised to describe
the Middle East conflict, peace track and resistance in South Lebanon.
We read in the distorted media
that Israel is suffering from critical diplomatic isolation. In our strive to identify
those countries that severed their diplomatic relationships with the Jewish State, we
learn that China promised the Israeli Prime Minster few days ago to stop all its support
of the Iranian nuclear projects, and that Israel is going to participate in the
International Economical conference that will take place in the State of Qattar as
scheduled. We read in the facade media that Israel is extremely annoyed because of the
extensive foreign investment in Lebanon,and that investments in Israel are declining. Yet,
when we seek out the truth, we find that actually foreign investments are rising in Israel
and diminishing in Lebanon.
We lose track of logic and
rationalisation completely when we read in the same context that Israel is in a state of
confusion, its army is on the verge of abandoning its posts in South Lebanon, while at the
same time refusing peace. At this point of bewilderness we ask ourselves which country is
in fact rejecting peace as an outlet and which army is really on the verge of running
They want us to believe that
Israel is unable to perform a military operation in Beirut, so it performs it in Kfour
village in South Lebanon. They want us to accept blindly their propaganda lies that
Israeli jet fighters are shot down over our occupied land in numbers beyond our capacity
to count. They expect us to believe that we are achieving military victories all around
the year and scoring a victory and a half every day around the clock.
In the news of the big battles
one has to be from Mars to cope with the officials' deceptive media. According to them
Israel has failed in pulling Lebanon into the peace talks and in pulling Syria's into war.
You, the installed puppets of our
regime, who gave Israel the glory of failure, could you tell us where, when and in what
domains you were successful?