The Beirut Down Town Sit-in: Sacrifices, Dragons & Saint Georges
By: Elias Bejjani/LCCC Chairman

December 10/07

"Now I beg you, brothers, look out for those who are causing the divisions and occasions of stumbling, contrary to the doctrine which you learned, and turn away from them. For those who are such don’t serve our Lord, Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by their smooth and flattering speech, they deceive the hearts of the innocent" (Saint Paul's Letter to the Romans:16/17 & 18)
Hundreds of opposition supporters rallied in downtown Beirut on Saturday December 01/07, to mark the first anniversary of the Hezbollah-led sit-in that has sent 2,700 people unemployed and forced closure of 75 restaurants and coffee shops. The protestors gathered in Riad Solh Square where the opposition, supported by Syria and Iran, has maintained a tent city outside the offices of Prime Minister Fouad Saniora. They vowed to maintain their tent city for years if need be to force the resignation of Saniora's majority government. The demonstrators waved Lebanese flags as well as the banners of Hezbollah, Amal, the Free Patriotic Movement of Gen. Michel Aoun and a number of pro-Syrian parties" .

The sit-in did not achieve anything, while its devastating damages are clear on all of Lebanon and its economy, and not only on Beirut. Ironically, the so called opposition has refused to budge, linking removal of the tents to Saniora's departure or the election of a consensus president.
The whole world ought to be fully aware that the so-tagged "Lebanese opposition", that is led by Hezbollah represent nothing that is Lebanese based on all world-wide norms and criteria. Hezbollah is an Iranian-Syrian army stationed in Lebanon, no more no less. The opposition coalition that revolves around Hezbollah has one and only one paramount objective and that is to topple by all means the Lebanese multicultural, parliamentary, democratic, peaceful, and free regime in a bid to erect in its place a religious state replicate of the Iranian Mulla's republic.
In this context it is worth mentioning that the festivities held in Beirut's downtown  under “The one year celebration of the opposition sit-in protest”, tag was nothing but an overt declaration of an on-going nasty war against the Lebanese people and their country. The festivities were in fact a set of atheist rituals in which the Iranian-Syrian made leaders and politicians assumed the role of  HERETIC priests. These machineries, joined by other orphans of the Syrian regime and its leftovers, offered during the celebrations and with cold blood the Lebanese people as sacrifices to the Syrian/Iranian Dragon represented by Hezbollah.
The sit-in celebration was held a few hundred meters from the Beirut bay that was historically known as “Bay of Saint Georges". The well known Lebanese Myth states that a ferocious dragon blockaded the people of Beirut city and as the price of sparing them, he forced their king to present him daily children sacrifices. The short sighted King accepted the Dragon's condition under the false believe that he, his family and the royal community shall be safe. He started supplying the children of his community as sacrifices for the dragon till all his kingdom's children  had disappeared. Finally the king was forced to surrender his own daughter as the sacrificial lamb. the Myth goes on to say that Saint Georges saved the king's daughter and eliminated the Dragon who would have devoured all the city's citizens.
One wonders how similar are the current traumatic unfolding events in Lebanon that the axis of evil two countries (Syria and Iran) are instigating, to those that the country witnessed in numerous hardship past eras. Meanwhile how weak, confused and selfish are those Lebanese Leaders and politicians who venomously tailor their stances and platforms to suite their personal agendas and ambitions, and not those of the country and its people.
How evil are those leaders and politicians whose conduct is motivated by hatred, stupidity, grudges, inferiority complexes and lack of tolerance. How destructive and heinous to the country's stability, welfare, democracy and peace are those who abandon their humanity, and surrender submissively to instincts, delusions, greed, and egocentricity.
The Syrian army was forced by the Lebanese people and the international community to withdraw from Lebanon in 2005. But during its occupation era Syria, in full conspiracy with Iran, has erected an oppressive and criminal Lebanese kind of governance and formed the Hezbollah militia. Two years after their country's liberation the Lebanese people are still struggling to re-build a free and democratic Lebanon and to contain the threats of Hezbollah. The Lebanese current kind of governance that was masterminded by Syria and Iran is portrayed very well by this following biblical verse:

"I will give boys to be their princes, and children shall rule over them. The people will be oppressed, everyone by another, and everyone by his neighbor. The child will behave himself proudly against the old man, and the base against the honorable. Indeed a man shall take hold of his brother in the house of his father, saying, “You have clothing, you be our ruler, and let this ruin be under your hand.” "As for my people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. My people, those who lead you cause you to err, and destroy the way of your paths". (Isaiah 3:4/3:5/3:6/3:12)

One can understand what Hezbollah is doing in a bid to topple the Lebanese regime and fulfill its Iranian paramount objective.  But what is confusing and makes no sense, is the active participation in this sit-in charade by the Free Patriotic Movement (FPM) headed by MP, General Michel Aoun.  Has it skipped the Free Patriotic Movement's members, leader and officials minds, that they are helping the Syria-Iranian dragon to devour their own people and the country. Did they forget that many of them including Aoun himself were in exiles and jails for years because of Syria and Iran and that they were able to return home only and only  because of the success of the “Cedars Revolution”? What is strange and bizarre is that the FPM leadership has abandoned the Cedars revolution and joined forces with its oppressors and their Lebanese machineries and puppets.
How could the FPM leadership swallow their patriotic tags of  Sovereignty, freedom and independence that they raised for 18 years? How could they reach this chameleon like degraded stage. Aren't they ashamed of themselves for betraying their own people and joining Hezbollah, Syria and Iran who slaughtered their Lebanese people and kept Lebanon under a Stalinist occupation for years.
Their is no doubt that the FPM leadership has not realized, that the Dragon, has an everlasting hunger and shall continue to demand more sacrificial rituals, until they and their followers become themselves, the object of the sacrifice.

Can’t they realize, that the one year long sit-in have failed miserably to achieve any of its declared objectives except the economic destruction of downtown Beirut, the bankruptcy of businesses, and the unemployment and destitution of thousands of  Lebanese families. This sit-in has also accelerated the exodus of the young and talented to the four corners of Earth.
Hopefully those Lebanese patriotic citizens who for one reason or another are currently blinded, numbed and deaf to Hezbollah's actual schemes and are fooled by some charismatic leaders like General Michel Aoun, hopefully they will before it is too late, wake up and start to see things as they are. We call on them to take our genuine rebuke in the realm of this biblical verse: "Better is open rebuke than hidden love. Faithful are the wounds of a friend; although the kisses of an enemy are profuse". (Proverbs;27/5 & 6)
There is no doubt that the Lebanese people shall and as always be victorious, and those who are trying viciously to topple the Lebanese democracy will be defeated, humiliated and forced to pay for their wicked acts. History will always repeat itself: "Whoever digs a pit shall fall into it. Whoever rolls a stone, it will come back on him.(Provers:26/27 & 28)

Oh Lord, save our beloved homeland Lebanon and its people from those who worship power, strive for riches, focus only on positions and have no self respect or honesty.  Mighty God, save our country and empower its good leaders to lead its people safely off the present perverted time.

 **Elias Bejjani
Chairman for the Canadian Lebanese Coordinating Council (LCCC)
Human Rights activist, journalist & political commentator.
Spokesman for the Canadian Lebanese Human Rights Federation (CLHRF)

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