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Fight on, Lebanon By: Elias Bejjani
FrontPageMagazine.com | Monday, May 21, 2007

In my capacity as the Lebanese Canadian Coordinating Council (LCCC) chairman, I strongly denounce the criminal attack against the Lebanese Army and Security Forces in North Lebanon over the weekend by gunmen of the “Fatah  al-Islam” group which is affiliated – in decision-making and in weapons – with the Syrian Intelligence Services.

The rulers in Damascus had brought in its mercenary fighters several months ago to the Palestinian Camps in Lebanon with the objective of stirring strife, creating an anarchy situation, obstructing the creation of the International Tribunal and, most importantly, prevent the rise of a strong self-reliant Lebanese State and institutions that would spread its control over every inch of Lebanese soil and disarm the militias and impose the rule of law.

It is worth mentioning in this context that the Syrian intelligence militia, camouflaged under the name of  “Fatah  al-Islam,” was behind the bus bombing crime in the town of Ain Alaq in the North Meten Lebanese region that killed innocent Lebanese civilians this past February.

The LCCC holds the Syrian regime and the Lebanese opposition in all its factions fully responsible for the bloody clashes and demands the Lebanese and international judiciary prosecute its leadership for the attacks it has committed on the legitimacy of the Lebanese State, obstructing the operation of its constitutional institutions, creating a state of security anarchy, undermining the Lebanese economy and impoverishing the Lebanese people and pushing them to emigrate.

We urge the Army Command and the Lebanese government to deal decisively and with military means with the situation in the Nahr El-Bared Camp once and for all because not doing so will weaken the army and give the Lebanese opposition and those behind them in the Syrian regime a new impetus to repeat what happened several times in the past.

We commend the Lebanese army’s rank-and-file and reiterate our full confidence in them. We unreservedly support their patriotic mission of the nation’s salvation, and we demand the Lebanese government to take a decisive and immediate resolution to control the Lebanese-Syrian borders and seek the assistance of the international forces to carry out this mission.

We also demand the Lebanese state and its legitimate security forces put a complete end to all illegal, illegitimate militia weapons, both inside and outside the Palestinian camps, and in all the self-styled security zones in which Hezbollah has erected its mini-state.

We offer our sincere condolences to the members of the Lebanese Armed Forces and Security Forces who gave their lives over the weekend defending the nation and protecting its people, their freedom and their identity. We ask God to grant their families the grace of patience and reliance on the Almighty, and to the martyrs eternal life in God’s heavenly paradise.

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Elias Bejjani is a human rights activist, journalist and political commentator.

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