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The Dragon Still Devours Lebanon By: Elias Bejjani
FrontPageMagazine.com | Monday, December 10, 2007

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 the 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 clearly seen upon all of Lebanon and its economy, and not only 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 this "Lebanese opposition," which is led by Hezbollah, represent nothing that is Lebanese based on worldwide 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 that replicates the Iranian mullahs' theocracy.

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" was nothing but an overt declaration of an ongoing war against the Lebanese people and their country. The festivities were in fact a set of atheistic rituals in which the Iranian-Syrian made leaders and politicians assumed the role of heretical priests. These mercenaries, joined by other orphans of the Syrian regime and its leftovers, offered the Lebanese people in cold blood 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 George." The well-known Lebanese myth states that a ferocious dragon blockaded the people of Beirut and as the price of sparing them, he forced their king to present him daily with children sacrifices. The short sighted King accepted the Dragon's condition under the false believe that he, his family, and the royal community would be safe. He started supplying the children of his community as sacrifices for the dragon until 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 George 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 two true Axis of Evil countries (Syria and Iran) are instigating, to those that the country witnessed in numerous hard past eras. Meanwhil,e how weak, confused, and selfish are those Lebanese leaders and politicians who venomously tailor their stances and platforms to suit 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 ego!

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 rebuild a free and democratic Lebanon and to contain the threats of Hezbollah.

One can understand what Hezbollah is doing in a bid to topple the Lebanese regime and fulfill Iran's paramount objective. But what is confusing is the active participation of the Free Patriotic Movement (FPM) headed by MP, General Michel Aoun in this sit-in charade. 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 Free Patriotic Movement's leadership has abandoned the Cedars Revolution and joined forces with its oppressors and their Lebanese machineries and puppets.

How could that party's leadership swallow their patriotic tags of sovereignty, freedom, and independence, which they raised for 18 years? How could they reach this 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?

Hopefully those Lebanese patriotic citizens who for one reason or another are currently blind to Hezbollah's actual schemes and are fooled by some charismatic leaders like General Michel Aoun will wake up and start to see things as they are.

There is no doubt that the Lebanese people shall 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.

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

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