“Cedar revolution” is waiting for an answer
The political situation in
Lebanon today shows how much this country suffered without any help from
the world community. Independence from the Syrian regime and democratic
elections to the new parliament was signs of hope in recent year, but
bombings and assassinations bring the country back to instability and
doubts about fast
way to democracy. Discussion
about who was involved in Lebanon’s Prime Minister R. Hariri assassination
builds tensions and raises a lot of emotions within the country. But what
are really most the important issue Lebanese people and politicians should
concentrate on. Do Lebanese already have a new election law? Do they
have democratically elected
president? Do they have a plan for economical and social reforms in the
country? Is the political space of Lebanon free from terrorist and
militant groups, which represent the ideology and interests
of foreign countries?Are we
taking a proactive role in the creation of the better future for Lebanon
or we are wasting energy on high
profile, of course, political
crime investigations .One crime is just a little part of the iceberg,
which sank a long time ago in the indifference and political blindness of
the UN and the world community as well as the wrong
political analysis regarding the
real conflict on the east cost of the Mediterranean sea.
Lebanon is a small model of how
much country suffers from the international terrorism when it is left
alone to fight it.
Today we would like to remind
about that time, when the whole world turned its back on Lebanon, during
the “civil war”, which was in fact an invasion and active terrorist attack
from neighboring countries. Is there any country in the world that in a
thirty years period had two presidents, two prime ministers, five leaders
of political parties assassinated? We don’t talk now about dozens of bomb
explosions in Christian churches, residential neighborhoods, killed
journalists, about those, who never came back from Syrian prisons. It is
time to count all
the Lebanese, killed since 1967.
Just because some of them weren’t famous political figures, it doesn’t
mean, that their families have no right to find the truth.
If we will not find the whole
truth, it will not be truth at all, because there is no “partial” truth.
One political leader in Lebanon
said that the Lebanese people will not benefit from the search about
political crimes in the past. In other word, if there is a wound, we need
to cover it and it will heal. However, without looking into a wound it is
impossible to find the best way to treat it. The truth usually scares
those people, who
have something to hide. But in a
democratic society the “whole truth” is the essential feature.
The UN’S report about R.
Hariri’s assassination case brings the world’s community to face a
difficult assignment-to provide all possible economical and political
support to the youngest democratic country in the Middle East and not to
leave it alone to fight international terrorism as has been happening for
the last 30 years
The world has also to support
Lebanon in its right to ask for compensation from those foreign countries
who were involved in the “demolition” of Lebanese economy, civil rights,
and which forced thousands of Lebanese to flee the country. The people who
left Lebanon in 1968-2005 should have refugee status. The world community
still doesn’t want to recognize
this fact (even after the UN representative’s removal from Lebanon,
because of security threats against him in recent days).
The “Cedar revolution” of
Lebanon, after 30 years of brutality and political isolation, has already
shown the world how strong and powerful the desire for democracy is in
this nation. How long it will last? Now, it is time for the world
community to give an answer.