ArDO: Yes we want Lebanon to be the Switzerland of the East and Beirut the Paris of the East


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 “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.

United Phoenician party

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