Lebanon rebirth imminent
(ALF view of Lebanon's rebirth with necessary reforms)
Since the Syrian decision to force Lebanon to amend its constitution in order to extend the mandate of President Emile Lahoud, there has been a rapid succession of bad news, good news that continues until now at a rapid pace.
Despite the apparent resistance of the majority of Lebanese to the extension,
the good news was that the constitution was allegedly amended to give President
Lahoud the opportunity to implement the political and administrative reforms
that he was not able to accomplish during his six years term.
Nevertheless, some good news followed by the emergence of a credible
multi-confessional opposition that had a good chance to win the anticipated
parliamentary elections. But that new hope was shattered by the assassination of
Prime Minister Hariri. However, the reaction of the Lebanese people to Hariri's
martyrdom resulted in new hopes for the rebirth of Lebanon. The Cedar Revolution
brought together Christians and Moslems closer than they have ever been in
recent years, and the massive demonstrations pro and against Syria all displayed
an ocean of Lebanese flags suggesting that national unity was still within
reach, despite the difference of opinion on the Syrian presence. The resignation
of the "Made In Syria" government increased optimism about the immediate and
Does that mean the demise of the Lebanese Spring and The Cedar Revolution? The American Lebanese Foundation (ALF) refuses to allow negative phases in the Lebanese rebirth process to dampen hope and enthusiasm about the anticipated better future. We continuously look for the positive signs on the Lebanese scene and we individually and collectively act on the US scene to promote whatever is best for Lebanon and the US at any given point in time.
ALF is encouraged by the signs of good will displayed by dominant opposition factions who benefited from the 2000 Electoral Law towards those caught at a disadvantage. ALF Also appreciates the continued dialogue among various segments of the opposition who differ on certain issues and lauds also dialogue between some in the opposition and various previously pro-Syrian leaders. ALF believes that dialogue is the best and probably the only option for the Lebanese people to protect and secure national unity. ALF deplores the episode of terrorist bombings that followed the Syrian withdrawal and hopes such techniques are now history. ALF salutes the Lebanese people who courageously refused to respond violently to these provocations and hopes that the elections will bring to power a government of true national unity who will have the strength to discourage and control with a golden arm any attempt at provoking sectarian strife or any form of violence or destabilization.
ALF sincerely hopes that as Lebanon is being born again the following priorities will be respected:
REFORMS: The first and foremost focus should be at reforms: political and
judiciary first, followed by administrative overhaul. These should be aimed at
eliminating corruption and graft. ALF is encouraged by statements made by key
opposition leaders: General Aoun and Saad Hariri regarding requesting an
International Audit to determine who robbed the national treasury and applauds
the statements of all politicians demanding responsibility and accountability.
ALF also applauds the courage of individuals or groups who are bringing to
attention and to justice any falsification of important documents, be it
financial, academic or otherwise, so that Lebanon recovers the high standards of
credibility necessary for survival and prosperity.
ALF truly hopes that despite the hurdles and dangers, which still need to be overcome, Lebanon will soon find itself on a sure path to redemption and prosperity for the best interest of all the Lebanese people whether living in the country or abroad. ALF also stands ready to work with the Diaspora and the US Administration to guide and support Lebanon on its path to being reborn as a country of brotherhood, peace and true democracy, enjoying excellent relations with fellow Arabs and having the opportunity to promote understanding and cooperation with the US, Europe and the rest of the world.
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