Gebran Tueni: Tomorrow, a New Era Will Begin (
Tomorrow is a historic and crucial day that will herald a new era in
Tomorrow the truth contagion will spread from
Tomorrow, when the truth is disclosed, those who perpetrated crimes against
Therefore there is no need to enter into details about the programmed suicide of Ghazi Kanaan or the interview of the Syrian President Bashar Assad on CNN which was full of contradictions and superficial answers. The suicide and the interview show that the Syrian regime is confused, afraid, implicated and committing the errors that usually any "perpetrator" would do as we approach from the truth and the disclosure of the identity of the criminals.
That's why it is better to spare ourselves the effort of talking about the Syrian regime whose days are counted. The most important is to talk about the future of
It seems that the contagion of the historic revolution of March 14th spread to
The statement is a consolidation of the Syrian national unity while respecting political and sectarian pluralism in the country, and is an assertion of the principles of democracy, freedom and unity.
Notably, the statement talked about the need to rectify the Lebanese-Syrian relations on the basis of the respect of sovereignty, independence and interests of the two peoples and states! The expressions "two peoples" and "two states" mentioned in the statement have a special importance since we are not used to hear them in the speeches of the Baath Party.
It is also important that the same principles advocated and adopted by the Lebanese people are now advocated by the Syrian opposition. In other words, the Lebanese calls which used to be dubbed high treason have now become Syrian national claims. This also means that the Syrian opposition is speaking the language of March 14th because it is the language of democracy and freedom.
And since the Syrian opposition and the Lebanese people are speaking the same language, this is the best guarantee towards the establishment of excellent relations between
This clearly shows that free and democratic regimes not military and totalitarian regimes are the sole guarantor of stability. It contradicts all those who claim that the Baath Party is the only one capable of securing political, social and security stability as well as ensuring peace, unity, coexistence and equality, and keeping extremism and fundamentalist groups under control. However, the party's practices in the Arab world in general and
There is no stability in the
The international community should take note of the Syrian opposition's statement and assume its full role in this regard through the United Nations organs especially the Security Council.
The Syrian opposition stressed that the alternative to the Baath party and Baathist regime in
The Syrian opposition's statement reflected the people's eagerness to democracy and change. And we support the Syrian people because we both suffered from oppression, death, displacement, humiliation, robbery, suspicious bargains and mafias.
As for Lebanon and the report Mehlis will submit to the Security Council – a report that will not be ambiguous as some have said or wished – I would like to reiterate that Lebanon respects and thanks the international community which backed our country and worked for the disclosure of the truth so that it would ensure that from now on, the conspirers and perpetrators of crimes and terrorists acts such as the assassination of Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, would always be prosecuted and punished.
The disclosure of the truth means that the criminals are no longer protected, whoever they are and wherever they are, which is a new and crucial step in the
The disclosure of the truth tomorrow morning will liberate the Lebanese people, the Arabs and the whole world so that justice would prevail.
And in order for justice to prevail, there should be no compromises or bargains like the ones we witnessed in the Lockerbie case, because the terrorist crime that took place on February 14th did not only target the Hariri family but also Lebanon as well as the Arab countries and the whole world, and because Rafik Hariri was not only the head of Lebanon's government and a Lebanese leader but also an Arab and international Sunni leader!
Whatever the result of the international investigation may be, no on would accept compromises or bargains in such a hideous crime. The perpetrators should be prosecuted and punished!
Tomorrow, a new page will be opened in the history of our country and that of the region. It will herald a new era where there is no place for criminals and regimes that commit crimes against nations, peoples and humanity.