The Guardians of the Cedars issued the following communiqué:

At long last, the American president has decided to impose some sanctions on Syria in accordance with the "Syria Accountability and Lebanon Sovereignty Restoration Act" passed by Congress in 2003. While the Lebanese people can only be thankful, they raise many serious questions, of which the following are a few:


The Lebanese people have many questions, and more than the questions, they are utterly disgusted and despaired by the negative policies of Western governments towards their country. Lebanon is marching to its certain death and elimination because of the Syrian occupation that has been choking the country for the past 3 decades, without so much as an eye blink by American or European officials. Instead, their reaction has been one of competing with one another for supporting the executioner in finishing off the victim!

The only hope that the Lebanese have these days has become limited to the growing phenomenon of beatification of saints in Lebanon year after year, which may help free them and their country from the grip of all the Satans and Lucifers.

Lebanon, at your service,

Abu Arz,

21 May 2004