The party of the Guardians of the Cedars-National Lebanese Movement issued the following communiqué concerning the passing away of President Hafez Assad:
Today, one of the main pillars of Evil has disappeared from Lebanon and the Middle East.
He was, for quarter of a century the prime mover of the Lebanese affliction, of the death of tens of thousands and the displacement of hundreds of thousands of Lebanese citizens. He arrested and kidnapped, tortured and deported thousands of Lebanese citizens to Syrian jails. He also deprived Lebanon of freedom and national sovereignty, brought its people to the verge of famine and sowed discord among its citizens and religious groups.
We said before, and now repeat, that everyone whose hands are stained with Lebanese blood will be punished sooner or later by God, every arm raised against Lebanon will be torn out from the shoulder and the curse of history will fall upon whoever aggressed this little country.
We are saying this not to gloat over the misfortune of others or to quench our thirst for revenge. No. we are saying it to assure that the Lebanese verity is a historical constant that cannot be quelled by anybody however great he may be.
On the tyrant will return the tyranny!
At the service of Lebanon,