of the Cedars - National Lebanese Movement issued the following communiqué:
How wonderful it is to see a people destroy the statues of their executioners! And how expressive was the scene in which we witnessed the Iraqi people gain their liberty and release their restrained wrath in such a splendid way in accordance with the proverb: The day will come for the despot to pay…
Every people in the world shared the elation of the Iraqis in overthrowing the despot who bullied them so savagely for such a long time…
Nevertheless, the elation of the Lebanese was mitigated because they still live under the hegemony of a foreign occupation and long for the break of the dawn of the promised liberty.
If the Iraqis regained their freedom by toppling a local regime that was devastating them, the freedom of the Lebanese will not be obtained until they topple both the overwhelming local regime that is effectively appointed by the Syrian occupation centered in Damascus, and the basest kind of dependency and vassalage of the Beirut government.
The free Lebanese consider the local regime more perilous to them than the foreign occupation because of a series of misdeeds the officials in power have committed and are still committing against Lebanon, namely:
This is but an example
of the colossal crimes our politicians have committed against our country.
But our people await the proper occasion for smashing their statues following
the example of the Iraqis. Beware of the day when the victim takes its revenge
from its executioner, for the inequity of the oppressed against the oppressor
is more terrible than that of the oppressor against the oppressed.
Lebanon, at your service,
April 12 2003.