...because freedom in Syria is freedom for Lebanon
...because when Assad is in trashbin - عندما يُرمى الطاغية بشار في سلة المهملات
the nightmare will be finally over, after 5 decades of agony for Lebanon and the Lebanese people.
Since independence in the 1940s the Syrians rejected Lebanon's right to exist as an independent country. The Baath Party wanted Lebanon to be yet another Syrian province where they can pilfer, steal, kill, torture, repress.....
Syria is the only artificial country created after WWII by the mandatory powers by patching up together a bunch of cities that have nothing in common. Lattakieh and the surrounding hills of the Jabal Al-Nasarah [the mountain of the Christians] consisting of Christians and Alawis on the Mediterranean belong to Lebanon and should have been attached to it. In the North, the city of Aleppo is Turkish and should have remained under Turkish sovereignty. In the Northeast, Al-Hasaka is Kurdish, and the future nation of Kurdistan (now an autonomous republic within Iraq, should encompass it. The only genuine Syrian cities are Homs, Hama and Damascus - all Sunni desert Arabs - خلي الخرى يطبش بعضو- In the south and southeast, the Jabal Druze and the Hauran are mostly Druze and Christian...
And the Baath thugs call this the pusating penis of the Arab world... when all that it is is the limp fucked up patchwork of tribes who hate each other and have no sense of unity whatsoever, let alone an Arab one.
In the 1950s and 1960s, while Lebanon emerged as a prosperous liberal tolerant country, Syria was plagued by coup d'etats and political assassinations because of this mish-mash of tribes and ethnic groups that did not want to be together in the dysfunctional bastard country called Syria - just like neighboring Iraq. There were on average more coups in Syria than there were years (i.e. more than one coup per year). Until the Assad coup in 1970 and his brutal rule that is only now - 2011 - unraveling.
The Syrian Baath Party and the Assads HATED LEBANON and its success. The jealousy and animosity against Lebanon was visible everywhere. Syria refused to post an ambassador in Beirut until 2009, just to underscore that it never recognized Lebanon's independence. Syria used to shut its borders with Lebanon whenever it wanted to extract a concession from the Lebanese government, and since Beirut Harbor was the single most important point of trade between the West and the Arab hinterland, these actions brought distress to the entire economy of the region. I remember how in the late 1960s, there will be 200-300 ships out in the Mediterranean waiting for their turn to dock in Beirut and unload their merchandise... Trucks with then haul the stuff up the arduous and impenetrable Lebanese mountain pass of Dahr El Baidar en route to Saudi Arabia and the Gulf which were in the early days of their oil booms.
Beginning in the late 1960s and early 1970s, when Lebanon was at its zenith of financial prosperity and political vigor (free parliamentary elections were carried out on time every 4 years, and several presidents succeeded one another every 6 years in peaceful transfers of powers), Syria began sending hordes of terrorists and militias across the border (Al-Saika, Al-Yarmuk Brigades, Al-'Assifa, the Palestine Liberation Army, the PFLP, etc... and many others, some under cover Baath thugs while others were PAlestinians operating under Syrian tutelage...), not to mention Syria's use of the PLO of Yasser Arafat to begin undermining the State of Lebanon, supposedly because they (the Syrian Baath and the Palestinians) needed to do this to liberate their fucking Palestine. Kidnappings of Lebanese soldiers and gendarmes, bombings, hijackings, shooting at Israel from Lebanese south (but never from the Syrian Golan, mind you), forcing the now compliant pro-Syrian Lebanese Sunnis to act against their own country: Prime Minister Rashid Karami would paralyze the Lebanese government for months on end because the Lebanese Army bombed the Palestinian camps that were challenging the authority of the State.
This situation brought Israeli retaliations, of course, such as Israel's blowing up of 13 Middle East Airlines planes on Beirut Tarmac in 1968, not to mention the constant Israeli retaliations on Shiite and Christian villages in the Lebanese south after unprovoked Syro-Palestinian attacks against Israel's northern villages.
There is much more to this sordid escalation than can be discussed here, but those who don;t know the genesis of the Lebanese crisis and how we came to be where we are today, they should know that Syria's Assads (father and son) are the main criminals behind the descent of the only decent Arab country of Lebanon from paradise to hell. I was there. I lived it all. Israel up to the 1960s had never attacked Lebanon. Lebanon and Israel remain attached to the 1949 armistice agreement and were essentially on friendly terms, until Syria began forcing Lebanon to become a war front against Israel INSTEAD of Syria itself. In other words, while the Syrians avoided shooting one bullet from Syrian territory against Israel, they were all for "resistance and liberation" from Lebanon, but not from Syria... Hypocrites, liars, traitors.... those are the Syrian Baathist thugs...
I blame Syria for what happened to Lebanon over the past 50 years, and I blame all those who worked with Syria on this criminal act, including the US who used to tell the Lebanese at the height of the brutal Syrian occupation that "Syria is a factor of stability" in Lebanon. Just read what the pro-Syrian regime motherfucker apologists of the State Department (Edward Djeredjian, Richard Murphy, James Fucking Baker, and other) used to tell the Lebanese when they complained about what Syria was doing to Lebanon...
And now that Syria is crumbling and the Syrian people are dying and the Syrian regime is collapsing and that there will be - Inshallah - civil war in Syria, I can only feel gleeful and happy that the Syrian bastards are going to get a taste of the same medicine they have been dispensing to the Lebanese for so many decades. I wish the worst for Syria. I wish massacres, killing, burning cities, devastated villages, and such horrible things fall on all of Syria and all of Syria's villages and cities. Nothing can ever erase the pain that Syria and its regime have caused to the Lebanese, and only a cathartic calamity like the one I just described can make the Lebanese feel any sympathy for the country next door.
إهلا وسهلا إلى سوريا المدمرة وإلى دمشق الممزقة وإلى بلاد الشام المهدمة على رؤوس كلابها وشياطينها.