We Saw His Glory
By: Elias Bejjani

Christmas is upon us, the day of the Birth of the Son of God, the central event of human history, and of the life of each one of us. This Christmas, and throughout the whole coming year, LCCC wishes to be with you on a daily basis to focus on unfolding events in our beloved occupied Lebanon, and all that have to do with the struggle of our people for liberation and freedom.

From the LCCC and its supporters, we take this opportunity to wish our people, their friends and all those who are advocating for a free and liberated Lebanon a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We wish everybody good luck, good health and prosperity in the coming new year.

With Christmas let us never forget under any circumstances that our beloved brothers and sisters in occupied Lebanon are currently facing persecution and other grave hardships because of the Syrian occupation and its installed puppet regime. Let us pray that Almighty God gives them the strength, faith, and courage needed to deal with the upcoming struggles.

We appeal to our people's strength in the Diaspora, as descendants of King Aheram, Great Hannibal, philosopher Cadmous and sons of Lebanon's 7000 years of history and civilization to help the oppressed in occupied Lebanon and support their heroic peaceful resistance.

Together let us pray for the Liberation of our beloved country and ask our Lady of Lebanon, the Virgin Mary who escorted her Son Jesus during His visit to the city of Saidon to help the land she blessed and loved, to again become an oasis of peace and freedom, as well as an example of pluralism, multi-culturalism, and democracy for the whole world to envy.

You, the millions of Lebanese and Lebanese descendants in the Diaspora, you are the true hopes of Lebanon!  We appeal to your good conscience to fulfill your patriotic duties and not to subdue or accept in any way the current humiliating status quo of occupation forced on Lebanon and its people by the Baathist Syrian regime.

Our people in the Diaspora, be cautious of the devious endeavors of the Beirut puppet regime that is vigorously and shamelessly trying to deceive the whole world into believing that the Lebanese in occupied Lebanon are being treated fairly under the yoke of the Syrian oppressor. Do not be snared by such falsehoods. Do not allow the occupier to force your people to surrender their heritage, culture, roots and identity.

The occupants parade their representatives advocating false messages of peace, reconstruction, democracy and prosperity to  you and to the free world countries. Be cautious their messages are prompted by mercenary politicians, officials, educators and other such Judases who in fact represent the Syrian occupier and not the people of Lebanon. Their messages are filled with misrepresentation, misinformation and false perceptions about the true dilemma of the Lebanese in occupied Lebanon.

The heart of the Lebanese people is one of courage and hope. Let us all endeavor to persevere and never submit to the occupier nor accept its status quo and false messages. Our history is one of struggle and this is just another test of our faith, patriotism and spirit. God bless you and save our beloved Lebanon.

May you all enjoy the blessings of Christmas and the New Year while remembering our arbitrarily imprisoned brothers in Syrian and Lebanese jails and those forced into exile.

Long Live Free Lebanon

***Elias Bejjani
Human Rights activist, journalist & political commentator.
Spokesman for the Canadian Lebanese Human Rights Federation (CLHRF)
Media Chairman for the Canadian Lebanese Coordinating Council (LCCC)