Lebanese Strong Transparent Democracy Organization (LSTDO)
Lebanese current events of January 15, 2008.
Reflexions on the political and economic Lebanese news.
The LSTDO requests UN
troops in Lebanon
Operating under Chapter 7 of the Charter
To restore the democratic functioning STATE
And preserve the independence
January 15, 2008
Mr. Secretary General of the United Nations,
The Directorate of the Lebanese Strong Transparent Democracy Organization (LSTDO) is shocked at the failure of the political and military Lebanese administration. We are facing Lebanese political mafias most of whom are serving dictators without consciousness about people suffering.
The small country of Lebanon is weak facing interference from neighboring countries. We believe that the United Nations has the right to interfere and has the duty to protect the peace in Lebanon in preserving the independence and true democracy. We thank the UN aid already offered to Lebanon.
The right of intervention of the Security Council of the United Nations should be applied in Lebanon to protect this country and its democratic vocation. We can not afford to defend ourselves all alone.
I- Arguments to apply chapter 7, article 42, of the United Nations Charter.
Since the assassination of Mr. Rafik Hariri, former Prime Minister of Lebanon, on February 14, 2005, elements of convictions, appeared in the Medias information, were sufficient to understand that responsibilities are sponsored by the Syria regime with its Lebanese allies.
It is obvious to any observer of the conflict in Lebanon to understand that all the murders and attempted murders of a dozen of Lebanese political figures since 2004 are political ones, serving the interests of the Syrian regime and its Lebanese political allies.
The Lebanese allies of the Syrian regime had a free hand since the occupation of Lebanon by Syria in 1976 and continue to commit unpunished crimes. After the departure of the Syrian army, they have retained significant authority within the State to safeguard their interests and they threaten, if necessary, to use violence to reach their goals.
The Cedar Revolution could not be completed to build a true democracy because of threats of the Syrian regime allies who are more armed than the Lebanese army, and who infiltrated Lebanese State institutions. Hezbollah held hostage by its military and financial means the Shiite community and other subversive anti-democratic groups.
The Directorate of the Lebanese Strong Transparent Democracy Organization (LSTDO) had written to the UN on April 20, 2007 to thank the creation of the International Tribunal for Lebanon in seeking the implementation of Chapter 7 of the UN Charter.
During nine months, we have seen more violence with terrorist killings, explosions and attacks against democratic figures, security services of the Lebanon State, and United Nations troops in Lebanon.
The pro Syrian subversive groups have managed to divide the Democrats attracting the Lebanese group of General AOUN in a dubious alliance with HIZBOLLAH. But the group of 14 March of the SANIORA governmental majority is also responsible for this division as it has marginalized and discarded from power the Democratic important group of General AOUN instead of making alliance with him.
There were organized blackmail against the ruling majority in the election campaign for president of the republic. The pro-Syrians blocked any democratic functioning. The majority did not dare to elect a president according to the Constitution allowing the election by a simple majority in the second round of balloting. The deadline for the election of a president was the 23.11.2007. On 15.1.2008, Lebanon still has no president.
The pro-Syrians currently remain a minority in parliament. But they threaten to trigger a civil war if the majority doesn’t comply to share power with them. They are armed and financed by Syria and Iran. Their ideology is anti democratic. Hezbollah is a religious party linked to the Shi’ism and Iran. Before it is a threat to Israel, it is a big danger against democracy and coexistence of religions in Lebanon. As HIZBOLLAH is armed, it is impossible to have a normal and functioning democracy in Lebanon.
For several months, additional evidence surfaced in favor of the direct involvement of the Syrian regime in the blocking of the presidential election in Lebanon, and the various killings against Lebanese democrats. Recall that this regime does not recognize the right to independence of Lebanon and struggle since 40 years to annex it to Syria.
Thus, Lebanon is threatened to collapse because of the presence on Lebanese soil of armed pro-Syrian elements militarily stronger than the regular army of Lebanon. Furthermore, it suffices to manipulate public opinion to create distrust between religious communities to paralyze or divide the army. It will be easy for the pro-Syrians to seize power by force in Lebanon if there is no military intervention of the United Nations.
II - Position of the LSTDO Organization.
On April 20, 2007, we wished an International Tribunal headed by the UN and completely independent away from the heads of Lebanese political clans. The country's leaders are not elected democratically and freely. Some are willing to provoke a civil war to defend private and illicit interests. They were armed and supported by terrorists. Lebanese democrats are threatened of killings and we have experienced periods of total docility to the Syrian occupier. The United Nations can and must act as they did against the Milosevic regime in Serbia.
On January 15, 2008, the situation is much more serious because the pro Syrians have managed to paralyze the country and to prevent the election of a president of the republic. The security and the existence of Lebanon are in danger. The Syrian regime is acting to annex Lebanon. Peace in the Middle East is threatened. The world is threatened by a shortage of oil. World peace is threatened. Article 42 of Chapter 7 of the UN Charter should be used.
Thus, we want swift action of the Security Council of the United Nations to strengthen the work of United Nations troops in Lebanon to restore the Lebanese STATE democratic functioning and to disarm all armed groups on Lebanese soil without exception.
III- Chapter 7, texts of articles 39 to 42 of the United Nations Charter.
ACTION WITH RESPECT TO THREATS TO THE PEACE, BREACHES OF THE PEACE, AND ACTS OF AGGRESSION
The Security Council shall determine the existence of any threat to the peace, breach of the peace, or act of aggression and shall make recommendations, or decide what measures shall be taken in accordance with Articles 41 and 42, to maintain or restore international peace and security.
In order to prevent an aggravation of the situation, the Security Council may, before making the recommendations or deciding upon the measures provided for in Article 39, call upon the parties concerned to comply with such provisional measures as it deems necessary or desirable. Such provisional measures shall be without prejudice to the rights, claims, or position of the parties concerned. The Security Council shall duly take account of failure to comply with such provisional measures.
The Security Council may decide what measures not involving the use of armed force are to be employed to give effect to its decisions, and it may call upon the Members of the United Nations to apply such measures. These may include complete or partial interruption of economic relations and of rail, sea, air, postal, telegraphic, radio, and other means of communication, and the severance of diplomatic relations.
Should the Security Council consider that measures provided for in Article 41 would be inadequate or have proved to be inadequate, it may take such action by air, sea, or land forces as may be necessary to maintain or restore international peace and security. Such action may include demonstrations, blockade, and other operations by air, sea, or land forces of Members of the United Nations.
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