Elias Bejjani: Sheik Bashir, 40 years after your Martyrdom, you are still in our conscience and hearts


Sheik Bashir, 40 years after your Martyrdom, you are still in our conscience and hearts
Elias Bejjani/August 23/2022

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History tells us so clearly that patriotic, national, and religious causes cannot be killed by assassinating their founders, or those who lobby for them. In fact, the contrary usually happens.

History shows that major worldwide religions spread after the departure of their founding leaders. Christianity, for example, spread all over the world after the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. The Pharisees crucified Jesus, believing his death would put an end to his new religion. They were disappointed, and Christianity became the number one religion in the whole world. Luke 12:4 in the Holy Bible reads, “Don’t be afraid of those who kill the body and can do nothing more.”

On August 23/1982, following in the steps of the Pharisees, Lebanon’s collaborators joined by some regional tyrants deluded themselves into believing that assassinating President-elect Sheik Bashir Gemayel, would also kill the Lebanese cause. They thought killing Bashir would destroy Lebanon’s history and identity, and sever the Lebanese from their roots.

What happened 2022 years ago, happened again in a way on August 23/1982. History repeated itself and the contemporary Pharisees were no more lucky than the Pharisees of the Christ era.

Today the Lebanese cause is known worldwide, and every day more Lebanese everywhere are committing themselves to it in spite of the hardships and difficulties.

On the annual anniversary of Bachir’s election as Lebanon’s president on August 23/1982, we renew our vows, and declare again our commitment to Bashir’s cause and dream, to our national Lebanese identity, to liberation, to basic dignity and to holy resistance against the occupation.

Bashir’s cause is not dead. It cannot die, will never die as long as one Lebanese remains committed to Bashir’s patriotic beliefs and loyalty to Lebanon, to its 7000 years of history and civilization

Bashir’s national dream for Lebanon is not dead, for no criminal can kill dreams about freedom. Dreams are acts of intellectual imaging and portrayal of aspirations, objectives and hopes that people endeavour to fulfill in reality. Bashir’s dream is alive in the hearts and spirits of every patriotic Lebanese all over the world.

Our deep-rooted Lebanese identity is unique. It was carved by our faithful ancestors in Lebanon’s mighty mountains, and planted with sweat and blood in its holy soil throughout seven thousand years of heroism and sacrifices. Generation after generation, Lebanese have built Lebanon and made it into a fort and oasis for freedom, and an asylum for the persecuted…. Lebanon may not be a big country, but it is big in deeds.

For 7000 years Lebanon was successful in surviving with dignity, through hundreds of invaders, tyrants and conquerors…all were forced to depart defamed and in humiliation, defamed.

Bashir gave our identity worldwide dimension, and made it a cause and purpose for each and every Lebanese. Lebanon’s liberation is the aim of every patriotic Lebanese.

Virtues of dignity and resistance are known characteristics for Lebanon and its people.
They are deeply rooted in Lebanon’s holy soil, and in the Lebanese minds, spirits and conscience, as well as in their noble conduct and faith.

Bashir portrayed and personified wisdom, patriotic conduct, courage, national devotion, leadership traits, and all other distinctive Lebanese virtues. He carried the liberation torch, never abandoned the Lebanese cause, and became its martyr. Bashir Gemayel scared those who feared truth, justice and sainthood. He frightened collaborators, traitors and those who never believed in Lebanon’s history and identity. He was a nightmare for all Lebanon’s enemies, when he was alive, and still is years after his assassination.

Sheik Bashir, 40 years after your departure, you are still in our conscience and hearts. Your dream is still our dream, and we are still fighting for the same cause. Lebanon is still occupied and the 10452 km2 are not yet liberated. But in spite of all hardships and difficulties, the torch that you carried is still held high, and the battle rages. By God’s will, the fight will not cease before the complete liberation of our Lebanon, the Lebanon that you loved, cherished and worshipped.

Sheik Bashir, You are alive.
When the Pharisee’s murdered you, only your flesh passed away. And in that moment your sanctified image was implanted forever into the hearts of your people. Your heroism was sealed.

Bashir, you speak to the conscience of every Lebanese who believes in Lebanon and its people. You live on in us, and in our blessed heritage.

Long Live Free Lebanon.

NB: This article was first published in year 2000. This above copy is republished with slight additions and changes

*Elias Bejjani
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