Martyr Pierre Amin Gemayel Six Years After His Martyrdom
By: Elias Bejjani*

November 18/12

John 15/12-13: " My commandment is this: love one another, just as I love you. The greatest love you can have for your friends is to give your life for them"

Today, in East Beirut - Lebanon, the Lebanese Maronite faithful and patriotic Gemayel family, Al Kataeb Party and all the Free and patriotic Lebanese from all walks of life remembered one of Lebanon's great young martyrs, MP, Sheik Pierre Amin Gemayel

Martyr Pierre was brutally and cowardly assassinated by the Axis of Evil Assassins six years ago on 21.11.2006. The same Axis of Evil that at the present time and since the early seventies still occupying Lebanon and controling its decision making process through murder, terrorism, force, corruption and sorts of embezzlement.

Today, a holy mass was held on the occasion chaired by the great Maronite Patriarch, Mar Nasrallah Sfier and attended by the Gemayel Family,officials, politicians and supporters. The Martyr's father Ex-President Amin Gemayel gave a speech after the mass in which he renewed the solid oath to fight peacefully for regaining Lebanon's independence, freedom and sovereignty. Martyr Pierre is survives by his wife Patricia and his two sons, Amin and Alexander.

As patriotic Lebanese who strongly believe in our holy right to live free, in a free and independent Lebanon with dignity and faith and will as aleays not allow any power to take this right from us. We promise Pierre and all our martyrs to keep on standing tall as Lebanon's blessed Cedars. We promise them that our journey for liberating the country shall go on without any hesitation or fear,  no matter what the obstacles or sacrifices will be.

Lebanon for the past 7000 years had with faith and perseverance defeated all hardships, obstecles, difficulties and national disasters. With courage and martyrdom the Lebanese people crushed all occupiers, invaders and tyrants. All of them departed and were forced to leave with humiliation and disgrace. The fate of the current Syrian-Iranian Axis of Evil occupier shalll be the same by God's; defeat and shame.

Because an end must be forced on the Axis Of Evil, the Syrian, Iranian and Hezbollah terrorists to stop their murderous series of brutal assassination that is targeting our patriotic Lebanese politicians, intellectuals, officials and leaders, we call on the 14th of March patriotic Lebanese Coalition to get out of all traps of cowardice and deception, witness for the truth, declare loudly and courageously matters as they are, and defend our holy Lebanon's freedom, independence, sovereignty, multi culturalism and coexistence

The leaders of this coalition are required  to stand tall like Lebanon's cedars and to immediately start to act as real men, not puppets and chameleons. They are required to bravely take the following steps and measures:

1- In reality the Axis of Evil countries, militias, parties, gangs and professional murders (Syria, Iran, Hezbollah, the 8th of March Lebanese Collision and many others) do not understand any peaceful or human languages. They understand the only and one language of force and deterrence, accordingly this is the language that is needed to communicate with them.

2- To stop immediately ruminating their shameful lie that underestimates the knowledge, martyrdom and intelligence of the Lebanese people. The lie that falsely says Hezbollah has liberated South Lebanon in year 2000. In actuality Hezbollah did not liberate South Lebanon in 2000, but on the contrary forced thousands of its peaceful and patriotic residents to escape and take sanctuary in neighbouring Israel because of Hezbollah's criminal threats and terrorism rhetoric. All the sane Lebanese know this fact very well, as well as the Arab countries and the whole world. The 14th of March Coalition is ought to stop uttering this big lie of liberation in a bid to regain the trust of the Lebanese people and the free world..

3- The 14th of March coalition hesitant and scared politicians, intellectuals, parties and organizations are required to stop their disgusting dhimmitude and to take courageous and national clear approaches with no personal calculation of gains and loses. Lebanon can not be liberated from the Axis of Evil Axis with fear and cowardice.

4- The Axis Of Evil Syrian Iranian terrorists in Lebanon schemes must be stopped because they are destroying not only the country, but also the morals of the people. A very bad role model for every  thing that is evil

With all the Lebanese people who hail freedom, rights and dignity we pray for the rest of the souls of Lebanon's martyrs and for the liberation of occupied Lebanon.

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Lebanese Christian leader killed
Tuesday, 21 November 2006
Pierre Gemayel, a leading anti-Syrian Lebanese minister and Maronite Christian leader, has been killed in the capital, Beirut. Mr Gemayel, 34, was shot in his car in a Christian suburb and rushed to hospital, where he died. His death comes amid a political crisis in Lebanon, following the resignation of six pro-Syrian cabinet members. Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora said such killings would not intimidate the country. "Assassinations will not terrorise us," he told a press conference. "We will not let the criminal killers control our fate." Three days of nationwide mourning for Pierre Gemayel will be observed in Lebanon beginning on Wednesday, with his funeral due to be held on Thursday. Mr Gemayel, minister for industry, was a member of the Phalange Party and the son of former President Amin Gemayel.
At least three gunmen rammed Mr Gemayel's car with their vehicle before spraying it with gunfire and shooting Mr Gemayel at point blank range, Reuters news agency quoted witnesses as saying. Television pictures from the scene of the killing in the Jdaideh neighbourhood showed Mr Gemayel's car peppered with bullet holes and with its bonnet crumpled. Throngs of angry supporters of Mr Gemayel gathered at the hospital where he was taken, some crying and screaming. Speaking to the crowds there, Amin Gemayel appealed for calm. "I call on all those who appreciate Pierre's martyrdom to preserve his cause and for all of us to remain at the service of Lebanon. We don't want reactions and revenge," he said. As news of the killing spread, streets emptied and the Lebanese army deployed at key areas across and just outside the capital, the BBC's Beirut correspondent Kim Ghattas reported. Protests were reported in Christian areas of Beirut, as well as in the Christian town of Zahle in eastern Lebanon and in Mr Gemayel's hometown of Bikfaya, east of the capital. BBC Middle East correspondent Jeremy Bowen says that this assassination will re-awaken Lebanon's worst fear, the fear of a return to civil war, because it seems to have been designed to inflame sectarian tensions at a time when Lebanon was already going through a profound political crisis. The news of the killing was confirmed by Saad Hariri, the son of the country's former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, who was himself killed last year in a huge blast. On Tuesday, the United Nations Security Council approved plans for a special international tribunal to try those accused of killing the former prime minister in 2005. A recent UN report implicated Syria in Rafik Hariri's death, although Syria has denied involvement. Saad Hariri, who is also the leader of the anti-Syrian coalition which has a majority in parliament, accused Damascus of being behind the killing of Mr Gemayel as well. "The Cedar Revolution is under attack...Today one of our main believers in a free democratic Lebanon has been killed. We believe the hand of Syria is all over [this]," he told CNN. Syria denounced Mr Gemayel's assassination, calling it a "despicable crime". Western condemnation of Mr Gemayel's murder was swift. US President George W Bush called for a full investigation to identify "those people and those forces" behind the killing. Mr Bush reiterated Washington's support for Mr Siniora's government, saying he supported the Lebanese people's "efforts to defend their democracy against attempts by Syria, Iran and allies to foment instability and violence in that important country". UK Prime Minister Tony Blair said Tuesday's killing was "completely without any justification at all. "We condemn this murder utterly."

Elias Bejjani
Canadian-Lebanese Human Rights activist, journalist and political commentator

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