Leaflets have been distrbuted in Southern Lebanon, shcoked at Bashar’s speech, and questioning how Bashar can claim to be the upholder of Arabism: “To Your Excellency President Bashar Al-Assad we say: you stunned us with your speech – we expected you to pay your respects to the Lebanese people for the catastrophe that hit them but here is an offensive, fake, libellous speech which turns the victim into the torturer.”
The leaflet makes many references to the resistance of the Southern Lebanese against the Israeli occupation, and asks how Bashar has resisted Israel: “What’s your position on the Golan, where there hasn’t been a single shot fired since 1972?”
They refute that Lebanon will be ‘the centre for conspiracies against the Arab causes,’ but they ask what Bashar has done for those causes.
It goes on…
“You demanded an investigation into the assassination of Yasser Arafat, but you forgot what you did to him and to the Palestinian cause?”
“How do you understand Arabism? Is Arabism by closing the borders,” between Lebanon and Syria?
It ends: “We, the Lebanese, are the resistance, we are Arabism. We are sure that Israel and the US is our enemy – no one should claim they are more Arab than the Lebanese.”