July 26, 2005, - 3:31 pm

Cause for Optimism: Lebanese Christian Freedom Fighter Samir Geagea Released

By Debbie Schlussel
Today, Lebanese Forces and Maronite Christian leader Samir Geagea (pronounced, “Zha Zha,” like Zha Zha Gabor) was released from Lebanese prison.
Geagea, a freedom fighter, who fought leftist, Syrian, Hezbollah, and Palestinian forces, was the ONLY man punished for incidents during the Lebanese civil war. His arrest, trial, and incarceration on murder charges were an orchestrated railroading of a brave man–at the direction of terrorist-host state Syria. Geagea was this close to becoming leader of Lebanon and establishing peace with the State of Israel by recognizing it. And we can’t have that.

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Samir Geagea: Lebanese Christian Freedom Fighter

Though sentenced to prison for life, Geagea said, “I would prefer to remain in prison for another 20 years than bargain my beliefs for freedom.” He was granted amnesty for his phony show-trial conviction.
Geagea is the single most important catalyst in getting entirely rid of Syria from Lebanon for good. That hasn’t happened yet, despite Bush Administration gushing about free elections (which produced the first-ever open/official Hezbollah member elected to Lebanese government). Troubling is Geagea’s reported alliance with Lebanese Druze leader Walid Jumblatt, who for years whored himself out to Syria (even though his father Kamal Jumblatt was murdered by Rifaat Al-Assad, uncle of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad).
Geagea’s wife, Streada, was just elected to the Lebanese parliament.

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