My uncle Simon is in Mieh-Mieh at the moment, but he keeps in close contact with his sons in Greensboro, North Carolina, where he maintains a home. He published this opinion piece in the Greensboro News-Record Saturday: News-Record.com - Greensboro, North Carolina: News - Religion: Only justice for all can bring peace for all.
The situation around us is difficult, tense and dangerous. Unfortunately most of my life has been in such a situation. I have learned through my education in American Presbyterian schools that we should know the truth and defend it; by this alone we would be free. Also I have learned from Socrates, the Greek philosopher, that "when I have to choose between my conscience and anything else, I side by the first."
I am proud to be American of Lebanese origin. I am honored to have the opportunity of having two homes and two hometowns, here in Lebanon and there in the United States. Normally I spend half my time here and the other half there.
Before the Israeli occupation of Lebanon in 1982, there was no Party of God. This and other like groups have been created as a response to the occupation and demand for justice. Resisting the occupation is a natural right for everyone that is found in our Book and accepted by international law. All religions seek peace built on justice and fight what is wrong and evil.