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:: Walid Maalouf ::
 
"I challenge the Lebanese around the world to seriously lobby for the humanitarian removal of Palestinians from Lebanon; work on modernizing the Lebanese constitution and demand neutrality for Lebanon" Discussion of The Road to 1559, London - July 1, 2103

"The Lebanese themselves now need the courage to call for Lebanese territorial neutrality in the Arab-Israeli and Israeli-Palestinian conflicts, which will give Lebanon the chance to be a modern state." US House of Representative, Washington DC - Wednesday, February 29, 2012

"We are two different peoples in two different countries but we have one destiny and we have been victimized by the same abuser. For nearly forty years now, the Assad family has helped to destroy the Lebanese character; destroy its economy; destroy its standing in the world, and destroy its future." Discussion of the Road to 1559, United Nations Plaza - Tuesday, February 14, 2012

"After 28 years of despair with US policy toward Lebanon, we finally were able to change it in one year we began these efforts in September, 2003 and in September, 2004 we had a resolution that forced the Assad's baathist army out by April, 2005." Institute of World Politics, Washington DC - Thursday, January 5, 2012

"Today, we want to tell Sister Michel that your deeds are unforgettable and what you have planted continue growing to make Lebanon and the United States a better place for human dignity." Decoration of Sister Mary Michel Boulus, Sisters of Mercy, Belmont, North Carolina - Wednesday, November 9, 2012

"Because they have the power and ability to play a major role in its renaissance on all levels (cultural, political, social and economic), the emigrants today are gradually returning to observe and study the situation in Lebanon in order to determine and calculate their permanent return and its implications." Worldwide Lebanese International Conference - Four Seasons Hotel, Beirut, Lebanon - Wednesday, July 20, 2011

"We should keep religion outside the realm of all federal activity because it creates discomfort among civil servants which can lead to sharp divisions and religious competition." International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy - The German Fund, Washington, DC - Wednesday, May 18, 2011

"Your movement rests on the choices you make when building your new countries with new constitutions that recognize the separation of religion and state, the rule of law, human rights and stable governments that have the support of their people." The Brave Arab Generation - Washington, DC - Friday, March 25, 2011

"If Lebanese neutrality is implemented, Lebanon's territory will be free from any military use by Syria, Iran, Israel and armed Palestinians. Their will also no longer be militias attached to any of those countries operating on its territory." Annahar - Beirut, Lebanon, Friday, March 12, 2010

"Fulfilling 1559 is in the best national interest of the people of Lebanon. It restores their dignity and Lebanon's sovereignty." Profile News - Boston, Massachusetts, February, 2010

"Dear Lebanese people learn from past mistakes and see how far behind you are vis-à-vis other nations and people. It is up to you to make the changes. You cannot depend upon your present leaders. So, for God’s sake wake up and save Lebanon for your future generations." Annahar - Beirut, Lebanon, October 29, 2009

"The Department of State and the National Security Council should stay true to the principles on which this country was established when making foreign policy decisions. This would be a beginning that could signal and perhaps lead to a change in our image overseas." North Carolina State University - Pew Research Center, Washington DC, October 8, 2009

"The key for change is in your hands and in your hands only, do not waiver do not falter and do not be afraid so you remain and Lebanon will remain for ever". Book signing tour Beirut - Lebanon, November 18, 2008 

"The youth in Lebanon can claim this country back and be a major player in making it a better place with the help of the Diaspora and its powerful business and financial know-how". Lebanese American Renaissance Partnership, Beirut - Lebanon, September 12, 2008 

"Let’s stand up, roll up our sleeves and put our hands together for a real change so Lebanon will not vanish, so that we end the despair, and so we can redeem our proud heritage."  Lebanese American Association, San Francisco, CA, March 1, 2008

"The United States is a global nation, not only in global power but also in global influence." WLCU, Ottawa, Canada, August 25, 2007

"To bring home to policy-makers in the world the agony of the Lebanese as a result of this long war on their land, so that they will never bargain away the Lebanese people's freedom with any regional power." Book signing, Paris, France, May 15, 2007

"The America I knew is the America of open arms, hospitable and kind to the Arab people." Lebanese French Community, Paris, France, November 16, 2006

"We have been able to succeed in our new country because America embraced us. But we also succeeded because we are who we are; because of certain virtues that we learned in the country of our origins." Lebanese American Renaissance Partnership Conference, Beirut, Lebanon, November 10, 2006

"I want the best for America and I want the best for Lebanon ." Notre Dame University, Friday, June 16, 2006

"Nations cannot progress without peace, security and stability. They won’t be able to move forward without just and democratic governance." Lebanese American University, Friday, June 16, 2006

"Whether it is Lebanon, Iraq, or the Palestinian territories Arab Americans are eager to forge new programs related to democracy and good governance." American University of Cairo, Monday, June 12, 2006

"It is crucial that the national dialogue achieves positive results in the political issues at hand and so that Lebanon's security, freedom and sovereignty can be firmly re-established ." Massachusetts Institute for Technology, Cambridge, MA , May 20, 2006

"I am committed to improving knowledge of American political values in the greater Middle East and promoting a better understanding of the policy goals of President George W. Bush's forward strategy, which is designed to encourage freedom and reform in the broader Middle East & North Africa." University of California at Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, May 25, 2006

" You are our customers, we are the salesmen, and the product is the development work we do around the world, and the result, I hope, is our good relation with the people of the broader Middle East and North Africa." DC Lebanese American Professionals, Arlington, VA, March 30, 2006

"Stand firm with your belief. Stand firm with your principles. Don't waiver and don't yield. Be proud of who you are, you are the future of a better Lebanon and a better world." Lebanese Campus Link, Los Angeles, CA, March 26, 2006

"Democracy has no nationality nor religion, it cannot be imported neither exported; it is a choice for every human being in the world." Lebanese Information Center, San Francisco, CA February 5, 2006

"From the Marshall Plan to the reconstruction of Iraq and Afghanistan and the American people have been looking beyond the oceans to help others regain themselves and their dignity." Assyrian Aid Society, Turlock, CA, February 4, 2006

"The Arab world has passed through 60 years of confrontations from Abdel-Nasser and Arafat to Saddam Hussein and now Bashar Al-Assad. To where did these leaders take the Arab people and the Arab Youth?" Al-Watan Al-Arabi magazine, Washington, D.C. December 9, 2005

"I cannot see a democratic and free Lebanon unless democracy is embraced in Syria, West Bank-Gaza and Iraq."
Al-Watan Al- Arabi magazine, Washington, D.C. December 9, 2005

"Democracy is like the mighty oak or the cedar tree, it is slow growing, but when it reaches its prime it is strong and mighty. " Syracuse University, NY November 17, 2005

"The President is committed to lifting Lebanon up and you must help by bringing the President’s message into your communities in the South and bringing the Shiaa community back to its original Lebanese roots." Bint Jbail Club, Dearborn, MI September 8, 2005

“Palestinian Americans are an important component to the success of the new Middle East. I hope that you all become active participants in helping President George W. Bush and his administration to bring peace and security to Palestinians and Israelis.” The American Federation of Ramallah, Louisville, KT April 9, 2005

“Iraq is the cornerstone of change for the whole region. It is important to understand that coexistence is vital for Iraq's success. As democracy takes hold in Iraq, it will mean more protection for all minorities in the country. And as democracy spreads through the Middle East minorities through the region should flourish, just the way we all are here in our great United States of America.” The Assyrian National Council of Illinois, Chicago, IL December 18, 2004

“The Middle Eastern Americans are the perfect bridge between America and the People of the Middle East and North Africa. They are the best vehicle for reform and democracy because they believe in it and live it every day.” The USAID Middle Eastern American NGO Conference, Washington, DC October 27, 2004

“These are historic times; change is taking shape. There is no turning back. I believe democracy will lead to peace, to great economic returns, to freedom of the self and the opportunity for personal achievement, to equality, security and self-determination for all the nations in the region." The Middle Eastern American Convention, Washington, D.C. October 1, 2004

“The change in Iraq will reach both ends of the fertile crescent.” At-Turath - Anahar, Los Angeles September 26, 2004

"The impact of Syria in Lebanon is also harmful to Lebanon’s prospects for full restoration of its sovereignty. Lebanese sovereignty, Mr. President, Lebanese sovereignty is mentioned in numerous past Security Council resolutions.” 58th General Assembly, United Nations, NY December 3, 2003

"We do believe that no conflict in Lebanon was solved without the input of the international community, therefore; we believe that we have to be prepared and ready when united Lebanon needs us at this international level." American Lebanese League, Methuen, MA May 10, 1988

"We will not despair. We shall continue to hope, persevere, and work until Lebanon's sovereignty is regained and its spirit is renewed, and until the Lebanese people are once again dignified, free and happy." Kiwanis Club, Belmont, NC April 9, 1987

"We always hoped that the solution would come from the outside. The outside solution is not from superpowers or the other nations. The outside solution is from you to us. You are the superpowers, you are the hope and now you are the dream. Don’t fail our expectations." The Metrolina Phoenician Club, Belmont, NC September 28,1986

"The leaders of the free world and in particular the United States of America have a responsibility to protect its allies and punish its enemies." The Charlotte Observer April 15, 1986

“It is up to us Lebanese in the States to save Lebanon” Charlotte, NC 1985

"We keep rebuilding – we believe in the hope that tomorrow may be different. Whatever courses we are passing through, we will work hard to live with each other in love and dignity. We will never give up. Although we may fall as individuals we will get back up, with pride, as a country." Lebanese American Community, Belmont, NC September 21, 1985

"We are paying a fee for a war that is not ours. We want the Americans and the people of Gaston County to understand we want Lebanon for the Lebanese." The Gastonia Gazette June 13, 1982