Tracy Chamoun

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Tracy Chamoun (born 1962) is a Lebanese author and political activist of Lebanese Australian descent. She is one of two surviving children of Dany Chamoun (1934–1990), the former leader of the National Liberal Party and commander of the Tigers militia, which played a significant role in the Lebanese Civil War of 1975 to 1990, and the granddaughter of former President Camille Chamoun. Her mother was Patti Morgan Chamoun, an Australian fashion model and actress.[1] Tracy Chamoun has sought to perpetuate the legacy of her father through the Dany Chamoun Foundation, who was assassinated together with his second wife and two young sons by unknowns after the Syrian Forces occupied the Eastern Area of Beirut (Christian Region) and the crime was allegedly attributed to the Lebanese Forces militia who in turn accuse the occupation secret services, on October 21, 1990[2][3]. She has written, in French, Au Nom du Pere, an autobiography centered on her relationship with her father and on his life and work. In it, she also recounts the harrowing experience in which she and her mother were kidnapped in 1980 during a surprise attack on the National Liberal Party headquarters by Phalangist militiamen under the command of Bachir Gemayel, her father's former ally.

Chamoun was an outspoken critic of the former Syria occupation of Lebanon. She has described her country's independence as a "myth". "To what extent does the establishment believe that the population is so blind that it cannot see that the nation is far from independent?" she asked rhetorically before the Independence Day celebrations in 1990. "Like the myth of the emperor with no clothes, it is a charade that only the sycophants see and celebrate", she added.

Chamoun is known for her moderate political views. She favors the building of a modern democracy, and has spoken out against what she sees as the feudal political system, in which clan loyalties often play a more significant role than ideology in politics. She is critical of her Uncle's alliance with the Person convicted of killing her family Dory Chamoun, who currently heads the National Liberal Party. Publicly, however, she has defended her uncle, and has refused to enter into discussions with people critical of him.

Tracy Chamoun has vowed to continue to remind people of the truth behind the assassination for her slain father which she writes about in her books Le Sang De la Paix published by Lattes in France and « ثمن السلم » published by Antoine in Lebanon.

She is reported to be considering standing as a candidate for the National Assembly in the 2013 parliamentary election.

References[edit]

  • "Declaration on the anniversary of Dany Chamoun’s assassination", October 2008, Tayyar.org>
  • "Warlord gets life, but plans his vacation" Robert Fisk, The Independent, June 25, 1995