Lebanon: Initial reaction to Assad’s speech

Syrian President Bashar Assad failed to deliver on the promises made on reforms by his adviser Butheina Shaaban and instead blamed the wave of protests on “conspirators” who reportedly are trying to destroy the country by sowing sectarian strife.

This was Assad’s first appearance since the protests erupted in this tightly controlled Arab country.

As was expected the allies of the Syrian regime in Lebanon were very supportive of his speech

In Jabal Mohsen neighborhood of Tripoli the predominantly Alawite area of northern Lebanon Several car windows were broken after celebratory gunshots were fired during Assad’s speech.

Similarly, LBC reported that celebratory gunshots were heard in Baalbek , a Hezbollah stronghold following Assad’s speech.

Lebanese Speaker Nabih Berri , a key ally of the Syrian regime called Assad’ speech the “second Corrective Movement,” according to a statement issued by Berri’s press office.

“The first Corrective Movement led by late President Hafez al-Assad laid the foundations for Syria the invincible… while the second one led by Bashar al-Assad lays the foundation of a modern Syria… the country of civil rights.”

Syria’s stability is an Arab need, and particularly a Lebanese one, Berri also said.

Update:

March 14

The March 14 General Secretariat condemned on Wednesday attempts by some media outlets to involve Lebanon in Syria’s popular opposition movements, which claimed that some independence movements in Lebanon are inciting unrest in the Arab state.

“The independence intifada in Lebanon cannot but support calls for change in the Arab world on the basis of freedom, justice, democracy, and peace for all,” it added.

“The popular intifada in the Arab world is an honest expression of justified rights after years of oppression and corruption,” it noted.

“The March 14 forces that advocated independence against foreign meddling in Lebanon rejects interfering in the affairs of other countries,” it continued.

commenting on Hezbollah arms the statement added:

“The arms are the main obstacle in hindering the state from restoring its authority and a constant cause for involving Lebanon in affairs that don’t concern it,” the statement remarked.

“The latest example of this was Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah’s announcement that his weapons are ready to fulfill any Iranian demand over developments in the region,”the statement continued.

  • nagy_michael2000

    Why don’t Berri question Assad about why the Syrian rulers helped Gaddafi to hide any traces of Imam Moussa Al Sadr.
    I tell you Berri has known about this long time ago and he’s traitor to Sadr and to his Amal Movement. I just can’t believe all those exhausting emotional years for the Shiites who have been looking for any clue on Imam. Now they know he was killed and Syria helped Gaddafi and advised him on what to do. Here they are supporters of this clown Assad. Well after all the leadership in Amal and Shiites in general never truly cared about the fate of the Imam. It was all emotional speeches to appease their population. I am sure many descent Shiites are boiling knowing that Berri and Hezbollah, Syria and Iran knew the fate of Imam and didn’t do anything about it. what a pity..

    • pitsky

      Hi , call them what ever.
      The slims new the fate not only Sadar but more others.that is why they are still i power.

  • Anonymous

    Why don’t Berri question Assad about why the Syrian rulers helped Gaddafi to hide any traces of Imam Moussa Al Sadr.
    I tell you Berri has known about this long time ago and he’s traitor to Sadr and to his Amal Movement. I just can’t believe all those exhausting emotional years for the Shiites who have been looking for any clue on Imam. Now they know he was killed and Syria helped Gaddafi and advised him on what to do. Here they are supporters of this clown Assad. Well after all the leadership in Amal and Shiites in general never truly cared about the fate of the Imam. It was all emotional speeches to appease their population. I am sure many descent Shiites are boiling knowing that Berri and Hezbollah, Syria and Iran knew the fate of Imam and didn’t do anything about it. what a pity..

    • Anonymous

      Hi , call them what ever.
      The slims new the fate not only Sadar but more others.that is why they are still i power.

  • guss043

    Berri ko lick the Assad a s s ,oops sorry you did that maybe you need to have a meal now ,invite your followers too!!!

  • guss043

    Berri ko lick the Assad a s s ,oops sorry you did that maybe you need to have a meal now ,invite your followers too!!!

  • Elinjaim

    Nosrallah didn’t say anything new! We all know that he and his weapons are under
    Iranian command not Lebanese authority. But after his open admission, Hizballah and
    his weapons should be treated as foreign occupying forces and delt with as such. Lebanese
    leaders should take this case to the United Nations and all corners of the World asking for help
    to liberate their country from Iranian occupying forces.

    • Leave Lebanon iza mch 3ajbak baddak visa 3a canada?

    • Leave Lebanon iza mch 3ajbak baddak visa 3a canada?

    • Leborigine

      Since the weapons are not resistance weapons anymore and are used as a bargaining tool for more leverage in internal affairs, I say we arm the rest of the Lebanese militias and lets get back to square one. A jahish would have learnt from the 30 yo civil war, but it seems that the jahish breed seems to be more intelligent than some humans!

    • Leborigine

      Since the weapons are not resistance weapons anymore and are used as a bargaining tool for more leverage in internal affairs, I say we arm the rest of the Lebanese militias and lets get back to square one. A jahish would have learnt from the 30 yo civil war, but it seems that the jahish breed seems to be more intelligent than some humans!

  • Anonymous

    Nosrallah didn’t say anything new! We all know that he and his weapons are under
    Iranian command not Lebanese authority. But after his open admission, Hizballah and
    his weapons should be treated as foreign occupying forces and delt with as such. Lebanese
    leaders should take this case to the United Nations and all corners of the World asking for help
    to liberate their country from Iranian occupying forces.

    • Leave Lebanon iza mch 3ajbak baddak visa 3a canada?

    • Anonymous

      Since the weapons are not resistance weapons anymore and are used as a bargaining tool for more leverage in internal affairs, I say we arm the rest of the Lebanese militias and lets get back to square one. A jahish would have learnt from the 30 yo civil war, but it seems that the jahish breed seems to be more intelligent than some humans!

  • Leborigine

    A bunch of pillow biters; corrupt and co%$sucking mutherf%^&rs. berri, Lebanon should have nothing to do with whatever happens in syria. Lebanon should not be affected whether syria is stable or not, but people like you and hassouna allow the Lebanese to fall in that trap and make Lebanon reliant on others just to serve your interests.
    Hypocricy at its best, you supported all the other revolutions but will not support the freedom of the syrain people. HA fired gunshots after the Retard’s speech, yeah, I can see where their loyalties lie – let me see them fire shots in the air when the Lebanese President makes a speech!

  • Leborigine

    A bunch of pillow biters; corrupt and co%$sucking mutherf%^&rs. berri, Lebanon should have nothing to do with whatever happens in syria. Lebanon should not be affected whether syria is stable or not, but people like you and hassouna allow the Lebanese to fall in that trap and make Lebanon reliant on others just to serve your interests.
    Hypocricy at its best, you supported all the other revolutions but will not support the freedom of the syrain people. HA fired gunshots after the Retard’s speech, yeah, I can see where their loyalties lie – let me see them fire shots in the air when the Lebanese President makes a speech!

  • Anonymous

    A bunch of pillow biters; corrupt and co%$sucking mutherf%^&rs. berri, Lebanon should have nothing to do with whatever happens in syria. Lebanon should not be affected whether syria is stable or not, but people like you and hassouna allow the Lebanese to fall in that trap and make Lebanon reliant on others just to serve your interests.
    Hypocricy at its best, you supported all the other revolutions but will not support the freedom of the syrain people. HA fired gunshots after the Retard’s speech, yeah, I can see where their loyalties lie – let me see them fire shots in the air when the Lebanese President makes a speech!

  • leb_expatriate

    Revenge will take long to achieve but in the end it will be sweet.

  • Anonymous

    Revenge will take long to achieve but in the end it will be sweet.

  • lebnaneh

    bashar ya eben lehmar you are full of it syria is going you silly bastered you kept killing and torture the lebanese your turn is up now and god have no mercy on your father and your sole you bastered son of bitch kill as many as you can wimp

  • lebnaneh

    bashar ya eben lehmar you are full of it syria is going you silly bastered you kept killing and torture the lebanese your turn is up now and god have no mercy on your father and your sole you bastered son of bitch kill as many as you can wimp

  • Anonymous

    bashar ya eben lehmar you are full of it syria is going you silly bastered you kept killing and torture the lebanese your turn is up now and god have no mercy on your father and your sole you bastered son of bitch kill as many as you can wimp