Berri: The Cedar Revolution took Lebanon 60 years back

Speaker Nabih Berri said in a speech on Monday during a ceremony organized by the International Intellectual Conference to honor late Shiite clerics Mohammed Makki al-Jizzini and Zeineddine al-Jabhi.that the 2005 Cedar Revolution “took Lebanon 60 years back.”

“The Cedar Revolution took us 60 years back, led to the spending of public funds, increased national debt and favored the atmosphere for more foreign interference,” Berri , a key ally of the Iranian and Syrian backed Hezbollah group said in a reference to the March 14 coalition, which was named after the largest demonstration of the Cedar revolution.

The speaker said that “Lebanon is in an era during which it is subjected to international pressure through the project of the New Middle East.”

He also said that Lebanon is being used “as a base” to bring down the Syrian regime.

“Some are trying to overthrow history and create problems with Syria in the North,” he added.

Berri said recent visits to Lebanon by foreign officials were aimed at “using our country as a platform for undermining Syria.”

“The recent events in Syria have opened the door for a second Corrective Movement that should be led by President Bashar al-Assad,” Berri stressed.

In another show of support to the Syrian regime he said : “We are reassured that the Syrian army knows its national duties regarding the safeguarding of the borders and that Syria does not have a history of sectarian conflict.”

Berri also said that Lebanon’s Muslim Shiites will not “fall into the trap of strife.”

“We, in Lebanon, will be the party that is most committed to national unity and coexistence.” He said

According to human rights activists, at least 1100 people have been killed and at least 10,000 others arrested since the revolt against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime began in mid-March.

Over a million Lebanese , Christians, Druze and Muslims protested in downtown Beirut on March 14, 2005 demanding Syria's withdrawal from Lebanon. Syria withdrew in April 2005 after 29 years of military presence

The Cedar Revolution or Independence Intifada was a chain of demonstrations in Lebanon (especially in the capital Beirut) triggered by the assassination of the former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri on February 14, 2005.

The primary goals of the original activists were the withdrawal of Syrian troops from Lebanon and the replacement of a government heavily influenced by Syrian interests with more independent leadership, the establishment of an international commission to investigate the assassination of Prime Minister Hariri, the resignation of security officials to ensure the success of the plan, and the organization of free parliamentary elections. The demonstrators demanded the end of the Syrian influence in Lebanese politics. At the start of the demonstrations, Syria had been maintaining a force of roughly 14,000 soldiers and intelligence agents in Lebanon. Following the demonstrations, the Syrian troops completely withdrew from Lebanon on April 27, 2005. The Pro-Syrian government was also disbanded, accomplishing the main goal of the revolution.

Hezbollah brought down PM Saad Hariri’s government on January 12 over Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) ’s imminent indictment which is widely expected to implicate Hezbollah members in the assassination of former PM Rafik Hariri,father of caretaker PM

Lebanon has been run by a caretaker government since last January. Nagib Mikati was appointed in January as the PM designate with the backing of the new March 8 majority led by Hezbollah.

Disputes over cabinet formation have prevented Mikati from forming the cabinet. Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun is reportedly demanding a disproportionate share in the cabinet and is being backed by Hezbollah and Syria in his demands . Aoun is also reportedly insisting on being allocated the 2 most sensitive security portfolios : The ministries of Interior and communications and does not want the president to have any share in the cabinet .

  • Constantin7

    This man is out of touch with 80% of the Lebanese population if he thinks that the Cedar Revolution took us 60 years back. For Berri liberating us from the Syrian hegemony is going 60 years back, what a blind man for real. I hope the year left to his mandate will be the last for ever. The Shiaa community has plenty of educated reasonable nationalistic leaders to replace him. He is ignorance personified…what a shame to have such a speaker in the parliament. On top of his ignorance, he keeps on calling for abolishing sectarianism while he practices sectarianism at its best, for example, has anyone ever seen Berri defends the rights of Lebanese other than the Shiaa? Has anyone ever seen Berri care or visit an area of Lebanon inhabited by other than the Shiaa? Has he ever visited Tripoli, Batroun, Aakkar, Zgharta, Kesrouan, Jbeil, Zahle, Western Bekaa, el Chouf, Matn, Aaley, etc….all he cares about is ther South, the Dahie and Baalback/Hermel and then he calls for the abolishment of sectarianism. Start abolishing sectarianism in your head Mr. Berri before preaching it to others, show us by example and not in words, walk your talk sir!

    It is you and the like of you who took Lebanon for real 60 years back, look at the areas your population is occupying in Beirut and the South and the Bekaa…Look at the once beautiful beaches of south Beirut (Saint Simon, Saint Michel) how they used to look and how do they look right now, from an airplane landing at the airport the whole area looks like a huge pile of rubble and trash welcoming the tourists. Thank you Mr. Berri. I am counting your days as the speaker of the paliament.  

    • Beiruti

      What do you expect? 10 kids a family is going to make our country a population crisis and a filth crisis, Haram it is a shame what they did to South Beirut and those beautiful beaches 🙁

    • ghzayel

      what kind of statement other than that would you expect from a parliament speaker that has 50% allegiance to the syrian and iranian regimes 49% allegiance to his pocket and 1% allegiance to lebanon???

      • Beiruti

        Sorry my friend but saying Berri pledges his allegiance only 1% to Lebanon would be too nice of a compliment.

        • don valantino

          At least he’s not as big of a thief as hariri and gemayel and at least his allegiance is not to israel or countries allied with israel..in the end the enemy of my enemy is my friend (syria, iran etc.)

        • don valantino

          At least he’s not as big of a thief as hariri and gemayel and at least his allegiance is not to israel or countries allied with israel..in the end the enemy of my enemy is my friend (syria, iran etc.)

        • eblashko

           @google-e4be56eef07ed7443ec231b6ecc13765:disqus
          Yea, because war with Israel had brought Lebanon so much good things. It’s definitely preferable to peace.

    • ghzayel

      what kind of statement other than that would you expect from a parliament speaker that has 50% allegiance to the syrian and iranian regimes 49% allegiance to his pocket and 1% allegiance to lebanon???

    • Rafic

      This guy is a good actor and he says all this crap with a straight face he should be nominated for an OSCAR!

  • Anonymous

    This man is out of touch with 80% of the Lebanese population if he thinks that the Cedar Revolution took us 60 years back. For Berri liberating us from the Syrian hegemony is going 60 years back, what a blind man for real. I hope the year left to his mandate will be the last for ever. The Shiaa community has plenty of educated reasonable nationalistic leaders to replace him. He is ignorance personified…what a shame to have such a speaker in the parliament. On top of his ignorance, he keeps on calling for abolishing sectarianism while he practices sectarianism at its best, for example, has anyone ever seen Berri defends the rights of Lebanese other than the Shiaa? Has anyone ever seen Berri care or visit an area of Lebanon inhabited by other than the Shiaa? Has he ever visited Tripoli, Batroun, Aakkar, Zgharta, Kesrouan, Jbeil, Zahle, Western Bekaa, el Chouf, Matn, Aaley, etc….all he cares about is ther South, the Dahie and Baalback/Hermel and then he calls for the abolishment of sectarianism. Start abolishing sectarianism in your head Mr. Berri before preaching it to others, show us by example and not in words, walk your talk sir!

    It is you and the like of you who took Lebanon for real 60 years back, look at the areas your population is occupying in Beirut and the South and the Bekaa…Look at the once beautiful beaches of south Beirut (Saint Simon, Saint Michel) how they used to look and how do they look right now, from an airplane landing at the airport the whole area looks like a huge pile of rubble and trash welcoming the tourists. Thank you Mr. Berri. I am counting your days as the speaker of the paliament.  

    • Anonymous

      What do you expect? 10 kids a family is going to make our country a population crisis and a filth crisis, Haram it is a shame what they did to South Beirut and those beautiful beaches 🙁

    • Anonymous

      what kind of statement other than that would you expect from a parliament speaker that has 50% allegiance to the syrian and iranian regimes 49% allegiance to his pocket and 1% allegiance to lebanon???

      • Anonymous

        Sorry my friend but saying Berri pledges his allegiance only 1% to Lebanon would be too nice of a compliment.

        • don valantino

          At least he’s not as big of a thief as hariri and gemayel and at least his allegiance is not to israel or countries allied with israel..in the end the enemy of my enemy is my friend (syria, iran etc.)

        • Anonymous

           @google-e4be56eef07ed7443ec231b6ecc13765:disqus
          Yea, because war with Israel had brought Lebanon so much good things. It’s definitely preferable to peace.

    • Anonymous

      This guy is a good actor and he says all this crap with a straight face he should be nominated for an OSCAR!

  • Beiruti

    Screw you and screw your Amal you piece of filth, if you love the Syrians so much go to Damascus you garbage. You have a lot of blood on your hands Mr.Berri you should be in prison cleaning some of that blood.

  • Anonymous

    Screw you and screw your Amal you piece of filth, if you love the Syrians so much go to Damascus you garbage. You have a lot of blood on your hands Mr.Berri you should be in prison cleaning some of that blood.

  • VeryLost

    why is he that stupid? surely he cant be that stupid… must be definitely brainwashed or a gun is pointed to his head to talk like this… i dont understnad why these stupid politicians think that by haveing 14 000 syrian troops in lebano it will help us?… it will help us be killed just like the syrians are now……. OH how i wish we can throw away all these stupid politicians, i hope in the next elections lebanese will NOT go to vote…. BOYCOTT VOTING

    • master09

      how will they boycott voting when the polies will buy the vote. The Lebanese will sell thier soul to the devil for $1,000.
      Last election people got a return ticket from Australia and $1,500 for a vote. WOW … 
      The funny thing is they rob the country then give some back to stay in power.   

      • That money would have been better spent on the lebanese in lebaon not on rich expats in Australia

        • master09

          Your 100% on the mark. Australia has a debt of 40 billion,population 22 million 2 million get money every two weeks roads get fixed doctors are for free pension is paid to 2,5 millon and so much more , LEBanon 4 million and 85 billion debt , what do they do for the people of Lebanon NOTHING. roads are muddy people are sick and the old can not buy a panadol or a loaf of bread. These polies have a house in ten diff countries.

          That is why xpats will not help Lebanon, they know money ends up in the pollies pockets.      

        • 316909

          Lebanese debt is under 50 billion. The power company losses are 1.5 billion a year. Most of the debt is owed to local lebanese banks who in turn control the government since most banks are owned or affiliated with one or more political party. The debt on the government is designed to keep the government and Army weak so the Militias can control the streets and population. Its called economic warfare and the people that go around the world doing this to countries are economic hit men. Basically you get a country to borrow money they cant afford to pay back so you can control them and force them to sell you property and government institutions as interest payments keeping the balance where it was to begin with or even adding to it by refinancing or missing a payment. That 50 billion dollars would have given the army the weapons they need to invade the middle east had they wanted but it was spent on building things and charging 50 times more than the cost so people in power can get rich.

      • That money would have been better spent on the lebanese in lebaon not on rich expats in Australia

        • master09

          Your 100% on the mark. Australia has a debt of 40 billion,population 22 million 2 million get money every two weeks roads get fixed doctors are for free pension is paid to 2,5 millon and so much more , LEBanon 4 million and 85 billion debt , what do they do for the people of Lebanon NOTHING. roads are muddy people are sick and the old can not buy a panadol or a loaf of bread. These polies have a house in ten diff countries.

          That is why xpats will not help Lebanon, they know money ends up in the pollies pockets.      

    • 316909

      Lebanese should vote for new non march 8 or 14 people next time. Not voting means these people stay in power since they will at least have the thugs and idiots they pay go vote any way

  • Anonymous

    why is he that stupid? surely he cant be that stupid… must be definitely brainwashed or a gun is pointed to his head to talk like this… i dont understnad why these stupid politicians think that by haveing 14 000 syrian troops in lebano it will help us?… it will help us be killed just like the syrians are now……. OH how i wish we can throw away all these stupid politicians, i hope in the next elections lebanese will NOT go to vote…. BOYCOTT VOTING

    • Anonymous

      how will they boycott voting when the polies will buy the vote. The Lebanese will sell thier soul to the devil for $1,000.
      Last election people got a return ticket from Australia and $1,500 for a vote. WOW … 
      The funny thing is they rob the country then give some back to stay in power.   

      • That money would have been better spent on the lebanese in lebaon not on rich expats in Australia

        • Anonymous

          Your 100% on the mark. Australia has a debt of 40 billion,population 22 million 2 million get money every two weeks roads get fixed doctors are for free pension is paid to 2,5 millon and so much more , LEBanon 4 million and 85 billion debt , what do they do for the people of Lebanon NOTHING. roads are muddy people are sick and the old can not buy a panadol or a loaf of bread. These polies have a house in ten diff countries.

          That is why xpats will not help Lebanon, they know money ends up in the pollies pockets.      

        • Anonymous

          Lebanese debt is under 50 billion. The power company losses are 1.5 billion a year. Most of the debt is owed to local lebanese banks who in turn control the government since most banks are owned or affiliated with one or more political party. The debt on the government is designed to keep the government and Army weak so the Militias can control the streets and population. Its called economic warfare and the people that go around the world doing this to countries are economic hit men. Basically you get a country to borrow money they cant afford to pay back so you can control them and force them to sell you property and government institutions as interest payments keeping the balance where it was to begin with or even adding to it by refinancing or missing a payment. That 50 billion dollars would have given the army the weapons they need to invade the middle east had they wanted but it was spent on building things and charging 50 times more than the cost so people in power can get rich.

      • That money would have been better spent on the lebanese in lebaon not on rich expats in Australia

    • Anonymous

      Lebanese should vote for new non march 8 or 14 people next time. Not voting means these people stay in power since they will at least have the thugs and idiots they pay go vote any way

  • I’m happy to go back 160 years than go back 6 years and be ruled by the syrian army(asaads thiefs and gangs) in lebanon. 

  • I’m happy to go back 160 years than go back 6 years and be ruled by the syrian army(asaads thiefs and gangs) in lebanon. 

  • I’m happy to go back 160 years than go back 6 years and be ruled by the syrian army(asaads thiefs and gangs) in lebanon. 

  • I’m happy to go back 160 years than go back 6 years and be ruled by the syrian army(asaads thiefs and gangs) in lebanon. 

  • lebster

    I guess we have our own Qaddafi. The stupidity of some politicians is mindboggeling. Are you really that Stupid Mr Berri??? Really??? Seriously??? Akeed Habibi???? come on !!!!!

    Why is he still around anyways?? Isn’t he festo2 fadi compared to HA??

  • Anonymous

    I guess we have our own Qaddafi. The stupidity of some politicians is mindboggeling. Are you really that Stupid Mr Berri??? Really??? Seriously??? Akeed Habibi???? come on !!!!!

    Why is he still around anyways?? Isn’t he festo2 fadi compared to HA??

  • george_shalhoub

    Berri you’re as low life as it can get. How dare you accuse M14 of going back 60 yrs after freeing you and Lebanon out of Syrian control. But no you like to suck the lifeline out of Lebanon forever just like your masters the Syrians. Lebanese should all and support the Syrian revolution and free them from the same people who have destroyed Lebanon for 30 yrs. There are no difference between you, the jews of Israel and SYrian regime. You’re all directly and indirectly seek the destruction of Lebanon.
    Talk about going back 60 yrs what about the 2006 war, the attack in west 2008 and sit-in that choked the economy for 2 yrs. and many more criminals incident by your gangs and HA that drove investments away. You want to protect the Syrian regime.. here is piece of article about the 13 year old Syrian boy who was crushed under Syrian Security and interrogations.
    The boy’s head was swollen, purple and disfigured. His body was a mess
    of welts, cigarette burns and wounds from bullets fired to injure, not
    kill. His kneecaps had been smashed, his neck broken, his jaw shattered
    and his penis cut off.
    What finally killed him was not clear, but it
    appeared painfully, shockingly clear that he had suffered terribly
    during the month he spent in Syrian custody.
    Hamza Ali al-Khateeb was 13 years old.Berri if you want to be part of the Syrian regime by all means. But spare us your opinion and your criticism and you should be the last jackass who should even say anything. Shame on you and shame on Nassrallah for aiding and covering up for such cowering regime. May you and Nassrallah and Aoun be punished the same way that poor boy was punished ten times fold.Rot in your you Son of bitch..

  • Anonymous

    Berri you’re as low life as it can get. How dare you accuse M14 of going back 60 yrs after freeing you and Lebanon out of Syrian control. But no you like to suck the lifeline out of Lebanon forever just like your masters the Syrians. Lebanese should all and support the Syrian revolution and free them from the same people who have destroyed Lebanon for 30 yrs. There are no difference between you, the jews of Israel and SYrian regime. You’re all directly and indirectly seek the destruction of Lebanon.
    Talk about going back 60 yrs what about the 2006 war, the attack in west 2008 and sit-in that choked the economy for 2 yrs. and many more criminals incident by your gangs and HA that drove investments away. You want to protect the Syrian regime.. here is piece of article about the 13 year old Syrian boy who was crushed under Syrian Security and interrogations.
    The boy’s head was swollen, purple and disfigured. His body was a mess
    of welts, cigarette burns and wounds from bullets fired to injure, not
    kill. His kneecaps had been smashed, his neck broken, his jaw shattered
    and his penis cut off.
    What finally killed him was not clear, but it
    appeared painfully, shockingly clear that he had suffered terribly
    during the month he spent in Syrian custody.
    Hamza Ali al-Khateeb was 13 years old.Berri if you want to be part of the Syrian regime by all means. But spare us your opinion and your criticism and you should be the last jackass who should even say anything. Shame on you and shame on Nassrallah for aiding and covering up for such cowering regime. May you and Nassrallah and Aoun be punished the same way that poor boy was punished ten times fold.Rot in your you Son of bitch..

  • eblashko

    If I were Lebanese, I would be infuriated. I mean it can’t be more clear, right? M14 is for Lebanon and M8 is for Syria? How can they even pretend to justify their case? 

    I have a question… how long will this bull-shit of no government go on for? Will it come to a point when there will be new elections? It blows my mind how March 8th hijacked the government and still hasn’t formed a cabinet. 

    • Elinjaim

      They didn’t only hijacked the government, but now they are demolishing the official institutions. It is
      their plan to drive Lebanon to hell in order to prove that Lebanese can’t govern themselves and Syrian’s
      influence and control should return through Hizballah. I won’t be surprised if Hizballah has deployed his
      fighters in all cities and towns and occupied all government’s buildings just little after the STL issued its
      report charging Hizballah and Syrian’s intelligence for all 25 crimes that took the lives of Hariri and other
      politicians.

  • eblashko

    If I were Lebanese, I would be infuriated. I mean it can’t be more clear, right? M14 is for Lebanon and M8 is for Syria? How can they even pretend to justify their case? 

    I have a question… how long will this bull-shit of no government go on for? Will it come to a point when there will be new elections? It blows my mind how March 8th hijacked the government and still hasn’t formed a cabinet. 

    • Elinjaim

      They didn’t only hijacked the government, but now they are demolishing the official institutions. It is
      their plan to drive Lebanon to hell in order to prove that Lebanese can’t govern themselves and Syrian’s
      influence and control should return through Hizballah. I won’t be surprised if Hizballah has deployed his
      fighters in all cities and towns and occupied all government’s buildings just little after the STL issued its
      report charging Hizballah and Syrian’s intelligence for all 25 crimes that took the lives of Hariri and other
      politicians.

  • Anonymous

    If I were Lebanese, I would be infuriated. I mean it can’t be more clear, right? M14 is for Lebanon and M8 is for Syria? How can they even pretend to justify their case? 

    I have a question… how long will this bull-shit of no government go on for? Will it come to a point when there will be new elections? It blows my mind how March 8th hijacked the government and still hasn’t formed a cabinet. 

    • Anonymous

      They didn’t only hijacked the government, but now they are demolishing the official institutions. It is
      their plan to drive Lebanon to hell in order to prove that Lebanese can’t govern themselves and Syrian’s
      influence and control should return through Hizballah. I won’t be surprised if Hizballah has deployed his
      fighters in all cities and towns and occupied all government’s buildings just little after the STL issued its
      report charging Hizballah and Syrian’s intelligence for all 25 crimes that took the lives of Hariri and other
      politicians.

  • 316909

    I would not be surprised if clashes break out in the north or if Syrian troops actually invade parts of the north if they survive the revolt. No the ceder revolution did not take the country back 60 years the war in 2006 did. The spending is from the devastation Lebanon was dealt during the war. A war no one wanted and should not have happened to begin with. That war ruined the best tourist season Lebanon had seen in years and the country has never been the same again. I guess it was the only way to get the attention off of Iran during the G8 meeting regarding Iran and its WMD program and possible sanctions.

    If this revolt in Syria continues any longer we may see More UNIFIL attacks, Or attacks on Israel by rag tag Palestinian groups (they would not involve HA from the start because that would turn a lot of people against them now and another war is not what they need now). We may even see some clashes between Hamas and Israel or Hamas and Fatah again. Anything is possible in the middle east and always has been. As the revolt grows the regime will get more and more desperate.  In the end I personally have nothing against Syria and dont care if the regime makes it or not. I just hope the Syrian people find peace and Lebanon is able to move forward in peace.

  • Anonymous

    I would not be surprised if clashes break out in the north or if Syrian troops actually invade parts of the north if they survive the revolt. No the ceder revolution did not take the country back 60 years the war in 2006 did. The spending is from the devastation Lebanon was dealt during the war. A war no one wanted and should not have happened to begin with. That war ruined the best tourist season Lebanon had seen in years and the country has never been the same again. I guess it was the only way to get the attention off of Iran during the G8 meeting regarding Iran and its WMD program and possible sanctions.

    If this revolt in Syria continues any longer we may see More UNIFIL attacks, Or attacks on Israel by rag tag Palestinian groups (they would not involve HA from the start because that would turn a lot of people against them now and another war is not what they need now). We may even see some clashes between Hamas and Israel or Hamas and Fatah again. Anything is possible in the middle east and always has been. As the revolt grows the regime will get more and more desperate.  In the end I personally have nothing against Syria and dont care if the regime makes it or not. I just hope the Syrian people find peace and Lebanon is able to move forward in peace.

  • shankarees

    Speaker Berri should be prosecuted for HIGH TREASON for his remarks about the Cedar Revolution.  Obviously, he prefers to continue to live under the Syrian shoe. 

  • shankarees

    Speaker Berri should be prosecuted for HIGH TREASON for his remarks about the Cedar Revolution.  Obviously, he prefers to continue to live under the Syrian shoe. 

  • Speaker Berri should be prosecuted for HIGH TREASON for his remarks about the Cedar Revolution.  Obviously, he prefers to continue to live under the Syrian shoe. 

  • ghzayel

    ya beiruti
     
    the 1/2% downgraded at your request from the previous 1% allegiance to lebanon is because he participates once a year along with the president and the prime minister in the independence day festivities.
     
    ya don valantino,
     
    “…at least his allegiance is not to israel or countries allied with israel…”
     
    obviously you did not read the latest news today  about the secret arms deal between israeli businessmen and iranian officials.  

    so to recapitulate, your friends the iranians are buying weapons from their friends??? or ennemies??? the israelis, to give to their friends hezballah and to your boss berri, to fight the israelis who are the ennemies or friends of your friends the iranians??? man it is getting weird and complicated by the minute!!!

    one word of advice, cut all this friends and ennemies bs and come back to lebanon before its too late.

  • Anonymous

    ya beiruti
     
    the 1/2% downgraded from 1% allegiance to lebanon at your request is because he participates once a year along with the president and the prime minister in the independence day festivities.
     
    ya don valantino,
     
    “…at least his allegiance is not to israel or countries allied with israel…”
     
    obviously you did not read the latest news today  about the secret arms deal between israeli businessmen and iranian officials.  

    so to recapitulate, your friends the iranians are buying weapons from their friends??? or ennemies??? the israelis, to give to their friends hezballah and to your boss berri, to fight the israelis who are the ennemies or friends of their friends the iranians??? man it is getting weird and complicated by the minute!!!

    one word of advice, cut all this friends and ennemies bs and come back to lebanon before its too late.

  • Fauzia45

    The Cedar Revolution did not take Lebanon 60 years back!! Definitely not!

  • Fauzia45

    The Cedar Revolution did not take Lebanon 60 years back!! Definitely not!

  • Anonymous

    The Cedar Revolution did not take Lebanon 60 years back!! Definitely not!

  • ya berri lik manzarak shi bekhare lik sod u and sod syria and iran too so they get us 60 back and what did u do for lebanon mr speaker lets see your history u are the biggs thief ever in lebanon and when are u gonna give up the speaker thing u been around 40 years now enought of ur ugly face and let someone else do your job enought that u have 7 petrol station in the us but u still hate the us we know how u fell drop dead and piss of to your syria u stupid 

    • ghzayel

      he has over 40 petrol stations in the us, besides other investments and cash deposits in american banks.

  • ya berri lik manzarak shi bekhare lik sod u and sod syria and iran too so they get us 60 back and what did u do for lebanon mr speaker lets see your history u are the biggs thief ever in lebanon and when are u gonna give up the speaker thing u been around 40 years now enought of ur ugly face and let someone else do your job enought that u have 7 petrol station in the us but u still hate the us we know how u fell drop dead and piss of to your syria u stupid 

    • Anonymous

      he has over 40 petrol stations in the us, besides other investments and cash deposits in american banks.

  • Elinjaim

    I wish Birri is right! Sixty years ago, Lebanon was prosperos, beautiful, piliticians respected each other, and
    over all no ethnic division. Comparing that time in the fifties and sixties to our present time is like comparing
    Heaven to Hell, thanks to Birri, his partners and regional influence.

  • Elinjaim

    I wish Birri is right! Sixty years ago, Lebanon was prosperos, beautiful, piliticians respected each other, and
    over all no ethnic division. Comparing that time in the fifties and sixties to our present time is like comparing
    Heaven to Hell, thanks to Birri, his partners and regional influence.

  • Anonymous

    I wish Birri is right! Sixty years ago, Lebanon was prosperos, beautiful, piliticians respected each other, and
    over all no ethnic division. Comparing that time in the fifties and sixties to our present time is like comparing
    Heaven to Hell, thanks to Birri, his partners and regional influence.

  • kareemthehippy

    60 years ago, we’d be a pretty happy country.

    Also, would we progress with Syrian soldiers on our soil, and with Israel, a country that is not subject to any law whatsoever, given constant “reason” to bomb the living crap out of us.
    I think we’d probably look liek Damascus with all these protests and deaths if it wasn’t for the Cedar Revolution

    I do agree that the Cedar Revolution had potential and did alot, but didn’t complete ..didnt make its initial promises.  And it didn’t lead to any rise of younger generation movements and kept the same old people from the older generations of the civil war…

    But I’d pick that over keeping Syrian soldiers on our soil, and Israel killing 1000+ Lebanese ALWAYS…until something positive is opposing it.

  • Anonymous

    60 years ago, we’d be a pretty happy country.

    Also, would we progress with Syrian soldiers on our soil, and with Israel, a country that is not subject to any law whatsoever, given constant “reason” to bomb the living crap out of us.
    I think we’d probably look liek Damascus with all these protests and deaths if it wasn’t for the Cedar Revolution

    I do agree that the Cedar Revolution had potential and did alot, but didn’t complete ..didnt make its initial promises.  And it didn’t lead to any rise of younger generation movements and kept the same old people from the older generations of the civil war…

    But I’d pick that over keeping Syrian soldiers on our soil, and Israel killing 1000+ Lebanese ALWAYS…until something positive is opposing it.