Jumblatt calls Syria's referendum a" theatrical performance"

Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblatt criticized the referendum on new constitution in Syria, calling it “a constitutional, theatrical performance.”

“Some constitutional theaters are being staged on corpses and amid the sounds of bullets,” Jumblatt said in his weekly article published in Al-Anbaa newspaper on Monday.

Jumblatt in his column stressed the “importance of implementing the articles of the Arab League initiative which is similar to the Gulf initiative on Yemen.”

The PSP leader reiterated that its “vital for the Syrian opposition to unite [its ranks] and encompass all [Syrian] groups without exception.”

“The battle is tough and long. All efforts need [to be joined together] and schism [should be avoided].”

Jumblatt also commended the “historic” stance taken by the Palestinian Hamas movement regarding the Syrian situation.

“Standing by the Syrian people, shows that [Hamas] understands the meaning of sacrifice for the sake of freedom,” Jumblatt said.

Ismail Haniya, who heads the Hamas government in Gaza, offered his support last week in Cairo to “the heroic Syrian people, who are striving for freedom, democracy and reform.”

The PSP leader also criticized Russian President Dmitry Medvedev for bestowing the Pushkin medal on pro- regime Syrian writer Ali Okla Orsan.

Syrian activists say more than 8,000 people have been killed in the crackdown on Syrian protesters who have been demonstrating against the Baath regime since March 2011.

Sham vote

Over 89 per cent of Syrians approved a new constitution, proposed by President Bashar al-Assad, in a referendum on Sunday, state television said on Monday.

The new constitution that could keep Assad in power until 2028 was condemned by world leaders as a “sham”.

“The referendum in Syria is nothing more than a farce,” said Guido Westerwelle, the German foreign minister. “Sham votes cannot be a contribution to a resolution of the crisis. Assad must finally end the violence and clear the way for a political transition.”

Turnout in the referendum was 57.4 percent, state television claimed

  • ba

    The only people Jumblat should be calling is his barber and drug dealer.
    Maybe that was a stupid joke….

    I think this guy is playing with fire and it cant last forever. His father was killed for the same reason he may be.
    Its only a matter of time before they try to take him out. I think he has become a liability and they would have more security if they killed him and replaced him with Wahab or Arslan. Its easy in Lebanon! Just pump in a few million dollars to his followers and they will become your followers. Very simple….

    • THESOUTHWILLRISEAGAIN20

      Smartest guy in the forum bar none,

      Bad Ass Id like to hear your views on SHN and what you
      think of him? Thanks

      • ba

        Thank for the comment.

        I have a lot of respect for him because back in the 90s when Israel was still in the south his son Hadi actually died in a operation against Israel. They didnt assassinate him while he was in Monaco on the beach. In my opinion a man that preaches a cause and sends his child to fight and die in the cause is a man I have to respect. That is my view on SHN as a man.

        My view on HA as a whole has changed. May 7 was a reaction to a long list of laws put against HA  mainly by Jumblat and they basically cornered HA into retaliation. It was either HA clashes with the Army because who else would be sent to enforce the laws regarding the telecommunications network or they take control of the government and live to fight another day. I would have done the same thing.

        What I do not like is the constant security situations we have where fights turn into gun battles and no one is ever arrested. I did not like the 2006 war because it was not good timing and ruined the tourist season. I dont like the way supporters of HA are acting these days either. For example: I owned a house in a area called Aramoun. HA supporters forced all tv satellite operators to close down, All internet providers to close down and they setup a monopoly on these two businesses. I also sold some land and one of the brokers that showed the land to clients was a HA supporter. I sold the land using another broker not the HA guy and paid his commission. The HA guy started threatening me and  sent people to my house once to “talk to me” and I think my wife was followed once. I went to the Hussainiya and spoke to a HA guy who assured me everything would be handled and not to worry and a few days later my cousin calls me and tells that he got a call and a guy told him that I was a dead man unless I paid the HA guy $6000 so I did. I sold the house in Aramoun and all the land my parents gave me and I left Lebanon and swore to God I would never come back. I was planning on staying in Lebanon at the time. However I have been back and purchased a house in Dbayih near ABC where I dont have to deal with these people as often when Im in Lebanon. The weird thing is he called me to thank me for the money after I sent it to him, said I was like a brother to him and asked me what else I had for sale because he has a lot of clients. I told him to just stay away from me and he was offended. I hear stories like this all the time. Its not the party but party members using the party to scare people and it works.

        I dont like Berri too much because the man is not clean.
        I dont like Aoun either because he lies too much and is crazy. I really think he is Narcissistic and Im not joking about that. I think he is like the emperor Nero except Nero committed suicide once he lost power and Aoun leached onto HA. We all know he is a liar. I can show you youtube videos of him saying the U.S should invade Syria, Syria killed Harriri, Claiming he wrote 1703 for the U.N and the 1559 was the new constitution in Lebanon and he also wrote it for the U.N, He also said HA helped Syria witht he killing and so on. The guy is insane and wants to be president at all cost. I understand why HA would keep him around though.
         
        I dont like march 14 because they were robbing us blind when they were in power for 20 years and they were all kissing up to Syria daily.

        However I also respect Samir Gaga because he paid a price and did not sellout. Some dont agree with what he did during the war but the truth is everyone in Lebanon has blood on his hands and he is the only one to be punished with 11 years in jail.

        Overall I hate politics and politicians in Lebanon and I feel that we need new people and new political parties. its our fault we have these guys because we keep voting for them. We need People that work for the country. As it is now all the political elite in Lebanon do is point fingers at the other side. Not one member of parliament ever speaks about healthcare, social security, the children begging on the streets, security or anything. I hear the words Iran, America, France, Syria, The west, more than I hear the word Lebanon in speeches and it makes me sick.

        I dont vote and never will until I see some real changes in our political personalities….. I dont support a political party either.
        Hope I didnt put you to sleep with this.

        • thanks for sharing  your story, it sounds realistinc  and you are honest  to tell it like it is.

        • JessicaHabib

           My new hero!

        • THESOUTHWILLRISEAGAIN20

          Bad Ass,

          The only thing I didnt like bout what you said is that you respect Samir
          Geagea,to me he is the dog of lebanon and he went to jail for crimes he
          commited and she shouldve gone for life if there was any justice in this world,
          and to me many of Lebnons problems and assasinations coincidently started
          as soon as this terrorist got out of jail,sorry had to get that off of my chest,
          but once again nice post..

        • Fadi81

          excellent comment, it seems we have allot of similar views regarding Lebanon.

        • Hannibal

          @THESOUTHWILLRISEAGAIN20:disqus So Geagea is a terrorist but not Bashar and not those indicted by the STL? oh sorry but you must be one of those who bought the stories about zionist this and zionist that. Geagea was accused that he killed Dany Chamoun. Tell me people why is it that the brother of Dany has no problem with Geagea? Here is an answer for you: because the people who committed ALL BAR NONE of those killings were Syrian agents inside of Lebanon and there is no need to explain who are those agents because we all know the sons of vipers who claim to do everything in the name of Palestinians and qaadimoun this and qaadimoun that. How come that our countries in the Middle East are all ruled by despots and tyrants and oligarchs? How come we still dress like some asshole who just came out of the Middle Ages and  every asshole claims he is a descendent of this prophet of yours. Give me one achievement that came out of these Middle Eastern countries except chaos and mayhem and killings in the name of a God who preaches love? So stop all that BS and look at your own mirror. ma anyak menel muqaawame el uula (PLO) ella el muuqaawame el teenye. aal tariq la falastine tammuro men jounieh aal. Buy yourself a friggin GPS wu 7ello 3an a…..

  • Bad Ass

    The only people Jumblat should be calling is his barber and drug dealer.
    Maybe that was a stupid joke….

    I think this guy is playing with fire and it cant last forever. His father was killed for the same reason he may be.
    Its only a matter of time before they try to take him out. I think he has become a liability and they would have more security if they killed him and replaced him with Wahab or Arslan. Its easy in Lebanon! Just pump in a few million dollars to his followers and they will become your followers. Very simple….

    • Anonymous

      Smartest guy in the forum bar none,

      Bad Ass Id like to hear your views on SHN and what you
      think of him? Thanks

      • About that name… I thought the south HAS risen… with all the Persian money.

        • Anonymous

          I guess ‘the rise’ is dependant on where you are looking from and what you consider is moving up in the world…if one considers that aspiring to have a Persian Islamic controlled police state within Lebanon a rise, then I suppose the South has risen…I tend to consider freedom of thought, freedom of individuality, freedom of personal choice, and tolerating the free choices of those around you to be the only description of a ‘rise’ in Lebanon…lets hope the country as a whole rises up for the sake of all Lebanese.

      • Bad Ass

        Thank for the comment.

        I have a lot of respect for him because back in the 90s when Israel was still in the south his son Hadi actually died in a operation against Israel. They didnt assassinate him while he was in Monaco on the beach. In my opinion a man that preaches a cause and sends his child to fight and die in the cause is a man I have to respect. That is my view on SHN as a man.

        My view on HA as a whole has changed. May 7 was a reaction to a long list of laws put against HA  mainly by Jumblat and they basically cornered HA into retaliation. It was either HA clashes with the Army because who else would be sent to enforce the laws regarding the telecommunications network or they take control of the government and live to fight another day. I would have done the same thing.

        What I do not like is the constant security situations we have where fights turn into gun battles and no one is ever arrested. I did not like the 2006 war because it was not good timing and ruined the tourist season. I dont like the way supporters of HA are acting these days either. For example: I owned a house in a area called Aramoun. HA supporters forced all tv satellite operators to close down, All internet providers to close down and they setup a monopoly on these two businesses. I also sold some land and one of the brokers that showed the land to clients was a HA supporter. I sold the land using another broker not the HA guy and paid his commission. The HA guy started threatening me and  sent people to my house once to “talk to me” and I think my wife was followed once. I went to the Hussainiya and spoke to a HA guy who assured me everything would be handled and not to worry and a few days later my cousin calls me and tells that he got a call and a guy told him that I was a dead man unless I paid the HA guy $6000 so I did. I sold the house in Aramoun and all the land my parents gave me and I left Lebanon and swore to God I would never come back. I was planning on staying in Lebanon at the time. However I have been back and purchased a house in Dbayih near ABC where I dont have to deal with these people as often when Im in Lebanon. The weird thing is he called me to thank me for the money after I sent it to him, said I was like a brother to him and asked me what else I had for sale because he has a lot of clients. I told him to just stay away from me and he was offended. I hear stories like this all the time. Its not the party but party members using the party to scare people and it works.

        I dont like Berri too much because the man is not clean.
        I dont like Aoun either because they lie too much and Aoun is crazy. I really think he is Narcissistic and Im not joking about that. I think he is like the emperor Nero except Nero committed suicide once he lost power and Aoun leached onto HA. We all know he is a liar. I can show you youtube videos of him saying the U.S should invade Syria, Syria killed Harriri, HA helped Syria and so on. The guy is insane and wants to be president at all cost. I understand why HA would keep him around though.
         
        I dont like march 14 because they were robbing us blind when they were in power for 20 years and they were all kissing up to Syria daily.

        However I also respect Samir Gaga because he paid a price and did not sellout. Some dont agree with what he did during the war but the truth is everyone in Lebanon has blood on his hands and he is the only one to be punished with 11 years in jail.

        Overall I hate politics and politicians in Lebanon and I feel that we need new people and new political parties. its our fault we have these guys because we keep voting for them. We need People that work for the country. As it is now all the political elite in Lebanon do is point fingers at the other side. Not one member of parliament ever speaks about healthcare, social security, the children begging on the streets, security or anything. I hear the words Iran, America, France, Syria, The west, more than I hear the word Lebanon in speeches and it makes me sick.

        Hope I didnt put you to sleep with this.

        • Anonymous

          WOW,

          Very nice answer and I appreciate your detailed honest approach,
          and sharing your experiences,but dont you think that the bullying act
          happens with most poltical parties that have had power at one point
          or another in Lebanon,or in the world I should say,people strive off of
          power and especially when they have a strong force behind it,so im sorry
          to hear that you were treated that way,but you gave a very fair and honest
          non biased answer,Thanks again for your time .

        • Anonymous

          I wish all Lebanese shared your views and non biased approach….

        • thanks for sharing  your story, it sounds realistinc  and you are honest  to tell it like it is.

        • Anonymous

          Actually, the most interesting thing you’ve said. And thanks for it.

        •  My new hero!

        • oh @facebook-100000208555955:disqus I thought I were your hero 

        • Anonymous

          Bad Ass,

          The only thing I didnt like bout what you said is that you respect Samir
          Geagea,to me he is the dog of lebanon and he went to jail for crimes he
          commited and she shouldve gone for life if there was any justice in this world,
          and to me many of Lebnons problems and assasinations coincidently started
          as soon as this terrorist got out of jail,sorry had to get that off of my chest,
          but once again nice post..

        • Anonymous

          excellent comment, it seems we have allot of similar views regarding Lebanon.

        • @THESOUTHWILLRISEAGAIN20:disqus So Geagea is a terrorist but not Bashar and not those indicted by the STL? oh sorry but you must be one of those who bought the stories about zionist this and zionist that. Geagea was accused that he killed Dany Chamoun. Tell me people why is it that the brother of Dany has no problem with Geagea? Here is an answer for you: because the people who committed ALL BAR NONE of those killings were Syrian agents inside of Lebanon and there is no need to explain who are those agents because we all know the sons of vipers who claim to do everything in the name of Palestinians and qaadimoun this and qaadimoun that. How come that our countries in the Middle East are all ruled by despots and tyrants and oligarchs? How come we still dress like some asshole who just came out of the Middle Ages and  every asshole claims he is a descendent of this prophet of yours. Give me one achievement that came out of these Middle Eastern countries except chaos and mayhem and killings in the name of a God who preaches love? So stop all that BS and look at your own mirror. ma anyak menel muqaawame el uula (PLO) ella el muuqaawame el teenye. aal tariq la falastine tammuro men jounieh aal. Buy yourseld a friggin GPS wu xello 3an a…..

        • Anonymous

          Wow nice comment bad ass, respects. 

      • Anonymous

        when you speak of justice being served, do you speak of justice being served to all? or only to those when convenient? Justice for all the recent crimes in Lebanon is still pending, do you agree? or should we look the other way to the most recent crimes? an honest answer would be appreciated, im not trying to be a smart ass, just want to gauge your opinion on Justice and its implementation…good day, and I too hope the South to the North rise again as 1.

    • Anonymous

      who care of the druzes ? do they know how to handle a RPG7?

  • 5thDrawer

    His analogies are becoming more flowery and poetic … hmmmm
    Is there a composer like Pyotr Ilich Tchaikovsky anywhere here? I imagine the ‘Sound Of Bullets Ballet’ …
    Perhaps in A flat minor … (where’s that music programme I had … ‘Techno’ would suit the modern crowd …)

    • Hannibal

      From the way you write “programme” you must be in England… Are you?

      • 5thDrawer

        Ok. I’ll give in on that one Hannibal. 🙂 And answer in such a way which will undoubtably prove to all and sundry how much of a ‘rightist’ I am. Hahahahaha
        I prefer the ‘Queens English’ …. and use an Oxford Dictionary. 🙂 But I’m not in England. :-))

    • Hannibal

      From the way you write “programme” you must be in England… Are you?

  • Anonymous

    His analogies are becoming more flowery and poetic … hmmmm
    Is there a composer like Pyotr Ilich Tchaikovsky anywhere here? I imagine the ‘Sound Of Bullets Ballet’ …

    • From the way you write “programme” you must be in England… Are you?

      • Anonymous

        Ok. I’ll give in on that one Hannibal. 🙂 And answer in such a way which will undoubtably prove to all and sundry how much of a ‘rightist’ I am. Hahahahaha
        I prefer the ‘Queens English’ …. and use an Oxford Dictionary. 🙂 But I’m not in England. :-))

  • Hannibal

    When the guy screws up… everyone is on his case. When he does right by the people… everyone is on his case again. Like the adage says: 7terna ya ar3a weyn badna nbuusik HEHE

    • 5thDrawer

      Damned if you do, damned if you don’t. Some of us are simply destined to be damned. 🙂

      • Fadi81

        and others have damned themselves…

    • 5thDrawer

      Damned if you do, damned if you don’t. Some of us are simply destined to be damned. 🙂

    • $21082311

      I wish you stop liking and disliking individuals and be followers to so-called political ‘leaders’, we hardly have any real leaders or role models, instead look at actions, integrity and trust issues. Who do you as a citizen trust with your human rights and your family? And even if you do well in one town and under the reign of one party because you’re with your own ‘color’, would you stand for injustice when the discriminated against is from the other side? Do you apply what you preach in your everyday life? Are you not biased by your own religion when you defend or attack a politician? Are you not the product of your inherited beliefs in the choices you make in your own life?  Did you ever break a barrier of any sort to come out of pre-programmed thoughts or do you find yourself chosing what feels familiar and comfortable? The truth is thinking about a matter and stating opinions is not enough, one needs to work on self transformation because only then we will have hope of change, if not for us, for our kids and grandkids. It takes a lot to get rid of emotion and past baggage but it feels so good when achieved. It is very liberating. Do not lose sight of the fact that for whomever you’re defending today, the story starts and ends with Money, the Master…Here’s my impossible vision: when some men who are up on podiums and are not worth listening to, when they stop getting an audience maybe just maybe they will shut up and go home and leave room for uncorrupted people with real principle to lead the way in creating laws that protect equal rights for all, then in time we will not hear much more about religion and north and south but rather religious and cultural diversity will be appreciated and embraced and not stand in the way of using brains…

      • 5thDrawer

        Good one Dani38. Ever feel like you are screaming into the wind ?

        • $21082311

          Definitely feels like that!! I was taught that being a minority does not make you wrong.      Enjoy your day life is too short as it is:-)

      • leobetapar

        you said it :Money
        the king of shit ,prince of riyaad ,son of shaytan who hide ould tayya in the hole of his greazy ass have it and that the all things ,what do you thinks is father is thinking of him or all the druzes are monneyable?

    • $21082311

      I wish you stop liking and disliking individuals and be followers to so-called political ‘leaders’, we hardly have any real leaders or role models, instead look at actions, integrity and trust issues. Who do you as a citizen trust with your human rights and your family? And even if you do well in one town and under the reign of one party because you’re with your own ‘color’, would you stand for injustice when the discriminated against is from the other side? Do you apply what you preach in your everyday life? Are you not biased by your own religion when you defend or attack a politician? Are you not the product of your inherited beliefs in the choices you make in your own life?  Did you ever break a barrier of any sort to come out of pre-programmed thoughts or do you find yourself chosing what feels familiar and comfortable? The truth is thinking about a matter and stating opinions is not enough, one needs to work on self transformation because only then we will have hope of change, if not for us, for our kids and grandkids. It takes a lot to get rid of emotion and past baggage but it feels so good when achieved. It is very liberating. Do not lose sight of the fact that for whomever you’re defending today, the story starts and ends with Money, the Master…Here’s my impossible vision: when some men who are up on podiums and are not worth listening to, when they stop getting an audience maybe just maybe they will shut up and go home and leave room for uncorrupted people with real principle to lead the way in creating laws that protect equal rights for all, then in time we will not hear much more about religion and north and south but rather religious and cultural diversity will be appreciated and embraced and not stand in the way of using brains…

  • When the guy screws up… everyone is on his case. When he does right by the people… everyone is on his case again. Like the adage says: 7terna ya ar3a weyn badna nbuusik HEHE

    • Anonymous

      Damned if you do, damned if you don’t. Some of us are simply destined to be damned. 🙂

      • Anonymous

        and others have damned themselves…

    • Anonymous

      I wish you stop liking and disliking individuals and be followers to so-called political ‘leaders’, we hardly have any real leaders or role models, instead look at actions, integrity and trust issues. Who do you as a citizen trust with your human rights and your family? And even if you do well in one town and under the reign of one party because you’re with your own ‘color’, would you stand for injustice when the discriminated against is from the other side? Do you apply what you preach in your everyday life? Are you not biased by your own religion when you defend or attack a politician? Are you not the product of your inherited beliefs in the choices you make in your own life?  Did you ever break a barrier of any sort to come out of pre-programmed thoughts or do you find yourself chosing what feels familiar and comfortable? The truth is thinking about a matter and stating opinions is not enough, one needs to work on self transformation because only then we will have hope of change, if not for us, for our kids and grandkids. It takes a lot to get rid of emotion and past baggage but it feels so good when achieved. It is very liberating. Do not lose sight of the fact that for whomever you’re defending today, the story starts and ends with Money, the Master…Here’s my impossible vision: when some men who are up on podiums and are not worth listening to, when they stop getting an audience maybe just maybe they will shut up and go home and leave room for uncorrupted people with real principle to lead the way in creating laws that protect equal rights for all, then in time we will not hear much more about religion and north and south but rather religious and cultural diversity will be appreciated and embraced and not stand in the way of using brains…

      • Anonymous

        Good one Dani38. Ever feel like you are screaming into the wind ?

        • Anonymous

          Definitely feels like that!! I was taught that being a minority does not make you wrong.      Enjoy your day life is too short as it is:-)

      • Anonymous

        you said it :Money
        the king of shit ,prince of riyaad ,son of shaytan who hide ould tayya in the hole of his greazy ass have it and that the all things ,what do you thinks is father is thinking of him or all the druzes are monneyable?

  • dateam

    well how do we compare it to yemens elections? 1 candidate and apparently he got 99.8% of the vote? meanwhile saleh is living it up at the ritz carlton hotel in new york???

  • Anonymous

    well how do we compare it to yemens elections? 1 candidate and apparently he got 99.8% of the vote? meanwhile saleh is living it up at the ritz carlton hotel in new york???

  • THESOUTHWILLRISEAGAIN20

    Fadi81,
     
    So you respect SHN like Bad Ass does? since you guys

    share alot of views about Lebanon…
     

  • Anonymous

    Fadi81,
     
    So you respect SHN like Bad Ass does? since you guys

    share alot of views about Lebanon…