Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea urged on Thursday all Christians in Syria to join the revolution in their country and accused the Syrian regime of president Bashar al Assad of being the first to target the Christians.
In an interview with Al-Jazeera, Geagea also accused Assad of trying to “scare” the Christians by claiming that Syria is the “last bastion of secularism, stability and coexistence in the region.”
“The regime is trying to scare them from Islamic extremism so that they endorse it, knowing that it was the first side that dealt blows to Christians,” Geagea added.
The LF leader stressed that “the side that has inflicted the greatest harm on Christians, not only in Syria but also in Lebanon, is this Syrian regime.”
“We do not need protection from anyone, all we need is democracy, equality and justice ; these once achieved, all the Christians, wherever they were, in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq or Egypt can manage their own affairs,” Geagea said.
LF leader called on Arab states concerned with the Syrian crisis “to arm the Syrian opposition in an appropriate way, in order to sustain the revolution, since Syria is going towards further devastation and division which leads several groups to become extremists,” he noted.
“The more the Syrian crisis protracts, the more destruction and divisions it will cause and the more it will push groups of people towards extremism,” Geagea warned.
Geagea was commenting on Assad’s warning against foreign intervention during an interview with Russia Today. Assad said:”We are the last stronghold of secularism and stability in the region… it ( Foreign intervention) will have a domino effect that will affect the world from the Atlantic to the Pacific,” he said.