Jumblatt urges Russia, Iran to support changes in Syria

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Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblatt urged Russian and Iranian leaders on Tuesday to support changes in the Syrian regime stressing that governmental changes are “more important” than continued violence in the country.

“Russia should advise its Syrian client that governmental changes are more important than holding on to power and causing bloodshed,” Jumblatt said in a statement.

He reminded Moscow and Iran of the Czechoslovak velvet revolution and of its leader the late Vaclav Havel: “If only Russia and Iran would consider the ‘power of the powerless’ in their approach towards the Syrian crisis.”

“They should admit that the situation cannot be resolved through security forces

He reminded Moscow of revolutions in Russia in 1917, which destroyed the Tsarist autocracy and asked, “Wasn’t it Russia that revolted against the oppression of the Tsars in the past?”

He also reminded Tehran of the Islamic revolution against the late Shah of Iran .

“If only the Islamic republic would remember the ‘power of the powerless’ and the revolt that overthrew the Shah,” Jumblatt said

“The revolution confirmed that bare-chested protesters demanding freedom and democracy are capable of confronting the strongest regimes,” he stated.

He added: “powerless bare-chested” demonstrators in Tunisia, Egypt, and Yemen successfully overthrew their regimes and history will repeat itself in other countries. In a possible reference to Syria.

Over 6,000 people have been killed by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s troops since the revolt erupted nearly 10 months ago according to Rights activists. Assad admitted during an interview last month with Barbara Walters of ABC that leaders who kill their own people are crazy .

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6 responses to “Jumblatt urges Russia, Iran to support changes in Syria”

  1. so now you are for the revolution? wtf kinda meds is this old timer on??? Walid, No One knows where you stand on anything! each day and week your position changes for fu*k sakes…your flip flopping and back stabbing ways is one of the main reasons we havn’t been able to move on with key issues affecting Lebanese freedom from the regions bullies…

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    Anonymous

    so now you are for the revolution? wtf kinda meds is this old timer on??? Walid, No One knows where you stand on anything! each day and week your position changes for fu*k sakes…your flip flopping and back stabbing ways is one of the main reasons we havn’t been able to move on with key issues affecting Lebanese freedom from the regions bullies…

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    persepoliswarrior

    Can someone tell this poor, delusional, old man to shut his mouth.  He is going to compare Syria’s uprising to the Islamic Revolution of 1979 in Iran?  Wow, that comparison is going to really help the Syrian protesters a lot…..A comparison of that type is actually going to help the propaganda of the Assad regime who claim the protests are extremist, religious thugs.  Our revolution in 1979 was a revolution for more freedom, especially political freedom.  But religious fundamentalists hijacked this revolution and deceived the people of Iran which is why are in the situation we are in today.  And the Iran-Iraq war threw the entire Iranian nation off course.  If it had not been for the war with Saddam, perhaps this regime would have been disposed a long time ago.  Our revolution in 1979 was no success…

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    Anonymous

    Can someone tell this poor, delusional, old man to shut his mouth.  He is going to compare Syria’s uprising to the Islamic Revolution of 1979 in Iran?  Wow, that comparison is going to really help the Syrian protesters a lot…..A comparison of that type is actually going to help the propaganda of the Assad regime who claim the protests are extremist, religious thugs.  Our revolution in 1979 was a revolution for more freedom, especially political freedom.  But religious fundamentalists hijacked this revolution and deceived the people of Iran which is why are in the situation we are in today.  And the Iran-Iraq war threw the entire Iranian nation off course.  If it had not been for the war with Saddam, perhaps this regime would have been disposed a long time ago.  Our revolution in 1979 was no success…

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