Jumblatt urges Russia, Iran to support changes in Syria


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 .