Jumblatt tells Lebanon FM to keep his mouth shut over Syria

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Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblatt has had enough of Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour’s defense of the Syrian regime , saying that it is harming Lebanon’s credibility.

In his weekly editorial in the al-Anbaa magazine Jumblatt wrote : “If only Lebanon’s envoy at the Arab League meetings would remain silent over the Syrian crisis instead of proposing solutions to the unrest.”

Mansour stated on Monday that Lebanon decided to distance itself from the Arab League decision on Syria that was taken on Sunday.

Mansour also was the only Foreign Minister to vote against the Arab league resolution for ending the crisis in Lebanon.

Mansour also said the Arab Foreign ministers should put an end to Syria’s suspension from the Arab League and the economic sanctions imposed upon it… He made the statement despite the fact that the killings in Syria continue

Mansour represents the Amal Movement ( which is headed by Speaker Nabih Berri ) in the cabinet . Berri is closely allied with the Iranian and Syrian backed Hezbollah which has been defending the Syrian regime and reportedly helping it in its crackdown against the pro-democracy protesters

Addressing the Arab League monitoring mission to Syria, Jumblatt compared it to the international mission that was sent to monitor the situation in Kosovo in the past.

Jumblatt noted that the number of observers to Syria should have been greater than those that headed to Kosovo since the Arab country is much larger than the European one.

He added : “Syria is likely headed towards more violence, which will gradually lead to a civil war, because of the ongoing oppression and repeated rejection of all initiatives to end the crisis.

Jumblatt also praised the recent Alawite intellectuals’ statement that sought to distance the sect from the Syrian regime’s practices.

Alawite intellectuals denounced last week what they said are efforts by the Syrian government and parts of the opposition to link their sect to the regime, warning against the consequences of casting a popular uprising for civil rights in a sectarian light. President Assad belongs to the Alawite sect

Jumblat wondered when the predominantly Druze residents of Jabal al-Arab in Syria would take a similar stand.

“We salute the few voices from Jabal al-Arab that have spoken against the Syrian regime and reject attempts by some of its leaders to cover up the crimes being committed against the Syrian people,” Jumblatt added noting that it was the Druze of Syria that revolted against foreign powers, such as the French mandate in the 20th century.

“Isn’t it time for Druze soldiers to reject orders to kill their Syrian brothers in Homs, Hama, Idlib, and other regions?” Jumblatt asked

Addressing Iran’s Quds Force, Brig. Gen. Qasem Soleimani’s recent statements on Lebanon and Iraq, Jumblatt said:

“We reject attempts to turn Lebanon once again into an open ground for settling regional and international disputes and we praise Moqtada al-Sadr’s rejection that Iraq become an open ground for other people’s wars.”

Soleimani said last week that the people of southern Lebanon and Iraq are under the effect of Iran’s “way of practice and thinking.”

Soleimani was quoted by Al-Arabiya television as saying last Friday that” Iraq and Hezbollah-dominated South Lebanon “submit” to Tehran’s wishes in one way or another. ”

While Iraq’s Sadr has rejected the statement , Hezbollah remained silent despite the demands by March 14 that Hezbollah should clarify Suleimani’s statement.

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39 responses to “Jumblatt tells Lebanon FM to keep his mouth shut over Syria”

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    Seriously I dont see what the druz see in this guy. This is the 4th or 5th time he has changed his position on syria in the past 4 or 5 years. Im happy he is speaking logically these days but the problem is for how long will it last???? He was the reason the Ceder revolution blamed Syria, We all remember what he said about HA and Syria and then he basically urged march 14 to outlaw the communication network HA have basically leading to May 7 and then he was the reason the government he was elected with fell last Jan and the reason HA is in power now. I know he sees the end of Bashar coming but for once maybe he should keep his mouth shut and actually change sides again so the government we elected in Lebanon under people we want can come back to power and we can start working on disarming HA and helping the Syrian people officially.

    1. He knows how to survive the tides… He is still alive isn’t he? lol

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        So true and don’t forget all his riches! Based on his increasing fortune and all the property that he owns in the mountains, he is considered one of the wealthiest men in the world. That ought to count for something… 

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        So true and don’t forget all his riches! Based on his increasing fortune and all the property that he owns in the mountains, he is considered one of the wealthiest men in the world. That ought to count for something… 

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        So true and don’t forget all his riches! Based on his increasing fortune and all the property that he owns in the mountains, he is considered one of the wealthiest men in the world. That ought to count for something… 

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        So true and don’t forget all his riches! Based on his increasing fortune and all the property that he owns in the mountains, he is considered one of the wealthiest men in the world. That ought to count for something… 

    2. His change of stance is not based on his beliefs. Jumblat has always been anti Syria, however the Druze do not have outside backing. Sunnis are backed by Saudi and other major Sunni countries. Shias are backed by Iran and Syria. Christians are backed by western countries and to great extent Christian support.

      He has spoken against the Syrian regime when he saw that there was a serious attempt to end Syria’s control over Lebanon. But when Hizbollah attacked Beirut and Mount Lebanon, no other faction extended their hands to the Druze. The Christian M14 group stood silent and did not send any support to the Druze. The Sunnis relied on the red lines defined by the Saudis and the Druze were left to fend for themselves with no supply line and no outside support.

      With the situation in Syria changing again, Jumblat is reading it correctly that the leadership in Syria will change and there is a major chance that this change will impact Lebanon positively. He is trying to distance the Druze from the conflict due to the previous points I made but he is still vocal about it.

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        LOL Christians backed by Western countries? What countries are you talking about. 

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          Or, which Christian sect? 😉

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        LOL Christians backed by Western countries? What countries are you talking about. 

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        I dont know if you were in Lebanon at the time but I was. May 7 the first few days the Sunni march 14 were fighting in Beirut until beirut fell. The sunni stood with Jumblat as much as they could. its not the Sunni fault beirut fell its basically a lack of military experience since the Sunni never had a milita before and HA have years of experience….. The Druz did a great job and will always have the Sunni as allies in peace or war and I know they know that. The christians didnt get involved because the last thing we need is the LF destroying Aoun and HA invading the west.

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          i think the Christians didnt get involved because hizballah didnt start with them. they attack sunni parts of beirut and druze towns so they got a response. i think if hizballah members were walking down the streets of east beirut with weapons they would get fired on.

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            HA is already in East Beirut. Why do you think they purchased so much land in the East ? They just go under another name publicly and thats FMP. I cant wait to see what happens to Aoun when the regime in Syria falls….

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          *69* FPM are allies of HA NOT representative of HA and we are all over Lebanon not only in east Beirut. People like you are obsessed by the alignment, deal with it. We will work with all for Lebanon with or without Syria. People need to learn how to cooperate with us to build a modern country. 

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          ya I know that but actual HA members and recently a huge amount of Shia live in East Beirut. I have a chalet in Safra (Tabarja) and half of the permenant residents are Shia they live in the area not visit…. A Shia town with a Shia Mosque is now located in Jabail with pics of Nassrala, Ayottala Komani and many others is now in Jabail with a huge community. Think I a liar? Go to Jabil and make a left at the blom bank after the exit if coming from beirut and go down about 500 meters and see it.

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        Christians don’t have western support anymore, mainly due to their division and aoun on the wrong side of the fence. Druze and Christians are going poorer and losing land assets for saudis purchase as well as Iranians purchase through their respective surrogates.

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        I’m sorry Fado, but I disagree with some of your points intently. If he is “trying to distance the Druze from the conflict” as you say then why doesn’t he just keep his mouth shut??! He is not distancing us by making stupid comments every other day against Syria and the CURRENT Syrian government. On top of that, he publicly gives UNSOLICITED “advice” to our Syrian Druze brothers and sisters that they should not join the military or police and fight on the side of the Syrian government. The Syrian Druze neither asked, need nor want Jumblatt’s advice or commentary. They know their situation better than he or anyone one of us  knows it and they know what they need to do and they don’t need anyone one of us (especially a political chameleon like Jumblatt) telling them what they should and should not do! All they need from us is our support and understanding and they need that QUIETLY! I for one, am willing to do whatever my Syrian Druze brothers and sisters need from me and Jumblatt should do the same and what they need from him is SILENCE!

        Jumblatt should know his place (in Lebanon and in the wider region) and should just refrain from making ANY comments on the Syrian situation (problem, war, whatever you want to call it). We are a minority not just in Lebanon, but in Syria, in Israel, in Jordan and in the Middle East as a whole and although we have always “shot above our heads”, we have always done it with actions and with few words. Jumblatt is only looking out for his own interests and every time he makes an and-Syrian comment he hops on a plane to Qatar or Saudi  Arabia to collect his cash. This is plainly obvious and nobody in the Druze community is fooled by him except those that have their heads buried in the sand and only hear and see Jumblatt and those that are also on his payroll. This man’s sole purpose should be to serve our community, but his sole goal has been to serve himself! He should be ashamed of himself as many of us are ashamed of him. This is NOT Kamal Jumblatt’s legacy. He has been on the wrong side of history since 2005 and has been dragging our community down with him. It is high time for a quiet exit for Jumblatt which would be more preferable than a loud one. 

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      Not all the Druze support nor like this man. I’m one of those that loved and respected marhoum Kamal Bayk, but think this guy is a criminal to say the least. As a Druze I mostly wish that he would just keep his mouth shut from now on and not speak in the name of my community. I wish he would just go away somewhere where we don’t have to hear from him again. Thank you Walid, but you’re no longer serving the interests of our community and you need to bow out gracefully and quietly. And as for a new person representing us, we should vote on that and not just accept Taymour as next in line!! 

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        Amer70; Whats the 5ages of the Druze support him or Arslan or Wahab would you say, any educated guess?

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          I have no idea Rafic. I only speak for myself and those around me that I know don’t support him and wish he’d either shut up or go away.

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    Seriously I dont see what the druz see in this guy. This is the 4th or 5th time he has changed his position on syria in the past 4 or 5 years. Im happy he is speaking logically these days but the problem is for how long will it last???? He was the reason the Ceder revolution blamed Syria, We all remember what he said about HA and Syria and then he basically urged march 14 to outlaw the communication network HA have basically leading to May 7 and then he was the reason the government he was elected with fell last Jan and the reason HA is in power now. I know he sees the end of Bashar coming but for once maybe he should keep his mouth shut and actually change sides again so the government we elected in Lebanon under people we want can come back to power and we can start working on disarming HA and helping the Syrian people officially.

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    Let there be no doubt to everyone that Jumblatt is the most unprincipled
    politician in Lebanon. This is not to say that other ruling elites in Lebanon
    are much better then him.

    More importanly Lebanese politics can best be described as tribal and
    feudalistic to a great extent and this is why the so called noble families like
    Jumblatt, Arslan, Frangieh, Gemayel, Karami, Hariri, Berri and many others can
    rule without any fear of change in the status quo. Also not forgeting the deep
    sectarianism which is deeply embedded in the Lebanese psyche. 

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    Let there be no doubt to everyone that Jumblatt is the most unprincipled
    politician in Lebanon. This is not to say that other ruling elites in Lebanon
    are much better then him.

    More importanly Lebanese politics can best be described as tribal and
    feudalistic to a great extent and this is why the so called noble families like
    Jumblatt, Arslan, Frangieh, Gemayel, Karami, Hariri, Berri and many others can
    rule without any fear of change in the status quo. Also not forgeting the deep
    sectarianism which is deeply embedded in the Lebanese psyche. 

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