Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea on Wednesday fired back at Change and Reform bloc leader MP Michel Aoun and said he was the last person to speak about politeness. Geagea also said that “Aoun always resorts to personal attacks because his performance in power has proven that he is the most failing and most corrupt [politician] in Lebanon.”
“Aoun is the last person to speak about politeness, especially when it comes to talking about the patriarch,” Geagea told Free Lebanon radio.
He also said that “when Aoun disagreed with [former patriarch] Nasrallah Boutros Sfeir, he sent his followers to occupy the Patriarchate’s headquarters in Bkirki and assault Sfeir, which forced the patriarch to move to the [northern town of] Dimane.”
“We all remember how Aoun kept saying in the past four years that the patriarch is not entitled to speak politics,” he added.
The LF leader also affirmed that his ties with Bkirki were not broken.
“The ties with Bkirki are not broken, and everyone knows how much Bkirki means to the Lebanese Forces, but it saddens me to hear statements from the patriarch that have a negative impact on us, on the patriarchate’s and patriarch’s status.”
Aoun on Tuesday criticized Geagea’s comments on the patriarch’s statements, and said that it was not Geagea who should define the criteria of honor.
He also said “I disagreed with former Patriarch Nasrallah Sfeir, but I respected his spiritual position.”
In an interview with Reuters earlier in March, the patriarch said that “the closest thing” to democracy in the Arab world was Syria and that he was against “turning the Arab Spring into winter.”
The UN said more than 8,000 people have been killed in the crackdown on Syrian protesters who have been demonstrating against the Baath regime since mid-March 2011.
Lebanon’s political scene is split between supporters of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, led by Hezbollah, and the pro-Western March 14 camp.