Jumblatt: “I Am With al-Nusra Front Against Assad”

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His conclusion is that the regime will not fall, but Syria will be destroyed in the end. (Photo: Archive)

By: Hassan Illeik

Published Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Lebanon’s Druze leader Walid Jumblatt tells Al-Akhbar that the Syrian people have the right to deal with the devil in order to unseat Bashar al-Assad. He is also convinced that Hezbollah is looking to cut him down to size in the coming parliamentary elections.

MP Walid Jumblatt believes that the West is not about to change its position on Syria: “The intent is to destroy it,” he says. “The goal behind the small amounts of weapons trickling to the opposition is to prolong the war.”

His conclusion is that the regime will not fall, but Syria will be destroyed in the end.

He is not phased by the fact that his position on what is happening in Syria has undermined his popularity among the Druze there. “My position is meant to protect them,” he insists. “The Alawis will return to their mountains, but the Druze live in a sea of Sunnis.”

He says he supports the statement by Druze sheikhs calling on their followers not to join the Syrian army, so that they are not implicated in crimes like those committed by Issam Zahreddine – a Druze commander in the Republican Guard – against the Syrian people in the Baba Amro district of Homs.

But wasn’t Zahreddine fighting armed groups? “No,” Jumblatt fires back, “he was fighting his own people.”

His people or armed elements of the people? “No matter,” he replies. “I am with al-Nusra Front against the Syrian regime – the Syrian people have the right to deal with the devil, with the exception of Israel, to confront the regime.”

He reveals that he urged the West to extend the Syrian opposition with military assistance to defend Homs during the battle of Baba Amro, “but unfortunately, all they offered were declarations and conferences,” he says.

Regarding his relationship with Hezbollah, Jumblatt admits that there are no contacts at the moment, except between his MPs and those of the Shia party. “We agreed to organize our differences,” he explains.

Asked about the nature of his problem with Hezbollah, he points to their position on the Syrian crisis, which he argues is in complete contradiction with the party’s politics of resistance. “Unfortunately, Sayyid Hassan Nasrallah was seen as a leader of the Muslim and Arab people, where is he now?”

He rejects the idea that his escalation against Hezbollah has anything to do with his recent and long-awaited trip to Saudi Arabia, saying, “I explained to them that as a leader of a minority, I cannot afford a confrontation with either the Shia or the Sunnis.”

He’s convinced that Hezbollah is behind attempts to marginalize him in the coming parliamentary elections, believing that this is the real goal behind the election laws being supported by the Shia party, be it the Orthodox Gathering proposal or the so-called “mixed” law put forward by Speaker of Parliament Nabih Berri.

He threatens that he will not participate in any parliamentary sessions that discuss the Orthodox law, or any proposal that is not agreeable to all sides, adding that he does not favor any delay in the elections unless it is technical.

This article is an edited translation from the Arabic Edition.

Comments

Both Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh’s New Yorker 2007 article, “The Redirection,” and the Wall Street Journal’s 2007 article, “To Check Syria, U.S. Explores Bond With Muslim Brothers,” tell a narrative of a West actively arming and funding sectarian extremists with direct ties to Al Qaeda even then, to begin undermining and overthrowing both Syria and Iran. The conspiracy admitted to then, is now openly being executed to horrific effect in Syria

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