Jumblatt: Regional War Being Waged on Our Soil

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He urges the contending forces in Tripoli to sit together and find a way to come to an agreement. (Photo: Marwan Bu Haidar).

By: Nicolas Nassif

Published Wednesday, December 4, 2013

It’s the game of nations being fought out in Syria and Lebanon, and its bigger than us, according to Lebanese Druze leader Walid Jumblatt.

MP Walid Jumblatt is convinced that the crisis in Syria, which has also spilled into parts of Lebanon, is a game being played by powerful international and regional forces that render any internal solution impossible in both countries. “We are impotent,” he declares, “and I don’t have a solution – we are living in the shadow of an international struggle.”

He believes Lebanon is at the mercy of the Syrian crisis next door, which has opened the gates of hell and unleashed the wrath of the takfiris on his country.

“If the Future Movement thinks it has any sway over the Chechens, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), or al-Nusra Front, then I beg your pardon,” Jumblatt complains. “There are forces much bigger than us fighting it out in Syria. President [Barack Obama] boasts that he killed Bin Laden, but a hundred like him emerge every morning due to a flaw in Islamic thought.”

For him, what is happening in Tripoli, Lebanon today is not unlike daily events in many parts of Syria, insisting that that the city’s leaders are incapable of maintaining any semblance of control over the security situation. Jumblatt says he supports Lebanese Speaker of Parliament Nabih Berri’s proposal to restructure the northern city’s security forces and place them under the army’s direct command.

He urges the contending forces in Tripoli to sit together and find a way to come to an agreement. “There is no other way than to sit with your opponents to discuss your problems. What is happening in Tripoli is no longer tolerable. They want to cleanse the city’s markets of the Alawis, unless the intention is to find an excuse for the Syrian regime to intervene on behalf of the Alawi towns and villages in North Lebanon.”

As for Syria, Jumblatt bitterly admits, “It is no longer a struggle for reform, progress and democracy, but between two sides that want to wipe each other out,” blaming the West for derailing the revolution. “Of course, I support the idea of toppling the regime,” he adds, “but who is the alternative?”

He repeats his demand that Hezbollah redirect its resistance activities away from Syria to Israel, maintaining: “Their decision is in Tehran. As for the opposing side, they are under the influence of the Saudis, among others. That means that all the local parties are not prepared to sit together before the Iranians and Saudis do.”

Nicolas Nassif is a political analyst at Al-Akhbar.

This article is an edited translation from the Arabic Edition.

Comments

"...That means that all the local parties are not prepared to sit together before the Iranians and Saudis do.”

Not correct. Sayyid Hassan Nasrallah (ha) has stated only last night that their involvement in Syria was their own decision. He has also stated they are ready to sit down and talk to form a government, as Iran does not interfere in their local politics.

So the onus is now on the March 14 Camp to prove they are a true, independent Lebanese, by sitting down for talks....but they cant, because Saudi wont allow them lol

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