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Jumblatt slams Nasrallah: Assad will fall

PSP leader MP Walid Jumblatt leaves Parliament headquarters in Beirut, Tuesday, July 5, 2011. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)

BEIRUT: Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblatt criticized Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah’s pro-Syrian regime policies, saying President Bashar Assad is doomed.

In remarks published Friday, Jumblatt said the Syrian people’s struggle will eventually triumph over the regime.

“The Syrian people will achieve victory in the end and Assad will certainly fall,” Jumblatt told the local daily As-Safir.

Jumblatt was responding to Nasrallah’s recent speech in which he said that Syria’s allies – Iran, Russia and “resistance groups” – could intervene militarily to prevent the collapse of the Assad regime.

“I felt sad when I heard that Sayyed Hasan – who was the Arab and Islamic hero in 2006 – insists on belittling himself this way; why [is Nasrallah] insisting on defending a regime that will not last,” Jumblatt said.

He warned the Hezbollah leader that Iran’s policy toward Syria will “drag the Arab world and Syria to destruction.”

“Regrettably, Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah’s latest speech was illogical ... Sayyed Nasrallah should have said he will defend the Syrian people who have [sheltered] the people of the south and the Lebanese people during the days of the Israeli aggression,” Jumblatt said.

March 14 leaders on Thursday also blasted Nasrallah’s vow to defend the Syrian regime, with former Prime Minister Saad Hariri warning that the Hezbollah chief was seeking to drag Lebanon into the fire raging next door.





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