Jumblat: Destruction of Homs Real-Estate Records Attempt to Alter City's Identity

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Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblat slammed on Tuesday the international community's ongoing failure to properly address the Syrian crisis, noting its disregard of the developments in the city of Homs, which he predicted would be critical in determining the fate of the crisis.

He added: “The destruction of real-estate records in city and their replacement with others of different sects is an attempt to alter the political and sectarian identity of the regions stretching from Damascus to the Syrian coast.”

He made his remarks in his weekly editorial in the PSP-affiliated al-Anbaa website.

Moreover, he noted the “massacres in al-Bayda, Banias, and other regions that are aimed at creating a new demographic reality.”

“The Syrian regime is seeking to transform the minority of the population in those regions into a majority through murder and displacement,” stated the MP.

On this note, Jumblat questioned “the international community's silence over the developments in Syria and inaction over the daily violations of human rights that it has long claimed to protect and uphold.”

He questioned its silence “over the strenuous efforts that are aimed at fragmenting Syria, which will have major repercussions on the Middle East and entire Arab world.”

“Syria's fragmentation will pave the way for regional chaos and wars and sectarian conflicts,” warned the PSP leader.

Comments 27
Thumb primesuspect 02 July 2013, 19:09

Guess who did this in Lebanon during the occupacion in the 80s? IZRAEL!

They're natural allies.... It reeks.

Thumb primesuspect 02 July 2013, 21:03

They're no resistance operating on other continents. They're invading forces and oppressors.

Missing rafidahhh11 02 July 2013, 22:51

I think this is war booty for the shia child killing women raping soldiers of hezballot, assad is giving them the very land of the people they killed, the christians are next if they dont wise up to this, two weaker enemies need to combine to face the one stronger enemy, otherwise they are both doomed

Thumb primesuspect 02 July 2013, 21:02

Haidi, saladie. We're talking about records, not physical destructions. And that's what izrael did.

Syria's tragedy could be a sort of genocide to be.

Missing helicopter 03 July 2013, 09:39

But prime, they both lead to changing demographics ..... but to be fair, it happened all over Lebanon (except Kesrwan, but jabal was where most of it happened.

Missing m.c. 02 July 2013, 21:13

To all on this site that trade accusations claiming the political support off one party versus the other is the cause of a failing country, LEBANON, need a reality check. You are all the root of the problem that will never allow Lebanon to flourish. You constantly blame everyone else for your own trouble, be it the west, Israel, Saudi, Iran, etc... you always claim a plot is formed in unknown dark rooms that somehow controls your daily political crap. I think the world doesn't give a squat about you, stop believing that we are that important to the world powers and look at your own problems to resolve. Start by voting the right people in and I suggest your next ballot should limit the terms of a politician to two terms only. 50 percent or more of your Parliament is almost guaranteed to be elected by the same people thinking somehow policies will change. You all contribute to the problem, have the guts to vote for an independent next time.

Thumb primesuspect 02 July 2013, 21:19

People are paid to vote for them.... Look at Hizballa giving cash money to the Shias { and I know lots of them } or M14ers getting jobs thanks to their political affiliations.

It's clientelism.... Total corrupcion that needs to be punished by a law. But who will change it? Berri the #1 thief? Or Aoun with his Syrian money?

You're dreaming.... Only a nuke can solve the problems....

Missing m.c. 02 July 2013, 21:30

Than wise up and accept that this is as good as it gets without blaming anyone else for your lack of integrity (by you I mean the voter). Listen, I love Lebanon, but I admit that we are a society that feels we are better than others when the truth is completely the opposite, we are so arrogant that our problems in Lebanon are also the faults of others and not our own. I do not believe this country stands a chance and the sad part is individually we succeed but as a society we stink.

Thumb primesuspect 02 July 2013, 22:15

M.C: we expats can bring much more to Lebanon than money. We're misrepresented. The Lebanese diaspora is larger than the local populacion. We should have at least 30% of the seats then we'd be able to bring our knowledge and broader political solucions to problems.

The current system is in a deadlock.... Voting or not wouldn't make a difference.... And when people like the Lebanese option Party demonstrate.... They get killed.

We live with knives under our throats.... And you may imagine Wat our priorities are. Yes, removing the knife.... Which symbolizes the illegal weapons stored accords buildings in the country.

Thumb _citizen_ 02 July 2013, 21:23

I think on similar lines as you, but assuming the lebanese voted independents into parliament, government, and judiciary you think that will be the end of the story? The presence of illegal arms in the hands of some who lay exclusive claim to protecting lebanon will always over turn the peoples wishes. Just think about that......

Missing m.c. 02 July 2013, 21:42

Dagger, off course, Lebanon does not have a civil society that believes in state institutions, I agree. I don't have the answers but I am saying that our problems are of our own makings, bigger and much more powerful figures, even in these recent events, vanished under the will of the people. If Lebanese agree on one thing and the basis of it is to improve life quality, safety, economy, demand end to corruption, a law that is blind and administered fully, etc... You could achieve all those, if, and only if, the majority aim for the same purpose. The biggest problem is your leaders have divided you, not one has had success in uniting you for the right causes.

Missing m.c. 02 July 2013, 22:46

Prime Suspect: I have lived abroad most of my adult life but, as a citizen of my birth country, I have never been given a voting right abroad. I can't agree with you more, the death of a Lebanese person is viewed among party lines. If you belong to a group supporting the left and you are killed, the right cheers and firmly believes your death is warranted. The contrary is true as well, it goes back to my first comment, our problems stem from our own society that allows foreign meddling by being associated and/or supported by foreign entities. Our pledge to Lebanon in non existing and when our own well being as citizens becomes our priority, the lives of Lebanese will not improve. I used to be shocked when in Lebanon the common phrase was "May God curse this country", off course I am translating, it is a common phrase used loosely. I personally have witnessed injuries in fights over one person disrespecting the wrong politician so our priorities are self inflicting jokes.

Default-user-icon Curious George (Guest) 02 July 2013, 21:18

i get the Zionist-American-Takfiri-Al Aqeda-Khaliji-stuff, but you lost me on the rest. What is this Cannabil?

Missing m.c. 02 July 2013, 21:25

They all became cannibals when one idiot displayed on you tube eating the heart of a Syrian soldier. As disgusting as this is, you are ignorant to believe that one side is more or less humane than the other. We tend to forget the images of the 10 year old boy shown on CNN and other news channels, dead at the hands of the regime under torture. Again, one side defends the actions of one party while completely disregarding the doing of the other one.

Missing m.c. 03 July 2013, 01:09

Well you just persuaded me to side with Assad, this was all I have been waiting for to realize right from wrong. Thank you, what is really pathetic is the UN accounts for 100,000 death, I may say, the real number is triple that but I hope I am mistaken. I do not know you nor do I care to, whether you live abroad or pretend to, there are no victors in this battle, every family in Syria is a victim and for you to pump your chest feeling accomplished by something non existing is a tragedy for you. Any person or uses images, videos of deceased people to prove a political point needs to have their head examined.

Missing m.c. 03 July 2013, 01:45

don't you dare calling them my rebels, both of you are worthless to me, I am fully capable of finding my own news on how awful both sides are.

Missing zahle_nights 02 July 2013, 21:22

Only a nuke can solve the problems... It is funny, sad.. But SO TRUE!!! I am with you.

Missing zahle_nights 02 July 2013, 21:27

to Curious George, here how it goes... One of the terrorists fighting against the regime in Syria ate the heart of a dead man who belonged to the oppressive regime.. So now, if you are supporting the Syrian revolution and people's right to live free, then you will be called a "Cannibal"... That is where this came from... Beautiful people like Lebpatriot calls anyone on tis forum Cannibal if you support the Syrian people in their quest against the muderer dictator called Bashar.. As if the whole revolution now is connected to one crazy man who ate another man's heart.

Default-user-icon ask not what your country can do for you (Guest) 02 July 2013, 21:30

amen to that. I live in Washington DC and there's a lot of similarities between the Lebanese and Washingtonians. Washington believes the world stops outside the Washington Beltway. And in a way it does because decisions are made inside. Except for certain agencies that have buildings outside the beltway. Lebanon doesn't even have a beltway. So wakeup guys.
m.c. is correct when he says that the world doesn't give two hoots about us. We have to start thinking for ourselves. Elect new leaders with new ideas. Start thinking as Lebanese with capital L. forget the others around us they never helped us, never will. And if you are offended, good. I'm talking about you. Start acting

Missing zahle_nights 02 July 2013, 21:56

I am with you 100%.. What boggles mind is why only corrupted people make it ahead in politics while good people are left behind.. The worst is that we keep getting ministers to serve us who belong to certain parties... I can understand the parliament to be like this, but ministers should not have any affiliation to any party. How the hell are they going to get work done if they keep on bickering among themselves...

Thumb cedre 03 July 2013, 00:19

RFT rules, +1000...

Missing VINCENT 03 July 2013, 00:28

What may save Lebanon, as we knew it or want to see it as, is the people's pursuit for "common goals". These are garden variety basic human rights and needs that will bring the people and country together and pave the road for real elections and give rise to legitimate state institutions. These goals are very basis and are not for the privilege. On one hand, the Lebanese people are very hospitable, and, on the other hand, one of the most racist. This hatred and intolerance towards one another is the very week point that said outsiders look for and use to keep you confused, at limbo and under the knife.

Missing VINCENT 03 July 2013, 00:32

They are not interfering with you because you are "important" or because they are doing you a favor. It is because they can and there is a benefit for them and the few Lebanese politicians. It is like saying: "I feel good and think I am desirable because that sexy/beautiful women asked me and I bought her a car with my own money or she borrowed money from "ME", and needless to say never returned.

Missing muhami 03 July 2013, 02:49

poor m.c. you sound like me except much more eloquent. You are right on and I believe you only chimed in because you have had it with all the BS and hate filled barbs back and forth. They dont get you my friend. I am certain you are now sorry you got involved because they already labeled you because most of "our people" get confused unless they find a label for you. They dont get the idea that one does not have to be for this party or the other. You have to belong otherwise you are nothing to them. You are right our problem is a lack of leadership and it comes from the people who keep electing the same ones. Thank you for your input. I get what you are saying and all I can say to you is : Keep hope alive.

Default-user-icon Mazen (Guest) 03 July 2013, 08:15

And no one recalls jumblat's same tactics in the mountain wars of the 1980? He ethnically 'cleansed'
Whole areas of the mountains! Walla you guys have a memory of a fruit fly!

Default-user-icon Cali31 (Guest) 03 July 2013, 13:55

In the past wars of Lebanon, both the Druze and Christians massacred each other. Both had their reasons and both paid the consequences. Christians drove Druze out of many areas in Lebanon, in fact they tried to have them removed completely from the country at one point (with the french). Its sad what happened to both sides. Both sides were the victim, both sides suffered, and both sides paid the price. No one won.

Default-user-icon Minerva (Guest) 03 July 2013, 15:19

Funny! In the Chouf mountain, the Jumblatts turned a (Druze) minority into a majority. Read Kamal Salibi, to verify that originally the Maronites were more than the Druze. In 1983, final touch, he displaced thousands of Christians. Apart from this ironic remark, I have the impression that MP Jumblatt is actually BETTING ON A FRAGMENTATION OF SYRIA in order to create a Druze mini-State (or federal State). He dreams to become z leader of the Druze in Syria, thanks to his lip service to the Islamic revolution.