Geagea Slams Suleiman's Critics: We Won't Accept Any Cabinet Not Endorsing Baabda Declaration as Policy Statement

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Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea on Sunday strongly defended President Michel Suleiman against his critics, rejecting the postponement of the presidential election and any cabinet that does not endorse the Baabda Declaration as its Policy Statement.

“State institutions are suffering near-complete paralysis and constitutional junctures have been postponed until further notice from Hizbullah and Syria. The chaos of arms and the series of bombings are undermining security and the economy is in a miserable situation,” Geagea lamented in a speech commemorating the “martyrs of the Lebanese Resistance” during a ceremony organized by the LF in Maarab.

“Lebanon is going through its most difficult days because an armed party has decided on behalf of the rest of the Lebanese and against their will to usurp the national decision and manipulate it as it wishes, domestically and abroad, disturbing the life of the Lebanese in their country and opening the gates of hell on them from the outside,” Geagea added.

He warned that Hizbullah's involvement in “repressing the Syrian people antagonized dozens of countries and hundreds of millions of Arabs, Muslims, Christians and the international public opinion.”

“The presidency is being marginalized after the Baabda Declaration was torpedoed and subsequently the principle of the national dialogue table,” he noted.

Geagea charged that “under Hizbullah's plan,” the Lebanese army has turned into “a mere observer of its (Hizbullah's) massive movement of fighters between Lebanon and Syria.”

“Autonomous security is being practiced today against citizens and diplomats. Who took the decision of the party's intervention in Syria and what is left of the principle of the national defense strategy?” Geagea wondered.

He noted that the “deformed” army-people-resistance formula “died at the hands of Hizbullah itself and we have buried it.”

Geagea said the country is suffering a “revised hegemony that does not resemble the Assad regime's hegemony in shape, but they have the same content, a hegemony that puts Lebanon's capabilities in the service of the requirements of the Syrian and Iranian regimes.”

“We want a strong president who would restore the strength and meaning of the republic. There cannot be a strong republic without a strong president and we want a president whom the Cedar Revolution can entrust with its principles,” the LF leader added.

“We are resisting this situation with the same ferocity we had when we resisted the previous occupations,” he went on to say.

“We will not allow the impediment of the presidential election and we will no longer accept that the presidential vote be the fruit of a regional deal or bargain,” he said.

Hitting out at Suleiman's critics, Geagea said “those who want the president of the republic to leave are the ones who must leave,” adding that “they are also seeking the election of a puppet president in the upcoming vote.”

Turning to the issue of the stalled cabinet formation process, Geagea called for a cabinet of "harmony, construction, employment, stability, prosperity and reform."

"We will no longer accept any cabinet – whether political, technocrat or neutral – that does not endorse the Baabda Declaration as its Policy Statement," Geagea stressed.

"The army-people-resistance equation has become outdated, following what happened in Qusayr and the killing of women and children in Damascus' Ghouta," he said.

Slamming the Syrian regime and Hizbullah, Geagea added: “Demanding freedom, equality and justice would make you a Takfiri in the eyes of the dictatorial regimes -- whether you are Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu or Christian -- but if you cheer and clap for the dictator, he will consider you to be secular, patriotic, progressive and nonsectarian, whether you support al-Qaida or Hizbullah.”

He noted that “extremists and Takfiris do not belong to the Arab Spring at all, because their ideological scheme existed decades before the dawn of the Arab Spring and because this scheme does not acknowledge Arabism in the first place.”

“The dictatorial regimes want us to choose between two options: Religious Takfirism or a dictatorial, secular Takfirism, but we are against both,” Geagea emphasized.

Comments 54
Thumb justice 01 September 2013, 21:04

I listened live to his speech. Honestly, he is a cut above the rest. God Bless you Samir Gaegae. What a worthy president you will make.

Missing karim_m2- 01 September 2013, 22:32

President of Saudi Arabia. He'd have to convert to a Wahabist, but with the way he obeys Saudi Arabia, I'm guessing he already did.

Thumb bustany 02 September 2013, 00:21

Criminals should not be allowed to run for president. Geagea was a militiaman when he bomber the church. He was not fighting terrorists on the front line. Bombing churchs has no execuse. Criminals can not run for president. God bless!

Missing helicopter 02 September 2013, 07:51

The criminal and killer of children is Bahcar. You are barking up the wrong tree Mr. bustany. Stop accusing others of what you are.

Missing helicopter 02 September 2013, 07:53

The criminal and killer of children is Bahcar. You are barking up the wrong tree Mr. bustany. Stop accusing others of what you are.

Missing helicopter 02 September 2013, 07:54

The criminal and killer of children is Bahcar. You are barking up the wrong tree Mr. bustany. Stop accusing others of what you are.

Missing freemind 02 September 2013, 00:38

President's role to be reinforced to how it was pre-Taef...?
Resistance? To some, LF was not resistance at all Mr. Geagea. Remember?
Massacres? Mmm, Geagea might know what it means as well, first hand.

Geagea president?
A president with blood on his hands, a hypocrite who is held on a leash by his Saudi kings?
I love the way war lords and war mongers talk as if they were so high on moral grounds.

There are so many intelligent, talented Lebanese out there. Why dont you people just drop these same old rags from the past and build a nation with a new, fresh outlook?

Default-user-icon Mari (Guest) 02 September 2013, 05:47

Yes pre-taef and also just to remind your numb brain, your speaker of the house istez has had way many blood on his hand especially during his intra-Shia wars, Jumblat I do not think you want me to go there, the hiding rat, again you do not want to go there which is why he is holed with no fresh air, the church bomb that was made up by The Syrian regime to throw him in jail got a hero out of him as he faced his enemies face to face and came out of it, he who laugh last is the real winner.

Thumb arzak-ya-libnan 02 September 2013, 12:36

just an fyi... even with a syrian dominated judiciary, they still did not get a guilty verdict on the church bombing..

Missing freemind 02 September 2013, 00:40

Oh i see that war criminal Geagea's speech is reaching the disillusioned Aounists. Geagea, FM are held on a leash by the Saudis.
Dont even go there. A golden advice.

There are so many intelligent, talented Lebanese out there. Why dont you people just drop these same old rags from the past and build a nation with a new, fresh outlook?

Missing freemind 02 September 2013, 00:41

Oh i see that war criminal Geagea's speech is reaching the disillusioned Aounists. Geagea, FM are held on a leash by the Saudis.
Dont even go there. A golden advice.

There are so many intelligent, talented Lebanese out there. Why dont you people just drop these same old rags from the past and build a nation with a new, fresh outlook?

Default-user-icon Libnanie (Guest) 02 September 2013, 03:20

He has too much baggage from his past to be president. But, he is a cut above the rest. He used to speak as Christian. Now he speaks as a Lebanese. As a patriotic Lebanese. God bless him and others like him (Suleiman, Salaam, Miqati, Ahmed Asaad, etc).

Thumb justice 02 September 2013, 12:11

Thank you for your politeness as usual Southern Flamerthrower!

Missing samiam 01 September 2013, 21:38

He is one of the few that is saying the right thing--contrast that with what Berri said yesterday and it's no contest.

Missing moonsear 02 September 2013, 00:31

why do you compare scum with scum...you deserve better

Thumb primesuspect 01 September 2013, 21:53

Vote Green if U want GeaGea -------4 --------Prezident
Vote Red if U want Suleiman -------4 --------Prezident
Don't Vote if U want Sami Gemayel--4 --------Prezident

Thumb bustany 02 September 2013, 00:19

The role of law should decide who is the criminal here. Geagea killed Christians in church bombings. Killed Karami. Killed Palastinians. Therefore Geagea is criminal. He was not a head of state fighting terrorists. He was a militiaman killing for hunger to blood. Period

Missing lebanon4ever 02 September 2013, 08:02

I dont condone any massacres or killings at anytime but There is a big difference between a civil war and a relatively peaceful nation. Everyone knows somebody with blood stained hands during the civil war. Is the whole nation a nation of criminals?

Thumb benzona 02 September 2013, 15:12

Exactly Lebanon4ever. Still, he doesn't belong as president not anyone with blood-stained hands. At least, he repented for his mistakes. I wish other would do the same. All of them belong in a court of justice, Nasrallah in a cell at the Hague.

Missing karim_m2- 01 September 2013, 22:31

"The dictatorial regimes want us to choose between two options: Religious Takfirism or a dictatorial, secular Takfirism, but we are against both”.

What the hell is "secular" Takfirism? LOL what is this Saudi-obeying lunatic on? Does he realize the irony in its statements? He is a Saudi Arabian employee and by association, an Al Qaeda ally and a puppet of Wahabism.

Protector of the Christians al. LOL!

Default-user-icon BadMenTookOver (Guest) 02 September 2013, 00:30

Nothing protects the christians more than a strong State which he is asking for. The State that M8 destroys every day a little bit more. Soon there will be nothing left: no elections no cabinet and soon no president. Is the state present in "ARMY, PEOPLE, RESISTANCE?"

But noooo!! we who think this way are all saudi-zionist-american-takfiris paid to destroy Lebanon and Hizbullah is trying to stop us and to defend Lebanon.

LOL

Missing freemind 02 September 2013, 00:42

Funny thing is that Saudi is both a dictatorship and the land of Takfiris. No choosing there at all it seems :)

Thumb bustany 02 September 2013, 05:06

Bombing churches is a crime. No where but in Lebanon, a convicted criminal has followers.

Missing helicopter 02 September 2013, 07:54

Nowhere but with people like you that nation killers are dictators for life, go fly a kite Mr. bustany.

Missing helicopter 02 September 2013, 07:57

Nowhere but with people like you that nation killers are dictators for life, go fly a kite Mr. bustany.

Thumb _-_wolf_-_ 01 September 2013, 22:48

Geagea
"The dictatorial regimes want us to choose between two options: Religious Takfirism or a dictatorial secular Takfirism , but we are against both "
Well let me say this to you , your Paymaster KSA is as much dictatorial as they try to pretend to be Royals who were implanted by the British, they & along with the GCC states are the " Mothers " of all Dictators who created , support & supply the existing Takfiris' in our country & Region and you Gaga are a mere " Abed" that have sold your inner soul , family & country to the "Gatekeepers of Hell "
Now go back to your Cell !
Signed Wolf ....!!!!!

Thumb dandoun 01 September 2013, 23:06

blah blah blah.....ma 3ndak money to return to people kamen..aw bass shater bil ba3 ba3a

Missing eternalpeace 02 September 2013, 00:07

this man is asking for freedom and peace, yet all the haters keep bringing up Saudi Arabia, at least they didn't occupy and kill Lebanese people

Missing karim_m2- 02 September 2013, 00:15

From a memo in 1981: (http://www.nytimes.com/1981/10/06/world/excerpts-from-israeli-foreign-minister-s-speech.html)

"Without Saudi support, the P.L.O. would have remained an insignificant terrorist organization with meager resources. The major sources of financial support for the P.L.O. comes from Saudi Arabia. In addition to logistical support, the Saudis are supplying the P.L.O. significant quantities of arms."

La2 la2 akid akid they never killed and occupied Lebanese people. They were only the main sponsor of the terrorist organization responsible for igniting Lebanon's civil war and killing tens of thousands of Lebanese.

Al Qaeda sympathizers are the funniest.

Thumb bustany 02 September 2013, 00:26

The culture that created terrror is responsible for the most heinous crimes in the world. Who commited Sep11 were Saudis mainly. Imagine if they were Syrian or Lebanese. The world will accuse us of breeding terror yet no one accused Saudi Arabia. Conclusion, the world that still ok with the culture of Saudis is responsible for terror

Default-user-icon Antoine Karam (Guest) 02 September 2013, 02:07

Karim, tens of thousands of lebanese were killed by other lebanese sponsored by world wide nations. The syrian regime and those it sponsors killed more lebanese than what saudi arabia did yet you love it. You are naive if you think lebanons civil war was started by saudi. Our civil war started 100 years ago between diffirent sects living in lebanon and it still hasent ended. Lebanese started our war. The plo, syrian regime, qaddafi, saudi arabia, israel and a bunch of arab mukhabaret have their share of blame but the main blame should be directed against the lebanese who never were shy of comitting the worst of crimes and torture against eachother. Geagea comitted crimes i admit that but as did everyone else yet you embrace some of them. Geagea is currently the one who makes the most sence, you should appreciate that if you care about lebanon. Our leaders are only a product of our own society so if you cant accept geagea then you also shouldnt accept aoun.

Missing helicopter 02 September 2013, 09:01

And who is supplying all the other Palestinian factions other than the PLO? Right, it is Iran, Syria and HA.
So, put on your Lebanese hat and stop supporting those who are underminning Lebanon.

Missing freemind 02 September 2013, 00:44

aham... who r funding the Salafis? the Chinese perhaps...

Default-user-icon Hammerhead (Guest) 02 September 2013, 00:13

Your attacks at Geagea's speech are so lame and bankrupt of fact and logic. What in his speech irrititats you? Let me guess, is it the attack against HA's actions or maybe his position on the formation of the cabint or the defence of the Presidency? The same old infliction convayed under the guise of defenders of the resistance against Israel and the support of the regime that represents this resistance. The SSNP is still well and kicking hiding behind Aoun and support of HA. When will this destructive part be eradicated and outlawed, I see their filth on nearly every page of this website.

Thumb bustany 02 September 2013, 00:15

Whats important toxay is, the Syrian government to make clear to the world that evidance and evidance only is the way we accuse people or nation of wrong doing. We live in a civilized societies. The LAW and only evidance support the law should speak. Syria is a country of law and order. And any attempt to bring it backward to Saudi-style culture is unacceptable

Thumb bustany 02 September 2013, 01:52

You can not be president if you bomb churches whether you paid or not for your mistakes. Common sense prevail, people with criminal record are not allowed to run for president. Anyways, this is the law of Syria this is why we do not allow Muslim brotherhood, Wahabis to be president because although they might not killed anyone so far, they always think of killing or raping.

Missing helicopter 02 September 2013, 09:03

Are you telling me that there is no evidence that your Assad destroyed Lebanon, stole its wealth and killed its anti-Syrian leaders? Go fly a kite Mr. bustany.

Missing samiam 02 September 2013, 10:49

wait, didn't just say that criminals shouldn't be able to run for president...

oh wait, Bashar doesn't have to run since he is a tyrant. Thanks for clearing that up

Missing moonsear 02 September 2013, 00:29

someone tell him that the US are not bombing Syria anymore

Missing VINCENT 02 September 2013, 00:34

Not that I am pro or anti Geagea, my understanding of today's Takfiris is that it condone acts of violence as legitimate methods of achieving "religious" or "political" goals. We've experienced this, and it has been explained by Middle East experts. So, "dictatorial/secular Takfirism", is basically when those people who use Takfiri to achieve a religious outcome exercise or misuse Takfiri for political gains. Either way if you do not prescribe to Takfirism, it should not matter whether the proponent is exercising it for religious or political gains. I personally think this Takfiri business doesn't belong is civil institutions.

Missing bigjohn 02 September 2013, 09:27

The meaning of Takfiri is no relation, cooperation, tolerance of persons who are of a different religious sect.

Missing VINCENT 02 September 2013, 11:14

OK, lets make sure that it is not misused or abused for other than its intended goals.

Missing eternalpeace 02 September 2013, 01:16

he was the only one convicted of civil war crimes because he opposed Syria, but all the others were also guilty of crimes regardless of their affiliations. The haters keep bringing up the past regardless what people stand for now. He is only saying that he wants the state to be strong and independent. They bring up Saudi Arabia but forget about Syria and Iran who killed more Lebanese than Israel.

Missing bigjohn 02 September 2013, 10:06

'Syria and Iran who killed more Lebanese than Israel."
If that is the case it is because the LF ONLY fought the Syrians and NEVER fired a shot at the Israeli enemy occupiers!

Thumb _-_wolf_-_ 02 September 2013, 02:23

Gaga has 666 inscribed on his enlarged forehead , why are some supporting this psychotic murderer of Christians ? He is part of Hell & its Clan !
Singed Wolf !

Missing bigjohn 02 September 2013, 09:20

peacelover....You know nothing about Nelson Mandela. Nelson Mandela was a close ally of Castro, George Habash, and the IRA who supported him when he was fighting Apartheid. The UNdemocratic West were supporting Apartheid until the late 1980's!

Thumb _-_wolf_-_ 02 September 2013, 07:11

LF wolves don't bark you idiot !
Your IQ is below average !
Signed Wolf !!!!!

Missing bigjohn 02 September 2013, 09:17

The LF are not important players anymore in Lebanon. Today, they get their money from the Gulf dictators who the LF always supports. And, in this article Geaga says he is opposed to dictators.

Missing bigjohn 02 September 2013, 10:29

"The Lebanese Forces - who stood in the face of Palestinians & Syrians..." But, NEVER the Israeli enemy occupiers!!!

Missing samiam 02 September 2013, 10:49

but now, against the farsi occupiers...

Missing samiam 02 September 2013, 12:17

again, not M14, just anti m8

i know in your small minds that anyone not supporting m8 or the farsi takeover of this country is automatically m14, but simple minds need simple reasons. they can't grasp the concept of common sense.

oh yeah, since let's see fpm isn't a member of m8 (or so they like to say), berri just withdrew, is there really an m8, or are they just saying that to get more representation in the cabinet?

Missing samiam 02 September 2013, 12:18

not as funny as aoun pretending to do what's good for the country by promoting a militia to be the police and not holding them accountable to anything.

Default-user-icon WakeUp (Guest) 02 September 2013, 09:33

I'm sorry, but the hypocrisy going around here is ridiculous. Please.
Geagea is not following any sort of Saudi Arabian plan, his vision for the country is moderate and well thought out and yet every single person on this comment board who has differences between their views and his make no grounds on which to attack the content of his speech. Or any of his speeches. In fact, you can expect to see the same regurgitated responses again and again from news post to news post. Saudi Arabia? Fuck Saudi Arabia. He's talking about Lebanon. In contrast to his opponents who openly declare their allegiance to Iran. I'm sorry. Take a long hard think about that.

Default-user-icon kamal (Guest) 02 September 2013, 10:04

you traitor . it is better for you to keep silent.