Aoun Warns of Jihadist Bid to Storm Syria's Bloudan: You're Either with Nusra or with Maalula

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Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun on Tuesday revealed that the extremist al-Nusra Front is preparing to storm the mainly Christian Syrian town of Bloudan near Damascus, lashing out at those who are allegedly backing the jihadist group instead of supporting the historic neighboring town of Maalula.

“We were surprised by a cable received by OTV and FPM's website saying '… amid the assault on the town of Maalula, al-Nusra Front is trying to invade the Christian town of Bloudan, and we are raising our voice because we need greater protection.'”

“We fear that the Front might enter the town like what happened in Maalula and we fear being slaughtered. We hope our message will be delivered to the patriarchs, as al-Nusra Front is encircling the town and we have not seen any reinforcements or strong response until the moment and we can't but defend ourselves," Aoun quoted the cable's authors as saying.

“We have contacted the patriarchs so that they in turn contact the Syrian officials,” Aoun said.

Former French president Nicolas “Sarkozy said Christians have no place in the Middle East, but we don't want a protection for Christians, we rather want the implementation of human rights. They're saying that they're fighting in Syria for the sake of human rights, doesn't that include Christians? Are they discriminating between Muslims and Christians?” Aoun added.

The FPM leader noted that “human rights involve the freedom of belief and the freedom of the human.”

“We want protection from al-Nusra Front, which is killing and slaughtering,” he added.

“In Egypt, Sunnis themselves did not tolerate the extremism and they quickly reevaluated their political and social situations, and we all have the right to identify the problem,” Aoun said, referring to the ouster of Islamist president Mohammed Morsi by a popular-backed military takeover.

Aoun pointed out that rival Lebanese politicians have said that “no monasteries were torched in Maalula.”

“Where did the published pictures come from? Let's suppose that they (Syrian rebels and jihadists) have not committed any violations, why did they enter Maalula? A funeral has been held for three victims and Greek Catholic Patriarch (Gregory III) Laham prayed for their souls,” Aoun noted.

“We will not accept to remain silent over this issue and this is a series that started in Palestine and moved to Iraq and Egypt, where so many Copts decided to leave the country. But we will remain here and those justifying the deeds of those who are slaughtering them are spineless. They are not a resistance because resistance must start in the head first. They must stand on their feet and become aware of the problem instead of being anesthetized,” Aoun added, in reference to the Christians of the rival March 14 camp which supports the Syrian revolt.

“There is the Nusra and there is Maalula. You can be either with the Nusra or with Maalula and the difference between the two is like the difference between hell and heaven, and those who choose hell can remain in hell,” he added.

Noting that the rebel attack on Maalula was unjustified, Aoun said the town “can be monitored with the satellites of world powers and they can tell if they Syrian army is inside the town.”

“Nothing justifies the presence of fighters in the town, as it was a peaceful town that was not taking part in the fighting and that did not harbor any fighters. I visited it and it contains monasteries. I visited the Mar Jerjes Monastery that they have torched,” he added, reminiscing his visit to Syria.

Aoun went on to say that Italian Jesuit priest “Father Paolo (Dall'Oglio) was slaughtered when he tried to mediate the release of a hostage.”

Turning to the domestic issues, Aoun said: “We do not approve of the (caretaker) cabinet's performance and God willing, there will be a surprise that we will make regarding the manner in which laws are being issued.”

Maalula is an ancient town that symbolizes the Christian presence in Syria and where residents speak Aramaic, the language spoken by Jesus Christ used by few communities around the world.

The town north of Damascus had been spared from the violence that has rocked Syria since March 2011, until last week, when violence broke out there for the first time since the conflict erupted.

Syrian rebels, including jihadists linked to al-Qaida, have taken control of Maalula north of Damascus, a watchdog and residents said on Sunday.

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  • 10 September 2013, 17:18

    Aoun: We do not approve of the (caretaker) cabinet's performance and God willing, there will be a surprise that we will make regarding the manner in which laws are being issued.

  • 10 September 2013, 17:16

    Aoun: Father Paolo was slaughtered when he tried to mediate the release of a hostage.

  • 10 September 2013, 17:14

    Aoun: Maalula can be monitored with the satellites of world powers and they can tell if they Syrian army is inside the town. Nothing justifies the presence of fighters in the town, as it was a peaceful town that was not taking part in the fighting and did not harbor any fighters. I visited it and it contains monasteries. I visited the Mar Jerjes Monastery that they have torched.

  • 10 September 2013, 17:11

    Aoun: There is the Nusra and there is Maalula. You can be either with the Nusra or with Maalula and the difference between the two is like the difference between hell and heaven, and those who choose hell can remain in hell.

  • 10 September 2013, 17:09

    Aoun: We will not accept to remain silent over this issue and this is a series that started in Palestine and moved to Iraq and Egypt, where so many Copts decided to leave the country. But we will remain here and those justifying the deeds of those who are slaughtering them are spineless. They are not a resistance because resistance must start in the head first. They must stand on their feet and become aware of the problem instead of being anesthetized.

  • 10 September 2013, 17:07

    Aoun: They're saying that no monasteries were torched in Maalula, so where did the published pictures come from? Let's suppose that they (Syrian rebels and jihadists) have not committed any violations, why did they enter Maalula? A funeral has been held for three victims and Catholic Patriarch Laham prayed for their souls.

  • 10 September 2013, 17:06

    Aoun: In Egypt, Sunnis themselves did not tolerate the extremism and they quickly reevaluated their political and social situations, and we all have the right to identify the problem.

  • 10 September 2013, 17:06

    Aoun: Human rights involve the freedom of belief and the freedom of the human ... we want protection from al-Nusra Front, which is killing and slaughtering.

  • 10 September 2013, 17:05

    Aoun: Sarkozy said Christians have no place in the Middle East, but we don't want a protection for Christians, we rather want the implementation of human rights. They're saying that they're fighting in Syria for the sake of human rights, doesn't that include Christians? Are they discriminating between Muslims and Christians?

  • 10 September 2013, 17:04

    FPM leader MP Michel Aoun after weekly meeting of Change and Reform bloc: We were surprised by a cable received by OTV and FPM's website saying "amid the assault on the town of Maalula, al-Nusra Front is trying to invade the Christian town of Bloudan, and we are raising our voice because we need greater protection. We fear that the Front might enter the town like what happened in Maalula and we fear being slaughtered. We hope our message will be delivered to the patriarchs, as al-Nusra Front is encircling the town and we have not seen any reinforcements or strong response until the moment and we can't but defend ourselves."

  • 10 September 2013, 17:04

    Aoun: We have contacted the patriarchs so that they in turn contact the Syrian officials.

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Comments 44
Thumb Senescence 10 September 2013, 17:29

That pic is so old it's not even funny. First time I see it in years.

Curious, where did you see anyone post about it in so out of context?

Thumb benzona 10 September 2013, 17:39

Automatically update this page every minute: On | Off <== OFF

Thumb Senescence 10 September 2013, 17:45

benzona, but I was referring to the removed link you're talking about up there.

Thumb benzona 10 September 2013, 17:49

Posting links isn't allowed for obvious internet security reasons. the jpeg could contain a trojan horse or worse.

Thumb Senescence 10 September 2013, 17:50

benzona, true enough.

Thumb benzona 10 September 2013, 17:32

it's take from the exorcist. again, typical feat tactics used by Adolphe the German 70 years ago. In the end, it was Adolphe who murdered 6 millions of his own, not to mention the millions who died of hunger or direct war injuries. We need to keep an eye on this psychopath saviour of Christians.

Thumb benzona 10 September 2013, 17:33

*take --> taken
*feat --> fear

Thumb benzona 10 September 2013, 17:34

Rji3tilna ya helweh! ahlein.

Thumb benzona 10 September 2013, 18:59

Patri, je ne sais pas ou est le genie Leonard. sorry!

Missing gabby14 10 September 2013, 17:51

Endless the photo was from back when a combover still looked.....eh! Now it just looks ridiculous.....like the statements that come out of his mouth.

Missing peacelover 10 September 2013, 18:33

Michel aoun has been paid for by the assad family for more than 30 years now.First they pressurred amin to bring him prime minister care taker,in order to penetrate the christian forces and cause the christians to flee lebanon in big numbers.And now his duty is propaganda to protect his owners.I cant beleive a word from this liar general deserter that must stand trial in a military court before he can speak his opinion.

Missing peace 10 September 2013, 22:32

"they also pressured aoun to bomb syrian positions and make serious advances, in his harb al ta7rir"

there never was such a thing as liberation war... aoun was promised the presidency by hafez who betrayed him at the last moment so in rage he started his revenge war against the syrians....

Missing peace 11 September 2013, 00:25

oh no FT... all this is based on testimonies of his close collaborators at the time... sorry it hurts your feelings as you cannot stand following a liar so you do whatever you can to try and deny facts so hard that at the end you believe you are the only person right.... it requires medical attention if you do not want to wake up a morning sicker than ever....

(one little example of your denials: you deny syrians and their lebanese ally had anything to do with the killing of hariri when aoun was the first one to point at them! LOL...)

Thumb primesuspect 11 September 2013, 00:46

peace & love!

I don;t think FT can be, should be named 'Love' because he hates us.

Missing peace 11 September 2013, 01:49

"i however, prefer hard fact to your neurotic accusations and wishful thinking according to the narrative you happen to peddle."

thanks for confirming this is exactly what aoun is all about : "neurotic and wishful thinker" as he said the exact same thing : the syrians killed hariri! LOL

see how easy you are to trick baby boy?

Missing peace 10 September 2013, 18:47

"Human rights involve the freedom of belief and the freedom of the human ... we want protection from al-Nusra Front, which is killing and slaughtering"

this shows his BIG hypocrisy... if he were honest he would include the syrian regime too along with hezbi shabbihas helping it.... poor man

Thumb _mowaten_ 10 September 2013, 18:58

no it seems like you are insane. you talk BS but what you forget is that he is the only one speaking up for the Christians in the Levant. In the mean time, m14 is supporting those who are killing them.

Missing M11er 10 September 2013, 19:01

Al Nusra, under the command of Bachar el assad, is invading christian villages and killing christians just to enforce the propaganda that only bachar is the protector of christians.

well yes bachar is the protector of christians and here is how: you either are with bachar, or Bachar will kill you.

it is very clear: A section of Al Nusra is nothing more than Bachar's second army.

Thumb terrorist 10 September 2013, 19:32

رهبر انقلاب , ولی فقیه ایران
We promised To Keep This
Top Secret. How Did You Find
Out? Did Der General Sell Us
Out To the Highest Bidder?

Missing M11er 10 September 2013, 20:53

LOL

i actually promised to make him president.....:)

Missing M11er 10 September 2013, 21:36

Flame

sometimes you sound like a 10 year old, like right now.

what's happening in maalula is all to the advantage of bachar. how stupid do you think the al nusra is to do that right now ?

it is more than clear that the al qaeda that fought the lebanese army in nahr el bared and went back to syria is now fighting in maalula.

we all know that al nusra fighters were in bachar's jails... why did he liberate them ???
your propaganda will never work....you need to ask your boss for a raise to do a better job dispersing this propaganda li ma bte2li 3ejji.

Missing peace 11 September 2013, 00:36

1/ if bahia hariri funded terrorist groups how come she is not in jail? how come your prophet aoun still is leaving her free?
2/ aoun stated that the day bashar leaves lebanon he would send islamist groups to destabilize and create chaos in lebanon....
(oh! i guess aoun was lying then! )

so yes FT keep on defending your brave bashar and his regime, you are just spitting on the memories of the hundreds of christian lebanese who died fighting this regime... and you claim to defend christian rights? LOL you are a big joke....but no wonder from one supporting a leader who told to the mothers of the kidnapped lebanese to turn the page and forget.... shame on you

Thumb slash 11 September 2013, 00:47

habibe FT sherly el murr and i watched it on OTV said it in the introduction that none of the rebells attacked or distroyed holly sites , the russian tv station filmed the scenes and the bombings were from the side of the syrian army and not the rebels , after that beleive what you want ;)

Missing peace 11 September 2013, 00:48

good one slash!!!!!

Thumb benzona 10 September 2013, 19:02

Salut Momo, Ca va? La vie est belle? quel temps fait-il a Ispahan? Ici il pleut et il fait tres froid.

Thumb _mowaten_ 10 September 2013, 19:09

Merci de ta solicitude Benzo, oui la vie est belle est pour la meteo a Isfahan je ne sais pas mais tu peux voir ca la:
http://www.weather.com/weather/tenday/Esfahan+Iran+IRXX0003
Sinon je vois que toi tu n'es pas au Liban, parce qu’ici il ne pleut pas, même si les températures ont un peu baissé ces derniers jours :)

Thumb terrorist 10 September 2013, 19:30

رهبر انقلاب , ولی فقیه ایران
Has A Message For The General
You May Convey This Message
To Him:

Der General,
We Sent You A Carrier Today
Expecting Receiving The First
Half Of You Salary For August.
The Embargo Has Affected Our
Coffers. We Will Pay You the
Other Half In Due Time.
Remember Not To Omit Paying
Your Elves Mowaten, Flame,
Southern, BigJohn, OutSideMan.
They Are Your Greater Assets
In Propaganda. Thank You for
You Ongoing Loyalty Towards
The Wilayat Al Faqih. S.A.K.

Missing karim_m3- 10 September 2013, 19:44

God bless General Aoun for his staunch patriotism, defense of Lebanon's democracy, and opposition to February 14-sponsored terrorism.

Thumb benzona 10 September 2013, 20:47

Mais je me fais du mouron pour toi Momo. Je vois bien que toutes ces tensions sectaires Exacerbées par la présence d'armes illégitimes et surtout de ces voitures piégées qui rendent tout le monde parano. Ça va toi et ta conscience? J'imagine que dormir chaque soir sur ses deux oreilles est un challenge. Surtout quand on prône la guerre et les armes. Oui, ces armes qui Dévorent les âmes des plus vulnérables. ;-)

Bonne soirée quand même!

Salutations de la vieille Europe ennuyeuse mais 'safe'.

Missing peace 10 September 2013, 22:36

"soon lebanon will be drained of their minorities so that american corporations have a more homogeneous population to sell their mass production products to "
LOL aoun was the biggest fan of the usa!!! LOL under republican rule LOL...

another attempt to scare people by aounis who fool only themselves... remember how the assads killed christians in lebanon when it suited their policies! and now you say they defend christians? LOL!! so comic.....
all sects are minorities in lebanon in case FT does not know!

Missing VINCENT 10 September 2013, 22:47

That is twisted logic. If there are disagreements between different groups of same religion, a deadly confrontation does not necessarily arise from religious differences. Case on point, Aoun's disagreements with the other Christian group(s) were driven from political (whose alliance to keep) differences. This is a prime example why religion has no business in politics. As long as the Arabs, Turks and Persians continue to and insist on defining themselves through the muddy lenses of religion, the M.E., as it has been for the last 3 thousands years or so, will always be a powder keg. Long live the brave and smart Egyptian people for taking such a important and strong stance in opposition to religious mongers/idiots. I hope the Egyptian decision lasts long enough and/or has the capacity to be a model to the rest of M.E. to imitate.

Missing M11er 10 September 2013, 22:54

Flame

I am 100% with your ultimate goal
Your problem is you are unable to see that bachar is your number 1 ennemy towards not reaching this goal. Your general the same

You listen to bachar and aoun and believe them and don't give any attention to what they do on the ground which is the complete opposit of what they say

Tell me how many Syrian Christians lived in Syria in 2000 and how many we're they in 2010
?
How many Christians disappeared In Syrian jails ?
How many Christians did bachar kill in order to re occupy Lebanon in 1983-1985

Thumb primesuspect 10 September 2013, 23:47

The stats are fabricated by FT. He always comes out with weird numbers.

Thumb slash 11 September 2013, 00:36

he came back to syria Bani in 2013 and was kidnapped and killed by some grp affiliated to Al-qaeda ! it was july 29 when he was kidnapped !

Missing peace 11 September 2013, 00:47

oh! then stop defending bashar as a defender of christians! he wouldn t have killed them in lebanon if he was their protector!!!

LOL see you contradict yourself! funny FT!

Missing peace 11 September 2013, 01:11

by defending aoun you are... fail to see the obvious? or you need some help that your brain cannot manage alone? :)

Thumb primesuspect 11 September 2013, 00:49

I find it disturbing that u guys keep talking about our disgusting civil war. This is playing with fire.... it's really really bad.

Default-user-icon Hammerhead (Guest) 11 September 2013, 01:12

FT: Your claim that Aoun is the only person who fired at the Syrian occupier would undoubtedly be the quote of the century. When you people read this crap decorated with FT's twisted logic, why do you engage him. Truth is what he proclaims and of course backed up by facts. You ignorant retard, we were there, we lived the times, you are not lecturing children that were born yesterday. If you have a problem with the LF, take it out on them, do not defend this monster.

Missing M11er 11 September 2013, 01:23

i am now going to sleep.
you go do your own research if you don't believe me and you will be surprised with the results.

and yes, al nusra (bachar section) was in bachar's jails freed after the revolution

the other al nusras (ksa/qatar/al qaida) came after to fight bachar and bachar's nusra

then there's the FSA who are deserters from the syrian army fighting bachar

so three independant groups fighting or making it look like they are fighting.

remember teh FSA general killed by al nusra few months ago....isn't that weird for you ? wonder why?
good night

Thumb freedomarch 11 September 2013, 02:00

Patriotic Iranian, From Iran to Jabal Amel, I've never seen that that beautiful lady, well except Haifa. If you have a number I would like to ask you out if you agree ... "7asab el share3 ya3ni" Leagal.. a week would be enough.

Missing hb9z 11 September 2013, 05:54

Aoun shut up.....why do u guys even bother listening to this traitor???

Thumb _mowaten_ 11 September 2013, 11:45

non benzo, je dors sur mes deux oreilles sans probleme, ne te fais pas de mouron pour moi, mais plutot pour tous ceux qui vivent sous l'oppression et n'ont pas les moyens de se défendre.
entre temps fais attention a toi, ne te fais pas dépouiller au détour d'une ruelle et surveille ton dos dans le metro.

Thumb _mowaten_ 11 September 2013, 11:45

wasnt funny the first time taljo-boy, still isnt funny now.

Default-user-icon Hakeem (Guest) 28 September 2013, 20:24

Love it , this the freedom of speech, it should be grated for every one. Freedom of religion is essential too, even for those who do not care much about God or any religion