March 14 Christians ‘Revolt’ against Sayyed Nasrallah’s ‘Advice’

Hussein Assi

29/12/2009 Once again, the same scenario repeated itself…

In the season of greetings, the season of tolerance and forgiveness, Lebanese found themselves witnessing again the same scenario of “mutual accusations.”

It’s the year 2009 that refused to go away without reminding Lebanese of their “divisions”, at least to prevent “false illusions” that unity was really reached, and for ever…

Thus, the speech made by Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah couldn’t pass without “repercussions,” especially that the Resistance leader delivered through his speech multiple messages in all directions…

Sayyed Nasrallah has addressed Lebanese Christians, “advising” them to take the right path. His eminence said: “I call Christians for a quiet dialogue away from ardent rhetoric; a dialogue among themselves over their present and future options. I call them to recall past experiences and conclude whether bargaining on Israel, by some parties, was good for Lebanon or was it the contrary. I call on them to review the bargaining of some on the American administration. Today, we have 150 thousand American soldiers in Iraq and they did not provide security for the Christians who can’t even gather in their churches to mark the birth of Christ. Can the United States provide security? I tell them that the interest of the Christian community in Lebanon lies in Lebanon, not anywhere else. It’s in their interest to cooperate with the rest of the Lebanese. Today the Lebanese have the chance to acknowledge one another; and this is a chance that must not be wasted.”

Of course, the “advice” wasn’t “welcome” in the ranks of the March 14 Christians, who rushed to “reject” it and claim that they were not in “need” of advices…

“Phalange Party, which is not affected by this intimidation, calls on Sayyed Nasrallah to apply his own advices on himself because he needs them more,” a statement issued by Phalange’s politburo after its weekly meeting claimed. Even more, the statement pretended that Sayyed Nasrallah’s choices are the ones “that embroil Lebanon; diminish its sovereignty; obstruct institutions; and prevent security services from performing basic duties.”

Meanwhile, Lebanese Forces chief Samir Geagea “understood” from Sayyed Nasrallah’s speech Hezbollah “negligence of national dialogue table”. Geagea also claimed that Hezbollah Secretary General “considers that he has a Sharia representative who adopts Hezbollah’s standpoint and defends it among the Christians till the last breath,” in a reference to the head of the Change and Reform parliamentary bloc MP Michel Aoun.

Other Christians, however, hailed Sayyed Nasrallah’s speech and called on Christians to take it positively.

In this context, former Deputy Speaker Elie Ferzli said that Sayyed Nasrallah’s comments were in the interest of the Christians in Lebanon and not against them. “Sayyed Nasrallah believes in the pioneer role of Christians in Lebanon,” Ferzli told reporters after meeting with Aoun.

For his part, the head of the General Maronite Council Wadih Khazen said that Christians shouldn’t make doubts on the intentions of Sayyed Nasrallah’s frank advices to the Christian community, pointing in this context to the successful understanding between Hezbollah and the Free Patriotic Movement.

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