Geagea: Those Who Claim to Support the Army Must Lay Down Their Illegitimate Arms
Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea lamented on Friday the weakening of the Lebanese state and its institutions, blaming the spread of illegitimate arms for the deterioration of the state of affairs in the country.
He said: “We are fed up with lies. Those who claim to love the army should lay down their illegitimate weapons.”
He made his remarks during the relaunch of the LF-affiliated al-Massira magazine.
“Lebanon is passing through a difficult phase because a party is usurping the role of the state,” Geagea added in reference to Hizbullah.
“Some sides are dragging Lebanon towards the war in Syria not for the sake of defending it against Israel as they claim, but in order to defend Iran and the Syrian regime,” he remarked.
“This dangerous gamble will bring about death and destruction and not change and reform,” he said in a reference to Hizbullah's ally the Change and Reform bloc of MP Michel Aoun.
“Lebanon has become the country of chaos and death instead of the land of democracy, freedoms, tourism, and development,” he continued.
“They want to keep Lebanon in a constant state of war that do not end. They want Lebanon to remain rife with weapons. They want to bring extremists to the country in order to justify their possession of illegitimate arms,” he said.
“We have repeatedly warned of these dangers, but who is listening? Some sides have replaced Lebanon with Iran and others are selling our history for a handful of parliamentary and cabinet seats,” noted the LF chief.
“What is the use of these seats when Lebanon itself has been erased?” he wondered.
“What is the use of gambling on the victory of the murderous Syrian regime, when we have lost our democratic system in Lebanon?” he asked.
“We should not lose Lebanon for a few seats in power after all the sacrifices that have been made over the years,” demanded Geagea.
“Lebanon is being fragmented and we must defend what is left of it because there can be no salvation without an actual state,” he stressed, while demaning an end to the spread of illegitimate arms.