Where does Jumblat stand ?

I can't understand Mr. Walid Jumblat. He is one of the best politicians in Lebanon. He played a good role in the revolution after February 14th and the murder of Rafic Hariri.

When General Aoun decided to return to Lebanon, Jumblat visited him in Paris, before which he decided to open fire, and described him as a "tsunami"!

During the elections, he was the first to defend Hizbollah, Amal and the Resistance. Today, he doesn't even want the Shiites ministers to return to the Cabinet. He treats Hizbollah and Amal as if he was never their ally. He speaks about quantities and arms... It is crazy. What does he want? Why is he trying to provocate Hizbollah? Is he looking for a new civil war?


At Monday, January 09, 2006 7:48:00 PM, Blogger Xylocaine said...

He got me confused myself...but really something must have happened backstage...or he's just protesting for attention...or since the syrians have cut him out forever; he decided to eleminate them before they did....or he's just gone MAD and SUICIDAL!

At Monday, January 09, 2006 8:13:00 PM, Blogger zwixo said...

i think u have a point xylocane when u say "he's looking for attention. i think Jumblat wants to always play a role and be a winner, whatever that role is. maybe he thinks if he shuts up now, he'll shut up forever. Anyways, whatever he says now, he must know he lost all kind of credibility, he's just looking for the winning side for survival.

At Monday, January 09, 2006 8:54:00 PM, Blogger Vox Populi - Agent Provocateur said...

I'll be really confused the day Jumblat stops confusing people.

At Monday, January 09, 2006 9:01:00 PM, Blogger Jamal said...

... and you're only looking at the last year, if you look further back into his history you'd find him consistent with his flip flop act. Heck, If you go even further back into his family tree, you'd find the same traits with his dad. I mean he was a Socialist Feudal Lord and a Militant Spiritual Monk. Kamal Jumblat was the undisputed king of oxymorons.

At Monday, January 09, 2006 9:29:00 PM, Blogger ghassan said...

I think that the real question should not be "why is Mr. Jumblat placing demands on HA to return to the cabinet?" but "Isn't time to take a stand and stop appeasing HA?"

I, for one, am extremly glad that Walid Jumblat has shown enough courage to ask HA openly whether Lebanon is their top priority.

At Tuesday, January 10, 2006 12:09:00 AM, Blogger francois said...

he is trying to divide everyone to keep some power
the druze dont have any demographic power so only dividing can give them a balance power

At Tuesday, January 10, 2006 12:22:00 AM, Blogger ghassan said...

Francois, it is very frustrating to learn that the views that we need to get rid of are precisely the ones that are still in control of our cognitive powers. I think that it is tragic when the only way for you to explain a particular behaviour is to resort to the the ideas of sectarianism and proportional confessionalism. Why cannot you explain Mr Jumblats behaviour using other categories ones that are not divisive and ones that reflect a higher level of political maturity.

At Tuesday, January 10, 2006 4:24:00 PM, Blogger Assaad said...

Ghassan : You said that the behaviour of M. Jumblat reflects a high level of political maturity. I agree with you but he is doing all that for his proper benefits... not the benefit of Lebanon. His reaction nowadays may lead the country to choas that's why i prefer that he stops speaking for a while....

At Tuesday, January 10, 2006 4:35:00 PM, Blogger Tempest said...

lol at "he played a good role in the murder of Rafic Hariri"...

That said, I don't personally like Jumblat, but he's doing all he can to preserve his constituency, and assure their survival.

He was defending Aoun because he saw in him an ally to the revolution. He turned on him when Aoun goal suddenly became the presidency, and power.

He was defending Hizbullah ('the resistance') because the entire opposition had decided not to face off against them. The have since grown even more arrogant and incooperative (not much unlike their lord in Iran, ahmedanijabad) and Jumblatt has sensed that change is in the air.

I'm not saying he's a good guy, but I would say he has an uncanny sense for the direction the wind is blowing.. and works hard at making sure not to piss into the wind.

PS: Hizbullah need to be provoked, and they need to be broken. Who does it isn't an issue.

At Tuesday, January 10, 2006 5:11:00 PM, Blogger Assaad said...

Tempest : with all my respect to you, i didn't say he played a role IN the murder of Rafik Hariri but IN THE REVOLUTION AFTER....
Anyway, i don't agree with your point of view concerning Jumblat. Nobody has to be provoked or broken (It is even arrogant and not mature to speak that way)... We need peace and pateriotism spirit not personal spirit...

At Thursday, January 12, 2006 1:03:00 AM, Blogger francois said...


the problem in lebanon is that we dont have a nation state, but patriotism based on sects and on communities

i though that the 14 march was one occasion to change that fact as far i think it s the biggest mistake that was done when lebanon was built and the problem that faces lebanon.
this secterian patriotism is dividing lebanon , weakening lebanon , it is what allowed foreign countries to fight on the lebanese soil for 30 years
as far was saying cesars, and nothing has changed since: to reign u need to divide.

joumblatt is a part of that game:
he doesnt have any quantity power but a quality power, he doesnt have demographic power, but a balance power, and he s playing that game.
is it in the interest of all the lebanese ? no
this weakeness is a big whole into the lebanese system, till we dont have that patriotism based on the nation, lebanon simply doesnt exist or just exists in the map

give me new equations , give me state patriotism which is inexistant and here the game changes


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