In an interview with MTV, Samir Geagea launched an unprecedented attack on Maronite Patriarch Bechara Al-Rahi. Geagea said that Patriarch al-Rahi statements on Syria “had infuriated me” and they “contradict with our entire history and I cannot be proud of this rhetoric”. The only thing that I see wrong with what Patriarch al-Rahi said lately is that “the Syrian regime is the closest to democracy in the region”. With all do respect dear Patriarch, the Syrian regime is far from democracy as much as the Sun is far from earth. But I do share the fears that the Patriarch has concerning what will replace the Syrian regime when it falls and the future of the Christians there.
Samir Geagea might be a Christian leader in Lebanon but with all due respect, the Maronite Patriarch is the leader of the Maronite Christians in Antioch and the East. When the Patriarch speaks, he has in his mind the worries of all Maronite Christians in the region and not only Geagea political aspirations.
I go back to Samir Geagea words saying that Patriarch words “contradict our entire history”. If a person express his fears due to precedents in Egypt, Iraq, Tunisia, …. those fears are considered as contradiction to our entire history. Tell me Mr. Geagea what will you call Safra War? The Intifadas war? Ilgha war? …. These wars are inline with our entire history? Unless you consider Christians massacring Christians our true history.
Geagea went on and on labeling the Patriarch as equal to Wi’am Wahab, Fayex Choukor, … can you go lower??? Why does the Patriarch deserves such attacks?? Because he said he fears for the Christians future in Syria when this regime falls? Because the Patriarch saw what happened in Iraq, Egypt and he got the reports of what is going on in Syria?
Yes the Syrian regime did many things to us in Lebanon. But this regime didn’t do these things to us because of our religion. He did it because he saw us on the opposite line of his political views. What happened to the Christians of Iraq and Egypt is done to them for religious purposes. Besides that, we are talking about what is happening in Syria today and not Lebanon. So tell us when was the last time you heard the Syrian regime butchered Christians in Syria?
Wasn’t the LF used to say that it stand by Bkirki and it defends Christians? So what happened? Are the Patriarch worries about the Christians of Syria deserves such wrath? Yesterday you were in Saudi Arabia but I never heard you opposing the call of the Saudi Grand Mufti call to demolish all Churches in the Arabian Peninsula. Few days ago, there was a demonstration in the Martyrs Square for Salafists and I didn’t hear you opposing them. Even though you know very well what kind of project they carry. Sheikh Fustoq keeps repeating that the religious clash in Syria will spill to Lebanon but I never heard you opposing him.
By the way, wasn’t Abed al-Haleem Khaddam part of the Syrian regime that killed the Christians of Lebanon? How come you didn’t advise your office in Paris to sue him for his crimes in Lebanon? But yet, you call your office to boycott the Patriarch visit to certain countries.
Geagea added that Patriarch Sfeir words are endangering the Christians in the regions. Our “Brotherly” wars between Christians from the 70’s to the 90’s didn’t endanger the Christians of Lebanon? What al-Qaeda did to the Christians of Iraq didn’t endanger the Christians in Iraq? What Muslim Brotherhood (those you said let them take the power) did and still doing to the Christians of Egypt didn’t endanger the Christians of Egypt? The calls by those whom you are supporting in Syria today to kick the Christians out of Syria aren’t endangering the Christians in Syria?
How come you launched your attack on Bkirki when you returned from your tour to Saudi Arabia and Qatar? Is this the role that you chose to play?? Well this role Mr. Geagea contradicts our entire history and we are not proud of your rhetoric.
The best answer came from the Patriarch upon his return to Lebanon today: “The problem in Lebanon is that the text is not read entirely intentionally or unintentionally … Those who read the full text have all the answers. Those who cut the text are like those who say “There is no God” and forget to add “But God”. To say “there is no God” only is ignorance.”