Despite the poor quality of this video (taken by cell phone), Walid Jumblat can be heard accusing the Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea and “some of the Sunnis” of wishing for a Druze-Shia conflict. He can also be heard saying “we saw the Sunni in Beirut, they brought 1000 fighters from Akkar and did not last 15 min [during the mini-civil-war of May 7, 2008]. “They wanted us [Druze and Shia] to fight each other and then they would just sit and watch”, he said. He stressed that the Druze dignity is preserved [despite not being dragged into a full fledged war]. At the end of the video, while talking about the elections in the Mountain, he accuses his Maronite allies of going back to “Isolationism”, describing them as “once of bad quality, always of bad quality.” Saad Hariri is a novice, he adds. This video ends with, “as for the Shia, England is holding dialogue with Hezbollah, [United States of] America is opening up to Iran…
I think sectarianism, feudalism, sheepism, isolationism and all their isms cousins should be eradicated before rabies spread out of control in this Lebanon.
Update: excerpts of Jumblat’s clarification :
“The video was part of a long discussion which talked about the isolationist trend in the country,” Jumblat said about a mobile phone video in which the Druze leader criticized Maronites and some March 14 leaders.
“I wish that (Maronite) Patriarch (Nasrallah) Sfeir and all Maronites would take the bad and insulting word I used – and which was taken out of context from a long discussion about isolation – as a mere description of the situation that caused isolationism” in Lebanese sects,
“I was expressing (my point of view on) choosing candidates particularly by the March 14 alliance. The latest victim was Nassib Lahoud who decided to withdraw his candidacy. This attitude doesn’t only exist among March 14 but also rests with the other party.”