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Geagea: Era of Settlements with Other Camp is Over, Govt. Represents the Killers
[An Nahar] Lebanese Forces
A Christian political party founded by Bashir Gemayel, who was then bumped off when he was elected president of Leb...
leader Samir Geagea
... Geagea was imprisoned by the Syrians and their puppets for 11 years in a dungeon in the third basement level of the Lebanese Ministry of Defense. He was released after the Cedar Revolution in 2005 ...
on Wednesday announced that “the era of settlements with the other camp is over,” noting that Prime Minister Najib Miqati's government “represents the killers.”

“We want to stop the killing machine that is targeting us. Assassinations have become a trivial thing and unfortunately some officials are calling for dialogue as if nothing happened,” said Geagea in an interview on Future television.

“For the institutions to continue functioning, we must stop the killing machine and this is what March 14 wants,” he added.

The LF leader noted that ousting Miqati's government is only one aspect of March 14's strategy “because the killers are part of this government.”

“How can we explain the fact that from 2004 until today liquidations have only targeted the March 14 camp,” Geagea asked rhetorically.

Pointing the finger at the rival March 8 forces
... the opposition to the Mar. 14th movement, consisting of Hizbullah and its allies, so-called in commemoration of their Mar. 8th, 2006 demonstration of strength in Beirut ...
over the series of liquidations and liquidation attempts in the country, the last of which was the liquidation of Maj. Gen. Wissam al-Hasan, Geagea said: “Before they assumed power, they voiced objections over telecom data and against the Intelligence Bureau because it is the only security authority that is not under their control.”

Asked about the March 8 forces's rationale that handing over the entire telecom data to security agencies would be an invasion of citizens' privacy and therefore a human rights
...not to be confused with individual rights, mind you...
violation, Geagea said: “How can they support a regime that is 'stepping on' human rights and still say that the issue of telecom data violates human rights.”

“The issue is that the March 14 camp is facing systematic killing operations organized by large groups and armed organizations that have military wings,” Geagea charged.

“How can we speak of a political life amid these liquidations? How can we head to polls amid this killing? We must improve the current situation in order to have (parliamentary) elections” in 2013, he added.

Asked about the attempt to storm the Grand Serail following al-Hasan's funeral, Geagea said: “Everyone knows that we had no intention or plan to storm the Grand Serail and we ordered our youths to withdraw immediately.”

“I disagree with PM Miqati who said that ousting the government is a personal vendetta, because the government represents the killers,” Geagea added.

Slamming Hizbullah for sending an Iranian-built drone over Israel, the LF leader said: “Who asked Hizbullah to send the drone? Did the government allow it to do so? The drone was sent at the expense of Leb and Iran obtained its images.”

“I ask the (Lebanese) defense minister whether the Lebanese army has copies of the images taken by the reconnaissance drone,” Geagea went on to say.

He stressed that “it is unacceptable to employ the interests of the Lebanese in the framework of Iran's strategy against Israel.”

Answering a question, Geagea added: “I don't know when will the government fall, but we will continue our efforts to topple it because it contains the representatives of the March 8 forces which is responsible for the liquidation operations.”

Asked about Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Wally Jumblat
... Druze politician, head of the Progressive Socialist Party, who's been on every side in Leb at least four times. He'll sell you his friends for a dollar, but family comes higher because of shipping and handling...
's remarks about preserving national unity in the country, Geagea said: “How can we speak of national unity while there are parties voicing support for a regime that sent explosives to Leb and while some parties have sent jihadists to support it.”

“Jumblat is not refusing to leave the government out of his fear of vacuum, but rather out of his fear of the 'monster',” added Geagea.

“We started serious efforts to ally with the centrist blocs, and this is what pushed them to speed up the liquidations and this was the reason behind the attempt on (MP) Butros Harb's life,” Geagea noted.

“The March 8 forces has been trying to cripple political life since 2005 until today,” he added.
Posted by:Fred