"Diq il-hadeed w huwwe hamee"
Jumblatt has openly called for regime change in Syria...now that former Syrian Vice-President Khaddam has provided the whole world with an alternative to the either-the-Assad-rule-or-the-Muslim-Brotherhood equation.
As I read through the entire interview that Al-Arabiyya conducted with Khaddam, it was clear his intentions. His breaking away from the Syrian Baath party and his public confession of the internal dynamics within the Bashar Assad circle of the past five years are not a "cathartic" move, taken by someone who wishes to live in peace and quiet for the remaining years of his life. No! Khaddam's words (which by the way, he did not wish to be interrupted by the interviewer) had a message, they carried weight, they were ideological and strategic, they in short laid down domestic and foreign policies and strategies that Syria needs to take in order to move forward in these changing times.
Khaddam said that he had a choice, between the regime and the nation; he claims that he chose the nation. And for the nation to move forward, he believes that Syria should foster openness, not necessarily towards the outside world, no, but towards its people. He explained that at those critical times in Syria's history, what the leadership should do is to take a step towards national reconciliation (doesn't this term remind you of Lebanese political jargon? Syria needs some of it); instead of alienating Syrian citizens more and more from their country, through exile and persecution, which would inevitably lead to regime overthrow and chaos, it's advisable to bring everyone together under the banner of the nation (watan).
He further talks about a re-definition of an Arab umma, a re-definition of nationalism....
You know? These words might be coming from a corrupt person (as many Syrians and Lebanese claim), but they are not entirely worthless.
But a decision for change can only come from the Syrian people themselves. I wish the Syrian people the best of luck and the Lebanese people (my people) the best of luck and peace.
"Nobody knows how many rebellions, besides political rebellions, ferment in the masses of life which people earth."