Yes! I'm holding you accountable, Mr. Berri! Yes!
And so big deal that some member of Parliament tried to hold you accountable by quoting you and questioning what you said. So? Big deal, Mr. Berri! You humiliated PM Seniora some two months ago, and held him harshly accountable for taking an independent path from President Lahoud back in Khartoum. Then, why can't someone question what you said one day? Are you above it all? Is your position as the Speaker of Parliament a holy, sublime position?
In a parliamentary session today, many members of Parliament criticized Syria's arrest warrant of Jumblatt sent to the Interpol. MP Bahij Tabbara asked Berri calmly: "Mr. Berri, you said upon your return from your last official visit to Damascus, that the gates of Damascus are open to the Prime Minister. Can you tell me if that means that the prisons of Damascus are open for the Lebanese politicians or the gates?"
Berri started interrupting Tabbara and asking him, "You want to hold me accountable? You want to hold me accountable? (baddak thasibnee?) Replace my position with someone else and I'll be happy to come and answer you!" And then he just left his seat and stormed out of the Parliament hall pointing his finger angrily at Tabbara and yelling at him, while Minister Ghazi Aridi attempted to hold him back.
So! Big deal, Mr. Berri, that someone holds you accountable for what you once said. Your words are not holy, nor is your seat.
And guess what? Mr. Berri just compromised his "pseudo-impartial" position as a broker on the national dialogue table. He walked out of the Parliament hall so the Parliamentary majority (including the FPM bloc, I speculate) would not vote for a condemnation of the Jumblatt arrest warrant and a reminder of Jumblatt's immunity as a parliamentarian. And by that, saving the pro-Syrian faction's face.
Mr. Berri: you do not own the Parliament and you have disrespected this institution and its parliamentarians by walking out of the hall without formally ending the session.
What a disgrace!
"Nobody knows how many rebellions, besides political rebellions, ferment in the masses of life which people earth."