Lebanese Forces chief Samir Geagea stressed that Bashar Assad is a terrorist no different from the ISIS extremist group in a meeting with France’s National Front presidential candidate Marine Le Pen in Beirut on Tuesday.
“I took my time to explain to Le Pen the unclear images that reach the West and that we are all against terrorism which has no religion. Based on the aforesaid, Bashar Assad is one of the biggest terrorists in Syria and the region,” Geagea said after the meeting.
“One can’t forget the military operations he conducted over tens of years. One cannot forget the terror acts he carried out. He can’t stay in Syria,” he stressed, adding that the issue was discussed at length with Le Pen.
Geagea went on: “I have explained to Le Pen that we are all against terrorism, but terrorism has no religion. Anyone who commits terrorism is a terrorist, so accordingly Bashar Al-Assad is one of the biggest terrorists in Syria and the region.”
The conflict in the Middle East is not between Christians and Muslims as being convoyed to the West, but between terrorism on the one hand and the moderates of all the communities, countries, and groups on the other.
Geagea pointed to the many assassinations carried out by the Assad regime in Lebanon against leaders of the Cedar Revolution. He noted that there is ample evidence to suggest the involvement of the Assad regime in these assassinations, most notably the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.
Geagea strongly rejected the suggestion that the alternative to Assad will be the extremists. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department + Agencies)