Former Lebanese Premier Saeb Salam had scathing words for Lebanese leftist leader, Kamal Jumblatt, in an interview in Beirut on Monday (4 October).
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SAEB SALAM: "The Moslems are not leftist...on the contrary, they are against them....and the left irresponsible....very noisy as usual...very clever, they have a technique, you know...and they have a facade in a certain leader called Kamal Jumblatt. Perhaps you know him. He doesn't speak for the Moslems and the Moslems refuse to have him speak for them. And the Moslems from the beginning were against violence. They always believed firmly--we still do--that violence in Lebanon wouldn't obtain anything. No one party can control the other. We have to go on understanding all the time, and compromising. This is the true fact of the Lebanese situation. The left, of course, have other objectives. The left wanted to destroy everything, produce chaos, and then control. And they have Jumblattas a facade and he tries, and they pushed him to appear as if he speaks for the Moslems. He doesn't. We refuse to have that. And it is not very fair. Our Palestinian friends, unfortunately, for whom we very much care, for whose cause we very much care, have let Jumblatt as if he speaks for them. And he did. And that was one of their greatest mistakes. They made a great mistake there. Now the Moslem, Egypt, Cairo, Baghdad, Saudi Arabia, Paris, giving the impression that he is speaking for the Moslems and for the Palestinians. For the Moslems, I can definitely assure you, he doesn't. For the Palestinians, I think it is a grave mistake that they have let him appear as if he speaks for them."
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Background: Former Lebanese Premier Saeb Salam had scathing words for Lebanese leftist leader, Kamal Jumblatt, in an interview in Beirut on Monday (4 October). Mr. Salam, who held office five times before his last attempt to form a government failed two years ago, said Mr. Jumblatt was a facade for leftists who wanted to destroy everything and who did not represent Lebanese Moslems. As he spoke leftists militiamen, who control the western side of Beirut, declared the Museum crossing point closed because of increased shelling and sniping.
SYNOPSIS: This security force of Palestinians and Lebanese leftists is in Hambra street searching for a man who fired shots at the patrol in the western side of the city. On Tuesday the Arab League threatened to withdraw its peacekeeping force from a truce zone in the centre of the city after the closure of the important Museum crossing point because of sniper fire.
Former Premier Saeb Salam insists that the majority of Moslems in west Beirut are opposed to the violence.