BEIRUT: MP Walid Jumblatt said rival political leaders needed to tone down their political rhetoric and engage in dialogue to prevent more violence from striking the country.
“The political, ethical and humanitarian responsibility requires all rival parties, even if they have regional and foreign extensions, to tone down the level of their political rhetoric,” Jumblatt said in his weekly statement to be published Tuesday.
The head of the Progressive Socialist Party also warned that ongoing political disputes between the country’s main parties would only push the country further into the unknown.
“The Lebanese citizen has the right to wonder whether the Lebanese political forces in both rival camps will carry on with the same approach of political and media escalation that leads in the end to further tensions and makes the land more fertile for terrorist acts,” he said.
Jumblatt also noted that the terrorism that hit Beirut’s southern suburbs and the northern city of Tripoli “does not discriminate between one area or another area or on one sect or the other.”
“If some political leaders in Lebanon think their strength and power can fortify them from these terrorist acts, then they are mistaken given that this deliberate and calculated terrorism aims primarily at reminding these Lebanese players that they are a piece of a bigger game run by regional and perhaps international players,” Jumblatt said.
He also commented on recent steps by Hezbollah and other groups to police their own neighborhoods.
“It is important to face the theory of self-protection that makes the task of security agencies more complicated and difficult at a time when we need to embrace the agencies at a distance from our political disputes and conflicting stances on regional and local issues, particularly the Syrian crisis,” he said.