BEIRUT: Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea blamed Hezbollah Tuesday for the rise of the Takfiri phenomenon in Lebanon in light of the resistance group's military involvement in Syria.
“Hezbollah's decision to go to Syria to fight the Takfiris brought them home and destroyed another pillar of the Lebanese state,” Geagea said during a ceremony in honor of two prominent Lebanese media figures – the late Pierre Sadek and Nassir al-Asaad.
“It's as if what is required is Lebanon's destruction for Bashar [Assad] to triumph,” he added.
“Hezbollah thinks it doesn't need a popular and political cover for its actions, but the Lebanese people are bearing the responsibility of actions not approved by them; why then does it insist on participating in a Lebanese government?" he said, arguing that Tehran commissioned Hezbollah to fight in Syria.
Geagea not only held Hezbollah responsible for the recent Takfiri-sponsored suicide bombings in the country but also the March 8 coalition.
“March 8’s behavior and their exclusive power over the decision of war and peace, their use of arms internally and their fighting in Syria is what fed the Takfiri wave,” he said.
He also said the Lebanese were in "desperate need" for a homogeneous government that could protect the border, preserve security, revitalize their economy and cater for their needs "rather than sacrifice them for the survival of the Assad regime."
The LF leader reiterated the March 14 coalition’s request for a Cabinet with nonpartisan ministers, a demand staunchly rejected by Hezbollah.
Geagea also defended President Michel Sleiman against what he said was a March 8 campaign launched against the president, saying: “A Cabinet signed by the president and the prime minister-designate is Constitutional.”