BEIRUT: Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea said Tuesday that the Lebanese government would have openly supported the Syrian regime of President Bashar Assad had there not been opposition against it in Lebanon. “Had there not been the influence of the March 14 opposition ... we clearly would have supported the Syrian regime as Iran has done,” Geagea said. In an interview with Al-Arabiya, aired Tuesday, Geagea said that the government would have even supported the regime in Damascus against the ongoing uprising in Syria. “[Without the pressure of the opposition] the government might have given the Syrian regime logistical, security and military aid through its foreign policy,” Geagea added. Geagea also said that the Syrian regime is living its final phase and its life span is only a matter of months. “I have a personal view that dictatorships, such as the one in Syria, are illegitimate and cannot continue no matter what,” Geagea said.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on August 08, 2012, on page 4.