BEIRUT: The head of the Syrian National Council was quoted as saying Monday that Syria’s main opposition group would not have any problem dealing with Hezbollah if the party supported a democratic change in Syria.
“There are no permanent enmities in politics as there are no permanent friendships. Alliances are built on goals. We want to achieve our goals.
If Hezbollah decided to support the democratic process in Syria, there would not be any barrier [to dealing with it],” Burhan Ghalioun said in an interview with the Algerian newspaper Al-Shourouq.
“We will not sacrifice Hezbollah if Hezbollah does not sacrifice us as a people and as a cause,” he added.
Hezbollah strongly supports Syrian President Bashar Assad who is facing the gravest challenge to his rule from an 11-month-old popular uprising demanding his ousting.
“Hezbollah’s greatest popularity in the past in the Arab world was in Syria because it did a glorious job when it stood against Israel,” Ghalioun said, adding: “But the people are now having doubts about it [Hezbollah] because it has adopted clear a stance, supporting an oppressive regime that is using all kinds of violence.”
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on February 28, 2012, on page 4.