Monday, March 17, 2008

Kamal Jumblatt

Kamal Jumblatt. A member of the small but influential Druze minority was assassinated on March 16, 1977.
His murder was, as Al-Shiraa wrote last year, a part of a scheme to incite sectarian violence and position the Syrian regime as a force for law and order in Lebanon. Typical Syrian regime behavior. It creates conflicts and offers itself as a restorer of order in a game of open blackmail that has sub zero regard for human lives.
Kamal Jumblatt is one of the victims of this regime, a man that regime deemed too dangerous to remian alive.
Jumblatt's loss is a loss to Lebanon, the Arab world and all humanity. From a small village in Lebanon he rose to national and global prominence. A politician, a philosopher, a mystic, a writer, he was all, and did all well.
One of his timeless legacies is his belief in the importance of human freedom. In his writings he strongly criticized communism and the rigid quasi-fascist ideology of the Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SNNP), mainly on the basis of their position on human freedom. Despite that, as Interior Minister he legalized both the Lebanese Communist Party and the Syrian Social National Party.
Kamal Jumblatt is as relevant today as he was when he was assassinated. The deficit of freedom remains at the heart of all Arab problems.

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