Franjieh: Former Assad enemies changing tune

Lebanon’s Marada Movement leader MP Suleiman Franjieh said that countries which used to support the Syrian uprising are changing their stances to back the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.

“The countries who supported the Syrian uprising are today reluctant to do so and are supporting the Syrian regime indirectly because they have discovered that the alternative is worse and more dangerous,” the National News Agency quoted Franjieh as saying Thursday evening.

He added that “whoever bet on change in Syria did not bet on freedom and democracy, but on hitting the policy adopted by Syria instead.”

The party leader considered Lebanon as having “the same location, orientation, and [policy] as Syria , which is why some will try to dominate it. Thus we must be careful and attentive because the situation here [in Lebanon] remains difficult.”

Syria is witnessing a violent uprising against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, which has killed more than 60,000 people since its outbreak in March 2011, according to figures released by the United Nations.

Whoever bet on change in Syria did not bet on freedom and democracy.