The Arab Socialist Baath Party in Lebanon on Friday proclaimed Free Patriotic Movement leader Michel Aoun "Pope of the orient."The Baath Party in Lebanon is generally regarded as a branch of Syria's regime operating in Lebanon. Meanwhile, Naharnet also reported the following comments by Cedar Revolution stalwart, Butros Harb:
"Aoun went to Syria as a Christian patriotic leader and definitely he would come back as a leader at the level of the orient … it would be correct to say he went as a Christian leader and would return a Pope of the orient," Shokor said according to remarks distributed by the state-run National News Agency.
MP Butros Harb on Friday criticized Free Patriotic Movement leader Michel Aoun's call for amending the Taef accord, warning that it would hurl Christians into "civil war" that they oppose.For more commentary on Aoun's visit, click here.
"The Christians would not agree at all to a distribution of powers along the lines of a tripartite concept," Harb told reporters after meeting Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea at the latter's residence in Meerab.
"Had it not been for Aoun's wars against Syria we would have not gone to Taef," Harb recalled.
He also criticized Aoun for "asking the Lebanese to apologize to him and, through him, to Syria."
"The Lebanese people did not shell Syria by artillery, did not displace Syrians from their homes by occupying their land, did not oppress the Syrian people and did not increase the numbers of widows and orphans in Syria," Harb recalled.
Aoun's visit to Syria "strengthens Syria's influence in Lebanon … and does not serve Lebanon," Harb stressed.