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A Talk with Samir Geagea, Head of the Lebanese Forces

2:11 PM, May 10, 2012 • By LEE SMITH
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Geagea says that, if the U.S. fails to help the opposition, it will have a negative impact on the region. But if it takes an active role, it’s a win-win situation. The U.S. does well by its friends and maintains its interests. But the uprising isn’t going away, says Geagea. “This time it’s not about the will of foreign powers, but the will of the majority of the Syrian population.”

For Geagea, it’s part of the trajectory of human progress. “There are truths in this world that nothing can conquer. In Europe in the Middle Ages, the Church represented absolute power, and then it was tumbled and it led to the renaissance. The Middle East is now at the beginning of that path and it will not stop until it reaches it. Maybe it will take 25 years, or 50 or a hundred, who knows?”

Against the skeptics, Geagea believes that the Arab Spring has brought welcome weather. “For sure the situation is not worse now than before the Arab Spring. And it’s not better either, but there’s a chance for it to become better. I see freedom and democracy winning,” says Geagea. “It is a rule of life.”

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