First, I cannot but believe that Sakr’s recordings were modified, then released as a cheap trial of the Syrian Regime’s Secret Service Molls in Lebanon, until proven opposite. I call them molls because they could be Lebanese or Syrian nationals, working in the Lebanese Secret Services, or Hezbollah, FPM, or SSNP, as a mere unintended cover, yet purely controlled by Damascus. They have done this many times before, and I, among many FPM militants, know how they functioned, even when they infiltrated us to know our movements, and we proudly resisted their hegemony especially during the 1998/2001 period.
Second, with regards to the argument of the possibility that both, the Syrian molls & Okab Sakr, can do these recordings, I agree that it is possible. But one thing, other than the previous experience, is for sure: while Okab Sakr is easily held accountable politically and in justice, as any Lebanese Politician, we have never been able to hold any of them “ghosts” close to blameable, so they have to really work their way to my trust.
Again for now, I believe Okab more than I believe the other version.
But does he gain my vote? No.
He is failing to do exactly as we, FPM up to 2005, failed to do when we were in his position, and his party was in ours. We failed to gain the trust of our other Lebanese partner because we attacked to the same level of crime as we attacked the occupier back then. Yet these are same people, today we are allied with, we recognize because of their legitimacy. While the Future movement at two opportunities stood firm with our rights being oppressed, namely once during August 7, 2001 beating events.
I believe that we need to distinguish between crime and politics. So I will look forward to following the court case of this issue and will trust our judiciary system for that despite the lack of independence of our judicial system. I believe that in front of every dirty judge we have a great judge.
As for my political suggestion, this is a share of my experience: When, before 2005, we used to demonstrate and manifest in front of the Lebanese Puppets of the Syrian Occupation in Lebanon, we used to have Lebanon divided in two: The only time we decided to manifest in front of a Syrian post, March 14 2001, We got almost all of Lebanon sympathizing us. The same Lebanon that did March 2005.
Okab: Using Dr MLK quote for me to take position is a wise move, so here goes mine:
In Syria: I am against the Regime, I could never support it, nor leave any legacy to my children that at one time I stood with such oppressors, regardless of any outcome.
As a Lebanese, I am sorry, I cannot stand with repeating the same error, yet one more time: I will remain equidistant from ALL current players, until I really hear someone with a speech that unites us not one that motivates his followers… A uniting speech just like Dr King did… He said the “I have a Dream” for all Americans speech, not I have a “Political View” where some Lebanese parties are liars and criminals…. Well unless motivating your followers that was your sole purpose….
You got me nationally but still haven’t politically: there goes my white ballot vote once more.