Fadlallah-loving Frances Guy Regrets her Blog! Yeah, whatever. Octavia Nasr was sacked for less.

By Yvetta
July 10, 2010

Frances GuyAmbassador to the Republic of Lebanon, Beirut RSS feed The problem with diplomatic blogging
Posted 09 July 2010 by Frances Guy | 0 comments

The problem with diplomatic blogging is that you risk being anodyne or controversial. Clearly in the last few days I have been the latter. This was not my intent. My comments on the late Sheikh Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah have now been removed because they were leading to confusion about British policy. I would like to be clear. I have no truck with terrorism wherever it is committed in whoever’s name. The British Government has been clear that it condemns terrorist activity carried out by Hizballah. I share that view. I believe that it should be possible for Hizballah to reject violence and play a constructive, democratic and peaceful role in Lebanese politics, in line with UN Security Council Resolutions, including UNSCR 1701. This is something I discussed often with Sheikh Fadlallah when we met.

The blog was my personal attempt to offer some reflections of a figure who while controversial was also highly influential in Lebanon's history and who offered spiritual guidance to many Muslims in need. I recognise that some of my words have upset people. This was certainly not my intention. I have spent most of my career in the Arab world working to combat terrorism, and the extremism and prejudice which can fuel it. I am sorry that an attempt to acknowledge the spiritual significance to many of Sheikh Fadlallah and the views that he held in the latter part of his life has served only to further entrench divisions in this complex part of the world. I regret any offence caused.



Sat, 07/10/2010 - 09:19

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My friend Daph posted this as a comment - I've bet Daph 100 quid it won't be published (absolutely certain I'll come out a winner):
Well, that's alright then, Your Excellency. I guess, unlike CNN editor Octavia Nasr, you'll be keeping your job, then.
You should surely have realised that Israel would take offence at your remarks, which were singularly undiplomatic.

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Sat, 07/10/2010 - 09:52

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And what is wrong with Israel taking offence?


Sat, 07/10/2010 - 10:11

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So no mention of his Holocaust denial then?

This is a pathetic attempt to weasel her way into keeping her job. Her words expressed admiration for an antisemitic racist terrorist. She has to go.


Sat, 07/10/2010 - 10:15

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"You should surely have realised that Israel would take offence at your remarks, which were singularly undiplomatic."

Undiplomatic hardly covers it.

Fadlallah on Israel:

"All of Palestine is a war zone and every Jew who unlawfully occupies a house or land belonging to a Palestinian is a legitimate target. There are no innocent Jews in Palestine."

Fadlallah on suicide bombing:

"What martyrdom is greater than making yourself a human bomb detonating it among the enemy?"

Fadlallah on the Holocaust:

"Zionism has inflated the number of victims in this holocaust beyond imagination."


Sat, 07/10/2010 - 10:20

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"And what is wrong with Israel taking offence?"

I feel exactly the same way every time the British bully gets a bloody nose - a regular occurrence these days:

Economy - Bankrupt

Health service - Falling apart

National infrastructure - Ditto

Education system - Complete collapse in standards

Wars - Losing

Crime - Rampant

Cities - Filthy

Football - International joke


Sat, 07/10/2010 - 10:55

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Despite Daph's wimpy lingo her comment hasn't appeared -at least, not yet!


Sat, 07/10/2010 - 17:27

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