Sunday, September 10, 2006

Top Shi'ite cleric says Blair not welcome in Lebanon

By Reuters

Lebanon's top Shi'ite cleric said on Sunday that British Prime Minister Tony Blair, who is on a tour of the Middle East, was not welcome in Lebanon because of his support for Israel and the United States.

Sayyed Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah criticized Blair for not calling for an early truce in Israel's 34-day war with Shi'ite Hezbollah guerrillas and for allowing U.S. weapons to be shipped via Britain to Israel for use against Lebanon.

Fadlallah said in a statement that the Lebanese government should have told "Blair that he is not wanted in Lebanon, so that he -- and those like him -- would know that we are not so naive as to welcome him when he has contributed to killing us and slaughtering our children."
This is the proper and principled position and Sayyed Fadlallah is right. Most Palestinians agree with this position and feel that Blair is trying to wash his hands stained most recently with Lebanese blood by reinventing himself as a "peace maker." He pulled this trick so many times before, and after every slaughter of Arabs from Iraq to Palestine and Lebanon, that he has zero credibility. There is no "peace process;" there is a killing process and Blair is its chief cheerleader. The puppet Abbas should have refused to receive him under these circumstances, but then can a puppet do that?

Tony Sayegh

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