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Feltman angry over Rai’s comments

One assumes this is Feltman talking to nahar…. but look how he still doesn’t get it when matters come to Hizbullah, the Christians etc… and how the language of threats and exclusion is really his only strategy. Remember this: Feltman “lost” Aoun and half the Chrisitians in 2005, to his great discredit – proving how incredibly myopic his conception of strategy is, sadly.


“Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi arrives in Beirut on Sunday at the end of an official visit to France, as his controversial positions on Syria weren’t positively received by French officials and were strongly criticized by the March 14-led opposition.

A high-ranking U.S. official expressed his astonishment and dissatisfaction with al-Rahi’s speech in France regarding the popular uprising in Syria against President Bashar Assad and Hizbulla’s arms.

The official told An Nahar newspaper on Sunday that the Patriarch’s statements were “unjustified and reckless… and harms his reputation and his position.”

He criticized al-Rahi’s remarks that the popular uprising in Syria will help the Sunni extremists in there to control the country.

“These allegations are merely propaganda to help the Syrian regime,” the diplomat said.

He said that the patriarch was “blessing” Hezbollah’s arms by linking the party’s arsenal to the termination of Israeli occupation of Lebanese territory. Noting that “he (the Maronite Patriarch) realizes what many Lebanese know that Hizbullah’s arms don’t exist to defend Lebanon, and it’s just an extension of the Iranian influence (on the region).”

[ Look at the absolutism a la the heady Bush years which Amb Feltman seems to yearn for…]

He added: “The way he spoke about the Sunnis reveals that the assassination of ex-Premier Rafik Hariri doesn’t concern him.”

The official expected that al-Rahi’s visit to the U.S. next month will be only “pastoral.” Signifying that the U.S. officials might not meet him…”

Written by nickbiddlenoe

September 11, 2011 at 11:43 am

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