Frances Guy, Britain’s ambassador to Lebanon has felt the wrath of angry Israelis and the British Foreign & Commonwealth Office, after her slight praising of the late Grand Ayatollah Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah on her blog.
Frances Guy, who has served nearly four years as the Britain’s ambassador in Lebanon, made her tribute following the cleric’s death late last week. Writing in a blog carried on the Foreign Office’s Web site, she called Fadlallah a decent human being and a “true man of religion.”
Captured below before the FCO pulled the page:
“Lebanon is a lesser place the day after, If I was sad to hear the news I know other peoples’ lives will be truly blighted. The world needs more men like him willing to reach out across faiths, acknowledging the reality of the modern world and daring to confront old constraints. May he rest in peace.”
The slanted view of any religious leader in the Middle East fits a blinkered stereotype, that of the wide eyed, death to america, we hate the west model, which conveniently allows “the west’s” proxy state (Israel) to further its own murderous ambitions in the area, by playing up these stereotypes to the hilt, to bolster support for themselves, whilst denying any meaningful form of communication with any other player in the Middle East.
Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor described Fadlallah as an extremist who inspired “suicide bombings, assassinations and all kinds of wanton violence.”
Britain’s Foreign Office said Friday the posting had been removed “after mature consideration.” A spokeswoman declined to elaborate.
The uproar over Guy’s message follows the sacking of CNN editor Octavia Nasr after she expressed admiration for Fadlallah on Twitter.
Nasr, who had worked at the news network for 20 years, was fired Wednesday after saying Fadlallah was “one of Hezbollah’s giants I respect a lot.”
She later said in a blog that she had been referring to Fadlallah’s attitude toward women’s rights. The cleric has issued edicts banning “honour killings” of women and giving women the right to hit their husbands if attacked first.
She wrote that Fadlallah was “revered across borders yet designated a terrorist. Not the kind of life to be commenting about in a brief tweet. It’s something I deeply regret.”
Even though the Israeli’s felt there was nothing extreme about her views.
Freedom of speech cuts both ways, you don’t get to pick and choose it when it suits you for your convenience. It’s got to the stage now where Foreign Secretary William Hague is considering banning or heavily redacting all FCO blogs.
Having to hear the truth, even when it doesn’t suit you is freedom of speech, when you marry it up with “real diplomacy” then you have to water it down.
Truth of the matter is, when the butcher of sabra & shatilla, Ariel Sharon, finally dies, will he be revered by the FCO?
Will a full delegation be dispatched to give the butcher a good send off.