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Fisk is wrong about Lebanon

April 30th, 2009 · 2 Comments · Commentary

This is it. I have had enough of Robert Fisk cosying up to the Hariri empire.

He writes a short article for the Independent tonight. It is entitled “Is this the price of America’s new friendship with Syria?” – claiming that the four Lebanese generals were released, letting Syria off the hook, because Obama is getting friendly with Bashar.

But then Fisk says “[UN judge Daniel] Fransen declared – quite correctly in law, it has to be added – that there was, after a four year investigation, “insufficient evidence” to continue the detention of the men.”

So, Mr Fisk, if the decision to release them was “correct in law”, then there was no political fix.

It gets worse. Rime Allaf notices this one. Fisk, boasting of his knowledge of Lebanese politics, states: “Judge Daniel Fransen, of the UN tribunal, declared in the Hague yesterday that the Big Four – how well we know their names in Lebanon – should go free,” but then he spells Jamil As-Sayid’s name as “Jamel Sayed”. How well do we know their names then?

And to top it off, he can’t bring himself to refer to Michel Aoun by name – he is “a weird Christian ex-General”. If anyone is weird in Lebanese politics, surely it is Walid Jumblatt. But when you are so far up March 14’s ass, I guess you can’t see that.

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2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Maysaloon // Apr 30, 2009 at 12.39 pm

    But Sasa, honestly, who cares? His side has lost and there was not a thing that the world’s only “superpower” could do about it. When are we going for that coffee neighbour?

  • 2 Nour // Apr 30, 2009 at 3.06 pm

    And of course he referred to one of the other officers whose names are very well-known in Lebanon as Raymond Aza. Fisk has lost a lot of respect since his recent coverage of Lebanon.

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