Saturday, July 15, 2006

And the chutzpah award goes to...

Syria's ambassador to the United States, Imad Moustapha!

I don't know how many of you caught this interview Thursday evening on Wolf Blitzer, but for those of you who didn't, you missed one hell of a comedian act by the official spokesperson of Assad's tototaltarian regime in Washington.

Luckily I caught a glimpse of it, and let's just say there are some talking points the good ambassador neglected to mention during his stuttering in the CNN studios.

Here's the transcript of the interview between Wolf Blitzer and Imad Moustapha along with some rather interesting hyperlinks that would either make you laugh or cry at the level of chutzpah this prick demonstrates:

Mr. Ambassador, thanks for coming in.


BLITZER: You heard earlier from the Israeli ambassador, Daniel Ayalon, that Iran and Syria right now are, in his words -- are playing with fire and it could have serious consequences.

How worried are you that Israel could take retaliatory action against targets in Syria?

MOUSTAPHA: Well, of course, this is pretty preposterous. The only party to blame for this collision of violence in the Middle East is Israel itself with its continuous occupation and with the atrocities it has committed against the Palestinians, particularly in the past two months.

Now, suddenly, it is Damascus once again, and it's Iran once again. Who is to blame for the results of their occupation?

BLITZER: But you acknowledge that it was in recent days, along the border between Israel and Lebanon, that Hezbollah guerrillas crossed into Israel, killed some Israeli soldiers, kidnapped two others, took them back into Lebanon.

Isn't that an act of war?

MOUSTAPHA: Look, for the past -- past decade at least, the Israelis have abducted many Lebanese. They are still in the Israeli prisons. Hezbollah has repeatedly demanded in the past six months that the Israelis should release their prisoners. The Israelis have done even worse things in the Palestinian territories.

BLITZER: But Israel withdrew from Lebanon six years ago.

MOUSTAPHA: Not all of Lebanon. The Shebaa Farms are still under Israeli occupation.

BLITZER: That's a tiny sliver that Syria -- that your government says it's part of Syria.

MOUSTAPHA: But also -- no, we don't say -- we never have said this is a part of Syria. We have always said this is a part of Lebanon.

But, most importantly, Israel continues to have Lebanese prisoners in its prisons, and Israel continues to infringe on the Lebanese sovereignty.(AK:!!!!!!!!!) Continuously it has done this, without any cessation in the past two, three years. But an important thing...

BLITZER: I don't want to get into a debate over Shebaa Farms right now.

MOUSTAPHA: Yes, of course.

BLITZER: It's a very complicated, small, little area. But do you justify Hezbollah going in and recent days and starting this escalating situation?

MOUSTAPHA: What I do not justify is that -- for the whole world to sit silently watching Israel doing whatever it wants to do. In the past two weeks, Israel has killed many, many Palestinian civilians. Today, Israel has killed tens and tens of Lebanese civilians. Families are wiped out completely.

And what happens? The United States -- this is very important. You have to compare the attitude of this administration to the past attitudes of all -- all past administrations in the United States.

BLITZER: Does the Syrian -- does the Syrian government want these Hezbollah militants to give up those two Israeli soldiers and to calm the situation down?

MOUSTAPHA: Hezbollah has said they want to exchange their imprisoned soldiers with the imprisoned Lebanese.

BLITZER: So do you support that position?

MOUSTAPHA: Would you agree with me that the Lebanese prisoners are also human beings equal to the Israeli soldiers?

BLITZER: But do you support that position of Hezbollah?

MOUSTAPHA: What we support -- what we support is the following: We want a comprehensive solution to the problem in the Middle East. Israel has stopped -- has to stop its occupation of the Arab territories. Israel has to understand that it cannot go on forever with immunity, doing whatever it wants to do.

Only last week they went into the Palestinian territories, they abducted, the Israelis, tens of civilians from Palestine, cabinet minister, elected members of the parliament. Nobody gave a damn about what the Israelis are doing.

Once two Israeli soldiers are captured by Hezbollah, look -- look at the reaction. And the stereotypical reaction of this administration is to blame Syria.

In the past, you know what the U.S. administration would have done? It would have sent envoys to the Middle East, it would have mediated, it would have calmed down the situation. This administration...

BLITZER: The administration isn't just blaming Syria. They are blaming Iran, too.

MOUSTAPHA: Yes. Yes, this administration typically would only blame other parties and they would do nothing. This flagrant bias towards Israel is not helping the situation in the Middle East.

BLITZER: You heard -- maybe you didn't hear what the U.S. ambassador to Iraq, Zalmay Khalilzad, said in the last hour here in THE SITUATION ROOM.

MOUSTAPHA: No, I didn't.

BLITZER: Something similar to the Israeli ambassador, Daniel Ayalon. Said almost the same thing, that they sense that Iran, under great pressure to suspend its nuclear activities, is trying to change the subject now by allowing or encouraging Hezbollah and Hamas to go ahead and kidnap Israeli soldiers.

MOUSTAPHA: There's a dichotomy here. What we say is the following.

Israel is trying to divert attention to what it has been doing to the Palestinians since Hamas was elected democratically by the Palestinian people. Israel has driven the Palestinian economy into collapse. Israel has killed tens and tens of Israeli civilians (AK:???????), including men and women and children in the past three, four months. And everything that is happening has Israel to blame because Israel continues to occupy the Palestinian territories

BLITZER: Is there an alliance now in effect between Syria and Iran?

MOUSTAPHA: No, there is no alliance. Iran is our regional neighbor. We have good relations with all of our neighbors: Iran, Turkey, Jordan Egypt.

We want good relations with everybody. And repeatedly, repeatedly we have invited Israel itself to engage in peace talks with us. It was Israel who categorically refused, because does not want peace to prevail in the Middle East.

BLITZER: That border between Israel and Lebanon had been very peaceful in recent years since the -- relatively peaceful since the Israeli withdrawal in the year 2000. Only two weeks ago you were here in THE SITUATION ROOM, and you said this -- I want you to listen to what you said.

MOUSTAPHA: Very good.


MOUSTAPHA: Once the Israelis left Lebanon, Hezbollah has not been involved in any way whatsoever in anything that has nothing -- that has not to do with the Lebanese issues. This should be clear, and we should not believe Israeli propaganda.


BLITZER: Do you want to clarify what you meant?

MOUSTAPHA: Of course. Let me remind everybody of what's happening.

Israel actually holds Lebanese prisoners who happen to be members of the Hezbollah. Hezbollah has repeatedly invited Israel to engage in a prisoner exchange. It's very similar to what Israel has twice done with Hezbollah with German mediation.

And Hezbollah is saying today the same, we want Israelis, through mediation, through third parties, to involve in a prisoner exchange. Why do you think it's fair for Israel to have Lebanese prisoners while it's not fair for Hezbollah to have Israeli prisoners?

BLITZER: Is there any solution?

MOUSTAPHA: I think the only solution is for the United States to play the role it used to play in the past and to undertake its responsibilities as a superpower, and to impose on its ally, Israel, restraint, not something similar to the -- to the killing that is happening today under destruction in Lebanon, and to ask all parties to involve in real serious peace talks.

BLITZER: Are you afraid of all-out war?

MOUSTAPHA: It is a possibility. Israel is trying to escalate the situation, the tension in the region. We have -- we have to call for restraint.

The United States has a play to role. It is the role of the United States. Today, what did the United States do? It vetoed a United Nation's Security Council resolution.

This is negative diplomacy. We want proactive, positive diplomacy from the United States. The United States has to undertake its international obligations.

BLITZER: Imad Moustapha is the Syrian ambassador here in Washington.

Thanks for coming in.

MOUSTAPHA: You are welcome. Thank you.


At Saturday, 15 July, 2006, Blogger Leap Frog said...

What an a**wipe!

Or should I say a taqiyyaloper.

I feel for the good people of Lebanon Hezb'allah is using them in it's rabid hate fest of Israel to the point of putting civilians between themselves and response by Isreal. Plain and simple to see who the aggressor is in this, again. Same style that the Pali's have been using, hiding amongst the civilians and their children.

Evil cowards.

At Saturday, 15 July, 2006, Anonymous Gluon said...

That's why fewer and fewer Americans bother watching CNN and the worthless Wolf Blitzer.

Even Fox news is too respectful to the lying mouthpieces of tyrannical regimes, but they're better. Better still, is to get your news and opinion from the internet. Screw ALL the mainstream media.

At Saturday, 15 July, 2006, Anonymous Anne (happier in Ontario) said...

Thanks for keeping on top of this, appreciate your time dedicated to doing it. Also enjoy many of your links, really brings this whole situation closer to home for me instead of "it's over there" attitude.

Using civilians as shields is utterly repugnant but letting this ploy work for them doesn't seem to be an option either.

Hearing that the Lebanese army is supporting Hezbollah (what else can they do??) was discouraging. Too bad their PM couldn't just call up Israel's PM and have a quiet arrangement of joining up together and purging the terrorists once and for all. Guess I have read too many suspense novels.

At Sunday, 16 July, 2006, Anonymous E J Hosdil said...

It is too bad that Lebanon and not Syria is paying the price for this mess.

At Sunday, 16 July, 2006, Blogger Shameer Ravji said...

I caught some of it as well, he was also on the CNN "Sunday morning talk show" today and spewing the same old garbage. CNN and Blitzer must love this guy. I don't know how he can sit there with a straight face and say that big bad Uncle Sam always blames Syria for everything and yet he sits there blaming Israel and big bad Uncle Sam for what's going on.

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