It seems that 20-year career Foreign Service officer Patrick Syring wasn't cut out for bringing America's message of tolerance, peace and democracy to the Middle East.Amazing to think that they weren't greeted with flowers and chocolates.
Last summer, while the bloody but inconclusive war between Israel and Hezbollah raged over the skies of Israel and Lebanon, Syring reached out to James Zogby, the highly-respected head of the Arab-American Institute to let him know that "The only good Lebanese is a dead Lebanese. The only good Arab is a dead Arab."
That was in a phone message left on Mr. Zogby's voice mail.
Friday, August 17, 2007
"The only good Arab..."
Yowza. The face of American diplomacy in the Middle East: