Telling It Like It Is
(Fox Interview with the Lebanese Ambassador)
Posted: 7 Safar 1423, 20 April 2002
Fox Interviewer: Mr. Ambassador, do you consider Hizbollah a terrorist organization ?
Abboud: Yes, Sharon is a terrorist !
Fox: Mr. Ambassador, this was not my question. I asked you about the operations of Hizbollah in the targeting and killing of innocent civilians. How do you view Hizbollah ?
Abboud: Yes, Sharon the terrorist has killed thousands upon thousands of civilians. He is the biggest terrorist out there!
Fox: Mr. Ambassador. Please answer my question. Do you consider Hizbollah a terrorist organization or not ??? Are you against the killing of innocent civilians ?!
Abboud: Of course I am against the killing of innocent civilians. You have to define who the innocent civilians are. Sharon, the terrorist has killed many thousands upon thousands of innocent civilians and he is continuing to do so!
Fox: But what about Hizbollah ? Are you telling us that Hizbollah never killed any civilians or plotted to kill any innocent civilians?
Abboud: Hizbollah is a resistance movement. They have a place in the Lebanese parliament and they are fighting for justice and for a good cause. If there were innocent civilians hurt in the process, they are a casualty of war. Hizbollah does not target civilians on purpose, unlike the war monger, Sharon, whose only targets have been civilians, including children !!!
Fox: Mr. Ambassador, does this mean you condone the suicide bombers ?!
Abboud: I do not condone the actions of the war criminal Sharon !!!
Fox interviewer (with apparent frustration): Mr. Ambassador, please stop evading my questions and answer them directly ! Do you condone the suicide bombers ?!
Abboud: I do not condone the killing of innocent civilians, but we have to define who is an innocent civilian and who is not !!! If a Palestinian suicide bomber kills a bunch of Israeli soldiers who are committing atrocities against the defenseless Palestinian population, do you consider these soldiers as innocent civilians ???
Fox interviewer (sighing): Mr. Abboud, do you recognize Israel's right to exist ?
Abboud: Yes, I recognize PALESTINE'S right to exist !!!
Fox interviewer (no words to describe his face): Mr. Ambassador. Please stop this aversion in answering, and answer our specific questions !!! Do you recognize Israel's right to exist or not ?!
Abboud: Israel already exists sir. It does not need my recognition. It is the recognition of Palestine to exist that should be addressed !!!
Fox: Mr. Ambassador, why are you so one sided and biased in answering our questions ???
Abboud: Sir, it is you who is very one-sided and biased in your questioning !!!
Fox interviewer (totally at a loss of words): Mr. Abboud, Lebanese Ambassador to the United States, thank you sir for your time and the interview !!!