Thursday, November 12, 2009
when will Obama learn?
Hezbollah dismisses Obama pledges
Wednesday, 11 November 2009 | BBC News
The leader of Lebanon's mainly Shia movement Hezbollah says US President Barack Obama's promise to engage with Muslims has proved to be false.
Hassan Nasrallah said the US had shown its commitment to Israel by sending more military aid and backtracking on demands to stop West Bank settlements.
He said the Arab world could not depend on the US to solve its problems because the US was causing them.
In June, Mr Obama called for a "new beginning" between the US and Muslims.
Correspondents say that Mr Nasrallah's remarks were his strongest criticism yet of the US president.
"A few months ago, when Barack Obama was elected as US president and a new American administration saw light, many had high hopes and believed that major changes will happen in favour of the Arab and Islamic world," said Mr Nasrallah, quoted by Hezbollah's al-Manar TV.
"However, the truth was quickly revealed and all these illusions quickly failed. The result was obviously a full US commitment to Israel's interest and security, disregarding the dignity and feelings of the Arab and Muslim people and governments."
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