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McCain claims he can drive Hezbollah out of Lebanon

Sunday, 13 April, 2008 @ 6:44 PM

Former alternate U.S. Representative to the United Nations, Walid Maalouf, quoted presidential candidate John McCain as pledging to “drive Hezbollah out of Lebanon.”

mccain_olmert.jpgThe pan-Arab daily Asharq al-Awsat also quoted Maalouf, an American citizen of Lebanese descent, as saying President George Bush has promised not to conclude any deals at the expense of the international tribunal that would try suspects in the 2005 assassination of ex-Premier Rafik Hariri.

The newspaper interviewed Maalouf in London on the occasion of publishing his new book on memories in Lebanon prior to immigrating to the United States.

Maalouf said he met McCain during the latter’s campaign and he “told me in answering a question: I’ll drive Hizbullah out of Lebanon.”

McCain’s Pledge to Israel

In an interview with the Jerusalem Post during his March trip to Israel, McCain said Hamas, the Islamist movement that runs the Gaza Strip, and Lebanon’s Hizbullah, both threaten the interests of the United States and the West in general.

“If Hamas, Hizbullah succeed here, they are going to succeed everywhere,” he said.

“They are dedicated to the extinction of everything that the U.S., Israel and the West believe and stand for,” he said.

“So America does have an interest in what happens here, far above and beyond our alliance with the State of Israel,” the presumptive Republican presidential nominee added.

Sources: Ya Libnan, Naharnet

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