Patriarch Sfeir and President Bush
Tomorrow Patriarch Sfeir will meet with President Bush. Here's what I'm hoping that President Bush will say to the press:
Patriarch Sfeir is a wise man and one of the spiritual pillars of Lebanon and guardians of its pluralism and tolerance. Patriarch Sfeir came to plead to me that we, the strong and powerful countries, not disturb the delicate balance that exists between Lebanese. He hoped that, instead, we work towards providing a safe and calm atmosphere for the Lebanese to negotiate an agreement that will last for generations to come. In discussing Hizbollah, the Patriarch assured me that Hizbollah has numerous and loyal supporters in Lebanon. The Patriarch stressed that he consideres all these supporters fellow Lebanese, and would never like to see them treated any less than that. We all know that Hizbollah's followers are mostly from the Shiite confession, and I was deeply moved to see the Maronite Patriarch make such a sincere and passionate plea on behalf of his Lebanese brethren. This meeting was very enlightening for me and I thank the Patriarch for his honesty and admire his devotion for his homeland with all its peoples.
Offcourse, life is not as ideal.