Britain's ambassador to Lebanon has said she regretted "any offense" caused by a controversial blog post in which she praised late Shiite cleric Sayyed Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah.
"I am sorry that an attempt to acknowledge the spiritual significance ... and the views that he held in the latter part of his life has served only to further entrench divisions in this complex part of the world," Frances Guy wrote on her official Foreign Office blog.
"I regret any offense caused," Guy said in the blog entry, dated July 9 and entitled "The Problem with Diplomatic Blogging."
The British government said Friday it had taken down Guy's original blog posting in which she hailed Fadlallah as "a true man of religion," saying her views clashed with official policy.
And of course there is also the Octavia Nasr affair with CNN. That's what you get for being a lackey of the Empire during 20 years.
By the way, Frances Guy is a great person. I really like her. I met her over lunch once and I was really impressed. And she is a runner too.