Lebanon's most senior Shiite Muslim cleric called U.S. intervention in Lebanon part of a desperate attempt for victory in the region after its "failures in Iraq, Afghanistan and Palestine."
Grand Ayatollah Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah was commenting on last week's announcement by President Bush that the U.S. will freeze the assets of people deemed to be undermining Lebanon's government.
"The American administration is trying to achieve any gain in the shadow of the embarrassment hitting it because of its failures in Iraq, Afghanistan and Palestine after the failure of Israel's war on Lebanon and the retreat of America's project in the region," Fadlallah said in a statement.
The Hezbollah-led opposition in Lebanon has been locked in a power struggle with the Western-backed government of Fuad Saniora. The opposition's main demand has been the formation of a national unity Cabinet that would give the opposition veto power. Saniora, backed by the anti-Syrian parliamentary majority and the U.S., rejects the opposition's demand.
Bush's executive order targets people found to be helping Syria assert control in Lebanon or otherwise undermine the rule of law.
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