Friday, March 18, 2005

"Abu Arz was in New York when the withdrawal from Jezzine began. He urged Walid Phares, founder and president of the World Lebanese Organization based in Florida, with whom he was then in contact, to call [Antoine] Lahad to try and persuade him not to pull out. These efforts by Phares failed to dissuade Lahad who celebrated the move which Etienne Sakr and Walid Phares bemoaned." From The Conscience of Lebanon: A Political Biography of Etienne Sakr (Abu-Arz), (London: Frank Cass, 2003), pp. 109-110.