The Daily Mail has the story:
Islamic fanatic Ibrahim Moussawi was today denied a visa to enter Britain.
Jacqui Smith has ruled the spokesman for the terrorist organisation Hezbollah should not be allowed to travel here – despite him making at least two previous visits to the UK on her watch.
The Mail understands the Home Secretary ruled his presence here – where he was due to lecture Government officials – would not be ‘conducive to the public good’.
It looks very much as if domestic policy has trumped the FCO. And a good thing too.
In the United State, Obama’s team is briefing against the British Government over its proposed dialogue with Hezbollah.
A senior official in the Obama administration said the United States disagrees with Britain’s decision to renew contact with the Lebanon-based militant group Hezbollah.
The official also said that the U.S. would like Britain to explain “the difference between the political, social and military wings of Hezbollah because we don’t see the difference between the integrated leadership that they see.”
I think that’s right.
I’m supportive of dialogue with terrorist groups: but validation must be linked to concessions from that terrorist group.