May 9, 2005: Little Scottie speaks proudly of the Cedar Revolution in Lebanon.
Before there was the purple revolution in Iraq, and the orange revolution in Ukraine, and the cedar revolution in Lebanon, there was the rose revolution in Georgia. And that has been an example of courage — the rose revolution is an example of courage that has inspired many around the world.
Today: Ix-nay on the Evolution-ray.
Q Were you surprised by the strong showing of Hezbollah in the elections in the south of Lebanon? Is that something that took you by surprise, since you —
MR. McCLELLAN: Well, our focus has been on making sure that there are free and fair elections in Lebanon, without any outside intimidation or interference. And that remains our focus. These elections are ongoing, and in terms of Hezbollah, I think our views are well known, and they remain unchanged.
Q Can you just tell us what those views are?
MR. McCLELLAN: You have a Security Council resolution which calls for the disarming of groups like Hezbollah. And that remains our view. Hezbollah, as you are well aware, is a terrorist organization, and we’ve made our views known about that.
Q Do they need to be dismantled, or just disarmed? Is there the possibility, if they do disarm, that they could be — have a relationship with the United States?
MR. McCLELLAN: I think our views on Hezbollah are well known. Again, our focus, really, is on making sure that there are free and fair elections, without any outside interference or intimidation. And those elections are ongoing right now in Lebanon, and they’re going to — they continue on.