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When deranged, white flag waving frogs are paraded in front of the media, anything can happen.

Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki, whose country is a main backer of Hezbollah, met his French counterpart in Beirut on Monday for talks on resolving the crisis in Lebanon.

French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy said earlier on Monday in Beirut it was important to maintain contacts with Tehran as part of efforts to resolve the crisis in Lebanon, where Hezbollah and Israel have been at war for nearly three weeks.

Iran is a significant, respected player in the Middle East which is playing a stabilizing role, French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy said earlier Monday in Beirut.

“It was clear that we could never accept a destabilization of Lebanon, which could lead to a destabilization of the region,” Douste-Blazy said in Beirut.

“In the region there is of course a country such as Iran – a great country, a great people and a great civilization which is respected and which plays a stabilizing role in the region,” he told a news conference.

Douste-Blazy wasn’t the only guy talkin’ psychobabble to reporters. French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin joined in.

de Villepin welcomed Monday a pledge by Israel to suspend air strikes in Lebanon for 48 hours but said it was not enough.

“It is, for France, a first step, but an insufficient step given the current stakes,” he told reporters.

“We must all together redouble our efforts to achieve the immediate cessation of hostilities requested by the president,” de Villepin added.

What he means to say is…Israel should stop defending itself against the hundreds of Hezbollah fired (Iranian built) rockets that fall daily on it’s northern cities. Then, everything would be good.

How brilliant.

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