Saturday, May 10, 2008

The liberation of Beirut

After so much talk, so much posturing and so much thuggery in the end it took only 24 hours for Beirut to be liberated. Let me come out clean from the start, those men who flushed out the Future movement and surrounded Jumblatt are clean men, strong men and, I feel, the most honourable men in the region. Within 24 hours the Nissan Pathfinders had scoured Beirut clean, clipped Jumblatt's wings and left the "Quartet" nations, Israel and most of the 'civilised' world outraged - again. Good, let them be livid. It was not outrageous for them to fund and arm these thugs they called moderates, certainly not outrageous for them to fuel sectarian violence throughout the Middle East to facilitate their occupation, but it is outrageous for them that their puppets should be so effectively stamped out. This doesn't mean it's all over though, far from it.

Now what will be interesting is to see what will happen with Saniora's government. Illegitimate and unable to retain any control over the country, it is now castrated. The ball is still in America's court now.

6 comments:

qunfuz said...

And look how they did it - a minimum of violence. No executions on the streets, handing positions over to the Lebanese army. That's the 'terrorists.' And the response of the 'moderate democrats'? Today they've murdered Syrian workers for being Syriam. Junblatt's people have kidnapped and executed Hizbullah men 'with knives'. Hooray for pro-Western moderation.

Most truthful quote of the day comes from the former head of Mossad: 3 years work by Western and Arab intelligence services in Beirut has been wiped out in one night.

Lirun said...

u call 53 dead minimum violence? are you serious?

http://www.smh.com.au/news/world/hezbollah-takes-fight-to-the-mountains/2008/05/12/1210444295489.html

julius said...

Wassim:
There were always intimations so it should not be so terribly shocking to find that you are openly a fascist. What a pathetic use of a decent mind. Sad.

Wassim said...

Lirun,
You realise the irony of an Israeli lecturing us that 53 dead is something which should outrage us? That when your country and America have done such a fine job preserving the lives of us camel jockeys whilst forcing us to live in peace and bringing us democracy.

Wassim said...

Julius,
For Arabs it is painful to see Lebanon suffer internal strife. However I suspect it is not the internal issues that you, Julius, have a problem with - but rather with Hezbollah itself.

It is surprising to see the term 'fascist' used so arbitrarily when in fact the issue at stake is that of the legitimacy - or illegitimacy - of a US-backed government in the Arab region. You appear to be of the view that anyone opposing the US is 'fascist'.

To me, with 1 million dead in Iraq since the US' illegal invasion in 2003; with 1100 dead in the 2006 war on Lebanon; with the continued denial of the right to self determination to the Palestinians since 1948; to me it appears clear that providing support for the US' policies in the region - indeed the entire world - is closer to that.

However my political consciousness prevents me from labelling you as anything at all - neither as 'fascist' or as anything else. I think you should probably just read more widely.

Lirun said...

amazing how easily you swallow 53 dead as a small toll when the blood is spilled by arabs..

sorry to burst your bubble but it is in fact a tragedy when people die - whether or not killed by jews..