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Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Lebanon: Here we go again?

What most amazes me about the Arab countries is how gunbattles and other such violence are accepted as routine, and how visceral hatred is retained for centuries. Every ethnic group hates the 'other.'

At least four people have been killed and over 50 wounded so far in renewed sectarian clashes in Tripoli on Wednesday. Explosions and machinegun fire rocked the city from midnight as Sunni Muslim supporters of the government battled with Alawite gunmen close to the Shi'ite Hezbollah-led opposition. The fighting began after four grenades exploded on a street separating a Sunni district from an Alawite one. Army units, which had deployed in the area to end last month's clashes, attempted to intervene but got caught in the crossfire and also suffered causualties. Lebanon ended an 18-month political crisis in May when the Western-backed coalition reached an accord with the Hezbollah-led opposition in Qatar. The conflict had led to a violent showdown between the two sides in Beirut. Delays in the formation of a national unity government, as stipulated in May's accord, have raised fears of a further deterioration in the security situation.

Let's go to the videotape. Note the kids crossing the street between the gun shots. What a way to spend your childhood.


At 4:02 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

When they love their own kids more than they hate others, thats when we can expect them to achieve a civil society that can deal with conflict without resorting to violence.

They obviously hate their kids.

I have raised this point with arabs in discussions many times, and they always become very anxious and unhappy over this. They don't like that we point out their flaws.

If the arabs can't be peaceful among themselves, how can we expect them to be peaceful with us?

We need to stop inventing fictions that waste peoples time, energy and money, and focus upon the real problem. The fictions are the 'palis' and their 'peoplehood'. The real problem is the war-like tribal nature of a large group of ethnically related people. That they cannot stand one iota of difference between them. That they cannot achieve peace among themselves. That it has to be imposed from an external power. And this isn't even a permanent solution.

At 4:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just a reminder that many people in Lebanon are NOT Arabs and that they most probably would love to see the Arabs they were conquered by throughout different periods go back to where they belong. Wishful thinking, of course.

At 12:47 AM, Blogger Naftali2 said...

Opportunity for irony here. If they attack Israel once again during the three weeks, does that mean that they believe our scriptures more than, as an aggregate, we do ourselves? Just asking. Once is a coincidence, twice, then they watch our calendar and study its meaning--and they believe it. And if so, doesn't that put a little crimp in their belief in the Koran? Lots of irony.


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