16 March 2006

Beirut & Baghdad, Ill Fate?

The effect of the situation in Iraq on Lebanon can not be over stressed. Evidence of this can be drawn from the recent history of both countries. The Iran-Iraq war had its reflections here during the civil war in the eighties. The American led coalition’s war in the nineties affected directly our politics especially since the U.S. distributed prizes to those who stood by her. The heat of the 2003 American invasion is still grilling us in addition to the daily blood bath and suffering going on in Iraq. The consequences are felt from the top of the political strata right down to the daily lives of individuals not even interested in politics.

Pierre Tristam wrote a very good article, in two parts, drawing parallels between what “was” the Lebanese civil war and what is the current Iraqi “civil war”. Up till the moment I read the articles, I never thought of the events taking place in Iraq as a civil war. As for our civil war, I don’t think that it is really over.

The first part of the article is mostly about Lebanon, and following is an excerpt:

Baghdad Does as Beirut Did
The Makings of a Civil War

One of my sharpest memories of growing up during the Lebanese civil war is of the daily concurrence of horror and normalcy—of playing Monopoly at a friend’s while rumors of beheadings were serrating the neighborhood, of shooting marbles in the driveway while the town across the valley got its five o’clock shelling. So it was around the country: Feasting in one sector while another burned, sometimes because another burned; a sector thronged with shoppers and typically wild drivers in the morning (road rage being a Lebanese talent going back to the Phoenicians, who must have invented seafaring rage) only to be deserted by afternoon as snipers or fugitive checkpoints drenched the place in terror. Florida has its thunderstorms. Lebanon had its militias. Weather reports on the radio were about the “hot” and “cold” sectors—where it was safe to drive and play, and where corpses marked the end of the road, where “armed elements” (éléments armés, in the dearly departed French of the time) ruled your fate.
Dichotomies flow through Lebanese culture. Read the rest here

The second part is an analysis of the situation in Iraq, and this is an excerpt:

Semantics as Warheads
’s Civil War, and Ours

Is it, then, or is it not a civil war in Iraq? Merely to ask the question, post-Samarra mosque shock, suggests that those who ask it can probably trace their ancestral gray matter to the dim side of that vapor-filled moon around Saturn that Cassini just centerfolded. The question has no relevance in Iraq, where it answers itself day in and day out. That’s not keeping the parachuting propagandists from finding vehicles for their one-hand clapping: they’ll drive about in the US military’s armored convoys for a few miles then report back, with glee, that they were welcomed, applauded, cheered and, who knows, propositioned a few times. If Oliver North, that paragon of truth-telling and loyalty to all things lawful, could do it in the early days of the war, why not another lieutenant colonel cut of the same tripe-adoring cloth? Read the rest here

Thanks Pierre


Anonymous said...

God save lebanon lolz!!!
la shu 3am tfwello 3ala lebanon ken w b3do w byb2a ahla balad bel 3alam ..

Anonymous said...

min timmak la bab 'l sama...
mish lubnan 2ut3it sama?

ali said...

sho el2usa zakartonee laman be kun el motreb 3am be 7ayee el jamhur wel 3alam sakranii wo kelun 7aben ba3ed......2allah ye7me lubnan men tawa2foooo ya rabbbb.....

Anonymous said...

Keep on posting such themes. I like to read stories like that. Just add some pics :)


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