Monday, August 21, 2006

Above the Clouds

This week-end we were above the clouds in Faqra resort (as seen in pic). RS and I, along with a member of another blog (arabisraelipeace.blogspot.com) decided we needed a really relaxing time-off from the city, the news and the politics. What better way then to head to the peaceful mountain resort where there is no humidity or heat. It was perfect timing as the war was over and we really deserved some quiet from the 30+ day nightmare we lived through continously.
But it was too good to be true. As soon as we arrived Friday evening to the stunning mountain resort, all we could hear were jet fighters and helicopters flying right above our heads. It was so loud we couldn't believe it was the Israelis. But it was. At that specific moment, the IAF was conducting mock up attacks on the city of Baalbeck, some 30-kilometers from our location. And a couple of hours later, IDF commandos landed in the same area and performed ground operations, over 100-km from the Israeli-Lebanese border. This was a major breach of the cease-fire agreement. I wonder what the Israeli government has planned for what it called "the next round" against Hizbullah.
Maybe we were wrong to dream that the war would be over...

50 Comments:

Anonymous Sam said...

What a lovely story mrtez, I think you guys are so geared to staging reporting based on madeup facts.

it was actually quite nice to see the back of you for a while.... seems like you didnt contribute a lot to this blog and it was like a breath of fresh air.

you just happenned to be there waiting for the IAF to stop Hez(Lebanon) rearm for the next round.... how wonderful and thoughtful of you.

Fack!

2:58 PM  
Anonymous tool said...

fack you bitch! sorry mr t, i couldn't control myself.

w00t

3:35 PM  
Blogger merig00 said...

if I'm not mistaken Narallah was the first one to say that the war isn't over...hmmm

4:23 PM  
Blogger mrtez said...

To Sam: Please read the following facts (maybe they are also made up by all news agencies in the world).


Aug. 20 (Bloomberg) -- United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan is ``deeply concerned'' about Israel's raid two days ago in eastern Lebanon that endangers the ``fragile calm'' in the region, Annan's spokesman said.

Israel said yesterday its special forces conducted the raid to prevent arms being smuggled to Hezbollah, designated a terrorist group by the U.S. and Israel, from Iran and Syria, five days after a UN-brokered cease-fire came into effect.

``The secretary-general is deeply concerned about a violation by the Israeli side of the cessation of hostilities,'' Annan's spokesman Stephane Dujarric said late yesterday in a statement on the UN Web site, referring to the raid.

Israel and Shiite Muslim Hezbollah on Aug. 14 implemented Security Council resolution 1701 that demands an end to the hostilities that began on July 12, when the Lebanese-based group abducted two Israeli soldiers.

``All such violations of Security Council Resolution 1701 endanger the fragile calm that was reached after much negotiation,'' Dujarric said, adding there have also been ``several'' air violations by Israeli military aircraft.

4:27 PM  
Blogger HCB said...

Mrtez:

Please don't get sucked into a meaningless argument based on nonsense. You are being baited by one of the infantile posters who have become bored with humanity and want only to hear themselves rant. They are brats running around loose with no parental control.

What Israel has done and continues doing demonstrates how disasters are created by low intelligence and high self-esteem. Olmert makes George Bush look like a class valedictorian. How he can possibly do these things while pretending to want resolution is simply incredible. Unless, of course, he didn't get the word from Cheney that the planned assault on Iran has been shelved.

Olmert does not have the sense to realize he makes Hezbollah look like the thoughtfully restrained party to this disaster. Olmert is a bully with a whip who gets away with it for so long as his own Israelis support him and George Bush is too embarrassed to call him to heel. But Bush is taking a beating domestically over his incompetent handling of everything from Hurricane Katrina to Iraq and all things in between. There are a lot of thoughtful, compassionate Israelis who soon will be saying about Olmert the kinds of things Americans are saying about Bush. And Olmert will be either silenced or removed.

In the meantime, though - don't get sucked into the mentally draining and completely frustrating position of arguing with or trying to educate an idiot.

4:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maya-USA.

i told you that Mr. Sam, the OC, lives in his own dreamworld, who doesnt know left from right and right from right...poor guy.

Anyways, I am not surprised that the IDF was the first to break the cease fire--and neither should you be. Do not expect anything less from them as they could give a shit about what everyone in the intl community (and in Israel) thinks about their asanine operations..

There is absolutely no justification to breach the cease fire--none on both sides--as it could trigger HZ and/or the IDF. Personally, I think HZ is too smart for that (i.e. smuggle in weapons at this point), but dont be surprised if HZ responds in full force to those IDF breaches of the cease fire as they did this weekend (killing and injuring IDF soldiers).

the tricky part will be the interaction btw HZ and the Leb army.

Mrtez--beautiful pic.

6:48 PM  
Anonymous sam said...

HCB said...
Mrtez:

Please don't get sucked into a meaningless argument based on nonsense. You are being baited by one of the infantile posters who have become bored with humanity and want only to hear themselves rant. They are brats running around loose with no parental control.

Maya-USA.

i told you that Mr. Sam, the OC, lives in his own dreamworld, who doesnt know left from right and right from right...poor guy.

Okay guys, you can't be that slow witted or maybe so. Look at the sigmature on the post, "FACK". That is a diff preson and he always signs my name becasue he's affraid od posting under his own. My views are my views and where I live has nothing to do with it. Maya, you can go to hell for all I care.

Hcb is a child that deserves no respect yet tries demanding it with stories.

Mrtez I see nothing wrong with you, your approach is fine. Reason and explanation is the way to go. Not attacking me and where I live. This is the real Sam. Fack doesn't even know 5 cities inside the OC.

7:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

maya-usa

Real-Sam, wasted space.

Do not critique the style of response to you, but rather the content.

Doesnt matter if you live near the OC, or not...there are idiots everywhere. its not an attack against you, dont take it personal...i dont care if you are the real sam or some fake one...

why dont you talk about real issues, instead of complaining he said, she said...you are playing out the scenario of the Israeli war....nothing accomplished only destruction.

7:29 PM  
Anonymous sam said...

You make your point so stupid, so why belittle me because of where I live?

Don't try to take the issue of you judging popele by where they live and put it back on me. Are you that shallow or just missinformed?

7:35 PM  
Anonymous sam said...

If you don't care than why did you post the statement?

Answer if not shut the hell up and be part of the solution and not just another hating loser. If you don't know who's making a post or don't care about them then don't open your face to berate someone becasue of their zip code.

7:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maya-USA
Sam, you make me laugh, really.

I told you that it doesnt matter where you live. I mentioned OC because that's what I knew of you, the real Sam.....I live next to the OC myself..It has nothing to do with you. Your dreamworld is in your mind, not your zipcode.

I am done responding to you, wasting my time. What do you think about the cease fire breach?

7:47 PM  
Anonymous frazer said...

On vacation? Must of had photography supplies!! Where's the vacation photos of the IDF's planes flying over and cammandos performing ground operations. Seeing is believing. Get it on film, your words and eyewitness reports are meaningless in the world today. If you want someone to believe, you must have the evidence.

7:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

does thousands of eye-witnesses, two dead IDF soldiers and UN response to that cease fire breach constitute evidence?

7:53 PM  
Anonymous sam said...

Seeing is believing huh? So the film of Rodney King being beaten up is real, why did the police go free? LA was wracked with violence, attacks and some deaths. The film showed 100% that the police were in the wrong. Video and films don't mean anything, it's all interpertaion anyway. Plus now the pics are being altered to sway public opinion so there is no more truth from a photo or a reporter. People even use bosies mulitpal times and or actors to make a scene fit their needs.

7:55 PM  
Blogger HCB said...

It truly is a shame, Mrtez - for your wide open blog to be so abused. Serious thinkng people want to talk seriously but the idiots on the side keep clamoring to be heard because they think it makes them look smarter. And now we even have an argument about which poster is the REAL idiot.

The good news is the people like "Sam" and "Real-Sam" and "Wannabe-Sam" not only have nothing of value to say, they know it and make it so apparent they can easily be ignored. That's what I intended to suggest earlier and that's my understanding of what Maya was suggesting as well.

7:56 PM  
Anonymous sam said...

Still at it Hcb, no one cares what is being said here anyway. Everyone just says what they like and keeps the story the same. No one wants to fix anything they want to chat about it. Point fingers and feel good because they think that becasue they post in a blog that they're current and or involved. This site is great for the purpose and people like you are prime people to keep this conflict going in the wrong direction.

8:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maya-USA
Frazer you are so right, I agree with you, it seems like the blog writer and mrtez is dreaming of a holiday above the clouds.... I can tbelieve you can actually get a picture from so high up... the ysee mto fabricate all the pictures in this war.
I guess thats years of living under influence and supporting of Iran and Hez....

mrtez i like your profile pic. :-)

8:01 PM  
Anonymous sam said...

You keep stating that you are ignoring the "idiots" but you post as much negativity as they do and keep it going every day. Try to go for one day and say nothing negative. Then after you do that some may be more concerened about your posts. You're an instagator to the abuse of this site big time. Sad to say but very true.

8:02 PM  
Anonymous tool said...

Fack all of you stupid bloggers and editors.

all you do is distort reality in Lebanon.

w00t

8:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi habibi Sam--I dont appreciate when you use my name, Maya.

Al maya Al.

8:02 PM  
Anonymous sam said...

hcb - get a life you stink like hell, can imagine how fat you are and probably growing by the minute....

8:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maya-USA

Sorry guys, I cant have a decent, intellectual meaningful conversation here. So I have to say, au revoir.

Allah ma3akoon, w tidtrab ya Sam.

8:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi habibi ahlan wassahlan
it was me sorry, I didnt mean to post it.

this is what I feel is right, sorry.

Maya-USA
Frazer you are so right, I agree with you, it seems like the blog writer and mrtez is dreaming of a holiday above the clouds.... I can tbelieve you can actually get a picture from so high up... the ysee mto fabricate all the pictures in this war.
I guess thats years of living under influence and supporting of Iran and Hez....

mrtez i like your profile pic. :-)

8:06 PM  
Anonymous sam said...

WEll Hcb, I guess it's time I register so that people stop using my name. I stopped attacking anyone like that awhile ago.

8:07 PM  
Anonymous tool said...

Maya - il naal abuk dinak rassek ya magnuna,

au revior to you bitch!

8:07 PM  
Anonymous sam said...

Thanks for the insult Maya, if your going to do it do it in English or in a way that isn't so childish. So mature that you run away but put a jab in first. It's good your going away, now just stay away. REad but don't post your trash and hate.

8:17 PM  
Blogger HCB said...

Mrtez - it's mostly been a pleasure to converse with thoughtful people on your blog and to read your posts. But it appears the blog has been taken over by people who simply want to trade insults. There's no reasoned argument or principled suggestions or even observations being made - simply insult heaped on filthy insult.

I know you neither intended nor anticipated that would happen but it has. I will continue my conversations with some of the thoughtful people here on other blogs of which I'm certain you are aware. But I won't mention them here for obvious reasons.

I'll wish you well and thank you for the insights I've gained from your blog over the past several weeks.

8:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Insightful meaning they agree with you? I love that way of thinking. Reminds me of the liberals in the US.

9:08 PM  
Blogger Chris Baker said...

Isn't there a way to block certain children from posting comments?

9:36 PM  
Blogger Lilu said...

I'm with Howard.

It's a shame. There used to be some decent discussions going on here once but now there's hardly anyone sensible left here to have some intelligent talk with.

See you guys over that beer sometime.

10:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Careful, tears and beers don't mix.

That's all it takes to make some of you run away....... Now it's easy to see why the Libs of the world are so easily beaten. Then take some more of them with you. Open a whinner only blog site to comfort your one sided views. You'all will fit nicely into the Iranian way of life.

11:01 PM  
Blogger HB said...

Lilu and HCB, we would appreciate it if you stayed and continued the dialogue. It's good to keep hope alive despite those who find meaning in insults.

11:28 PM  
Anonymous sam said...

What do you mean, aren't they both guilty of insulting people too? People who don't agree, people who think on their own. Lilu not so much but HCB is very guilty of using the split tounge. It's like you want a private club to share sad but pointless stories. Why? Adversity is key, it is needed but you have to have thicker skin.

12:26 AM  
Anonymous sam said...

So this site will remain the same becasue even between oursleves we can't stop arguing. How can anyone?

12:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

why do you complain about people complaining...stop responding and say something important and meaningful.

I will start: which country's troops would be most important to deploy in S. Lebanon? Italy, France? Israel already said it will not recognize Indonesia/Malaysia (who are willing to give troops) because they dont recognize Israel as a state. Well, Leb does not as well and they are deploying their army. Any comments?

12:57 AM  
Blogger Ruthie In The Sky said...

Your comments about your attempt to get away remind me of the lyrics to an old song by a duo in the United States who used to sing together. You might have heard of one of them, Paul Simon. He and Art Garfunkel recorded a song called "Save The Life Of My Child" and the end lyrics go like this:
"Oh my Grace, I've got no hiding place." Comment made by Ruth Rader, author of the blog "Ruthie In The Sky"

1:05 AM  
Anonymous sam said...

The EU troops won't be there for a long time. France is only comitting 400 troops, why even do that? No US troops ever, never again in Leb. There was enough US blood spilled there, never again. Let the countries with nothing to lose do the dirty work and sacrafice thier own. The other countries just want a reason to start something with Israel, they all hate the jews anyway. Muslim radicals know no country only death and suffereing to further their cause. The countries that are securing the world are busy and don't want to be hasseled with a no win situation plus Israel is fine on it's own. It only needs supplies not men which is not true for Leb / HB. The are using Iranian soldiers, Syria soldiers and other extremists. So it doesn't matter which country sends them, they're seconds at best. Targets would be more like it. HB doens't want USA/GB/Ausi or any counrty that will retaliate when they use the UM peace keepers as human shileds.

1:08 AM  
Anonymous sam said...

I complain becasue it fits this blog, read all posts and you'll know it's true.

I mean shileds just like the HB used the Lebonese people. If they don't care about your safety do you think they give a hoot about someone from a different country?

1:17 AM  
Anonymous sam said...

It's also and esier way to have the Iranian/Syria/HB war machine train more terrorists right under the Un/USA/Israeli's nose. They need it becasue groups like the Tigers are needing better training to wipe out more civilians in their own country. So Mr Tom in Iran see;s this as a great situation, train them in Leb and have the UN sanction it. They can practice on Islrael and get away with it becasue all of the pro [whiners] will say it was all Israels fault.

1:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sam, huh?

1:40 AM  
Blogger Peach said...

Okay, Im back and trying to catch up on recent news. The destruction of lebanon was brought on by other countries. Lebanon just got stuck in the middle of it all. Its not their country, why would they care what happens to it or the lebanese people.

1:42 AM  
Anonymous sam said...

Nothing side note: I think the troops to make the south part of the country secure would be Canadian's. They're so in between everything and everyone they would be perfect. Great mix of nationalities and religon's too. So use them for once, they've been sitting on the sidelines far to long and judging the actions of those that do participate.

1:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, Canadians. I like them....about a third of their troops would be Lebanese anyway. I think Australians should get into the mix too.

2:29 AM  
Anonymous bayyak said...

I think your mom should get in there too since everyone's getting fucked you'd think she'd want a piece of the action

See this war is contributing to something: new mom jokes

Yalla ahto kilkon baddi nam

2:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does anybody see the problem of HZ giving away cash to the displaced Southern Lebanese for rebuilding, rent and furnishings...This is problematic and the international community needs to step in and counter this with their own relief and aid....FAST....otherwise HZ will gain more popularity and legitmacy.

What do you think.

2:39 AM  
Anonymous bayyak said...

you know what I think?

I think your mom should get in there first so they could haul huge loads on her back for reconstruction cuz she's a huge ass biatch.

They breed them nice and fat where you come from dont they boy?

Now go fuck your sister hillbilly

2:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

shu beik, ya Bayyak? ro7 neim.

2:45 AM  
Anonymous G.W.Bush said...

ehem ehem...

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.....

kalb ibin kalb ibin wahad safil

Tfoo 3leik shoo innak wati

INTA illi aslak soori wole!!

2:47 AM  
Anonymous bayyak said...

walashi since il kil 3am byitmanyak ana kaman baddi itmanyak. zaha2 ya khayye tab shoo!

bas halla2 rayeh nam wu bokra minshoof keef il bloggers 3al'aneen bi ba3don hahaa.

You can make money off of shit like this. It's too funny sometimes

Yalla hillowa hobbiyan eh ;-)

Booso ba3d wu 3abto ba3d wu kil shee tamam

Bokra mninsa kil shee wu minrooh mniskar bil toraat

2:51 AM  
Blogger mrtez said...

ok people,
enough is enough. we will from now on enforce one thing on this blog so that we can keep good, fruitful and smart discussions.
We will only allow people who have a user account to post comments. so if you want to join the conversation, please sign up to blogspot.
If this will not eradicate the childish conversations, then we will have to report abuse of the users who continue on insulting and bashing.
Sorry, this is not the way we intended to do things. We wanted an open forum, but it seems there is too much bashing going on. From now on, the amount of comments will be reduced, but hopefully it will also increase the quality.
Please keep blogging us at Beirut Live.

9:31 AM  

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