Saturday, August 12, 2006

A chance for, if not peace, the absence of war

It seems that both Lebanon and Israel may have agreed terms in the Un Resolution for a ceasefire, and the UN resolution has been adopted by the Security Council. We at Beirut Live hope so. In the meantime I offer you this. Some of you may guess where the paraphrased quotation comes from:

'I put no stock in religion. By the word religion I have seen the lunacy of fanatics of every denomination be called the will of the god. Holiness is in right action and courage on behalf of those who cannot defend themselves. And goodness - what god desires - is in the mind, in the heart and in what you decide to do every day. That is what makes you a good man... or not.'

I am not religious. For the above reasons, for this war which is driven by fanaticism in part on every side and global geopolitics and the neocon/zionist agenda on the other, for the deaths of innocents it must stop. I do believe, however, in justice or what else do we have left, and the human rights of all people, Shia's, Sunnis, Christians, Druze, Jews, Lebanese, Israelis and Palestinians. Innocent civilians cannot defend themselves from rockets or the might of the strongest army in the region.

Let's hope that everyone takes this chance for peace.


Anonymous BlogWatch said...


It's about time we've heard something of this nature from you. Let's hope this is a change of attitude in everybody!

3:26 AM  
Anonymous aja said...


3:36 AM  
Anonymous aja said...

Clarification: the "Amen" is for the post by RS... NOT to the comments by blogwatch.

3:37 AM  
Anonymous rafiek said...

the above statement is a "belief" and religion is based on a belief system. In fact, you should become more religious. In this life, u have to choose a side, and pray to God that its the right one, being in the middle is as good as being wrong.

4:01 AM  
Blogger Lilu said...

Big hopes on this side, though I'm wary of being too optimistic too soon - but your post is giving me hope too (that may actually be a first I gotta admit :))..

So here's to... hoping for hope..

4:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

who quoted this one?

4:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praying, Praying, Praying for peace for Lebanon , and for all those who are suffering. The response by Israel was unjust and over the top. My eyes have been opened to what is going on in the middle east. Before I never really thought that much about it and always accepted the U.S. backing of Israel without question. I pray for a just peace in the ME.

5:50 AM  
Blogger rufusmommy said...

Praying for peace.

6:31 AM  
Anonymous "the Lifest" said...

God has placed in each soul a true guide to the light, but man struggles to find life outside himself, unaware that the life he is seeking is within him. GK.Gibran

A special thanks to the beirut live site for keeping it real on issues of our Beloved Lebanon. keep up the good work !

7:57 AM  
Anonymous nic said...

wow, this is a first from RS and this blog.

Im hoping this will become the new relaity and that hope materilise into actions.

Peace Now please!

10:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mother, mother, there's too many of you crying.
Brother, brother, far too many of you dying.
You know we've got to find a way,
To bring some loving here today.

Father, father, we don't need to escalate.
War is not the answer; only love can conquer hate.
You know we've got to find a way,
To bring some loving here today.

lyrics to a song am listening to, its for A Perfect Circle, called what's goin on:) Ummmm.. PEACE :)

11:36 AM  
Anonymous mothergoose said...

you should read a very good analysis on Ms Levantine's blog...

2:06 PM  
Blogger RS said...

To anonymous above just to let you know the lyrics you quoted are actually originally from a hero of mine Marvin Gaye 'What's Going on'. A fantastic song listen to that version. And it seems I may have been a little premature in my call for peace so as not to disappoint any of you. Israel is currently moving to the Litani River.

2:14 PM  
Blogger RS said...

PS. Does no one know where that quotation is from. It's actually from a pretty funny source, a 2005 movie, and not a very good one due to some terrible acting from the lead. But in the end it seems basic common sense to me. God is whatever he is to whoever but basically what you do makes you a good man/person in the eyes of yourself. It is your own conscience you have to live with for the rest of your days. And it is your own conscience which can destroy you in a way that drives you to all the drink, drugs, and drowning of mental faculties jjust to forget. I hope every single person who has ever killed any children has it weigh on their minds. Time of war is no excuse for killing children for if it is we really do become nothing less than the lowest of creatures.

2:21 PM  
Anonymous rafiek said...

There cannot be peace without JUSTICE!

3:11 PM  
Blogger Lilu said...

"Kingdom of Heaven" was it? I heard the extended version on DVD was better.

Your last sentences bring me back to the mission statement of the guys from Breaking the Silence ( to those who aren't familiar with it)

7:52 PM  
Blogger RS said...

Lilu gets the prize! Don't know what that is? Peace perhaps.

12:39 PM  
Anonymous sense said...

RS, is fatherhood affecting your sense of peace? how can peace be achieved with a monster like Israel. It needs generations in order to cure the wounds& wash the hate that the masscres of the zionist(facists) israelis incured on our poeple. Yes, first must come JUSTICE,then PUNISHMENT,then maybe peace.

1:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The previous posts talk about different songs maybe we should listen to the song by John Lennon "Imagine". While you're listening crank up the sound. Peace would be the greatest thing ever. But I'm afraid as long as Hezbollah exists there will be no everlasting peace.

1:50 PM  
Blogger Lilu said...

"Justice", "punishment"... sense, you're reminding me of someone, hang on, I gotta remember who you sound like, what are they called? - oh yeah, Olmert and Peretz.

3:54 PM  
Anonymous BlogWatch said...


That's pretty sad if the only people in the world that believe in justice and punishment are Olmert and Peretz....

anon 1:50:

Good call with Lennon's Imagine. It should be the world's anthem. Hopefully one day Israelis could stand side by side with Hezbollah and sing it together....

5:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

anon 1:50--as long as the IDF exist, there will be no lasting peace...keep in mind, I am NOT talking about the Israeli state.

peace be with you.

6:35 PM  
Blogger Lilu said...

blogwatch, don't count on any Israeli (except maybe Anarchists against Fences) to stand side by side with Hizballah singing, I know I couldn't and wouldn't, but I'd love to do that with any and all ordinary Lebanese civilians.

And my reply to 1:50 was totally cynical.

7:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

anon above:

That's a wonderful idea!! All countries should do away with their armies and defence forces...

7:30 PM  
Anonymous BlogWatch said...


As a Jew I believe and am taught to forget and forgive. Jews aren't allowed to hold a grudge. If there's ever a day where Hezbollah fighters lay down their arms and say we've had enough, we want peace, I'll be the first one there singing along side them.
(well, I guess not the first... depends on the price of a ticket to Israel :-))

7:32 PM  
Anonymous Chris said...

I once read somewhere that "ignorance brings fear, and that fear brings hatred, and hatred war", and I believe it ... so I have some hope that as we talk to each other, via www, we learn, reducing our ignorance, fear and hatred. Without war we will have peace, and with peace we can begin to live in peace. Thanks for the www.

12:49 AM  

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