Saturday, August 05, 2006

Is there any roof?

(A wounded Lebanese after Israel's attack in Maameltein, North Lebanon on Friday 4th of August)

More than 900 Lebanese people have been killed in three weeks of fighting with Israel, Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora has said.
More than 3,000 have been wounded and 1 million - or a quarter of the total population - had been displaced.
Previous estimates have put Lebanon's death toll between 500 and 700.
Israel's death toll in the conflict rose to 62, including 24 civilians, after new Hezbollah attacks. That's 1 Israeli death for 15 Lebanese killed.
The United Nations' emergency relief co-ordinator, Jan Egeland, said last month that nearly a third of the dead or wounded in Lebanon were children under 12.
Reuters news agency said its own count in Lebanon was at least 683 dead.

On the industrial side, at least 45 major factories have been hit directly by Israeli air strikes according to a list compiled by Lebanese businessmen that does not include small and medium enterprises. On the list are factories for furniture, medical products, textiles, paper and a milk plant, where even the cows were blown to bits. Proctor and Gamble’s warehouse in Beirut was bombed with damage to stores estimated at $20m.
In total 95 percent of industries have ground to a halt, according to the Association of Lebanese Industrialists. Those companies not directly targeted have been brought to a standstill by an Israeli blockade.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

As I read your latest post, thoughts came to me....

This is horrific chaos. It's difficult to understand why any human has to die or be killed, whether children, women or men.

Our natural desire is to be safe, feel safe whoever we are.

Do you feel this is a one-sided affair? Is everyone taking their own part or responsibility to make things better?

What is your idea of how this situation can be resolved and come to a true peace.

Are you familiar with In my opinion, they are motivated by peaceful intentions.

I'm just thinking that nations as well as we individuals have our own motivations.

So please write what you would suggest in this situation. Remember to include safety for all involved.

With warmest and best wishes to you, them and everyone!

5:04 PM  
Anonymous NYC John said...

its a horrible act that israel is doing to the in the states all we see is the israeli casaulties and how they are living in shelters.
but what i understood from your great blog is that in lebanon there are no real shelters and no bomb sirens. it must be horrible to live in such manners.
just looking at the death toll, you can see the unfairness in this war. the american media should be ashamed not to show the real story behind this war. i am starting to realize that our media is truly 'controlled' and never shows the story the way it should be told.
its time for our leaders to press on a cease-fire. lebanon is a country which has touched the heart of millions when you all untied during the cedar revolution.
long live lebanon

5:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Correction from last post

5:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To NYC John,

Perhaps you could try an act of kindness today in your own life. You know the butterfly act of kindness can affect change across the globe.

5:23 PM  
Anonymous NYC John said...

this is exactly the kind of ridicolous talk i here from people which are blindfolded...thanks anonymous to make the point come across clearly. i can see why there is so much peace in the middle east. too much hatred emerging from people like u

5:31 PM  
Blogger HCB said...

The overlooked truth of the matter is that Hizbullah or Hezbollah is evil but smart. Israel is evil but stupid. Radicals - especially evil ones - require chaos, misery and hatred to survive. What better way to get support than to seed the chaos and misery by poking the bully? Hezbollah knew precisely that Israel would do what it's done and continues to do. How better to stir up hate and anarchy than to have a stupid bully come in and bash everything and everybody indiscriminately with the only real goal being to destroy and demonstrate invincibility. So - people look from all over the world and, whether or not they support Hezbollah, they detest what Israel is doing. The best that can come from that is confusion and chaos. The worst is radical control of the country so that it falls into blood feuds internally after Israel leaves. Israel leaves as the conquering pig and Hezbollah stays as the brutal swine rooting in the remains. Who to blame? Not Hezbollah - that gives Israel support in its stupidity. Blame Israel for being so blindly stupid that it can't see the result of it's destruction so that it would do something differently. Blame the US for supplying the instruments of destruction. Or - it might be the US and Israel really are not stupid - they are cynical as well as evil. They want to stop Lebanon's growth and democracy and determined this is the way to do it efficiently. And with the highest pleasure ratio for their pilots and pundits.

6:00 PM  
Anonymous Jim W. Minnesota, USA said...

Now that the U.N. is mentioned, what exactly have the U.N. security forces been doing to protect both sides during the last several years?

And now they want to provide humanitarian aid! What a joke! If they had not been eunichs standing by while Hezbollah built bunkers and forifications, brought in and prepared weapons to launch attacks- in short, if the U.N. forces had done ANYTHING this whole crisis might have been averted.

U.N. forces are worthless!

12:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


2:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

HCB, anybody told you, that where normal person using one word, you are using 20?

7:32 AM  
Blogger HCB said...

You "normal" people are talking with bumper stickers - you spout nonsense like, "kill all terrorists" and go back to your beer or say something like "anonymous" said just above you about the UN - in his crack induced haze. When it gets complicated and your eyes glaze over and you're bored, move on.

But, in answer to your question, no.

11:53 AM  
Blogger Rick said...

Wow Anon, it's bad enough to shout, but could you at least write in complete and coherent sentences? Either you are uneducated, or a member of the Bush Administration! :-)

The fact of the matter is that the U.N. will always be an inept institution as long as there are individual nations that are permanent members of the Security Council who put their political interests ahead of all other considerations. As long as national authorities refuse to defer to international authorities, the idea of a meaningful U.N. is simply that; an idea.

2:26 PM  
Blogger Mr Wrath said...

When Bush defied the U.N. on Iraq, and nothing was done against us, it pretty much made the U.N. look absolutely pointless. This was not a moment I enjoyed as I look forward to a global community.

On the flip side is the fact that the U.N. does nothing ever, they debate and write resolutions that are ignored and never back them with force, so pretty much all countries know that if they ignore the resolutions, nothings happens.

6:12 PM  
Blogger Rick said...

Spot on, Mr. Wrath!

6:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Lebanese have an interesting way of carrying their wounded. That's the first time I've seen one end of a stretcher grabbed with one hand over and the other under the bar.

More on Qana---apparently the dead do rise from the dead in Lebanon.

2:34 AM  

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