Sunday, August 13, 2006

Smell Good

I have to give it to the IDF. Their latest airdrop was by far the most creative I have seen so far, and probably the most effective. Not only does it look like the normal products we would buy in Lebanon for the car to smell good, but it also smells the same - Cedar scent. What's really hilarious is that the Cedar has that little extra feature: a cartoonish head of Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah sticking out from behind it. The text reads: "Let it to smell good". And all this came packaged and free from the sky.
If anyone is reading this from the IDF, you have to know that these are the sort of creative things that work. Hundreds of people were scrambling the streets to pick up the Cedars and myself was highly surprised by the thought behind this one. It's much better than throwing notes with a list of the names of 100 Hizbullah soldiers dead. I wonder if the hired an ad agency for this one.

39 Comments:

Anonymous war child said...

Hey, Mr. IDF, I want one! please drop some more in the Mount Lebanon area.

12:29 PM  
Blogger sun wukong said...

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2:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

FYI the second meaninf of the text on the Cedar is actually "Hil hun teezna" or "get off our backs" (to put it mildly in English). The Arabic language has some great expressions! Really funny! Hun jud!

4:20 PM  
Anonymous rosie said...

war child, I have (or had) relatives in Jaj. Has your area been bombed? I hope not, I hope you are all safe there. We've not had word about our relatives.

5:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

IDF will go all out to rain "US bombs" on Lebanon b4 8am tomorrow morning. Any latest news on the actual situation out there?

5:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't understand what is meant by "Let it to smell good." ?

5:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kevin From USA
I saw in an earlier post that peace only comes after justice and punishment. But that is wrong it only comes after forgiveness . This is the hardest thing of all to do after you have been bomb but with the help of your faith it can be done. I pray for all of you!!!

6:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kevin, i agree with you, but tell that to someone who's whole family was killed in front of your eyes by the IDF...that will be a hard one to forgive.

6:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

anon 5:17pm --I hope that is incorrect information..If this is true, then I see absolutely no reason why the intl community will not hold them responsible for war crimes..i mean its obvious as it is already, but that would be ridiculous. Anyways, all this fighting after the passage of the UN resolution is just cock-eyed and in ill faith...I guess we shouldnt have excepted anything less from the IDF.

Imagine those Israeli soldier's families when you tell them that there son/daughter died just hours or minutes before the cease fire. Ridiculous nonsense.

6:40 PM  
Blogger Carmel said...

are you saying those dropped from the war planes? funny, there was nothing about it in our media. IDF has a psychological warfare unit maybe they did it.

latest anon, i dunno how many soldiers will die before the ceasefire starts de fact, IDF is trying to strike some more Hezbollah infrastructure before that happens.

6:57 PM  
Blogger Lilu said...

it's not just the IDF that is trying to get as much done before tomorrow morning - sirens are going off right now in Kiryat Shmona, Haifa, Afula, Nazareth, etc.

I expect they'll all be going at it till 07:59:59.

7:07 PM  
Blogger HCB said...

It's probably not possible to forgive. It is a nice thought but likely an impossibility. It's enough if everyone simply stops - don't try to forgive, just try to stop and not allow hate to consume reason. Don't let others talk and urge "punishment" or "vengeance." Just try to die of old age. Maybe the children who are now too young to know and hate will grow up not knowing they should hate each other. It's possible, if they are not taught how much they should hate each other.

Israel and the US will not be punished now for what they have done. No one outside those countries has the power to inflict that punishment. Israel and the US will punish themselves from within - the good people in those countries will finally purge the evil now that it has been seen for what it is. It will happen but it will be delayed if the evil doers are given more excuses to do their evil.

Do not ignore the evil from Iran and Syria in wanting "justice" and "punishment." Those countries lack only the present means to prevail by force. They should not be permitted to have those means. Seeking "justice" and "punishment" empowers them - encourages and validates the argument for more and better weapons to "defend" themselves against the US and Israel.

For all the evil that has been done by them, the US and Israel are not fundamentally evil. They are misguided and they are poorly led. But they are not a fundamentally evil people. Therein lies the hope - that the good people in those countries will work and play with the good people in the middle eastern countries to the end that they overcome the forces of evil by suffocating them in goodness.

7:10 PM  
Blogger Bash said...

I have just the right idea for the IDF to bring peace... RAIN DOWN $100 BILLS!!! looooooooool

7:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kevin From USA
And the USA should supply them!!

7:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

IF the IDF drops $100 bills, I think we might have an influx of Jews going into Lebanon! :-)

(No, I'm not anti-semitic, I'm Jewish myself. It's always nice to be able to poke fun of yourself)

7:25 PM  
Blogger Lilu said...

but you're so right anon 7:25, hell, I'm broke, I'll be moving there myself :)

7:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this is pretty funny do you think the IDF can also drop some here in Camden , London? :)

7:53 PM  
Blogger Smartipants said...

They probably used the same advertising company as the Ministry of Social Welfare in Lebanon is using to make public health adverts - "Saatchi and Saatchi"! Nothing but the best for this war!

7:53 PM  
Blogger Shay said...

Dude, I wants me one of those too!

Concerning forgivness - I don't know if our ME temper will allow it, but just look at countries like France and Germany.. That they can now share an economy might've seemed almost sacreligious right after the war.
Time heals all.

8:01 PM  
Blogger Chris Baker said...

Rami G. Khouri from the Daily Star thoroughly condemned Secretary of State Condi Rice's comment on the "birth pangs" of a new Middle East in the "Washington Post" newspaper today (Washington, DC). The Post is one of the top 2 US newspapers in online readership.

Rami was quoted in a story "As Mid-East Smoke Clears, Political Fates May Shift" by well-regarded reporter Robin Wright. This is an extract from Wright's story with my slight editing the first line for clarity, link below:
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America's image abroad emerges from the crisis badly battered in part due to prolonged negotiations, widely perceived in the Arab world as deliberate, to allow Israel to pursue its military agenda -- with U.S.-manufactured weaponry, analysts said.

Rice's comment on the conflict as part of the "birth pangs" of a new Middle East was particularly "crude, insensitive and cruel," said Rami G. Khouri, an analyst and columnist for Beirut's Daily Star newspaper. "She was basically seen as saying you have to kill Arabs to remake them and you have to allow Israel to destroy Arab movements to make better nations.

"If it is a new Mideast, it won't be the one she is expecting," Khouri said, particularly coming after deeply troubled U.S.-led efforts to transform Iraq, the Palestinian territories and Afghanistan.

After the July 30 Israeli airstrike on Qana that killed at least 28 civilians, a large banner went up in downtown Beirut depicting Rice with sharp fangs and blood flowing from her mouth. "The massacre of children in Qana is a gift from Rice," it said.
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Source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/08/12/AR2006081200995.html

The Washington Post has maintained fairly balanced coverage of the Lebanon war especially as compared to the New York Times, which has run stories slanted toward Israel. Comparing the two paper's same day coverage it was very noticeable how badly the Times had slanted some of their stories toward Israel.

8:01 PM  
Blogger M2Timechange said...

Hcb

Most probably, you have read “The Leadership Character Model”

Leadership is about character, currently, we do not have quality leaders to govern their countries.

Leaders must arm, develop and exercise respect and integrity.

Respect components

1. Empathy 2. Lack of Blame 3. Emotional Mastery and 4. Humility

Integrity components

1. Self confidence 2. Self awareness 3. Accountability 4. Focus on the whole 5. Courage

Unfortunately, we do not have such quality leaders at this moment. More often than not the leaders tend to assign blame, make decision based on emotion and exercise double standard. We won’t be surprised, the conflicts will continue on and on for decades without any realistic solution to the problem.

Perhaps, there must be stringent requirements before one can be a leader.

8:07 PM  
Anonymous BlogWatch said...

chris baker:

I love how suddenly it's the "IDF massacring children" and the Lebanese people "crying about their massacred children".

Are there any Arabs throughout the whole mideast or anywhere that cries for the Arab children who blow themselves up, killing innocent civilians and becoming martyrs? Suddenly it's ok for their children to die!!??

8:24 PM  
Blogger Chris Baker said...

Wael Abou Faour, a member of parliament from the Druze bloc, was quoted in the Boston Globe (Massachusetts) as saying he fears "America won't offer enough political and military support to bolster the fragile democratic government." I suggest you in Lebanon push your government hard for more quotes like this in US media to insure Lebanon get your fair share from the US Congress! The Globe is owned by the New York Times company.

The US Congress is set to give Israel about $2.5 billion in military and economic aid this year alone, and the war-mongering racist Israel certainly doesn't deserve it! It should go to Lebanon instead. Massachusetts has an historic Lebanese-American community and also a powerful Jewish community. The article is titled "Hezbollah gains as Lebanon's leaders struggle", link below:
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"Hezbollah is stronger than the Lebanese state ," said Wael Abou Faour, a member of parliament from the Druze bloc who is close to the most powerful leaders of the government. The Druze, another religious sect, represent about 10 percent of Lebanon's population and are a unified and influential political force.

The government, Abou Faour said, has found itself on the sidelines at key points in the crisis, unable to exert any control over Hezbollah, a movement whose ``goals don't coincide with the interests of Lebanon." "We don't have anything in our hands," he said. "They have more resources, manpower, funding. They have support from Iran and Syria."
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Abou Faour, the Druze lawmaker, said he had "very little hope" for long-term stability because he believes Iran and Syria will continue to interfere in Lebanon, and he fears America won't offer enough political and military support to bolster the fragile democratic government. Hezbollah played to an audience in Lebanon and the Arab world that relishes any feint that makes Israel look weak, Abou Faour said.

But he added that eventually Hezbollah would have to answer to Lebanese people who believe it set their nation on a self-destructive path. "They resisted, they were brave, but the country was destroyed and will need 15 years to recover," Abou Faour said. "It's total destruction, and one day someone will ask if any single party alone can make the decision to cause such destruction."
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Source: http://www.boston.com/news/world/middleeast/articles/2006/08/13/hezbollah_gains_as_lebanons_leaders_struggle/

9:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kevin From USA
I agree with Chris Barker.

9:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kevin From USA

We can't let this war be over! Here in the USA we need to let the media know we want to see the rebuilding and aftermath as much as we did the war. That way this isn't all for gotten tomorrow by the people.
We also need to point out to are congress that the Lebanese leaders have shone is they are truly a government of the people. Having been brought up during the cold war I was taught there is only 2 kinds of government those that it's people fear the government. And those that the government fears it's people. And I think that even Israel could not argue the Lebanese leaders proved they are of the latter

9:56 PM  
Blogger Chris Baker said...

Re: blogwatch

> Are there any Arabs throughout the whole mideast or anywhere that cries for the Arab children who blow themselves up, killing innocent civilians and becoming martyrs? Suddenly it's ok for their children to die!!??

Israel and neo-con propaganda in the US has tried to lump Hezbollah and the Palestinians together, and it's obviously very effective propaganda since the vast majority of US posters don't seem to know the difference between the two groups. However since this conflict began I believe Hezbollah hasn't been identified with a single suicide attack against Israel, or even against Israeli's military in southern Lebanon. Israel has tried to link them to "suicide" rocket attacks or something, but it hasn't worked.

For example Hezbollah rockets didn't start falling on Israel until AFTER Israel bombed Beirut. Hezbollah even offered several times to stop the rockets if Israel stop bombing civilian areas - Israel of course refused. Then we Americans have been horrified - except the neo-con's of course - to see in great detail exactly how Israel uses their $billions in US military aid.

Meanwhile the Bush administration has had to rush to Israel depleted-uranium "bunker buster" bombs, and now cluster bombs, to universal condemnation from the Europeans. The UN Human Rights commission is even holding hearings in Geneva on Israel's conduct of the war in Lebanon.

My point is Hezbollah seems to be trying to be different from the other terrorist groups with their pathetic suicide bombings, and all the rest, which as your post shows get absolutely no sympathy in America.

10:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You can not forget the fact that Hezbollah crossed the Israeli border and kid napped 2 Israeli military personnel and triggered the start. They did that without the will of the people and authority of the people!!!
They are still terrorist

11:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kevin From USA
last post was me

11:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Grab all those things you can....I bet they will be worth some good cash later. I guarantee people will be selling them on Ebay, but I would just hold onto them...as silly as they are, they are a part of history and an important event, so they will maybe one day be valuable collectors items.

12:53 AM  
Anonymous BlogWatch said...

chris baker:

Who's lumping Palestininas and Hezbollah together? My point isn't only based on the current situation with Lebanon. In general the Arab world is very very quiet about crying over their children, when the death of their children happen by way of their children blowing themselves up on crowded civilian Israeli busses and crowded civilian Israeli marketplaces.

As well, it's a fact that Hezbollah didn't JUST start launching rockets against Israel, and I'm surprised you'd even attempt to claim that.

1:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Blogwatch,

The two rockets fired in previous months have not yet proven to be by Hizbollah. In fact, the Lebanese governement made an investigaiton into it and found a small group of Lebanese who worked for Israel trying to start some trouble in Lebanon. They even admitted to firing the two rockets. Israel had a plan to attack Lebanon from the beginning. However, that first attempt witht the two rockets was unsuccessful because Hizbollah did not fall for it.

5:04 AM  
Anonymous war generation said...

come on the war is almost over, drop some cool shit for once

5:31 AM  
Anonymous i care said...

anonymous,
I have been looking into the rockets being set off by someone trying to start a war. My family were very concerned 6 weeks prior to the soldier kidnapping. Everyone knew someone was trying to cause a problem, noone was buying it. Also I have been trying to find out reliable info as to where the soldeirs were kidnapped. My family told me Sheba, we did not believe it and told them not to say it unless they knew for sure. Last week I actually saw in Newsweek a map showing they were kidnapped from Sheba. I thought this very interesting, maybe my family was on to something after all. Do you know anything about it?

6:16 AM  
Anonymous blogwatch said...

anon 5:04:

The "two rockets" fired in previous months? Are you kidding me? Northern Israel has been experiencing alot more than two rockets. While it might not be as many as in the past month, it's been a helluva lot more than two.... but nice try.

9:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They sent them to help cover the smell of death.

Oh ya we won but who lost more people.... Yeah, Go Hezballah!! Sucha great victory. You people are all sad.

10:17 PM  
Anonymous sam said...

That wasn't to be Anon.....

It's me, It's Sam

10:17 PM  
Anonymous Arifa said...

you cant be serious! I want one of those!!!

3:24 AM  
Blogger phishster said...

drop some cool shit? 20 Israeli Bombs in 2
minutes? isnt that cool enough for you morons!!!

9:39 PM  
Blogger ayala said...

I would like to buy some of those trees if someones got some send me a mail at aaya11@gmail.com

3:54 PM  

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