Friday, August 04, 2006

To drive or not to drive?

This morning I needed to fill up gasoline even though the tank was 3/4 full. The mass hysteria felt across the country that we will soon be completely cut off gasoline overtook me. And not being able to find an open gas station for the last two days hasn't helped appease my thoughts. Luckily, while driving to work, I suddenly saw a massive line of cars filling the usually empty streets. It could have been only one thing: black gold.
And indeed it was. A line of over 100 cars, waiting in the summer heat. A dozen scooters fighting their way through. A few people yelling to convince the gas station owner to give them more than the enforced ration. A ration which is limited at 10,000LL ($6) per car, or 20,000LL ($12) for those who know how to tip. Mass hysteria indeed.
And all this yelling and queing is for what? Our bridges are gone and our streets are reshaped. Even the road north is no longer safe to drive on after the events of this morning when planes struck a bridge while a civilian car was driving on it. All this hysteria to fill up gas, and the streets are completely empty (picture insert). Mass hysteria indeed.
mrtez

19 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

MRTEZ

how much gas will $6 buy, here in the U.S. that would be about 2 gallons or 8 liters, also make sure your tires are properly inflated and that your air filter is clean and maybe that will help you get better gas mileage, goodluck and hopefully this will be over soon!!!!!!!!!!!!!

6:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

quelle domage! quelle crisis!

get to rid of ze bludie pipol from IRAN!

7:31 PM  
Blogger ChineseBrother said...

Israeli the world most ruthless bloodthirsty.

We are very angry to see this happening today.
Is it right for Israel to say sorry when each time bomb drops on Lebanese civilians? Repeat and repeat. It wasn’t a mistake. Are they nuting? It seems same as Iraq war. Do Israeli war plane avoid killing civilian? No, many-many old man, handicap, children and woman trap in bombed building, bomb shelter and apartment. Who guided the Israeli guide bomb and bunker-buster bomb? Many poor people, they couldn’t leave; they don’t have money, taxi charge up to $1,000 to Beirut. They don’t know where to go, no jungle to hide. Who are going to take care off this people? I even hear some children don’t have any shoes.
Even Doctor house destroyed by bomb.

Angry to see way Israel behaves is totally un democracy. They call Ghengis Khan of Middle East. King of Middle East terror. Remember how Ghengis Khan attacks Beijing. Has anyone survived?

Angry, to see the way U.Nation behave wait and see. Israeli is starting with the conquest and building his empire in Middle East. I am surprise to say. Is this the way Bush administration try to spreads democracy to Middle East?

Should UN HQ move to France or China? I agree, are you!! Something inside is not right, UN is under Bush controls. Bush gives green light to Israel. Bush send weapon to Israel. Bush send navy sub to Israel. Bush sends International Assistance to help Lebanese. What Bush trying to do? Helping, spying and destroy? Bush administration is making lot of money from both sides.

Many people here like us opposed Hezbollah, but now had change the mind. Hezbollah has is own way to defense his poor Lebanon. It is not surprise to understand Hezbollah. We don’t see US and Israel as democracy nation. They are the creator of terror link.

Chinese Brother

8:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't you have some copyrights and patents to rip off china man? You want me to go down a list of what is wrong with China?

9:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

BTW, let someone launch rockets at China, and kill and kidnap soldiers from China, and then say what you think about it.

9:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

btw cough cough Tiananmen Square cough

10:03 PM  
Anonymous ken vienot said...

As an American, I am, once again so ashamed at my country and it's deliberate refusal to help the people of Lebanon. Please know that my heart and prayers are for you. Please remember there are many of us here who grieve for you.

If we had a real President he would be talking to Syria, Iran and other nations who could help bring peace. He wonders why we are disliked so much and how terrorism is started. He is too ignorant to understand these basic elements.
YOu are in my prayers.
Ken Vienot
a christian, who is so embarrased to be an American.

11:01 PM  
Blogger Crypto said...

It's more than apparent that the U.S. shows UNCONDITIONAL support for Israel. They won't call them on having nukes, detaining elected officials, torture, mass civilian murder, etc, etc. For those with a brain, if you noticed in the pictures of 28 farmers that were killed near the border with Syria, it would be ridiculous for anyone to believe that the Jews thought it was a group of people moving 6ft missiles in 1ft fruit containers.

Tel aviv. You are next. Fuck the jews and fuck their american puppets.

11:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

so wrong, the people of the U.S. care more about Lebanon than ever before. How many would have showed up at a blog for Lebanon before this?

We are not even fighting in this war, and find ourselves having to defend our actions more than Isreal.

Do you people even hear the things Iran says about Isreal? Quit hugging the tree and read the news. Hezbollah works for and with Iran, and they are sworn to kill Isreal...Hezbollah can not stay armed at the border of Isreal and there is no way around it if the fighting is to ever end.

The very harsh reality is that since Hezbollah refuses to disarm, there is only one way to make them. Diplomacy with them would probably include major concessions for them to agree to disarm, and since they are Iran based, they should not get more power in Lebanon...

12:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isreal are allies, so yes, we back them always...what a shock. If the brits wanted to hit Lebanon, same thing.

Now is the time for Lebanon to decide who they want to be allies with..the islamic freaks, or people who live normal lives without towels on their heads.

12:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

if you force HZ to disarm this way, you are pushing to arm the next generation. even if you take away every single weapon..how long do you think that will last?...you are putting a band-aid on a wound that already has gangreen..people need to figure out the real problem...this will not result in "lasting" peace as Dr. Rice and others have attested to...they are making the problem worse..

12:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

BTW where is Iran? nice allies you have...let's see a real army go at Isreal and see how many of their allies show up...Lebanon needs this, to get Iran out, and then join with the rest of us in the world... what you guys called a comeback after the civil war was only a taste of what could be.

The U.S. has no fear Isreal would abuse nukes like Iran would, so they are allowed...

12:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you are funny.. towels on our heads. Leb has always been pro-western, and democratic..since its inception..HZ does not represent the majority of the country whatsoever.

12:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

2 Billion dollars and counting. Israel has been irreponsible and should be forced by the UN and the Security Council to pay for the destruction they have caused to Lebanon. American Tax dollars should be diverted from Isreal and earmarked for the rehabilitation of Lebanon. An international tribunal should be formed to make sure that Isreal pay for the damage it has caused. I Bush and the Congressional representatives even think of proposing that American tax payers should pay for this, we should impeach all of them.

12:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really want Lebanon to be and stay pro-western, and the one figure that bothers some makes me happy...all the families displaced. To me this means they got out of the way to stay safe.

I personally hate the fact girls have to wear shirts at all, so let me live in sin where girls don't cover their entire bodies...no wonder they suicide bomb in strict Islam.

12:41 AM  
Blogger mikealpha said...

Hezb'allah killed 200+ marines trying to keep the peace in Lebanon. They kidnapped, tortured and murdered an american officer. When they hijacked a plane they beat and then executed an american serviceman who was a passenger. They hold rallies chanting "death to America". Nasrallah says thing like:
"If they (the Jews) all gather in Israel, it will save us the trouble of going after them worldwide." (October 22, 2002) They remind most Americans of the Nazis ( same salute too). They are an enemy of the United states and have been for years. Listen to Nasrallahs' last speech. He speaks as Lebanon leader. The war goes on at his will. Clearly he is the real ruler of Lebanon. The US isn't going to help a country which is being run by our enemy. That is just one reason America supports Israel in this war.

1:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good post Mike, and I agree, but as an American I definately support the people of Lebanon who wanted nothing more than the government of Lebanon to take charge over Hezbollah, it isn't their fault.

1:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Hezbollah should disarm to not threaten Israel shouldn't Israel disarm to stop threatening Lebanon. Clearly they can do anything they want to Lebanon and no one can stop them. At least Hezbollah can fight them and defend the country against ISraeli aggression. Take away Israel's arms to stop them threatening Lebanon flying their planes over the country and bombing any roads, bridges etc it sees fit. How would LEbanon defend itself against the IDF without Hezbollah. To the Arabs they are only group that has the power to fight Israel. Amazing isnt it that after 24 days of the great, amazing, best military machine in the world - the IDF - that they cannot stop Hezbollah from firing rockets into Israel and just kill civilians, women, and children instead. What a great army. Laughing stock more like.

1:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You actually call what they are doing "defending"? Lebanon is in ruin and Isreal has but a few roof repairs to do...

Hezbollah fights without rules because they are not even an army, but Isreal is stuck with rules, and should be....if not, Hezbollah and Lebanon would be done.

They have defended a damn thing, Isrealis fly in eating sandwiches and bomb anything they want...what defense is that?

2:00 AM  

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