Friday, August 04, 2006

War on the Environment

This is a fresh satellite picture taken on August 1st by the Center for Satellite Basis Crisis Information clearly depicting the oil spill's movement along the Lebanese coast. The oil spill occured after Israeli jets bombed the Jiyyeh power plant's fuel tanks on July 13th which initiated Lebanon's worst enviromental catastrophe. This will affect Lebanon's tourism industry for years as more than 90% of the country's beaches lie in the path of the black slick. It is still unclear why the IDF decided to strike the fuel tanks of the Jiyyeh power station as it is the only main plant that was attacked in the country.
According to the Ministry of Environment, some 10,000 - 15,000 tons of heavy fuel oil are damaging 150km of Lebanon's coast. It also reported that even though nearly all the fuel originated from the power plant, some does originate from the the Israeli frigate hit at at sea.
The impacted area includes mainly rocky & sandy (50%-50%) public & private beaches, fishermen’s wharves, public and private sea ports and private marinas that can host yachts of 15m length max.


Anonymous MA said...


Did you hear about the phone calls that some Lebanese are getting from Israel?

Why isn't anybody talking about this in the media?

9:58 PM  
Anonymous one said...

great to hear your side of the story...thank you very much for sharing

warm thoughts to you and everyone in Lebanon

10:24 PM  
Blogger bytycci said...

Hey Habib, I am just watching you talking on CNN. Good job!

I have a question for you. Try to be honest in answering. What do people in Lebanon think of Hezbollah? What is the "percentage" of those who support it? Lebabonwise, and among Shias specifically? Do you think they would win any votes if they didn't have guns?

Thank you very much.

10:29 PM  
Anonymous Sara said...

I am an Israeli and completely against what my country is doing. Every Saturday we protest in Tel Aviv. Every week, the protests grow. There were 5000 people last week and there have even been protests in Haifa (Arab and Jewish Israelis have been protesting together).The government is using fear to keep Israelis too scared to speak out. I pray this ends soon, and then I hope Israelis reflect on and demonstrate against the destruction the government has caused. I cannot wait to see Olmert and Peretz tried at The Hague...

10:31 PM  
Blogger Lawrence said...

Just saw you on television. Keep up the good work in reporting what's going on. Right now, it's hard to get a handle on how things are for ordinary people in Lebanon. BTW, I would put a spam filter on your comments section. You're bound to get a bunch of spammers hitting the site now. Stay safe and keep your head down.

10:32 PM  
Anonymous The Rest of the World said...

Just another example that civilians are being harmed more than Israel's supposed targets.

10:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I must admit you have opened up my eyes a little. Do you blieve that this is going to grow into a regional conflict with Syria and Iran. I am sick of getting CNN's opinion. I want someone's opinion that is on the ground there.

THanks GOd BLess

10:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Habib and the Beirutlive Team,

Thank you so much for providing current, accurate info from inside Lebanon. We have been following your posts closely.

Please, please know that a great percentage of Americans strongly disagree with Israel's heavy-handed attacks on Lebanon and it's civilian population and infrastructure. We very much sympathize with the plight of the Lebanese people and support them.

Please take care and be safe and we will keep positive thoughts headed your way.

Best to you and your team.

10:34 PM  
Anonymous Rosie said...

Thank you for these blogs. I live in the U.S. My grandparents were from the Beirut area, Jaj. I am saddened and concerned for all of you. You have had to endure so much from the Zionist occupiers. Thanks again for telling us the truth. The propaganda filth spread about in the U.S. media about what you are going through is shameful.

10:35 PM  
Anonymous Sara said...

Israeli editorials against the war

10:38 PM  
Blogger CAPTAIN BEYOND said...

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10:38 PM  
Anonymous florence said...

Bonjour et bon courage depuis les Alpes françaises. Merci pour le blog.Je suis née en 1967 et votre région du monde n'a jamais connu une paix durable depuis ma naissance. Courage à tous

10:39 PM  
Anonymous Danae said...

Hey Habib....Thanks for your job of keeping us in the states informed. Great reporting. Sorry things are so bad for you guys.

There is a song by the "Black Eye Pea's called "WHERE IS THE LOVE".
This song says it all.

Hopefully things will get better.
Will keep you guys in our prayers for this all to end soon....God Bless.........Danae

10:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope the rest of the world realizes that we Americans are being held hostage by the NEOCON agenda here in the US, and that 2/3 of us are against their plans for world domination through pre-emptive military actions....

The propoganda is rampant here.

But.. not everyone here supports Israel and NO that does not mean we support Hiz. either. We see what is Really Going On.

Example: Iraq.

When are the rest of the 1/3 of the idiots in America going to understand just what the hell is really going on...they want a nuclear war with Iran. This is just the appetizer to them.


Keep speaking out, we will keep reading.

10:41 PM  
Blogger Stephen Eli Harris said...

I just seen your piece on CNN and I have to congratulate you on your coverage of this 'Crisis'. I put that in quotes because it's much more than a crisis that we're faced with, as I'm sure most realize.

I hope you understand that most of the western world do realize what's truly happening. The media is making a farce (as usual) of the situation and George Bush, Stephen Harper and Tony Blair are only aiding to the destruction of hundreds of thousands of lives. Their stern stance on 'Isreal's right to defend themselves' is just part of thier ultimate goal and it's time these people are taken out of power.

Keep up the great work in continuing to spread the truth and some of us here in the west will do the same... including the uncovering of the real truth we're all faced with; Shadow Governments controlling the world.

9/11 is a perfect example of what these Shadowy folks are up to. The attacks on America are self inflicted in pretext for war and I personally believe (and many agree) these bombardments from Israel is being used in pretext for war with Iran and Syria. Simply, WWIII is begining and the western world is not only letting it happen, it's instigating it.

Thanks for your courage and please, be safe.

10:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I voted for Kerry, I tire of people saying how much they hate the Iraq war when they voted for Bush and the majority of Americans supported it at first...who cares if 1/3 only support Bush now, or the majority now don't support the war..the damage is done...nice time think before you vote.

10:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


we hate HZ and their tactics..most lebanese do..but in the face of the non-sensical US/Israeli campaign, there is nothing we can do but support them, at least for now...

11:12 PM  
Blogger Ruthie In The Sky said...

I would like to know how a person sleeps over there when rockets are exploding and dying children are screaming in the night.

Every child is precious in this world.

No matter what "side" they are on.

Children are children.

Each and every child born carries the potential to create a better future...for the entire world.

When did we as human beings lose so much focus on that fact?

The catastrophe here is the fact that for every building that crumbles down...another wall goes up in a hateful adult's mind.

There are no bridges forthcoming.


Will each side kill and kill and kill until there's nobody left to love?

What is everybody doing?!?

11:17 PM  
Anonymous Jim W., Minnesota, usa said...

And the Lebanese people, army, environmentalists, concerned citizens, are where? Down on the beaches cleaning things up?

No, cause you don't care that much.....

If you really cared about tourism and the environment, you would not have allowed your country to be hijacked by Hezbollah!

And americans, if you voted for Kerry, please get over it, you lost! You get your chance to vote again in two years.

11:22 PM  
Anonymous Jim W., Minnesota, usa said...

By the way, in spite of my opposing comments, thanks for giving people a chance to see your perspective. I totally disagree with them, and yet I'm enlightened by the bloggers comments.

11:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Are you Lebanese? Have you ever been to Lebanon? Probably not. I think to comment crassly about such deplorable conditions in Lebanon are a bit presumptuous, to say the least. So typical for an American to make blanket statements about foreign circumstances that they know very little about. What is your news source, CNN, Fox News?

The Lebanese people aren't cleaning up their beaches because they are too busy trying to find food and gas...not to mention dodging the frequent Israeli bomb.

To think that the Lebanese people would have control over Hezbollah is simplistic thinking. The Lebanese people have no more control over Hezbollah than Americans do over Christian Fundamentalist or the right wing political party in this country. There are complex dynamics in the Middle East. They can't be summed up so easily.

11:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great job on CNN, just keep your head down and as soon as this is over I am sure the U.S. will lead a coalation of countries that will give billions to rebuild Lebanon, it would be nice to help somebody in the middle east who wants freedom unlike those in Iraq, just stay safe and i think your country will be better than before, again great job on CNN and stay safe and don't give into hate, Smitty from the U.S.A.

11:37 PM  
Blogger Ruthie In The Sky said...

How ridiculous and insensitive of you, Jim?

Yet another example of Minnesota Ice.

Please everyone, pay no attention to that foolish American behind the ignorance curtain.

He, thank God, doesn't speak for us all.

11:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I with you Ruthie.

11:43 PM  
Blogger HB said...

Thanks a million to everyone for all your support, including CNN. Being under siege is so much easier when you know there are at least some people out care about us and care about preserving this beautiful stretch of earth--despite what the politicians are saying. I hope all of you will spread the message and help us end this madness. We would love to have come visit us some time. By the way Danae, I was humming that black eyed peas song a couple of days ago. Last night though, I couldn't help but jam, perhaps unconsciously, to Nelly's "It's getting hot in here"

11:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Habib, you ROCK!!!

11:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For all supporters of this ridiculous and heinous US/Israeli campaign...Let's bomb all civilians in the state of Mississipi and blame the state gov't...afterall, they house those terrorists---the KKK.

that one is for you, Jim.

11:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It will be interesting to see how all of you sympathetic Americans feel (in response to anonymous's comment above) when and if the US starts spending all your tax dollars to rebuild Lebanon - millions of dollars - when it is your tax dollars that paid for the weapons being used by Israel to drop on Lebanese heads. The government is taking your hard earned cash and spending it destroy and then might spend it to rebuild. You must be going crazy when that money could be spent on rebuilding inner city communites in suburban US states filled with crime and poverty. I feel for you.

12:10 AM  
Anonymous other said...

Very good. That's a good punishment for Hezlebanon.

Well, that sucks that animals suffer though...

12:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Military spending is one of the wiser choices the U.S. government makes...about that I have no complaints, about everything else maybe, but that is important when also an economic power.

12:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

BTW "millions"? I bet Lebanon gets Billions from the U.S.

12:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lebanon has a 34 billion dollar public debt. The US gives it fuck all. Spends its money propping up Israel and Egypt state. Now there's a fucking democracy. Tragic.

12:26 AM  
Blogger Stephen Eli Harris said...

I bet they don't because all their money will be spent on invading Iran/Syria as WWIII continues to progress.

12:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We gave 5.7 Billion just to get electricity going in Iraq so they could light on flag on their electric stoves...we have to keep taking money away from reconstruction because of security, and I hope that won't happen here. A lot of Countries will give, and I think Lebanon is a LOT different than Iraq.

12:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I also think that Lebanon is a lot different than Iraq, and will support the rebuilding of lebanon after HZ is finally dealt with.

2:44 AM  
Blogger Dariush said...

After HZ is finally dealt with?

Americans are such morons. So eager to lap up state-sanctioned propaganda from Fox, CNN and MSNBC.

The only way the Isralis can "deal" with Hezbollah is by ethnically cleansing 40-45% of Lebanon's population.

Right now the he-men of the IDF are getting their collective tuchus kicked in every engagement with Hezbollah. And, even more importantly, they're losing the propaganda war.

Oh, and btw, Iraq which you ignorant, inbred peckerwoods deride in comparison to Lebanon (what a backhanded compliment) was, less than two decades ago, a country with one of the highest standards of living, and highest literacy rates, in the region.

I wonder what happened, at whose hands, to reduce it to what it is today?

In the words of Thomas Jefferson, "I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that His justice cannot sleep..."

7:38 AM  

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