Saturday, August 26, 2006

In the words of the villagers

As the villagers of Marwaheen (a Sunni town right on the border with Israel) burry their dead, the New York Times provides us with a window into local sentiments.

“We kept beseeching them, ‘Stay out! Stay out!’ ”

“They said, ‘We’re all in the same boat together, so deal with it... .’ But why should our children die for their cause?”

“There is no way for us to stop them... . These are not people you can say no to.”
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The village's troubles began sometime last year when a local resident who had converted to Shiism was appointed the local representative of Hezbollah, residents said. Soon strange things began to occur: strangers came through for late-night meetings; trucks would come and go in the middle of the night; and a suspicious-looking white van was parked at each end of the village.
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On Thursday, one of the suspicious white vans was sitting next to the town mosque. The van had apparently been hit by an Israeli missile, but the launching platform for a Katyusha rocket could still be seen inside. A rocket that lay next to the van a few days earlier had been removed.

“One man in this village was able to turn all our lives upside down for just a bit of money,”

“We want the army and the United Nations to come in here and protect us... . Israel is our enemy, but the problem is that Hezbollah gave them an excuse to come in and kill our children.”

“That was my dad... . That was my brother, and that is his family. I wish God had taken me with them.”

“Farewell, father... . Farewell, brother, I will miss you.”

10 comments:

Lirun said...

this is true madness..

i hope the rest of lebanon can see the importance of ridding HA without perceiving their sovereignty to be compromised..

one of the consistent messages i am deciphering from your lebanese bloggers is that hope and honour are somewhat intwined..

i pray for these to be preserved.. and for peace for all of us..

lirun
telaviv
www.emspeace.blogspot.com

Ripama said...

Lirun,

True madness, pure insanity or downright treacherous?

Dimitry said...

Could the content of this post imply that when Israel attacked Sunni villages, it wasn't out of sheer bloodlust and wish to see children fry, but actually had something to do with fighting with HA?

Al said...

Raja.
i dont think this will get you to the parlementary elections. unless if you thinkisrael will appoint people like you. after this post i see that you are the kind of people that simply shall ride the wind see where it gets them.

Lebanon is for thelebanese. Any one riding the israeli wave shall forfit.

shi3a are not called rafida for no reason. we will not stay still to wait until people like you become some thing.

your comments create unrealistic unbalanced rigor that only creates division, upon which you shall survive.

ludwig said...

Al,
Why does free discussion leading to "division"? Instead of threatning Raja why can you explain point by point why he wrong?

As an interested American I would appreciate it if you could explain how Hezbollah defended Lebanon. When I look at the pictures all I see are destroyed villages. If someone tells me he will defend my village and when I come back it is destroyed, am I going to say to him "thank you for defending my village" or "man, you did a lousy job"? I would say the latter, but you think differently, why? I mean, perhaps Hezbollah wants to defend Lebanon but if all they do is get the villages of their supporters destroyed then who needs them? It just doesn't make sense to people like me looking from the outside.

Shirin said...

It is so sad to hear about children die because of Hizbollah.
They don't care about children, they don't care about Lebanese... they only care about themselves and their useless battles.

I hope children wont suffer anymore because of HA...with the help of Allah.

Shirin
http://shirin-from-lebanon.blogspot.com/

Al said...

Ludwig,

So you are american. Can you please tell me how you landed on this post, i am simply curious.

As for HA and lebanon are one and the same.

Stalin defended russia agains the Nazis the country 'russia' was destroyed. Was J. Stalin a treator.

Charles Degoel, defended France, in which a lot of french civilians died was he responsible.

Mahatma Ghandi defended indea and many people died with him. Did he kill them;

IT WAS ISRAEL who dumped these bombs. they had the dialogue option which they decided not to take

Dimitry said...

al

Israel took the dialogue option after the 2000 kidnapping. Guess that the result (more kidnappings) made Israel c
concider that method to be somewhat lacking.

Anyway, ain't it a bit hypocritic to attack someone and exoect him to react diplonatically - and condemning hm if e doesn't?

chuck said...

al,

when u say "dialog options" u mean negotiating with hisballa for how many prisoners to release ? is that what u mean ?

because u know what ? Israel has had enough of negotiating with hisballa over abducted Israelis (soldiers and civilians). we r tired of hearing about a fight that occured on the north border of Israel, killing this and this number of soldiers that were on a rutine patrol on the border.

this is not dialoging !!
this is blackmail !!

i fwe want peace in this area then hisballa is not the adress for negotiations, it's supposed to be the lebanese government !

and a government in any free country shouldn't allow any kind of self dependent and self controled militia in it's country !

and more then that, a militia that brings the whole state into war, without the peoples support in such a war.

u want Israel not to retaliate for hisballa's attacks ? then start taking things to u'r hands and don't let 3000 or 4000 people to control the country and bring it to it's knees !

Israel wants peace on the north border, simple as that. that is the only reason Israel left south lebanon in the first place. because people in this country felt that being in south lebanon is not in the interest of Israel, and the fighting over there was uneccecery.

and another thing,
the withdrawl of Israel from south lebanon in 2000 was hanlled pathetically, and was shown as a victory for hisballa, and the same goes for this war, which was handdled in a poor way and the fact that almost no actual goal set by the army was achieved made it uncertain as for who exactly won this war.
i'm sure time will tell us exactly who won in total score here.

but non of this shows that the IDF is weak or has lost it's power to deffend the country.
it merely shows that different tactics should be used if (and i hope it doesn't happened) the cease fire will be broken and such a warfair will continue.

those who say that the IDF has been beeten only try to claim a victory on tv.

time will tell.

hyderabadi guy said...

INDIAN MEMEBER OF PARLIAMENT ASADUDDIN OWAISI MEEETS HIZBULLAH LEADERS IN LEBANON

HYDERABAD LOK SABHA MP ASADUDDIN OWAISI IS THE FIRST INDIAN DIPLOMAT TO VISIT LEBANON AFTER THE WAR ACCORDING TO THE ETEMAAD URDU DAILY AND DECCANNEWS AND ISLAMIC NEWS OF SYRIA MR ASADUDDIN IS ON A PRIVATE VISIT TO LEBANON AND SYRIA AND NOT REPRESENTING THE INDIAN GOVERNMENT OVER THERE IT IS SAID TO BE A GOODWILL VISIT AND TO SHOW SUPPORT OF INDIAN MUSLIMS IN THE WAKE OF DEATH AND MASSIVE DESTRUCTION OVER THERE ACCORDING TO THE REPORTS MR OWAISI FLEW FROM DELHI TO DAMASCUAS CAPITAL OF SYRIA AND WAS THERE FOR 3 DAYS AND EVEN VISITED ISLAMIC HOLY SHRINES AND EVEN VISITED THE GRAND UMMAYD MOSQUE AND AFTER THAT HE WENT TO BEIRUT AND ON HIS STAY THERE HE VISITED THE SOUTHEREN PART OF BEIRUT CITY WHICH WAS THE MOST BOMBED AREA IN BEIRUT WHICH WAS REPETADELY STUCK BY ISRAELI WARPLANES AND FROM THERE HE ALONG WITH VARIOUS OTHER SOCIAL AND AID ACTVISTS HE WENT TO QANA AND VISITED THE PLACE WHERE A BUILDING WAS COLLAPSED AFTER A ISRAELI AIRSTRIKE IN WHICH 57 CIVILLANNS WERE KILLED AND MR OWAISI HAS EVEN VISITED THE PORT CITY OF TYRE WHICH WAS DESERTED AT THE TIME OF WAR AND BINT JEBIL AN AREA IN SOUTHERN LEBANON WHICH WAS THE MAIN BATTLEFRONT BETWEEN HEZBOLLAH FIGHTERS AND ISRAELI ARMY AND IS SAID THAT THE WHOLE VILLAGES IN THAT AREA HAVE BEEN DEVASTED BY THE FIGHTING WHICH LASTED FOR 34 DAYS AND ON HIS VISIT TO BEIRUT THE HYDERABAD MP GAVE AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW TO THE HEZBOLLAHS RUN TV AL MANAR AND IS SAID THAT HE HAS CAME TO LEBANON TO SHOW HIS SOLADIRTY WITH THE LEBANESE PEOPLE AND SAID HOW INDIAN PARLIAMENT HAS CONDMENNED THE WAR IN LEBANON AND HAS OFFERED AID WORTH 15 CRORES DOLLARS TO LEBANON HE EVEN MET WITH MANY CIVILLANS AND OLD AGE WOMEN WHOSE SONS WERE KILLED WHILE FIGHTING THE ISRAELI ARMY MR OWAISI WILL STAY IN LEBANON AND MEET LEBABNESE MPS AND EVEN WILL VISIT INDIAN EMBASSY IN BEIRUT AND MEET INDIAN EMBASSY STAFF AND AMBASSADOR .THERE ARE SOME REPORTS SUGGESTED BY ISLAMIC WEBSITE THAT HE EVEN MET HEZBOLLAH LEADERS WHILE HIS STAY IN BEIRUT REPORTS SUGGEST HE MET HIZBULLAH COMMANDER IN SOUTH HASAN HUBALLAH IN A SECRET LOCATION AND WHILE COMING OUT OF THERE WAS SURROUNDED BY HIZBULLAH GUNMEN HE EVEN MET HIZBULLAH CHAIRMAN FOR ECONOMIC AND RESARCH DEVELOPMENT DR ALI DIAD AND WITH THE TYRE CITY MAYOR AND EVEN MET WITH VARIOUS OTHER LEBANESE POLTICAL LEADERS AND MPS OF VARIOUS PARTYS SPEAKING OUTSIDE LEBANESE PARLIAMENT AFTER COMING OUT MEETING WITH LEBANESE PARLIAMENT SPEAKER NABIL BERRI THE MAJLIS PARTY LEADER OF HYDERABAD SAID ISRAEL HAS COMMITTED ACTS OF STATE TERRRORISM BY TARGETING INNOCENT CIVILLANS AND DESTROYING ITS INFRASTRUCTURE WORTH BILLIONS AND THIS WILL OR NOT DAMAGE THE HIZBULLAH AND THE LEBANESE PEOPLES WILL TO FIGHT AGAINST ILLEGAL OCCUPATION .