August 14, 2006: Day 34 of the July War • Complicity

This month marks the 15-year anniversary of the July War on Lebanon. I kept a diary at the time, and will be uploading excerpts from it over the coming 33 days.

Can we get to the part where the Israeli people demand the resignation of this criminal government of theirs? Yesterday I mentioned the 20 bombs I counted falling on the southern suburbs within the space of two minutes. Those bombs brought down 12 buildings, including one that used to neighbor the building of one the men who works in my university hall.

The southern suburbs of Bierut.

The caption here reads: The Israelis have again razed 12 buildings yesterday in the southern suburbs. According to certain estimates, they have already provoked the collapse of a number of floors equal to that made up of the two buildings of the World Trade Center in New York on September 11, 2001.

People being pulled from the rubble in the southern suburbs; other images include crying Red Cross workers at the funeral of their comrade the day before.
From Al-Balad newspaper.

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More propaganda leaflets dropped on the city. This one reads: “He promises you castles of sand but is back at the table with just words….”

I’m curious to know why Sayyed Nasrallah is no longer a snake in this picture. He’s almost Disneyesque….these fliers fell on Hamra this morning.

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I again ran into my friend who was working with us on the relief effort; our co-worker who lost his house and everything in the southern suburbs has gone back to Syria. My friend makes the dangerous journey from the Bekaa every day with planes menacingly flying overhead, but his house and wife and three sons are all okay.

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Everyone wants to return home; those heading south are finding cars boobytrapped and remnants of cluster bombs which have already caused the loss of limbs of a father and son. No one is trusting this quiet. As the newspaper L’Orient Le Jour says today:

And with the help of bad faith, [the Israeli generals who want this to go on] may keep their word, alas, despite the scheduled end of combat this morning. Because if the text of the most recent U.N. resolution demands that Hezbollah stop its rocket attacks, it is content with simply outlawing any offensive operation on the part of the Israelis. That is to say with the slightest pretext, Israel will feel free to follow implacably its enterprise of destruction by invoking its rather abusive right to defend itself. It isn’t for nothing that the sophisticated tool of death and destruction used by this champion of aggression goes by the nice name of ‘defense force’…

The naval blockade still continues. The country is out of fuel for the power stations (the ones that are still operational). The hospitals are slowly turning off any equipment that isn’t vital so as to keep neonatal and intensive care units working. When the electricity fails, as explains Nadim Cortas, dean of the American University of Beirut Medical Center: “At the end of the day, if everything stops, then you have to discharge your patients. It’s one of the most sordid things that you can think of. If we’re forced to do this, then it is premeditated murder.”

That is their specialty. And so we wait.

About Daniel Drennan ElAwar

Adoptee, rematriated.
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