Just as all of Lebanon has been reduced to a pile of rubble, HezbAllah fighters continue to pound northern Israel with Katyushas. A dramatic update though, Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad al Sanyura just made a public statement accepting to send the Army to the border (Israel’s initial and continuing demand throughout the raids – pay special attention to the bolded words) and called for immediate cessation of air raids and a ceasefire through the UN. This was (of course) categorically rejected by Israel, which said it will continue to pound Lebanon. Make no mistake, this is not about the 2 soldiers, I repeat this is NOT about the 2 soldiers, nor is it about HezbAllah. It is NOT even about HezbAllah. This is part of the Bush administration’s Greater Middle East Initiative, and this explains the “strange” U.S/British silence that many people I have been talking to have observed. In fact HezbAllah has just scored high (positive) points in the eyes of the Lebanese. The official position/decision cannot have been taken without the consent of HezbAllah. This is a very smart strategy and proved to be an effective one. HezbAllah of course assessed the situation very well, it knew that Israel’s intentions/objectives were completely different – it knew it from day 1, hence the moderated (yes) response that didn’t go beyond the Nahariya-Tiberias line. So what we have here, is complete Lebanese unity and unanimity on what to do next, and that is: to stand beside HezbAllah and fight together against the Israeli enemy. What does this mean? This is in fact a first. The army and HezbAllah have never really worked in conjunction. Political differences and HezbAllah’s secret functional base have always hindered such a thing. But now it is different. Now Lebanon wages a war of honour and survival. All day we have been watching raid after raid, I just saw scenes on TV of charred bodies of children. Things you will never ever ever see on CNN or any other western media. Not in this lifetime. The war has almost reached this side. We are being pounded, our army is under heavy fire. The building shook a while ago. The port of Junieh was targeted and it was – if I am not mistaken – supposed to be used to evacuate French and American citizens. Israel has lost its mind. It has become crazed. It has unleashed its terror, and we don’t know what’s going to come next. At the rate this is going I don’t even rule out a nuclear strike. I really seriously do not rule it out (let me be wrong, please!). I said the ports were going to be struck, no one believed me. Everyone laughed! They said, what is the point, Israel already has imposed a naval siege. The point is, and I don’t think anyone in this stupid ignorant world can deny it anymore, Israel’s intention from day 1 was not the recovery of the kidnapped soldiers, nor deterrance (what deterrance?), nor the elimination of HezbAllah. As I said HezbAllah is still operating freely in the south. HezbAllah has been low-key since this afternoon, its plans are kept secret, there are no rash threats aired on their TV station, Al-Manar. The Lebanese are united. We can never have a civil war. That is our only consolation tonight. Refugees are flooding to safer (??) areas and people across different sects have opened their doors and homes to these people. Tonight will be anything but quiet. The booms are getting closer and closer by the minute. I might sound redundant but I am not sure what more to say. Really.
One thing is for sure, the coming hours will either show Israelis the difference between moderation and extremism/terrorism, or it will be the end of us Lebanese.
I am not religious, but God help us. God help us.