Well I woke up a while ago – it was a quiet night mostly save for 3 successive explosions that were heard probably around 3-4 am. I did wake up from the sound but went back to sleep without checking the time. A few minutes ago someone posed the following question to me: Is the enemy (HezbAllah) of your enemy (Israel) your friend? I replied as follows: “Yes when the enemy is bombing PEOPLE and civilian houses and claiming it hit HezbAllah fighters and weapons stockpiles. Yes, the enemy of my enemy is my BEST friend in such a case.”
It seems people are attempting to minimize the credibility of my reports from Lebanon by arguing that I am part of HezbAllah. I am not, never will be, and probably cannot be even if I wanted to. HezbAllah’s rhetoric and agenda do not speak to me – as an atheist as well as an ultra-leftist anarchist. But it seems some – mostly Israelis – do not understand that in these tense times the people will naturally side with HezbAllah. The Army, which would naturally gain the sympathy of most Lebanese, is being bombed by Israel even though it did not attack it. The Army as the official military arm of the government is being attacked. That means only one thing – war on Lebanon, not just “hitting targets in Lebanon” as the Israelis assured (not that we needed the attack on the army to realize that Israel was only hitting “targets” in Lebanon – but of course one can battle semantics here and argue that Israel is indeed hitting targets in Lebanon – and civilian ones at that). I can think of one real reason for the attacks on the Army: about a month ago Israeli agents were arrested by the Army for a string of bombings in Sidon. This can be Israel’s way of getting back at the Army. At any rate, with Lebanon an open landing field for Israeli helicopters, it is very much possible that Israel has landed many of its agents all over the country “for future missions”. This means only one thing: we can expect to see more assassinations in the coming months when this whole “crisis” is over. Not that Israel did not have agents here before all this started, but the more the merrier.
The Israeli government is afraid of its own shadow now. It has been bombing left and right. It has been bombing civilian-owned factories – sponge factories, furniture factories; restaurants (I noticed Israelis and their supporters conveniently ignore this); trucks, as if HezbAllah is stupid enough to place its weapons stockpiles in such “obvious” (for Israelis anyway) locations. Overnight the Israelis bombed two trucks in Jbeil/Byblos. One was carrying cement, the other was empty. What is next? The Israelis will claim HezbAllah is bombing Haifa from Tripoli. Yesterday following the bombing of Jamhour electricity station, rescue workers rushed to the scene to treat the injured, but they, too, were bombed. So, if there are no rules to this game, the Israelis better stop complaining when their hospitals are hit. Their country has spared neither hospitals nor schools nor Mosques. And not only do they not let the living live, they also bomb the dead (graveyards). What is next? Peretz will announce that HezbAllah has hid its missiles in graveyards… “We are sorry, but not only do we need to bomb you, but also your dead. Did we not say? Nothing is safe in Lebanon.” They mean, no one.
In other news, Sa’ad Hariri announced today that the Qoreitem opens its doors for … Saudi Arabian nationals (but not Lebanese).
Update @ 10:16 am: The IDF has changed the story about the “strange object” that fell from the sky for how many times now? I lost count. Now they say it was a “failed launching attempt of a Katyusha rocket”. Katyusha rockets do not have more than a 30 km range (and that’s for upgraded ones of the Grad type)… Is it possible that IDF does not know the difference between Katyusha and Zilzal, that it has put Katyusha on its website? I don’t think so. So if it was indeed a Katyusha rocket being fired by HezbAllah from Wadi Shahrur as official Israeli sources claim it was, then we can only conclude that HezbAllah was aiming at bombing Sidon… I will not be surprised if my readers now comment by saying, “yes, HezbAllah is bombing the Lebanese civilians and putting the blame on Israel, to delegitimize its actions in Lebanon.”
Update @ 12:57 pm: Convoy of ambulances donated to the Red Cross by the UAE targeted on the Dahr el-Baidar road. Dhour Chweir-Zahle road being bombed, a number of trucks carrying flour targeted (footage shown on Lebanese TV stations). IAF claims it targeted trucks loaded with arms and explosives. 3 Jordanians killed when missile targets their car on Bekaa road. Truck carrying medicines burning on the Zahle-Tarshish road. Israeli authorities practice media censorship.
Update @ 2:14 pm: Explosion in IDF rocket storage facility in Upper Galilee; attributed to “technical malfunction”.
Update @ 5:33 pm: I am back after a 3-hour absence, due to power cut. Lebanon is still under attack. There are huge fires in the town of Deir Mimas due to (illegal) phosphorous shelling.
Update @ 8:06 pm: An empty truck bombed, Israel claims it hit truck transporting rockets.