Over the past year we got used to just about everyone chanting the slogan “Al-haqiqa min ajl Lubnan” (The truth for the sake of Lebanon). Well not to get carried away by the (thank goodness) practically non-existent domestic politics (for now – and hopefully for good), but it appears that we have a new “movement” which carries a similar slogan, “All for Lebanon”. The “tempting reward” rumour is now confirmed and the original text is in fact in butchered Arabic. Here’s a translation:
Let us not be content with words! Whoever is able and willing to help Lebanon eradicate HezbAllah’s evil and get back its independence, freedom and prosperity, whoever has information that could promote this purpose, is hereby invited to contact us at one of the addresses listed below.
Any information that will enhance peace in the area will be welcome, including information on HezbAllah leaders and militants and on HezbAllah facilities located amid peaceful civilians and elsewhere. The information will be used to plan the war on terrorism carefully and effectively.
Secrecy and appropriate financial reward are guaranteed. Help us remove this evil and restore normal life to the region.
Personally, I think this is a huge admission of defeat. After 9 days of incessant air raids and bombings, Israel practically admits that the entire leadership and the bulk of the fighters of HezbAllah are intact (last I checked, the figure of 50% of HezbAllah capabilities destroyed had gone down to 40%). Not only that, but it seems that at least in some quarters the entire 9 days of indiscriminate bombings is now being seen as a PR catastrophe, and attempts are being made to recover the “good image” that Israel lost. The generosity in opening a “window of opportunity” for foreign nationals to be evacuated, offers of aiding evacuation efforts, “allowing” humanitarian aid (since when was Olmert in any position to allow or not allow anything on the Lebanese? Clearly the man is by now in a constant state of euphoria) are only three instances of such attempts to recover lost ground… But then, one has to ask – is it really successful? After 9 days of massacres and destruction of the infrastructure of the country, does anyone in the world – let alone the Lebanese – believe that Israel has or can ever have good intentions towards Lebanon? If so, then they are forcing themselves to believe it, or otherwise they are just as crazy as Olmert or Peretz or whoever the hell came up with this ingenious idea (still doesn’t beat my favourite: the name of this operation). But wait, since 1) the Lebanese are allegedly held hostages against their will by HezbAllah; and 2) HezbAllah is allegedly operating throughout the country; 3) claims are being made that sectarian tension is a pressure-cooker waiting to explode; this only means that Israel should be receiving many, many “tips”. In which case we should expect that Israel be able to “uproot” HezbAllah in a matter of days. Condie is of course worried that if we rush into a ceasefire we might be building “fake hopes”. All for Lebanon, of course. Min ajl Lubnan. First there were those who bullshitted under the slogan “Al-haqiqa min ajl Lubnan”, then there were those who bombed indiscriminately “Min ajl Lubnan”, and God save us from the next one!