Venezuela has withdrawn its ambassador from Tel Aviv to protest Israel’s aggression against Lebanon. This is certainly unprecendented, and could serve as an example for others to follow. At any rate, I don’t expect that the spineless Arab leaders would follow suit. Instead they will continue giving “moral support” to Lebanon while sitting in their palaces and counting their U.S dollars.
Hassan Nasrallah (not to be confused with Hassan Deeb Nasrallah) gave a very, very powerful televised speech today. The air raids on the southern suburbs have been renewed. About two hours ago two powerful explosions were heard here, a good 20 km away from the targeted area. At this point, it is obvious that Nasrallah is dictating the rules of the game. More on the details of the speech later.
Update @ 4:35 am: Over 50 air raids have targeted the southern suburbs of Beirut in the past 2 hours. Most of them were small enough to allow me to actually fall asleep and then sleep through them, but the latest two actually made me jump up from bed and run to the balcony with a pair of binoculars. I was unable to spot anything, so switching on the TV, I was informed that the raids were on a Beirut suburb called Ouza’i. Guess the Israelis are testing their new toys. Today, a Lebanese official estimated the damage in the southern suburbs of Beirut alone as folllows: at least 220 buildings have been leveled in their entirety. Each building has an average of 20 apartments, making for a minimum of 2400 completely destroyed apartments. That’s in the southern suburbs of Beirut alone. We’re not even talking about the villages and towns in the south or the city of Tyre and Ba’albek. So who is Israel really striking? Regular people, surely HezbAllah supporters and electorate mostly, but will they be voting for HezbAllah in the next elections? You bet they will. Those who were planning on not voting for HezbAllah will do so too. And what will Israel have achieved? Deterrance? Absolutely not – quite the opposite. Security? Absolutely not – quite the opposite. Destruction? Absolutely – quite massively so. But what is Israel destroying? And who is it killing? If we are to believe the Israeli figure of 300 HezbAllah fighters killed (total figure stands at 50 at most), is that a source of pride for the mighty Israeli army, which is backed up with absolute control over Lebanese skies? How can the Israelis explain that after 23 days of siege, more than 10,000 air raids, the almost total destruction of the southern suburbs of Beirut, HezbAllah rockets are being fired in greater numbers and more daringly deeper and deeper into Israeli territory? You be the judge.