I am done with the translation of Nasrallah’s latest speech. You can read and download it from here. If you spot any technical (grammar, spelling, etc.) mistakes, please do let me know. I realize that the translation is not perfect, but given time constraints it’s the best I could deliver.
Just as I was uploading the file, I heard a noise (sounded like a boom) coming from a distance. It was relatively faint, but there was something strange about it (not sure what it was, but it seems I’ve gotten used to the different sounds of bombs); so I went to the balcony with a pair of binoculars, expecting to see smoke rising from the southern suburbs of Beirut. But no, there was no such smoke. Instead, what I saw was a big orange-reddish semi-circle “thing” well off into the sea beyond the southern suburbs of Beirut. I blinked, wiped my eyes, looked again. I’m not sure what it was. At first I thought it was flares shot from the gunship, but it was ON the sea, not in the skies, and it did not have the look of flares. It makes no sense that flares would be shot up just above the ship instead of the targeted areas… Maybe it was flares (I am still convinced it was something else, but not sure what exactly), who knows. I turned on the TV to see if any of the local stations reported this “strange sighting”, but apparently none had spotted it, or it’s just “regular stuff” that I was unaware of. Well, I suppose we’ll find out in the coming hours; and if nothing is reported then it means I will be adding a new description to my Lebanon war 2006 encyclopedia under “flares, bombs, and other such harmless stuff”.
I was watching scenes from Haifa. An Arab reporter said – and this was also confirmed by a BBC correspondent at the scene of the strike on an Arab neighbourhood – that she could not state the exact location of the strike because it was a “sensitive site”. Could it be that Israel deliberately places strategic (“sensitive”) sites next to Arab neighbourhoods? What does that make the Arabs of Israel then (other than resident aliens) – human shields? Or is Israel too moral to do that? Too moral not to open public shelters in Arab towns, too moral not to install sirens in Arab towns… And we have already seen Israel’s morality in Lebanon. Never mind, how dare I even think that Israel can ever use
civilians Arabs as human shields?
And the innocent continue to die all over the place. While Olmert continues to grin and reassure the Israelis that he has everything under control. And Bush is riding his mountain bike in Texas.