Nasrallah’s latest speech was interesting to say the least. The most important component was the question of what will happen to all those who have lost their houses throughout the country; he said that repair and rebuilding will begin as of tomorrow, and he called on Lebanese youth to volunteer to take part in the rebuilding, which will be totally funded by HezbAllah. He also said that while the rebuilding goes on, HezbAllah will pay the rent of one year for ALL those who have lost their homes, and also give money for people to buy furniture; once the rebuilding is finished, renovated/rebuilt housing units will be distributed to all those who lost them.
Residents have already been rushing to their homes to check up on the damage. Rescue workers have started to clear the rubble especially in the southern suburbs of Beirut and residents in various parts of the country have been cleaning up the streets.
I was watching Al-Jazeera a few hours ago, and the reporter was about to interview a politician who had gone down to the southern suburbs of Beirut, when a woman burst out of the crowd and started talking. She was not a HezbAllah member or supporter in the past, but today she was holding a picture of Hassan Nasrallah, and she said that today we are all HezbAllah supporters; she said that she lived some distance away and that the apartments near her house had been destroyed, but not her house, but that she had grown up there, in the southern suburbs of Beirut, and knew all its streets by heart. She accused Bush and Rice of being the terrorists. Well, she said a lot of things and my brief summary and paraphrasing won’t do it any justice, but damn, she had better oratory skills than all the Lebanese politicians combined…!
So, are we to believe that HezbAllah was defeated? Or that its position is any weaker than it was pre-July 12? Olmert insists this is so. Well then, here’s some breaking news for Olmert…