23.3.05

Kaslik bombing kills three, injures eleven

Update 2: Perhaps three were killed in the bombing last night. There was not a Pakistani as far as the latest BBC report has it. I am bumping this up along with our new contributor Maldoror's post. And here's the London Independent's account of events. There doesn't seem to be any consensus as to how many died and what their nationalities were.

Update: This tragedy has taken the lives of one Indian and one Pakistani while injuring two Sri Lankans and one Lebanese. Yet another investigation needs to be launched, yet another truth must be found. Because all human life is precious. In the meantime, denouncing any form of violence on any person of any relgion and/or nationality inside Lebanon is in the best interest of Lebanon.


Photo by Damir Sagolj/Reuters

Al Jazeera interviewed some people saying two Indian workers were killed from what appears to have been a 70 KG bomb. The amount of deaths and injuries are not confirmed yet. The numbers I've heard range from 2-4 killed and 8-11 injured. It happened in a predominantly Christian neighborhood Kaslik in the port town of Jounieh at 130am. I know the place well. This is the second Christian neighborhood that has been bombed in the past week. It doesn't bode well for Lebanon just as Kofi Annan says he's secured an agreement from Assad to pull his troops and intelligence services from Lebanon after a timetable is given by early April.

I'm much more upset than I appear. I'm trying to keep a lid on it for now. I hope the truth comes out. Because this is no way to live. We cannot, I repeat, we cannot let the old divisions rise again. As soon as it becomes a tit for tat circumstance, we have all lost. I call for calm. I call for peace. For the sake of Lebanon...

11 Comments:

At Wednesday, March 23, 2005 5:49:00 AM, Blogger End racism said...

So you think Syria is behind this?

Walla, I think there are as many Lebanese warlords who want to see another Lebanese war. I don't think the Syrians need to do anything. Or maybe it's the opposition, who knows.... I mean, if it could be Syria "because they want to prove that the security situation has worsened because Syria has left/is leaving", it could just as well be the opposition "because it wants to prove that Syria is doing everything it can to hurt the Lebanese and probably even stop its withdrawal"........

 
At Wednesday, March 23, 2005 7:35:00 AM, Blogger liminal said...

Please...

 
At Wednesday, March 23, 2005 7:48:00 AM, Blogger callipyge said...

:-(
Not only is the perpetrator trying to divide the Lebanese... it is also destroying the "stability" image Lebanon has managed to regain for itself. Soon enough, tourists will feel as safe visiting Beirut as they do Tel Aviv.
I am utterly shocked and disgusted.
And yeah, I hope too that the racist Lebanese authorities will treat these South Asian lives as they would Lebanese ones.

 
At Wednesday, March 23, 2005 8:20:00 AM, Blogger otinkyaaf said...

Marsden- I am just a naive American (married to a Lebanese woman). I have no experience on the cost of war to family, society, health and wealth. None. But I ask: Why would any remotely sane individual who has experienced 15 years of war in their own country want more of the same???

To Everyone-
I wish the best for your beautiful country. I visited Lebanon for two weeks over this past Christmas and was charmed beyond any amount I thought possible.

I also admire the persistence and grace under pressure shown by the pro-Lebanon opposition. The unity you are showing is a lesson for the rest of the world. Do not quit.

 
At Wednesday, March 23, 2005 9:30:00 AM, Blogger Eve said...

There is someone who really hates Lebanon.. someone with a strong desire of destroying the beautiful thing this country has turned out to be.. someone who's making such an effort to make it seem as if we're not mature enough to live in peace.
I will NOT succumb to his outrageous attempts.
And I know nobdy will.

 
At Wednesday, March 23, 2005 11:20:00 AM, Blogger Rampurple said...

I am feeling hurt....

 
At Wednesday, March 23, 2005 2:37:00 PM, Blogger hummbumm said...

the only people who benefit from the fear crated by these attacks are the people currently in power. this weakens the opposition because the opposition relies on "people power" which cannot be mobilized in a climate of fear. I am sorry I don't know why i even bother with some people. I will say Liminal that these divisions are not the same old divisions. I don't think anyone in Kaslik is thinking, it is the sunnis or druze who are behind this or even Hizbullah, I think they are blaming Syria and the lebanese-syrian security apparatus.

 
At Wednesday, March 23, 2005 6:14:00 PM, Blogger End racism said...

cye, the warlords have experienced nothing. It is the people who suffered while they filled their pockets with money.

 
At Wednesday, March 23, 2005 7:26:00 PM, Blogger liminal said...

hummbumm,

divisions are not mutually exclusive.

the divisions that are being felt now are related to previous divisions. there cannot be a complete disconnect between the two.

i think i know what you're saying though

 
At Wednesday, March 23, 2005 7:39:00 PM, Blogger liminal said...

there certainly is a transformation of the quality and quantity of the "division" though. things are obviously happening differently, that is to say.

 
At Wednesday, March 23, 2005 8:42:00 PM, Blogger hummbumm said...

No i know what you are saying Liminal because i have discovered on the web a lot of knee jerk suspicion of the "other" that goes back to the divisions during the civil war. I am hopeful though this time, that the public is more wise. However, the unity in a large segment of the population flows through the actions of the leadership. I think there is a core subgroup of mostly young lebanese who see themselves as lebanese first, but unfortunately, most people will follow their leaders blindly. If jumblatt changed viewpoints, there goes the druze, the same with the patriarch and Hizbullah for that matter. People may disagree quietly but they will follow. In that sense, unfortunately people power is limited. Obviously blindly following leaders is not just a lebanon thing. Let us hope that the leadership is more wise this time around.

 

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