Lebanese Civil War Reenactment Society in Beirut

BEIRUT "No, you don't kill him over there!" Jack Karam runs down the narrow alleyway, a folded-up paper clutched in his left hand. Two young men in camo fatigues look up at him, and away from the two women and the old man they had been menacing with their submachineguns. Jack unfolds his poster-sized paper and starts pointing. The young men, the old man, and the two women gather about. There's a short discussion, Karam speaking in Southern-inflected English, the rest mostly in Arabic. Finally, they trudge a couple hundred yards through the dusty streets of Shatila camp and resume their positions. The two young men mime pulling the trigger, first on the old man, then on the two women, who collapse in a heap on the ground.

"That's more like it," says Karam...

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At Saturday, April 01, 2006 5:13:00 PM, Blogger JoseyWales said...

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At Saturday, April 01, 2006 5:17:00 PM, Blogger JoseyWales said...

Maybe I am missing something but I find this idea repulsive.

This is not Gettysburg or Austerlitz, where the distance in time make these reenactments more palatable, as well as the fact that in those days wars had "rules", uniformed soldiers and codes of honor.

Re-enacting some murderous schmuck killing civilians? There must be better and more useful ways to remember what happened (and that is important).

At Sunday, April 02, 2006 4:41:00 PM, Blogger Ramz said...


april fool's?

At Monday, April 03, 2006 9:25:00 AM, Blogger Delirious said...

This is supposed to be a funny April fool's joke?

At Wednesday, April 05, 2006 3:56:00 AM, Blogger JoseyWales said...

Got me, but I'm with delirious.

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