"It's nearly 4:00 a.m. I hear the muezzin from afar. But I mostly hear the sounds of the Israeli warplanes all over Beirut. This time, Dahyeh is confirmed to be under attack. I can't sleep."
This is the post started by Eve before she lost her Internet connection.
She just sent me an SMS asking me to continue her post.
It's almost 4:30 am. I heard those warplanes too. And I started trembling and shaking. I can still hear them...
Yes, I live relatively far from Beirut. Yes, Israel doesn't care about little insignificant me and won't be hiding under my bed waiting to strike.
But I cannot help but feel terrified, a remnant of those childhood years spent in shelters, I reckon.
I cannot begin to describe the feelings of people around me, a lot of whom have posted their viewpoints here or on their blogs. All I hear is "It's all Hizballa's fault!", "It's Israel's fault!", "It's our government's fault!"
Well frankly my dears, I don't give a damn whose fault it is. When an innocent civilian or child or a whole family gets killed, it doesn't matter anymore. When our already agonizing economy receives a major blow when 12,000 tourists flee, it doesn't matter anymore. When a blockade is imposed on my country, it doesn't matter anymore.
The country is in a state of panic, people are lining up at gas stations and bakeries, just like the old days.
I refuse to discuss politics and enter the game of "whose fault it is".
I only join my voice to that of Bob's and a few other sensible individuals and affirm: We want peace and we want it NOW.


At Friday, July 14, 2006 5:04:00 AM, Blogger arch.memory said...

I hope Eve, and all of your families, are alright. My heart's with you at this time. And with my stubborn aunt braving it in the Dahyeh. I wish now I wasn't so stubborn myself and told her goodbye before I left Lebanon last month. I hope I'll have another chance to make it up...

At Friday, July 14, 2006 5:19:00 AM, Blogger EvilConCarne said...

I was just awoken (5am) by two huge bombs minutes apart, my building in the downtown area reverberated with it.

Just heard they bombed the airport highway, which end right next to me. That was the target.

This is definitely closer and ever more real.

Just heard another as I type this, and found out that fuel depots at Jieh power plant was hit...still electricity downtown however...for now

At Friday, July 14, 2006 5:35:00 AM, Blogger _z. said...

allah ye7mikoun ya jame3a...
thank you for the updates. our hearts are with you...

Eve sending you the post to complete, is such a touching thing...
solidarity and bonding at its best.
good luck

At Friday, July 14, 2006 6:41:00 AM, Blogger hashem said...

I wish I was in Lebanon....I wish I was with you....I'm so in pain....in guilt.

At Friday, July 14, 2006 7:23:00 AM, Blogger Charles said...

Good luck and stay safe somehow.

From the sound of it, Israel isn't looking for status quo but to really hurt hezbulah. Anyone lending them support is fair game.

"We want peace and we want it NOW."

The only time peace ever just 'happens' are those odd moments when everyone is dead or unconscious.

If you want peace, you have to identify what is causing the conflict, isolate it, and destroy it.

At Friday, July 14, 2006 7:25:00 AM, Blogger zizou from Djerba said...

I'm still awake and it is 7h20!
I hope you can make it to hamra this afternoon.
we can meet in front of Taj el moulouk ( Makhfar hbeche) at 6h.

At Friday, July 14, 2006 11:01:00 AM, Blogger Leila said...

Good luck at Taj el moulouk, I was there 6 years ago buying baklawa to take home to California. My heart is with all of you.

I am so sad for my cousin Majid, who was going to get married in Mieh-Mieh August 12, and all the relatives were going to fly in for the wedding. I don't know if he can even get there now, he lives in the Gulf and I don't know if he's back in the dai'ah yet.

Praying for everyone. God bless you all.

At Friday, July 14, 2006 2:57:00 PM, Blogger Guy said...

As an israeli, i can understand how you look at this crisis.

Hiding from missiles is not funny just as much as the people of Zfat, Haifa and all the other places that are being HIT as we speak by Hizbollah.

Israelies doesn't like living in a shelter just as much you dont.

But, and that's the important thing, If Hizbollah is using Lebanon as a base to attack israel, WE WILL BLAME your government. They MUST ACT to stop hizbollah and it's terrorist acts immediatly.

Our army does ALL IT CAN to avoid hiting civilians. This is almost impossible due to the fact that Hizbollah launches missiles towards israel from houses and buildings! this kind of cooperation by civilians makes those people guilty even if they are not members of hizbollah.

We also want to live in peace. This can not happen when Hizbollah decides to attack whenever it can or wants.
Since Hizbollah is a terrorist organization and not a Country, We can not use diplomatic ways with it.

We can talk or negotiate with the lebanese government, which must act ASAP to stop Hizbollah and by doing that allowing both sides to return to normal life and the heat of the middle east.

Take care,

At Friday, July 14, 2006 3:24:00 PM, Blogger Eve said...

"Our army does ALL IT CAN to avoid hiting civilians"

yeah, right. what a job your army is doing! I wonder what kind of cooperation did she do.

thx delirious for being there!

At Friday, July 14, 2006 4:09:00 PM, Blogger Ramz said...

eve is that cana?

if so, you do know that hizbullah launched katyusha missiles from the direct vicinity of the UN compound, right? I'm not in any way justifying that terrible massacre... but we can also look to "our own" for blame.

At Friday, July 14, 2006 5:37:00 PM, Blogger Eve said...

no ramz, it's not Cana. it's a family in the south whose entire members became, two days ago, nonexistant; thx to that army up there, which is doing "all it can" to blah blah and blah!

in either case, this is not a time to blame. it is a time to stop those warplanes from killing more of "her".

At Friday, July 14, 2006 6:45:00 PM, Blogger shacharico said...

it is time for your country to take brave step and control Hezbollah from attacking with no reason, we redraw from Lebanon as you wanted, don't blame us for nassrala that don't really care if Lebanon "her" paying the price of his ego, our "warplane" are not aiming to "her" it is Hezbollah that use "her" to protect him self, as far as I know it's the Hezbollah that shot direct in to our city's, we also have "her" that don't sleep at nights.
if your government will take the right step like she did or should I say you the people of lebanon if you force Hezbollah to move from the boarder non of this would have happen.
Israel is only try to force Lebanon to take a brave step that should have been taking a long time ago 6 years to be more prissily.

At Friday, July 14, 2006 7:07:00 PM, Blogger Shmulik said...

anyone who lets arm shipments come through his roads and airports, anybody who lives near an ammo dump or a rocket warehouse and anyone who thinks that israel's citizens can suffer while he is untouchable, should know the rules have changed. If you wish to be Hezbollah's meat-shields there is a price to pay. implement UN resolution 1559 and disarm the Hezbollah, It's the only way to stop this suffering.

At Thursday, July 20, 2006 7:14:00 AM, Blogger Rosecruix said...

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At Thursday, July 20, 2006 7:21:00 AM, Blogger Rosecruix said...

Good day to all who may read this post. I am an American, and a 4 year vet of the War on Terror, I've been to many locals to include Afghanistan, Iraq, and GITMO (most relevant). I noticed throughtout the debates and the bloggings that many people go out of their way blame each other and act like their side is the side of justice and God.
Anyways my prayers go out to both sides and I ask God to give you the strength to remove the hate and ignorance of all those in charge, so that the voice of the people(Jew,Muslim,Christian,Pagan, etc..) are heard.
I don't try to presume the workings of God, but somehow I doubt he enjoys watching three faiths battling it out over their interpretations of his teachings.
A quick history lesson for all three sides is clear, God was indeed well known for smitting those HE deemed evil, and would always give divine aid to those he deemed worthy or on the side of righteousness. I haven't seen God smote anyone yet, so I'm guessing he is not on anyones side....


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