Faces of Lebanon

I appreciate all the kind comments and emails of support I'm receiving from the readers of this blog, expressing their solidarity and sympathy with the plight of the Lebanese people.

For those of you who have never been to Lebanon before, and only know the stories and images of death and destruction, I have created this little presentation.

Lebanon and the Lebanese seek peace and celebrate life. But Lebanon is also a country that has withstood and defied degrees of violence and turmoil that would have unravelled a lesser nation.

There are 2 faces to my country, and I am proud of both. But I insist that it never looks more beautiful as when it is lit by the radiant light of peace.

Let us end this violence, NOW.


At Saturday, July 22, 2006 8:22:00 PM, Blogger Xylocaine said...

just great....

At Saturday, July 22, 2006 11:10:00 PM, Blogger a h m a d said...

Great work Ramzi. Thank you, we needed that.

At Saturday, July 22, 2006 11:36:00 PM, Blogger Sasmen said...

Good work Ramzi

At Sunday, July 23, 2006 12:15:00 AM, Blogger lebanese_in_paris said...

this blog was cited in LE FIGARO ocuple of days ago> good work.

At Sunday, July 23, 2006 12:23:00 AM, Blogger sisyphos´ world said...

this blog was also cited in Tagesschau.de the internetsite of the best rating tv newsprogramme in germany.

At Sunday, July 23, 2006 12:30:00 AM, Blogger janinsanfran said...

Good piece. I too am trying to drive traffic to this blog. Pointed to your internatonal rundown of rallies.

At Sunday, July 23, 2006 12:33:00 AM, Blogger Dimi Reider said...

Dear Ramzi,

I'm an Israeli, and I just wanted to let you know that today 2,5000 people blocked the traffic in central Tel Aviv for hours protesting against the criminal violence exercised against your country. But last week we were a 1000 people, and on the first day of the bombing we were 70. More and more "moderate" lefties are joining in, inspite of violent verbal and physical attacks from bystanders (anythign from tomatos to gun threats). The slogans were to the effect of "Beirut, Gaza, Tel Aviv, everybody want to live", "Peretz, Peretz, minister of war, how many kids did you kill so far", "stop the war", "leave lebanon alone", etc etc. I know that compared to the hell let lose in Lebanon it's not much, but we're doing what we can, and we intend to do more.
You can find some video shots from the demo here: http://news.walla.co.il/?w=//945127

Best of neighborly wishes to you and your family,

Be strong.

Dimi Reider
Bat Yam, Israel

At Sunday, July 23, 2006 12:50:00 AM, Blogger Aladdin said...

Mr. Reider, as you belong to a much more 'democratic' country, is not there hope for ousting the always 'rightist' governments of Israel for more 'leftist' one, who appreciates humanity?

At Sunday, July 23, 2006 12:53:00 AM, Blogger Sasmen said...

Thank you Dimi and for every Israelian or from any nationality working for peace, We both need it, thats all

At Sunday, July 23, 2006 12:57:00 AM, Blogger Aladdin said...

Mr. Ramzi I assure you Lebanon will celebrate the face of 'peace' only when 'the root of all evil' is fully eradicated.

For fully understand my point, read my comment on the recent post on http://secretsinbaghdad.blogspot.com/

At Sunday, July 23, 2006 1:09:00 AM, Blogger Dimi Reider said...

Mr Aladdin,
As you very probably know, having a nominal democracy is but solving half of the problem... the other half is how to get people to use it. Speaking from a very not pro israeli point of view, I must say that I believe that the one thing that could make the israeli radical peace camp's work easier is if the Palestinians turn to less violent methods, picking their strength from the righteousness of their cause rather than from their despair. Israel has a Holocaust complex and has a simple equasion for dealing with violence - being 10 times as violent. Only by circumventing this can we work towards peace.

I noticed you are a translator; I take my hat off - I'm a bit of a translator myself, working mainly between Hebrew, Russian and English. I think that translating is perhaps one of the most important and delightful fields of activity for anyone with a taste for literature and the yearning not only to understand that which is "obscure", but to show it to others and allow them to enjoy it as well.
Take care,

At Sunday, July 23, 2006 1:23:00 AM, Blogger Dimi Reider said...

Dear Sasmen,

Thank you. I hope that our work will amount to some real achievments at the end...
If I may send you a gift of peace as one lover of classical music to anohter: I work as an assitant producer at the Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival. This year we have uploaded videos of our performances to our website on www.jcmf.co.il http://www.jcmf.org.il/EN/video.asp.
I would like to particularly turn your attention to http://www.jcmf.org.il/video/01motzart.htm - in my opinion, one of the finest performances of the Grand Partita ever made.
Take care,
Wishing you and your family all best,

At Sunday, July 23, 2006 3:13:00 AM, Blogger Ghassan said...

I am sure that all rational, thoughtful and reasonable people will always vote for peace over violence , death and destruction. But to pretend that if only the current hostilities will stop then a state of bliss would reign is neither trye nor genious. If our aim is to create a peaceful world then we should have the courage not only to call for peace but also we must deal with the conditions that have created conflict in the first place. To call for the existence of a free and democratic state whith an organization similar to HA is an impossibility. We have to choose either peace or mayhem, we cannot claim them both.


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