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From bzarcher (who got it from mephron):

Anthony Bourdain, author of Kitchen Confidential and head chef at Brasserie Les Helles in New York City) was in Beiruit filming a show about the city's culinary and cultural scene when Hezbollah attacked Israel. He wrote a very powerful article about being in Beiruit when Israel started bombing the city.
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Date:July 28th, 2006 05:28 pm (UTC)
This is a magnificently well-written article. I'm pleased to hear that Mr. Bourdain and his staff managed to get out in one piece, not to mention it's nice to see something positive written about the U.S. Marines for once. I'm intensely sorry for the Lebanese civilians who've been driven from their homes by this mess. That said, I feel compelled to make an inflammatory statement.

It's their own fault.

The Lebanese government KNEW that Hezbollah was a severe problem, a bomb just waiting to go off. And they did nothing whatsoever to get the situation in hand until it was much too late. And now that things are out of control, and Israel has been forced to defend itself...after years of warning the Lebanese government that another attack by Hezbollah forces would result in precisely what's happening...they have the gall to suggest that Israel is overreacting.

You watch CNN, or Fox News, or MSNBC, and they talk about how many Lebanese civilians have been killed. What about all the Israeli civilians in Haifa who've been killed and injured by those random rocket attacks that STILL haven't stopped? Or the children who've been sent away from their homes or are living in bomb shelters at the moment? Because the Lebanese government failed to act to stop an organization they KNEW to be this dangerous.

It'd be like the Ku Klux Klan attacking a town and the press saying "Well, that town had it coming because of where they lived."

Pardon my rant. I'm sick of hearing about how awful it is for Beirut. They had it within their power to keep this from happening. And they didn't. So be it.
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Date:July 28th, 2006 06:15 pm (UTC)
I don't want to turn this into a huge tiff, but, to be honest...

What were they supposed to do about it? After trying to rebuild from the Syrian occupation / puppet government (who were the ones who invited the Hezzy Boys in), there was very little in the way of armed forces or political capital to throw them out with, particularly since Hezbollah was able to make themselves a part of the ruling body in Parliament.

It's very, very hard to cut out a cancer when it's in your heart and lungs, and your arms don't want to work.

The situation's a bloody mess, and likely to get worse, but it's not as if the Lebanese could have just deported a handful of troublemakers to avoid the situation.
Date:July 28th, 2006 06:22 pm (UTC)
I agree. There's little they could've done on their own. But they were aware of the problem, and they never even asked for help dealing with it.

It's like, you have a computer, you just got rid of some viruses, and you can hear the hard drive clicking. You know there's a problem, but you don't know how to take care of it (or can't) yourself. You take it to a shop and have it fixed.

Lebanon knew they had a problem. They never approached the U.N. for help, they never approached the U.S. for help, they never even approached Israel for help, and Israel offered. Repeatedly. So did the U.N. for that matter.

*shrugs* Bottom line, this didn't have to happen. There were ways it could've been prevented.
Date:July 28th, 2006 05:44 pm (UTC)
Er...sorry for exploding all over your journal. Can you tell I'm a little unsettled? Sometimes, I honestly don't like being Jewish.
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