Adonis Diaries

Day After the Epic War

Posted on: August 18, 2009

Day After the Epic War; (August 17, 2009)


Note: I am mining my diary


            It is 9 a.m. on Wednesday, August 16, 2006. A lady from the daily “Al Balad” called for me to resume my subscription that ended yesterday. I was hoping that Victor might share in the expense of the $160 and I told her that I need to think about it; most probably I might forgo the subscription for a while and see how the habit of my father would change without a daily.

            Israel will withdraw from almost all of south Lebanon save a strategic position in Maroun Al Ras by the border; this town was the first target of the IDF from day one of the 33 days war and barely managed to hold on it for a couple of days.

            Khaled is leaving to Paris on a grant today via a French convoy departing by sea.  Wajdi might be leaving to Canada through Damascus; he has been waiting for the airport to reopen but this possibility is not very promising any time soon.

            I am being bothered by Adrea and her cohort of little girls trying to set up a program for learning different kind of arts in the basement.  They showed up about 10 a.m. and William was still sleeping and then he endeavored to do his meditation; in the meanwhile the girls had to use my study room.  The public electricity went out as usual and then it was restored half an hour ago. (Even in 2009, I have to wake up at 3 a.m. in order to take advantage of the public power)

            Libya has earmarked $100 million for our civil defense organization.  The British secretary of development is in Beirut with the mission of earmarking around 10 million Euros for temporarily rebuilding a few major bridges.  The French are urging Israel to remove its blockade on Beirut; why just Beirut?  It is becoming very unnerving!

            The Lebanese government will meet at 3 p.m. to finalize the procedures of deploying the army south of the Litany River and will scrap any arguments concerning the disarmament of Hezbollah.  The Lebanese army has been off this region of Lebanon for 30 years; the army might enter the Palestinian refugee camp of Rashidyeh because it is located near Tyre and therefore south of the river.

            The multinational force is not about to be constituted any time soon: France will not join this force until Hezbollah is disarmed up to the north of the Litany River, which means never!  I sincerely hope France does not join in because we might end up with trouble if it does not open diplomatic venues with Syria and because we do not need further exacerbation with a member having a veto power in the UN. Turkey and Malaysia are ready to join the force.  Germany is still debating the issue.  Sweden is preparing an economic conference to support Lebanon’s financial needs.

            George W Bush valiantly claimed that Israel is the victor, a claim that Israel has been shy to put forward while big controversies are emerging within its political parties after it accepted the cease fire.  Anyway, who is listening to Bush nowadays?  Everybody is convinced that this US President is a certified crazy matured for incarceration into an asylum.

            I have to quit for now.  It is 12:20 p.m. and my mom is hollering for me to join them for lunch; I made it a habit not to have breakfast on the ground that we need to detoxify our blood for 12 hours, nicotine excepted.

            I retrieved the colored center fold of the daily “Al Balad” of the pictures representing the refugees and their plight during the war and proceeded to clip the speeches of Nasr Allah and a few political editorials from Lebanese, Israelis, and foreign journalists.

            The Lebanese Seniora PM delivered a live speech setting the tone for a responsible, transparent, and just government in all aspects of our autonomy, economy and equitability regardless of regions and religious sects.  He said that development will start from the south and we should expect a modern democracy in our institutions. Most of our politicians talks well but we never take them seriously; they know it too.

            President Lahoud promised that Israel would be accountable for the usage of the prohibited cluster and depleted uranium bombs; if the UN vetoes these charges then Lebanon will press charges to the international tribunal of war crimes.

            On August 14, the day before the official cease fire, 300,000 Lebanese internal refugees from our southern regions were moving back to their home towns.  They are carrying their mattresses and blankets stacked high over their cars.  They did not wait for any kind of permissions from anyone; they did not wait for the army to lead the way, and certainly, they did not wait for Israel to give the green light to their return. The locals at the nearby destroyed bridges and roads are repairing as best they can and facilitating the convoys of the returnees.  The refugees installed their tents outside their destroyed homes and started to reconstruct, to harvest what was left in their fields, and to saw for the next season.

            They are the heroes that clenched our total victory over the despicable Israeli enemy.  It would take months for the Israeli citizens to return to their targeted settlements at the urge and plenty of incentive from their government.  The nation that won the war is the one whose citizens returned promptly to their lands and did not wait permission from anyone.

            On Monday August 14, a new nation was born. It is not one of the 5 veto power nations in the UN; it is not one of the dozen goliath nations in size, population, and natural resources. Tiny Lebanon was born as a nation because its resistance fighters held their ground for 33 days of total bombing by air, sea, and land. Tiny Lebanon earned to be respected as a nation because its internal refugees returned before the formal cease fire.

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