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Tidbits #41

Fauci also says he remains “cautiously optimistic” that they’ll have a vaccine that would provide efficacy at least high enough to create herd immunity,

UN is warning the world is on the brink of a famine for a QUARTER OF A BILLION people. Hunger, not disease, could emerge as the biggest killer in this crisis.

All over the world, families are struggling to feed their kids – not just in the poorest countries, but places like South Africa, India and Brazil

Les “Nettoyeurs“? Les jeunes Francais, lachent (cowards) durant la guerre de l’occupation Nazi, ont endossé’ des habits de Resistants et se sont arroge’ le droit de rendre une “justice” arbitraire et partisanes.

More than 10,000 French were massacred in a couple of days.  In Lebanon, when Israel had to unilaterally vacate south Lebanon on May 24, 2000, the Lebanese resistance refrained from entering the towns of the Lebanese “traitors”, and waited for the regular army to enter first and render justice before the court.

Sweden primary schools have remained open. Restaurants too, though tables are set farther apart. Work from home is encouraged but not enforced, and even nightclubs can operate with a few changes. But it’s now topping per capita death rates in Europe.

Vaccine for a Covid-19 ne sera efficace que contre une seule forme de ce virus qui mute de manière furtive.

I say: If a quote with the proper context matches your state of mind at a period run with it. Feeling obligated to refer to “who said what he said” is Not only redundant but dangerous in spreading “religious concepts” that are hidden within the quote.

If there is a Creator (or a bunch of them) for this entire Universe and species, your personal existence should Not mean much to Him. If there is No creator, you have wasted your life on an abstract concept that brought death and destruction for the living.

The UK government, Japan, Germany, and other European countries have already sold debt yielding less than 0%, a bond with a negative yield. It’s the first time this has happened with investors agreeing to recoup less than they spent.

“He who has once done you a kindness will be more ready to do you another, kindness. Not the case with he whom you yourself have obliged.”

1.35 million: People estimated to die each year in road collisions and Not sure this number covers accident in less developed countries.

20-50 million: People injured each year in road collisions

9 million are the expected college graduates in China in 2020, compared to 2 million in US.

The Islamic “Arab/Andalusia” mathematician Ibn al-Haytham, the father of modern optics and inventor of the camera obscura, better understand the physical nature of light.

There are 1,114 colors in the Pantone color system

To make a stupid iPhones, Apple works with suppliers in 43 countries across 6 continents.

“There’s never been an event like this. There is No contingency plan for supply chains”

No matter how fair and equitable is an election law, Reality will deceive it. Still, let’s allow the political parties and civil organizations apply a portion of this utopia, and watch how Reality may change

Playing ATARI with Isreal “defense forces”: Lebanese Resistance

Samir Kantar, an exchanged Lebanese prisoner, released from Israeli jails after 28 years of detention, published a book in Arabic.

During the war in 2006, while in prison, Samir told the warden who was boasting that Hezbollah will be crushed in a couple of days: “Just wait another week and you will realize that the Lebanese Resistance is playing ATARI with Israel “defense forces“.

Thirty-three days later, Israel recognized that it failed in all its goals and missions against Hezbollah and begged the US to facilitate urgently a UN disengagement resolution, currently known as resolution 1701.  US ambassador to the UN, John Bolton, had refused any kinds of negotiations for an entire month until Israel explicitly urged him to immediately accept a cease-fire.

Hadarim prison, July 12, 2006.

“I woke up early before the daily count. I sleep on the upper deck, over my prison mate Mohammad Abu Jamous.  Mohammad told me that he read on the TV of an engagement at the Lebanese borders.  I thought Israel is retaliating in Chebaa Farms in Lebanon for the kidnapping of the soldier Gealad Shaleet in Gaza.

Another prisoner, Abdel Nasser Issa, informed me that Hezbollah successfully kidnapped Israeli soldiers.

In January 2004, Israel exchanged prisoners, among them were Cheihk Obeid, Al Dirani, and Anwar Yassine.  Sharon had refused that I be included in the swap and Hassan Nasr Allah, Secretary General of Hezbollah, had sworn to kidnap more soldiers for my release.

In general, Israel TV stations never give details during the day and just release news at night when people are at home and not willing to demonstrate or bother the officials. The T Stations mentioned this sentence: “It appears that Hezbollah is planning something“.  Israel defense forces, the only sources for news during war-time, refrain from divulging news quickly because it takes into account public reactions.

I restrained from calling Al Haj who is my intermediary with Nasr Allah, fearing that my cell might be searched and my secret phone found: We converse in coded language over the cellular phone.  Around 10 am, correspondent Alon Ben David said: “It seems Hezbollah executed a strategic operation”  I was convinced then that the resistance kidnapped soldiers.

Rony Daniel on TV 2 said: “Hezbollah started operations on the border and Israel is retaliating”.  A prisoner knocked on my wall and asked me to watch Al Jazeera cable channel; it wrote as an urgent news: “Hezbollah kidnapped two soldiers”  I told a prison guard the good news and he hurried to the administration quarters for confirmation on their coded channel named “YES“.

Israel scrambled all Arabic channels and we had to contend with the Hebrew ones. I had learned Hebrew but no news on this engagement were forthcoming.

The Hebrew TV 10 was relaying news taken from Al Manar channel (Hezbollah’s channel) along with pictures.  My brother and mother were speaking on Al Manar.  They were thanking the resistance and Nasr Allah for keeping their promise.

Israel TVs are now translating the speech of Nasr Allah saying: “This is the Loyal Promise Day; this is Samir Kuntar, Yahya Skaf, and Nassim Nasr Day.  You are close to the line for liberty.  If Israel wants war we will go it all the way.  The entire world will not be able to retake the prisoners without the release of Samir Kuntar and his companions.”

Israel government was to meet at 8 pm.  A swap occurred in 2000 for 3 Israeli soldiers; thus, there is no reason for an all out war on account of 2 soldiers, but I had the feeling that Israel will launch devastating air bombing and assassinating a few Hezbollah leaders.  At 10 am, Israel bombed all bridges linking Lebanon to its south region, most of the main roads, and many villages.

The names of the kidnapped soldiers were released:  They were Ehod Goldwasser and Eldad Regive.  I was apprehensive that it was going to be tough on Lebanon and the resistance but I was confident that Hezbollah will not be broken. I told my companions in prison: “There are no military expert in this government.  The chief of staff Dan Haluts and the intelligence officer Amos Yadlin are from the air force and they will not engage the army at this junction, and the new officers are too arrogant to evaluating properly the determination of Hezbollah’s military training and discipline. Israel society has gotten used to consumerism habit and more stranger to ideological stands.

In the first three days, the prison guards were showing off their jubilation; and then Hezbollah started retaliating to Israel fire with accurate hits in Northern Israel and the Golan Heights.  One million Israelis in the northern colonies vacated their villages and headed south.  Hezbollah missiles reached strategic locations in Haifa and many airfields.

On the evening of the third day, I passed by the prison administration to resolving a few problems concerning prison conditions.  A guard told me that the house of Nasr allah was destroyed: I didn’t tell him that Nasr Allah had changed location.  As I returned to my cell, Nasr Allah was delivering a speech on Al Manar and the radio airwaves Al Nour (light) dismissing his premature death and then, he asked us to look toward the sea:  The modern Israeli frigate Hanif was on fire.  The prisoners congratulated me “mabrouk”.  By 10:30 pm, Israel’s TV confirmed that Hanif was hit and many sailors dead and missing.

I called Joseph Samaha, Owner and editor in chief of the daily Al Akhbar; he explained to me his political reading of the situation: The US strategy for a Greater Middle-Eastern plan has failed.  Hezbollah has denied Israel a clear-cut victory.  Samaha joked: “Israel will be demanding that you apologize for instigating this war.”

Nasr Allah declared that the missiles of the resistance avoided the petrochemical complexes in Haifa in order to avoid any unnecessary escalation of the war.  A week later, a special prison force barged in my cell at 5 am for searching routine.  The search also targeted the other three leaders in prison: Marwan Bargouthy, Issa, and Toufic Abu Naim.  I was lucky that my secret phone was not found.

On the 10th day, Nahum Bernig wrote in Yediot Ahranote: “Run Olmert, run away from Lebanon”.  Marwan Bargouthy acknowledged that the Lebanese Resistance demonstrate total control in this war.  I learned not to pressure the sensitiveness of the Palestinian prisoners for the successes of the Lebanese Resistance.

The Arabic channels were restored without us asking.  During the day, Israel would declare capturing bordering towns such as Maroon El Rass or Bent Jubail and then retreating at sun down with heavy casualties. A missile “Khybar One” landed on Afoula, a major military city and airfield in the middle of Israel.

On the 15th day, an intelligence prison officer named Bettie bragged that Hezbollah will soon be dismantled.  I told her:” Israel will withdraw defeated.”  She retorted vehemently: “You know that Israel is invincible“.  I replied: “Wait another week Bettie and you will recognize that Hezbollah played ATARI with your army.”  Marwan Bargouthy exploded in laughter and told the prisoners of my good joke.

On day 22, Israel disseminated the news that Nasr Allah was kidnapped in Baalback.  Rony Daniel on TV 2 disparaged Israel’s falsehood for capturing an individual with the same namesake.  As 150 missiles per hour landed on Israel’s colonies, from this day on the prison guards would accept my news for correct facts.

On day 30 of the war, Israel amassed tanks and infantry for crossing Lebanon borders.  Israel suffered the destruction of 75 Merkava tanks and the killing of  two dozens of its officers.  Israel launched 3 million cluster bombs in order to deny the Lebanese returning home.

The next day of the official cease-fire, all 500, 000 displaced Lebanese were back home, oblivious to warnings and danger appeals from our government.

So, who won? Israel or Hezbollah? Or are we asking the wrong question?

Note:  I decided to re-publish an article posted on May 14, 2007 in order to get a perspective for newer analysis of the situation

Thomas Friedman has written an article a few days ago claiming that Israel has won the July 2006 War tactically, strategically and politically. The Israeli daily Yedeot Ahronot is adopting this position in an attempt to win over the shattered Israeli morale. That Israel had won tactically by destroying extensively and hatefully the headquarters and the military and social installations and institutions of Hezbollah and weakening it temporarily is not a big feat, given the military imbalance in the kind of air and naval superiority with the full backing of the US and the treachery of the Arab States.  Israel foreign minister Sevy Livney declared that in the first two days all the targets in the Israeli intelligence “data bank” have been exhausted and she urged Olmert PM to end the war on the third day.  That Olmert felt emboldened to resume the war for another 30 days, and then, accepting a cease fire without effectively reaching the Litany River (two miles away) means that the purpose of the war was modified at the urge of external powers to eradicate the Lebanese Resistance and shatter the image of the invincible Hezbollah.

That Israel had won strategically because its northern borders have been very quiet for seven months after the war is a half truth; the international UN forces are there because Hezbollah allowed its deployment.  Fact is,  the borders have been very quiet since Israel’s unilateral withdrawal from south Lebanon in May 24, 2000.  The few encroachments were the results of Israeli incursions in Lebanon:  Hezbollah reacted only on these infiltrations or attacks within our borders. That Israel had to stop its incursion in Lebanon with all the backing it was enjoying from the US, Europe ans “moderate” Arab States proves that its strategy was foiled and severely checked.

Friedman claims that Israel has won politically because the Lebanese army has entered the south is also a half truth: Hezbollah didn’t mind the deployment of the Lebanese army which saved it from further escalations and unwanted pressures from the UN and the need to focus more on the internal political  affairs of Lebanon.  The immeasurable popular support from all the Arab and Moslem citizens for Hezbollah’s valiant resistance is by no means a political victory for Israel; it is a severe defeat because it rekindled the resistance spirit in the Arabs.  The inability of Israel to squelch the second Palestinian “intifada” is rooted in the rejuvenated spirit of resistance in Palestine as well as in Iraq.

Certainly, Hezbollah has been temporarily weakened militarily and that the “illegitimate”  Lebanese Seniora’s government has been doing its utmost to capitalize on that fact and dragging Hezbollah in the morass of Lebanon’s political quagmire. The “illegitimate” Lebanese government is deliberately re-opening tough issues that have been agreed on during the round table before the July War and giving them diabolical twists on the basis that the devil is in the details. The Moderate Arab States (a euphemism for traitors States who encouraged Israel to eradicate Hezbollah) are harnessing their widespread communication media to dissipate the popular support for Hezbollah and labeling it as merely an Iranian stooge and working against the interest of the Arabs who want peace and prosperity with Israel.

Hezbollah must have learned a great deal from this unilateral stand against Israel but there is a most important message that Hezbollah failed to get.  It is extremely dangerous for Hezbollah’s charismatic leader Hassan Nasr Allah to swear on promises (Wa3ad) that are long-term in nature for their realizations and then,  feeling pressured to deliver them almost immediately. For example, the last promise to repair and rebuild what has been destroyed, almost instantly and with “pure halal” money, is too impractical and fraught with decisions that overextend the capabilities of Hezbollah beyond its limits and weaken it in the process.  The other example was a promise before the war to snatch a few more Israeli soldiers as prisoners in order to liberate the remaining three Lebanese who have been detained for more than 15 years; it is laudable to make such kind of promises but when it is uttered in a “divine” revelation by Nasr Allah himself it becomes very binding and communications with Hezbollah’s allies become tenuous. It is dangerous to rely on Nasr Allah to publicly force decisions, as if emanating from a prophet, and to clarify issues that should be left to the leadership and its allies within the political process.

It is inadmissible for Nasr Allah to appear during religious celebration to deliver political speeches that give the opposite results and reflect images of increased weaknesses for relying on the religious faith and passions of its supporters instead on the rational and deliberate mind that our society is in dire need to overcome a strong enemy.

I believe that people are asking the wrong question.  It is not whether Hezbollah has won the war because just by getting out strong and effective after 33 days of a savage war of eradication, with no serious support internally or externally, is a striking victory.  The question should be whether the US-Israeli-”Moderate” Arabs States objectives have achieved any tangible results.  Nasr Allah has claimed that not a single objective came out satisfactorily neither tactically, strategically, nor politically in Lebanon or in the “Greater Middle East region”. The response should be focused on refuting Nasr Allah’s claims, satisfactorily and convincingly.  So far, no one discredited Nasr Allah’s claims.

History revisited: Decline or loss of hope? (Part 2, Apr. 21, 2010)

In the previous article I wrote: “History is a collection of stories that need to be revisited frequently; stories to be revised with new eyes and new knowledge, since human behavior did not change perceptibly.  If any, human cruelty to mankind and nature increased by several notches.”

In general, history stories are recounted Hollywood-style, packed with actions, heroes, traitors, smart generals, and far-sighted leaders and monarchs.  Empires decline due to steady decrease in demography.

The Moslem Ibn Khaldoun, in 15th century North Africa and considered to be the first sociologist and ethnographer, wrote that when a people lose hope for a better future to their descendants they decrease the procreation rate; in periods of high hope population increases.”

If you revise history stories, you can link, with high positive correlation, between periods of luxury and fast and increase in procreation. It is basically a mass perception of predicting the short-term evolution for survival.

For example, France was the most populous nation in Europe in the 18th century until people started reducing procreation, which affected the process of holding on to colonies.  The Napoleonic wars exacerbated this perception of instability and insecurity. It was useless giving birth so that children are sent to wars for no return in profit or hope of a better future.

You might offer a counterpoint: “How come after 70 years of slow and steady holocaust process, inflicted by the Zionist movement (Israel State) on the Palestinian people, this strategy did not slow the increased procreation of the Palestinians?”

My conjecture is that most Palestinians live in camps: Camp life would be too depressing if devoid of kids playing, laughing, and cheering up the camp.  The more kids are playing around the more hope is sustained.

Camp life creates community supports and discrepancies among classes are not noticeable to prevent sharing the little that families have, and to caring for kids of neighboring families.

Another example relates to demography in South Lebanon.  Even during the French mandate to Lebanon (1919-1943) the Zionist movement planned and schemed to extend the northern borders of the future States of Israel (recognized in 1948) to the Litany River.  The successive Lebanese governments, since Lebanon Independence in 1943, ruled as if South Lebanon was of no concern to them: no funds and no budgets were allocated to infrastructures, schools, hospitals or any kinds of development.

Then, in 1969, the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) and headed by Yasser Arafat, and with the support of Egypt Gamal Abdel Nasser forced Lebanon to allocate a portion of South Lebanon (Al Arkoub) an autonomous status to the PLO.

Israel was pleased with this new situation and bombed the villages in the south on pretense of reacting to the presence of the PLO.

The “inhabitants” in south Lebanon started to vacate their villages and flocked to the suburbs of Beirut (Al Dahiah).

As the civil war started in 1975, the PLO was ruling as the de facto State in South Lebanon. Regular mass immigrations of Lebanese Shiaa to Africa and elsewhere set in. South Lebanon was in the steady process of being depleted of its inhabitants, which should have satisfied Israel’s great dream.

Israel decided on the worst strategic blunder ever: Israel of Begin and Sharon invaded Lebanon in 1982, the Israeli army entered Beirut, and the military wings of the PLO were chased out to Tunis, and thus freeing south Lebanon from the hold of the PLO.  Israel resumed its blunder and decided to occupy south Lebanon for 25 years.

That is how purely Lebanese Resistance to occupation from many political parties started in full fledged. The Islamic regime of Khomeini in Iran extended new religious zeal, an ideology, organization, training and arming a Shiia splintered faction of AMAL named Hezbollah.

The tide had turned.  Israel was forced to vacate south Lebanon unilaterally in 2000.  The Lebanese returned to their villages with greater hope in the future.

Israel tried another attempt in 2006 to chase out Lebanese from the south during an intensive and savage 33 days preemptive war.  Israel covered the land with over 3 millions cluster bombs imported from Tony Blair of England.  The purpose was to scare people off from returning to the south.

The day the UN declared cease-fire people returned the same day to the south and not waiting from the government declaring the trip safe.

Makeshift bridges were erected (Israel had bombed out all bridges and highways) and where cars and trucks could not cross then walking was as good a means of transport.

Currently, the border villages in Lebanon are witnessing boom in tourism and tourist facilities, yards away from Israeli tanks and border patrols.  The tide has turned.

Israel may launch another savage and devastating preemptive war in Lebanon but the game is over: hope in south Lebanon is high for a better future while Israel is experiencing the worst period in lost hope for a stable Israeli State.

Israeli is reverting to its ghetto mentality and holding on to biblical archaic myths and laws. And had built the Wall of Shame along all its borders: No see, no fear, no aches…

Note: The Shiaa population in Lebanon is over 50%, and increasing at a higher rate than the other 17 other religious sects.




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