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In which Stronghold the attacks took place in Paris?

Cut out the craps belittling terror victims in Middle-East, North Africa, Afghanistan, Iran, any non-western countries

Many smart-ass media wanted to show-off their rudiment knowledge of Lebanon and labelled the terror attacks on Burj Barajneh as occurring in a Hezbollah Stronghold.

Is that a way of sending the message that these attacks were legitimate and acceptable? Because the USA Black-listed Hezbollah as a terrorist organization?

Are the point blank killing of Palestinian stone throwers a civilized order in an Israeli State that proclaim to be a democratic system?

Are the civilians bombed every day by terror attacks in Syria, Iraq, Libya, Egypt… less of valuable victims who need protection and security and safety?

Habib Battah shared this post of
 Annia Ciezadlo posted on FB

Yesterday my feed was full of articles describing the 45 civilian people killed as taking place in a  a “Hezbollah stronghold.”

Today everyone is posting an article describing the civilian Paris neighborhoods where ISIS killed 128 people as the city’s “young, progressive core.”

And another one talking about how this was an attack on “liberal, multicultural Europe.”

And everyone is exhorting everyone else to recognize our common humanity, to answer the attacks with compassion rather than hate, and sharing inspiring memes and tweets.

Lina Mounzer makes an important point:

When Paris or New York or Madrid are attacked, we don’t refer to them as “strongholds” of American militarism, or Western imperialism, or neo-colonialism.

We talk about how diverse and tolerant they are.

Nobody is talking, today, about how Paris police ban pro-Palestinian demonstrations on principle, or how liberal and multicultural that is.

We don’t talk about the cops and security cameras everywhere, or how certain kinds of people get harassed or killed in the streets.

We don’t discuss the experience of moving around a Western city without the protections of whiteness, or maleness, or money.

We don’t talk about Muslim women being stabbed, beaten, or arrested in Paris and the UK, bastions of “multicultural Europe,” or in the United States. (Google it.)

We bring a different standard to the discussion.

When the city attacked is a Western one, we don’t criticize the cultural values or the security measures of the place that has just been targeted.

We see the city’s security measures as vindicated by the killings—not as subtle justifications for them.

We do not cite them as evidence that the victims were living in a “stronghold” of militarism.

We focus on the victims, not on the security regimes of their rulers.

We don’t assume that if they live there, that means they have chosen to support and be complicit in those security regimes.

And if you think that by “we,” I mean white people, or Westerners, or that meaningless abstraction “the media,” think again. I mean us. All of us.

Think carefully about language, and abstractions.

Don’t participate in dehumanizing people who have just been bombed.

Think about why we discuss some people and places in terms of security and checkpoints, and others in terms of human lives.

Look up definitions in the dictionary. Don’t think you won’t make these mistakes yourself, just because you’re the right kind of person with the right kind of politics. You will. I will. We all will.

 Note: The terror attacks in Beirut was planned on a larger scale: 8 suicide bombers were to blow a large hospital and a Mosque. The security dissuaded the attackers and two of them waited for the adjoining street to get crowded and blew themselves.

Apparently, Lebanon with its modicum of budget for its security services is highly more professional in taking seriously the frequent planning and execution of terror attacks. (Funded and planned by the USA and Israel, as everyone in Lebanon know)

In Lebanon, 41 foreign States have their own intelligence gathering agencies. Most probably, they gather their pieces of intelligence from Lebanon’s security services  and lax communication control.

Annia Ciezadlo's photo.




June 2022

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