Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Victory, disappointment & Israeli army chicks

J. and A. -– both business students at American universities in Beirut—are disappointed by the ceasefire deal. J says, “I didn’t want it to end this way.” He thinks the UN Security Council Resolution is too generous towards Israel, whose atrocities in Lebanon go unmentioned in the text, while laying blame for the outbreak of the hostilities on Hezbollah. I asked him if he finds fault with Nasrallah for accepting the deal. He replied, “Hezbollah often make decisions which don’t make sense to us at the time. We will soon find out what the benefits are.” J. trusts that they know what they are doing.

Most people agree that Hezbollah accepted a ceasefire with unfavorable terms, because it fears internal unrest. “They never wanted war anyway. They wanted to negotiate from the beginning”, another friend says. I am taken aback by the general consensus that we will see a civil conflict within the next few months. Maybe not the way Bush envisioned it—a successful uprising of Sunnis and Christians against the Hezbollah, as soon as the Israeli bombs started targeting civilian infrastructure. Jamal predict we will see an upsurge in car bombings again soon, as Israel and her allies in Lebanon attempt to assassinate Hezbollah leaders and sow fear and divisions amongst the Lebanese.

Driving around Beirut yesterday, I noticed that many more cabs and shop windows now display portraits of Nasrallah; even in Sunni neighborhoods where posters of the late Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri and his goateed offspring formerly held a visual monopoly.

As early as yesterday morning, some cars blasted victory tunes from their stereos. But the atmosphere in Hamra was tense; everyone I spoke to was pessimistic that the fighting was over. After Nasrallah’s speech, many people were visibly relieved and confident that both sides were committed to the ceasefire. Last night teenagers drove through Beirut in their cars, hanging out the windows, honking the horn, and flying the flags of Hezbollah and Amal, and portraits of Nasrallah.

A statement from the office of Prime Minister Fouad Siniora says Morocco, Indonesia, Italy, Turkey, Spain and Malaysia and France have agreed to send troops to patrol the south. I hope they open restaurants while they’re here. Bint Jbeil could be the ethnic cuisine capital of the Middle East! The Lebanese Armenians made it clear that they do not want the Turkish army in Lebanon. Someone remarked sarcastically that the Indonesians and Malaysians are eager to come fight Israel. We’ll see if this international force materializes. In the meantime, Anaconda’s conditions that there will be no return to the “status quo ante” in regards to Hezbollah, won’t be met. They will keep their weapons for now. Eventually they could integrate into the Lebanese Army as a special unit, a Golani brigade of sorts.

Unless the Lebanese Army splits and another Israeli/US proxy army emerges.

There were reports that the Americans requested a list of the names of Lebanese army officers who will serve in the south. They will not accept the participation of Syrian-trained officers, nor anyone suspected of “loyalty” to Hezbollah. Apparently they already vetoed some names. No Hassan’s, no Hussein’s, no Ali’s.

In the meantime, some Lebanese boys are sorry to be missing out on this:





19 comments:

Anonymous said...

If this is the IDF, how does one go about arranging a surrender to them?

M. Simon said...

If Lebanon becomes a Hizbollah state the next time Hizbollah attacks Israel, nothing will be off limits.

If the Lebanese have fallen for Nasrullah, they are making a huge mistake. Besides, the Israeli women are better looking.

I discuss Israel's Defeat by Hizbollah.

Anonymous said...

Israeli women are better-looking than Lebanese? Have you lost your mind? Lebanese women are the best-looking in the world. The only country that comes close is Iceland.

Anonymous said...

By the way: Are there women in the ranks of the Lebanese army? In the ranks of Hizobllah? In not, why?

Anonymous said...

We don't rely on our women to fight on the battlefield; to die/be captured.

Our men are enough.

copy editor said...

You know. Huh. Sort of speechless, or typeless. Interesting post. Very noteworthy conclusion.

Oberon Brown said...

In Israel, military service is for both men and women, I believe. So someone must have photographed those cuties while they were doing theirs. It's always exciting to see a woman with a machine gun: I noticed that when my eyes fell on Ziad Rahbani's "Houdou2 Nisbi" cover, and I ended up buying the album...
P.S: We still don't know if EDB is a cuty or not. Maybe I should ask "Hans" about that... ;)

Anonymous said...

"We don't rely on our women to fight on the battlefield; to die/be captured."

Heh, that shows the faith you have in your women -- none. That's the real reason you deny them equal rights.

70x7 said...

It's nice to see that despite serving for the armed forces they still get time to put their makeup on in the morning

Anonymous said...

in fact, women in Israeli units rarely see action in frontline units, they do logistic support and administrative tasks.

As for the lebanese army, it has women, it even has a woman in the rank of general so...

M. Simon said...

Israeli women are better looking than Nasrullah.

Just name me some one who wants to date Nasrullah. Actually I'd rather not know.

St!ff M!ttens said...

How does a photo-journalist go about getting embedded in one of these units? ;-}

BTW, it's google bomb time:

shrieking harpy

Please proliferate.

Anonymous said...

Most Lebanese women are ugly except those with crusaders blood.

Abdurahman Warsame said...

I got to your blog from the BBC "http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/5260472.stm", a great blog i've to say.

haha, if Hezbollah boys these pics they may start the war to get piece of the "Action" :)

Anonymous said...

Mr. "Anonymous" two persons up probably likes male sheep or else hasn't travelled beyond his local 7/11. Lebanese women are renowned to be amongst the most beautiful, if not most beautiful, in the world. The look of the Lebanese is diverse too.

Anonymous said...

Get a hold of your testosterone boys. The pictures of these so called "IDF chicks" are about as realistic as those beautiful busty blondes pictured in US army uniforms in fashion magazines. Does anybody believe this is nothing more than just your typical "female in uniform" glamour shots you see everywhere or a miserable propaganda stunt? I've also seen Lebanese beauties, cleavage showing, in Lebanese army uniforms in Lebanese glamour magazine...and even though the Lebanese army does have female soldiers, I doubt they prance around with rouge, lipstick, and their uniforms buttoned down.

Anonymous said...

Um, as much as i hate the IDF, I have to give this one to them man. These aren't glamor shots, these are real. Im Palestinian, I see them walking around the West Bank and at check points and the border. They put more of these at check points than any other place for obvious reasons.

Walid said...

I just wonder, why are these pictures taken from a Saudi chat site? Where did yabdoo.com get their hands on them?

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