THE OBLITERATION OF MY COUNTRY
Lebanon's Fate at the Hands of the USA, Israel and the Dictatorship of the ASSAD MAFIA in SYRIA, a minority Alawite satanic sect, kept in power forcefully by MOSSAD and CIA.
Israel's repeated assaults on Lebanon for decades cannot leave me silent. May I also declare that more than ever in this particular case, I shall not tolerate any critical reaction to what I am about to write, none whatsoever. This is not a moment for debating in the Agora...
PROGRESSIVE RESISTANCE TREND...
Believe it or not, I used to be quite a fan of Israel during my young days in Beirut. I do not think it has anything to do with the fact that we are of the same age (I am 12 years older than Israel and much, much wiser). It probably relates to my early interest in military affairs. I even applauded its victories in the 1967 war, though it fucked up my last attempt to visit Jerusalem on a pilgrimage.... It probably had not much to do with the several Jewish classmates I had at both school and university there, many of whom ended up for a short while in Israel before leaving it in disgust. I myself avidly followed all the great military prowesses with great admiration. I soon realized how wrong I was. My first inkling that this was not a show to be admired came on December 27, 1968. I myself was just recovering from the May student revolution at the Sorbonne, when Israeli commandos flew into Beirut airport and blew up in cold blood the 13-strong fleet of its once proud Middle East Airlines. Hey, I thought, this is not war, this is vandalism. If that did not change my mind, the following four decades have given plenty more ammunition. The 1978 invasion of the South, the 1982 occupation of half the country with the resulting destruction, and the Sabra and Chatila massacres. Any lingering doubts that may have remained within me would have been swept away when Menachem Begin stopped scholars from attending seminars on Genocide in Israel, after which followed repeated denials other Genocides by various top Israeli officials, finally culminating in an unholy alliance with Turkey. They even instructed Jewish organizations worldwide to shamefully collaborate in the negation campaign. Begin's real name was actually Wolfovitch (hey, just like that guy at the White House...).
The country which Israel has now decided to obliterate is not just any country. It is the cradle of the ancient Phoenician civilization that gave the world its first modern alphabet, and pioneered international commerce. It has been the home of great artists and thinkers. It has given birth to some of the world's most brilliant business brains, and at least half a dozen country in Latin America have had presidents from among the ranks of the large Lebanese Diaspora. In my Beirut school we spoke three languages during break, never discriminated in any way among the many communities which made up our classes, in an educational system the quality of which I never saw again in the three countries where I have subsequently lived. We followed the latest pop music and films from all around the world. Half a century ago there were two French-language weeklies dedicated to movies in Beirut. There is not a single one in Chile. Above all this was the most hospitable country and people to have ever roamed the earth. I cannot compare the slap-up banquets that hosts used to come up with whenever one visited, to the visits my own sons made to the houses of their Chilean classmates when, during a study session of several hours their mothers would not even serve them a glass of water. Though it does not apply to my own family history, when Armenian survivors of the 1915 Genocide arrived in the Lebanon, itself in the midst of a famine and other difficulties, the local authorities built an entire village (Anjar) to house as many as they could. The Armenians owe the Lebanese, and in fact Arabs in general, a debt which can never be repaid enough.This country, whose modern independence is recent, is built on a fragile equilibrium which cannot easily take traumas. It is not the solid balance of the cement-less vault of medieval cathedrals, but the delicate one of a pyramid of Chinese acrobats. Mess around with one and the whole thing collapses, as happened several times over the past half century. To expect its authorities and modest armed forces to do other people's dirty work in as unrealistic as it is unjust. If the genesis of the Hezbollah problem are Iran and Syria, supposedly card-carrying members of the Axis of Evil, how come their territory is not being attacked, whereas poor Lebanon is obliterated?
THE PERPETRATOR AND HIS ACTS
The answer is: the cowardly bully always targets the weak and defenseless. To call Israel a Terrorist State would be an undeserved compliment. Terrorists at least have an ulterior motive, however warped it may sometimes be. Israel is a Vandal State. Vandals just destroy for the sheer pleasure of causing harm. Within a few days, this trading country's transport and energy infrastructure is in ruins, and half a million of its population are refugees. Its painful recovery from a long and also foreign-induced internal conflict has been wiped out at a stroke.Its trading and tourist activities are dead. It will probably have to default on its large public debt, much of which is held by its own banking system which in turn might become insolvent. Customs revenues are one of the main sources of treasury income. The cosmopolitan fabric of its population will once again be ruined by the mass exodus, which will take years to reverse, if ever. Meanwhile, there is an immediate humanitarian problem of massive proportions, when medical help cannot even get to the victims, and the power shortage prevents even those getting to a hospital from getting proper treatment.
The main argument presented by Israel to justify its actions is "Self Defense". This does not stand any scrutiny. Both national and international laws restrict your field of action in this respect. If you are a private individual and someone throws stones at your house, you can try to stop them and nobody will blame you for it. However, you have no legal nor moral right to go to his house, kill his family, set fire to his possessions, and then go on to do the same with his neighbors, the whole town where he came from and the whole country it is situated in. Articles 33 and 147 of the Geneva Convention are very clear about banning collective punishment and destroying targets of no military relevance. It is amazing that a state with a secret service and armed forces that carry such a high reputation, could not seek out the Hezbollah culprits who "kidnapped" three of its soldiers (whatever happened to the concept of prisoners of war, aren't they part and parcel of a military conflict?).Instead, not just areas known to be used as Hezbollah hideouts, not just the country's entire infrastructure, but residential areas of both Muslims & Christians, not to mention United Nation posts and more have been struck. Now there is a land invasion developing. The refugees who cannot leave the country are clogging up the capital, causing an immediate refugee situation which will then turn into deep social tension.The territory of Lebanon will not only accumulate understandable additional hatred against Israel, but will become a place of unrest which cannot be of any comfort to its neighbor. Their old claim to annex Lebanon up to the Litani river may be fulfilled, but it will only increase the pressure in the overpopulated remainder of the country. Physics 101.Let me get on to a more controversial argument, that of Israel's Right to Exist. I think by its behavior as a Rogue State, it has long lost this right. Having a right to a country is not divine, even for God's chosen people. It is a capricious gift of history. Some have it, others have it for a while, and others never get it. Nobody has the right to mess up the whole of humanity every few years, in order to "guarantee" their own geographical survival. The Kurds are a nation that never managed to have a country, but they are not responsible for the 1973 start of the long rise in oil prices, which were multiplied by 30x in the following 33 years. The Poles have been in and out of having a country for most of their history, and though France and Britain went to war for them in 1939, they were sold down the river as soon as WWII ended. The Kashmiri are fighting for a country. We Armenians were without one for the best part of a thousand years. Did we go out and steal anybody else's country as a result? Does Hillary Clinton say for us what she said last week ("We will stand with Israel because Israel is standing for American values as well as Israeli ones"). Those values appear closer these days to those of Corporal Schillgrüber in the 1930's.
If it is anything but a small consolation, everyone I have spoken to in recent days has been highly critical of Israel. It is understandable that the US administration has done nothing to prevent or stop this outrage, but the indifference of the Europeans is harder to fathom. In any case, the damage is done. A wonderful country has been willfully destroyed. It might recover, one day. There is a spot just north of Beirut, a gorge through which flows the Nahr el Kalb (the River of the Dog). From Antiquity, it became a tradition for conquerors passing through Lebanon to carve their names on the stony walls of the river bank. Assyrian kings, Egyptian Pharaohs, Greek and Roman generals and the more modern armies (such as the nostalgic Régiment de Marche du Tonkin of the French Army). Tourist guides loved to show them to visitors and say: "they all came, they all went, but we are still here"). Maybe, Insha'Allah, they will still be there again. In the meantime, I am putting an old Armenian curse on the State of Israel and all those who sail in her, adding that if God elected that as the country of his chosen people, I do not know who is the schmuck who gave Him the voting bulletin. The Armenian Curse is very effective but secret, though I can tell you that compared to its consequences, the Seven Plagues of Egypt appear as harmless as an old ladies' bridge afternoon.The day before Yom Kippur, you have to seek forgiveness from all the people you have wronged. On the day of Yom Kippur, you have to seek forgiveness from God. There are things, however, which have no forgiveness.Thou shalt fall upon the mountains of Israel, thou, and all thy bands, and the people that is with thee: I will give thee unto the ravenous birds of every sort, and to the beasts of the field to be devoured. Thou shalt fall upon the open field: for I have spoken it, saith the Lord GOD." (Eze 39:4-5)
The building of "peace" in the Arab world, a sub-entity of the Grand Chess Game since 1956.
Despite their relevance, these encounters could be identified as ‘marginalized’. Marginalization does not mean in this case the potential to result in severe material deprivation, but a certain form of exclusion from national, regional and international decision-making processes.... Building peace through dialogue, especially interreligious dialogue, seems to be more and more a diluted-annihilated discourse and practice, or it is used for sectarian and "geoplotilical"... agendas.
Some will argue that my concern is postmodernist, being inclined to militate for marginalized voices. Others will say that it has something that is very biblical. Strikingly, when we read the Bible, the voice that often gets marginalized is the voice of God - instead of listening to this voice of grace, mercy, hope, and peace, the people go after their own particular interests. But my main concern is to find an alternative path to the ‘eternal victim’ – i.e. ‘We are being rejected and our voices do not count’ - and the ‘megalomaniac’ - i.e. ‘We know the Truth and others should listen to it so they can be saved’ - attitudes, which seem to undermine the building of a sustainable culture of peace in the Arab World. Both of these attitudes lead many organizations, groups and individuals to constitute closed circles and ivory towers where criticism of all ‘isms’ loses ground, being replaced by a profusion of graven ideologies....subservient to PNAC's grand neo-hegemonic designs to divide and conquer the world, by the fragmentation of its peoples into thousands of Tribes With Flags...in order to militarize energy security of the UK/USA alliance of Grand Evils..., natural resources and all international trading routes and pipelines across the Globe.
The result? The reinforcement of marginalization at all levels.