Tuesday, November 27, 2007

The Reality of War

Fellow blogger Marillionlb lays naked a part of his soul as he recounts - in a post addressed to his younger countrymen caught up in the current political dispute - the reality of taking your political convictions and partisan loyalties too far and fighting in Lebanese civil war.

Here is an extract:
Although I can relate to your enthusiasm and your frustration; nevertheless I would like to share with you a small percentage of my memories, in the hope that you might do without anything remotely similar...

...consider if you can afford to live with the following:
· Being stopped at a check point manned by so called refugees (armed to the teeth) whilst on your left 4 of your fellow countrymen were slaughtered using a butcher knife from ear to ear?

· Having to listen to Sharif Al Akhawi (aka salkeh wa amneh) on the car radio to know which road is safe to take, knowing damn well that the information was valid for a very short lapse of time.
· Carry all sorts of weapons on your side and in the boot of your car, and for any stupid reason feel like you can fire your weapon and get away with it?
Read the entire piece here, its well worth it.


  1. Thank you for taking the time and reading what some might consider dribble or even preaching in the desert. It is because of blogs like yours, R.S, B.V ...etc that I actually decided to try once again and make a small difference.
    Once again thank you.

  2. Thanks for sharing your very personal experiences in your post Marillion...

    ...I think a lot of people these days need to wake up and see what the consequences of their actions and their talk can/will be...

    ...before its too late, before it happens again.

  3. Anonymous1:21 AM

    The run up to war is a rational decision taken by competing parties when all political solutions fail, in the current framework if one side wishes to impose its will via the use of force the only rational response is the use of force too. Obviously the resulting massacres are the price to pay to reach a solution. As we already know from Lebanese History, no solution will be permanent if there is no winner or loser, someone must win the current conflict and impose his will at the end of the day, it cannot drag on endlessly like that...

    PS: While it is possible to win a conflict without committing intentional massacres the filthy Lebanese customs suggest otherwise. Lebanese militas were/are one of the worst kind of animals there is, wish someone could take all the war criminals and burn them to ashes...

  4. Anonymous,

    Yes their has to be a winner and a loser in order for any conflict to come to a close. As for the use of force so far it seems that all parties involved in the current crisis are working on avoiding bloodshed. The danger I see lurks wihin the orange demanted general first and second the yellow thugs who have decided that they are way above the law of our land.
    As for massacres, trust me there are worst than the Lebanese.

  5. Anonymous3:33 PM

    Screw them to hell!! Why can't we have a normal country?


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