First, our francophone readers are encouraged to check out French Eagle's latest post in which he reveals some insider information on the battles inside Nahr el Bared. For those non-french readers, here is a translated quip from the post:
They left booby-trapped TVs and radios on, so that when soldiers went to turn them off, they would explode... They also played recordings of crying babies, which lured soldiers into buildings and rooms which would then be detonated.Our Arabic and English readers can check out another stomach turning piece now making the turns on news services and blogs, that of an online game depicting and encouraging an attack against our government house, the Saraya, and the murder of Lebanese troops, politicians, and citizens. It is a disgusting disgrace - and most surely a violation of the law. Revelation of the online game comes on the heals of Hizballah's release of the second edition of its computer game depicting attacks against Israeli troops. Is there a connection? Most likely.
What is riling the soldiers most these days, however, is the fact that some of the wives of militants - now evacuated - were themselves fighters alongside their husbands...they should be tried as accomplices and murderers alongside their husbands.
Naharnet has just reported that
Prosecutor General Saeed Mirza on Thursday ordered police to launch an investigation into a video game about the storming of Premier Fouad Saniora's government compound and the killing of all the ministers.
The website quoted the Lebanese daily As-Safir which originally reported details surrounding the game. Ahead of reading the article I provided further commentary on the issue in this post's comments section.
Naharnet also provides its own commentary and correlations in the article:
The pro-opposition newspaper As-Safir carried an exclusive report on the game Wednesday noting that it was designed in France by a Lebanese citizen who was identified by the code name of Ziad al-Hajj.The Hizbullah-led opposition has erected scores of tents in Beirut's Riyadh al-Solh square, a few meters off the government compound since Dec. 1 with the declared objective of toppling the Saniora government.There has been a chain of rumors about alleged plans by the opposition to storm the government compound, fenced in bared wire and protected by tanks and three army and police battalions.The game, according to as-Safir is made up of three chapters, the first centers on killing all the "militias" that guard the compound, in reference to the regular forces.The second phase of the video battle starts in the lobby where attackers discover tunnels leading to the U.S. embassy in suburban awkar, 17 kilometers north of Beirut.Hizbullah leader Sayed Hassan Nasralla has termed the Saniora government "The Feltman Cabinet" in reference to the U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon Jeffrey Feltman, whom he accuses of controlling the March 14 Majority that backs the government.Attackers also fight a battle with "militiamen" in the lobby who are allegedly supervised by Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblat, Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea and al-Moustaqbal Movement leader Saad Hariri, as well as Saniora himself.The last and third chapter of the "game" involves the storming of the main hall where Saniora is presiding over a meeting of his cabinet and the killing of "all the traitors and thieves," in reference to the premiere and his ministers.The game ends with the phrase: "Game over, congratulations" when the player succeeds in "liquidating" all those in the government compound, the report noted.Hajj was quoted as saying he designed the game to "express the wishes of many Lebanese" in storming the government compound. "I gave them what they want."