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Wednesday, July 19, 2006
Getting past the powerlessness Re: Lebanon
&Over the last week I've struggled with an overwhelming sense of despair as we've watched the situation deteriorate in Lebanon. It is a country which has struggled to slowly but surely rebuild from its civil war over the last 10 years. And now, in a week, that has all been reduced to nothing. Its infrastructure is being systematically destroyed and its tourist trade devastated. I got an email from a friend describing his feelings as he watched the Beirut burn from tourist resorts that have now become refugee camps.

So last night I did about the only thing I know hot to do. I went to a vigil across from parliament. It was quite a bit different from most of the protests I'm used to going to. For one thing, I didn't see any familiar faces in the hundreds of people there. Which means that this wasn't the usual suspects. It was Lebanese and Palestinian families out with their children and strollers, lighting candles as best they knew how. At the same time, there was a tight crowd of angry young men gathered around candles that eventually turned into a mini-bonfire. They were shouting angry chants and ended up with a mini-bonfire. But who could blame them? Their country is being systematically flattened and sent back 20 years. If they have relatives in Lebanon, they are most likely refugees. For what? For why?

And what does Bush have to say? "what they need to do is to get Syria, to get Hizbullah to stop doing this shit and it's over." The video is even more amazing. You can watch the whole clip via link three paragraphs down this cnn article:

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