Repercussions of the Evacuation of Foreigners from Beirut

The international community is evacuating its citizens from Beirut. Evacuation procedures are due to complete in a few hours after the publication of this post. While to many this move may appear as a precautionary measure to safeguard foreigners, there is much more behind it.

Undeterred by the fact that it will do no harm to foreigners, Israel will definitely intensify its aerial attacks over Beirut and other Lebanese cities to unprecedented degrees. In this process, Israeli fighter jets are bound to do more harm to civilians and the infrastructure than to the Hezbollah militants. Experience has proven it: Of the 350-or-so people killed in the attacks so far, one-third were children and many more were civilian men and women; very few were Hezbollah militants. And those who back Israeli military action over Lebanon must know that the new round of attacks means more homes will be destroyed, more civilians will be killed and more injured people will die in hospitals due to a lack of medical facilities.

And, because Israel has bombed all roads and bridges leading to Beirut, food and medical supplies will not be able to reach the city. Power transmission lines have suffered. Water supply is affected as a result. Hospitals will go without medicine and operation theaters will have to run without power. And when hospitals don’t run, food and water don’t reach the people, power stays off and bombs weighing tons are dropped from the sky, a humanitarian crisis is bound to occur. Not to mention that it may also herald the demise of the American-installed democracy in Lebanon.

America, displaying a condemnable backing for Israel, seems to be showing no regard to its much endeared ideal, democracy. Also, it closing its eyes in order not to notice Israel’s illegal aggression in a sovereign country and the collective punishment of its civilians.

Meanwhile, Hezbollah has had remarkable achievements by any standard: It has been able to kill as many as 18 Israeli soldiers and retain the two soldiers it had kidnapped earlier this month. In addition, it has kept Israeli ground troops at bay in the Northern front, showing excellent terrain-fighting skills. Hezbollah has also made the Israeli public pay for the aggression of Israeli military commanders killing 33 civilians so far.

However, the most important fact worth noticing is, that Muslims, especially Shiites, in Damascus and Tehran in particular, and the world over in general, are rejoicing over Hezbollah’s surprising display of resilience. Many of them may, if summoned by Hezbollah, join in the battle. This may turn Lebanon into another Afghanistan and shatter its fledgling democracy. Resultantly, a situation far bleaker and more disastrous than any other witnessed so far may arise in the region.



13 Responses to “Repercussions of the Evacuation of Foreigners from Beirut”

  1. 1 Sharon July 22, 2006 at 12:54 pm

    This is such a sad situation. We are so glad that Canada was very quick in their reaction to bring citizens back.

    My prayers are with everybody.

  2. 2 Ninglun July 22, 2006 at 6:24 pm

    For starters: I really don’t rejoice in anyone killing anyone, whoever they might be, and I am in favour of no-one’s bombs. I don’t think a righteous, non-discriminatory bomb has ever been invented, however the bomb is delivered, by whom, or for what reason. I also think the USA has been far too self-interested and far too ready a supporter of hard-line Israeli politicians for far too long. I really wish some long-forgotten UN resolutions on Israel and Palestine had been heeded decades ago — you can check that history on things like Wikipedia. There is no doubt the US stands guilty (along with allies such as my own country) of being too partisan on the Israel/Palestine issue.

    Given all that, there still might not be exact agreement between us, or between myself and many Muslims. Similarly, I have met Jews and Israelis who deplore the direction Israel has taken.

    Your last paragraph is, however, very wise, and very true. I wish people like Bush had the wit to see something so obvious.

  3. 3 Skipper July 24, 2006 at 2:21 am

    You sound as if you support the terrorists…

    The only thing that is illegal round there is that terrorists are still about, still mingling themselves amongst the civilians…so that innocents are still killed.

    It’s a real pity that they are such cowards. Why can’t terrorists fight their own wars…

    Everywhere’s turning into another Afganistan.

  4. 4 Joy July 24, 2006 at 4:25 am

    Neither side is right in this case. Hezbollah are cowardly and deliberately caused this seige by capturing the Israeli soldiers. They are also unwittingly the cause of the civilian death while they are fighting from civilian territory. That being said, where the hell is the diplomacy? Why do the Israeli boys have to go macho and ride into war? Israel is going too far in the name of oppression.

    Neither side should be supported in this case, because they are both being completely assinine.

  5. 5 EuroYank July 24, 2006 at 4:57 am

    The world will not soon forget how Israel has completely destroyed a people that were occupied by the Jews for 17 years, and completely decimated three times in 30 years. All that was built up in 15 years was destroyed in four days. This will not strengthen Israel, and when retribution comes it will know no bounds I fear.

  6. 6 Callen Damornen July 25, 2006 at 12:36 am

    It really is a shame we have an idiot in office to make all Americans look bad. Where is the outcry from either the Dems or the Repubs to condemn this madness???

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  7. 7 Abu Sahajj July 25, 2006 at 12:58 am

    I really wish some long-forgotten UN resolutions on Israel and Palestine had been heeded decades ago…

    The problem with comments like this is that while we are wishing, people… real people are dying. I am not in favor of hezbollah’s answer to the problem. But given the circumstances, I have no right to judge them. I am an American-Muslim born in the US, I have never directly felt the oppression of Zionist policy in Israel/Occupied Palestine.


  8. 8 Ninglun July 25, 2006 at 5:05 am

    To Abu Sahajj: my point is merely to say that those who are dying on all sides represent the price of bad policies and past follies. Real people are indeed dying.

  9. 9 Tania Labutes August 7, 2006 at 2:37 am

    It seems like the “war on terror” is hopeless, I think because the terrorists do not want peace. What can one do against an enemy that will be happy with nothing less than your complete obliteration from the earth? He will not rest until that end is accomplished. To those who say that bombs are not the answer, I say bombs are terrible. The death of people is very sad – WHOEVER they are. I don’t know what the solution is. It is not enough to say stop the war. How can you really stop it when one side just will never lay down its arms until the other side is decimated? There can be no peace.

    When I think of the forces at play in the world the idea of an enemy that wants only to see destruction reminds me of ultimate evil. Those that are making war could be viewed as it’s slaves, whichever side of this particular conflict they are on. Slaves, by their very nature cannot free themselves and have no rights and are bullied into doing whatever their master desires. I seem to have gotten far off track here and yet how can we understand what is going on wihout considering human nature and our condition. What is it inside human beings that predisposes us to war with each other and within ourselves? I am a Christian and when i think about that question I have come to accept what I read in the Bible. We have a predisposion towards rebellion against the One that made us. A disease that is so infectious that we actually cannot do anything that pleases God in any fibre of our being. No matter how hard we try, everything we do will be like refuse. We are slaves to sin. I believe that God has in mind to have a relationship with people but because of our rebellion we are disconnected from Him. Disconnection from the giver if Life and Peace, the One that embodies Love and Hope… What can this bring but death and destruction? So I think that what we see today is at the heart, a result of the basic diseased souls of people. I don’t believe there is a political solution because that is not the basic nature of the problem. I think that what is needed is for liberty to reign. Freedom from the predisposion towards inner self destruction, that always translates into outward destruction. But this kind of freedom cannot come without help. God knew this and so paid for our debts by sending us Jesus who willingly died and insodoing covered the cost of our debts. Jesus died and beat death by coming back to life so that we would not have to suffer death. The death of being severed from the source of Life, God. There is nothing we can do to deserve a restored relationship with Him. We cannot earn His love and affection. We cannot work for it. The only way we can enjoy a restored relationship with Him is to acknowledge our state and our destructive rebellion- our dependence on His sacrifice, our need of Him. We simply need to accept His gift which can free of from sin. He can then give us the Holy Spirit with whose help we can begin to stop being slaves and start to become the people God intended us to be.

    I’m not sure if this sounds simplistic. This is really what I think. I think the problems in the Middle East have very deep roots and are pervasive throuought all people. I don’t think that we human beings can fix these deep conflicts and we need outside help. The only One qualified is God because he knows us intimately, He loves us and created us. We need to turn to Him for help. But we wont do that – not everyone will anyway. The earth is going to continue to be a troubled place….

  10. 10 Green Earth October 1, 2006 at 11:27 am

    I feel nothing but sadness where I hear about such actions.

  11. 12 Josh January 25, 2008 at 3:31 am

    Great post. You may be interested in this too:

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