The Ever-Evolving World Through Her Eyes

Chaos Ensues
May 8, 2008, 3:54 pm
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After two weeks of running around Lebanon and Beirut with one of my best friends from New York, the day she was supposed to leave was also when the “general strike” was to begin.  First things first, the road to the airport will be blocked off and at nine am the Airport will close – 15min after her flight should leave.  Our decision to make: do we get her there extremely early and hope her flight leaves on time, risking that if she does not leave on time she is stuck at the airport for possibly days? Or do we have her stay but risk that she is inevitably stuck in Lebanon for days?  After some deep meditation and considering the facts, it became apparent that it was time for her to go.  

I woke the next morning to head to class as AUB had remained open, to find it desolate and quiet, a rarety in my time here.  Only a few students and a few professors milling about.  I went back home as my classes were all cancelled for the rest of the day but needed to use the internet later that night.  So I walked with Nadim, crossing Bliss St. to get into the Penrose Gate at University, we weren’t bombared with the cascading beeps of Service’s or the suicidally fast cars passing through.  We saw two cars about 50 meters away from each other driving slowly, it was almost a scene from one of those western movies after the dust bowl storm had just blown through, and the tumbleweeds come rolling by.  Quiet sank in heavy, with a hint disaster on the skyline.   

Nasrallah, the leader of Hezbollah, gave a speech today describing their position as reactionary to the situation in the Government, of not being heard when trying peaceful protest, of being ignored when trying to engage in dialogue.  The “general strike” began with shutting down roads, burning tires, and the firing of weapons. 

As I sit here, at my computer now the sound of gunshots and explosions take up the empty space around me.  The country seems to have fallen to madness, with political faction to blame.  Of course there is more accountability placed on others, but then that just becomes a finger pointing game of who’s more wrong.  It’s hard to make complete sense of it all.

Hezbollah was ignored by the government for a year and 1/2.  The Government hasn’t met in over a year.  Elections are continually post-poned.  A comprimise leader was decided on, and yet still not elected.  I can understand the idea of escalating tactics— we do it in organizing campaigns, but what have we come to besides the brink of civil war? Isn’t there a better way?

I will be updating more soon but the fighting is very close to me now.

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