Arabisc: The Blazing Middle East

Third day after the beginning of the never ending Middle East conflict; Israel/Lebanon war, the Arabic blogsphere speaks.

Ranging between anger, celebration, condemnation and support, on both sides of the conflict, the bloggers views vary depends where they come from. Some sound extreme, others sound objective and reasonable, but all hopes that this ends with persistence peaceful and just solution for all, soon.

From Bahrain, Ali glorifies the Shia't Hezbollah operation and call them ‘the most honored arab,’ yet condemns Sunni's conspiracy against Hezbollah. He said:

نجح حزب الله الشيعي في ثالث عملية أسر لجنود صهاينة غاصبين محتلين، وبسحر النسيم وقوة العواصف انتشر الخبر في كافة الأرجاء وبدأت التهليلات والأفراح ، ولكن الحكومات العربية سكتت وايما سكوت
على الفور سارعت الدول الكبرى وهيئة الامم المتحدة والمنظمات العالمية والمحلية إلى التأييد أو الإدانة، ولكن اين هم العرب، فبعد صمت قارب نصف يوم خرج الأمين العام للجامعة العربية ليقول نحن نرتب لاجتماع عى مستوى وزراء خارجية الدول العربية جميل جدا ايها العرب وأيضا خرج وزير الإعلام اللبناني ليقول ان الحكومة اللبنانية لا تتبنى، لا تدعم، لا تعلم، لا تتحمل ؟؟!!؟!؟! لاءات جيدة جدا أيها
وحكومة البحرين التي ادانت التفجيرات الهندية الإرهابية كما اسمتها ستلتزم الصمت بالتأكيد تجاه عملية حزب الله
ونظرية المؤامرة تدخلت في تثبيط وتهميش ما قام به حزب الله الشيعي ، ، فمرة أنه لضرب صيف لبنان الذي يذر أموالا طائلة على الاقتصاد اللبناني، ومرة انها مسرحية وغيرها من المتخيلات العقيمة
لا أعرف لماذا أحس ان المشكلة هي مشكلة تشيع حزب الله وليس أي شيء آخر، لا أعرف لماذا تنتفض كل قوى التسلط السنية ضد اي شيء شيعي، والمشكلة أن هذا الشيء الشيعي “حزب الله ” يحرج ليس الفشل السياسي للسنة فقط، بل حتى الفشل المذهبي وكانهم يتناسون ما تقوم به حركة الجهاد الإسلامي الفلسطينية وبعض الفصائل الطائفية السنية الاخرى
The Shia't Hezbollah succeeded in third operation of capturing an occupier Zionist soldiers. Like a magical breeze and a big storm, the news spread everywhere, cheering and celebrating, but the Arabian Governments kept quite. Meanwhile, immediately the Super Powers, United Nations, National and International Organizations, either went on supporting or condemnation, but where is the Arab? After a half day silence, the General Secretary of the Arab League came up to inform us that a meeting for the Arab Foreign Misters is arranged, very nice Arab, and the Information Mister of Lebanon comes out to say, “we don't support, we didn't know, we are not responsible?!?!” Only new “NO's”, very good, and the Bahraini Government, which condemned the ‘terrorist explosions’ in India as they called them, but kept quite against Hezbollah operation.

And the conspiracy theory popup to marginalize and depress what the Shia't Hezbollah did. First they said, its aim is to ruin ‘Lebanon Summer’, which pumps a large sum of money to the Lebanese economy, and then they said it is a ‘play,’ and many other useless imaginary stories.

I don't know why I have the feeling that it's because Hezbollah is a Shia't party, nothing else. I don't know why all the Sunni power uprise against anything Shia't. The problem is that this Shia'a thing called ‘Hezbollah’ is embarrassing them. Not only the Sunni political failure, but even the Sunni as faith, and as they pretend to forget what the ‘Palestinian Islamic Jihad Movement’ and other Sunni parties are doing.

From Jordan, Rami simply lay few unanswered questions, he said:

هل في رأي احد ان المشروع الصهويني يصارع للحفاظ على مكتسابته؟ بمعنى هل توقف عن التمدد واصبح يصارع ليبقى؟ وهل اصبح شعب الله المختار محتارا في انه “آوت اوف سولوشنز” ولا يعرف كيف يعيد الهيبة الى قوته الرادعة امام جيوش العراة من حماس وحزب الله، فبدأ يستخدم القوة المفرطة؟ ام ان هذا في خانة التغني والاماني؟
Does any one think that the Zionist project is fighting to save their gains? In other words, did they stop spreading and are fighting for existence only? And is “God's Nation” (Jews) puzzled and ‘out of solutions’ and does not know how to bring back it's prestige, and its sweeping power in front of the naked armies of Hamas and Hezbollah, so it started using the ‘excessive power'? Or is it a considered as a hopeful sign?

Moodless from Kuwait see this as ‘Policy of Foolishness’:

ان تخطف جنديان لتحاول المساومة عليهما فتجد نفسك في حرب مع طرف اقوى تأكل الأخضر واليابس مقامرا بأرواح ابرياء مات منهم الى الآن اكثر من 40 مدني فيهم اطفال وشباب وشيوخ.. لا يندرج هذا في اي معجم الا تحت باب الغباء!
To kidnap two soldiers to try trading them and then find yourself in the middle of a war against a stronger opponent which can brush off everything, gambling with civilians lives, 40 civilian children, youth and elders already killed… this is not translated but under the term ‘foolishness'!

From Lebanon, in her last post, Eve first draws the sad pictures of the atrocities, damages, death at door steps, buildings, bridges, airport and all Israeli air raid targets. The second part of her post reveals her wishful unity against Israel aggression. She said:

ننتقل إلى الجزء الثّاني من المسألة. جزء الفارس المغوار الذي أقبل على حصانه الأبيض، واجتاح المخاطر، ليخلّص المظلومين، مهما كان الثّمن. أكرّر مهما كان الثّمن. وفي هذا الجزء، يتوجّب علينا أن ننتقي الأبطال. الأخيار، بعبارةٍ أخرى. هؤلاء الأبطال الذين جرجرونا إلى ما نحن غارقون فيه اليوم (بالمناسبة، يرجى من جميع الرّاغبين استخدام السّاحة اللّبنانية تحقيقاً لأغراضهم الخاصّة تسجيل أسمائهم على اللائحة والانتظار بالدّور. سوف يحين دور الجميع). طبعاً، لم يتمّ استئذاننا في شيء. ومن نحن لنقف في وجه الأبطال؟ (وإيه شو يعني لبنانيّي! لك روح يا شيييخ، بكرة منجيب لكم وطن غيره!)

إذاً هذه هي الرّواية الرّسمية. لكن، حسب رأيي الشّخصي، القصّة لا تحتوي على أبطالٍ من كلتا النّاحيتين. القصّة تتضمّن ضحايا… ضحايا كثر. وتتضمّن أيضاً مذنبين. حزب الله أذنب. لا شكّ في هذا. ميول حزب الله السياسيّة تمثّل جزءاً غير بسيط من اللّبنانيّين (لكن لا جميعهم). لا شكّ في هذا أيضاً. لكنّني أورد الرّواية الرّسمية لأنّ الوقت ليس وقت إثارة النّعرات الدّاخلية، ولا البحث في موضوع الحقّ معهم أم عليهم، أو “عيب عليكم كيف بتعملوا هيك” (مع إنّو: معقول راسكم؟ عن جد كيف بتعملوا هيك!!). الوقت وقتٌ لإيقاف الهجمات الإسرائيليّة على أرض لبنان بأسرع ما يمكن، ووضع حدٍّ لسقوط المزيد من القتلى والخسائر. أمّا بعد ذلك، فلكلّ حادثٍ حديث، ولكلّ حدودٍ ترسيم، ولكلّ صلاحيّاتٍ نطاقٌ معيّن. ومن هنا، ضرورة عدم التزام مواقف مشتّتة. ومن هنا اختيار الانحياز إلى لبنان، واعتماد صوت واحد. ومن هنا، الرّواية الرّسمية.

المشاهد ما زالت تتوالى على شاشة التّلفزيون. أكتم الصّوت. أتفرّج على بيروت مضاءة ليلاً. من غير صوت. مع بعض دمع. ما زالت تبدو جميلة. رغم كلّ شيء…

The second part is related to the brave knight who came over his white horse, through the danger, to save all victim of injustice, at any price, I repeat, at any price.
In this part, we should be selective of our champion knights, the good ones. These champions who dragged us to where we are drowning in today (by the way, for those who like to use Lebanon ground to achieve their personal goals, kindly register your names on the waiting list until your turn comes).

Of course we were not asked, and who are we to stand in front of the champions?

So, this is official version of the story. But, personally, the story has no champion knights. The story includes casualties… a lot of casualties… and includes guilty people too. Hezbollah is guilty, no doubt. But Hezbollah policy represents a big part of the Lebanese (but not all). No doubt about this too. I put the official story to say that it’s not the right time to enrich a national conflict, and not time to discuss who is to blame, or to shame anyone now. Now it is the time to stop the Israeli aggression on Lebanon as fast as possible, and to minimize the casualties. Later on, we can talk, we can but borders, and we can define authorities. Therefore, we should not take conflicting positions. And based on this, be on Lebanon side, have one voice; this should be the official saying.

The senses are still coming on TV. I mute it, watching Beirut at night, no sound, and few tears, still beautiful, in spite of everything.

From Egypt, Jar el-Kamar looks at Hezbollah operation from different perspectives and tries to understand who is benefiting from what:

الحقيقه اني لا اهضم فكرة التضامن مع اخواننا في فلسطين .. تفكيري المتواضع يقودني الى محاولة اثبات شرعيه و كسب تعاطف , استغلال صريح لموقف فلسطيني متأزم .. الآن حزب الله اكثر شعبيه .. و حصل على ذريعه جيدا لاستمرار وجوده .. ربما ظن نصرالله ان اسرائيل المشغوله بحرب شبه شامله في غزه ستعجز عن توفير دعم كامل لدخول لبنان .. و ان الامر لن يتعدى قصف متبادل بالصواريخ كما جرت العاده
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يبقى الاحتمال الاخر الاكثر رومانتيكيه .. وهو ان سماحة السيد اراد استغلال الموقف الفلسطيني لاشعال حرب اسلامويه شامله .. هذا الاحتمال تبنته الولايات المتحده .. و حملت سوريا وايران مسئوليه اشعال الاحداث
I can't grasp the idea of this operation being in solidarity with our brother in Palestine. I personally think that the difficult Palestinian situation was used in this operation to gain sympathy and legitimacy for what was done. Now, Hezbollah has gained more support and won more reasons to persist. Maybe Nasrallah thought that while Israel is busy in its war at Gaza that she will not be in position to invade Lebanon, and that it would not go far more than rockets from both sides as it used to be.

The last romantic possibility is that el-Sayed Hassan Nasralleh wants to use the Palestinian situation to ignite a wide comprehensive Islamic war. This possibility was adopted by U.S., which held Syria and iran responsible for.

Last but not least, Osama, a blogger from Palestine post few photos of debris on the Israeli side, caused by Hezbollah rockets and Israeli civilians sitting in shelters and title the post with one line; “They are suffering as much as you are.”

14 comments

  • Niel

    Stop War against Lebanon NOW.
    bush be fair and do not increase hostilies between peoples whose desiny to live as neighbours.
    Bush you will go after 2008 and you will leave destruction and hatred among peoples who can otherwise live in PEACE, SECURITY and LOVE.
    STOP WAR NOW gentlemen.

  • Sabah

    Stop the WAR>>>>????

  • Cindi, a fed up American

    I think that people are forgetting that Israel has almost 10,000 hostages that they call prisoners(most have never been charged) and they fired first. I do not completely defend Hezbollah, but they seem to be the only people that are standing up for the Palestinians and the Lebanese. These countries are already poor and have nothing, let them be! Why pick on someone that is so much smaller than you? Fight someone your own size. You see the Palestinian children on the news throwing rocks at the Israeli soldiers and being met with machine guns. Who is the terrorist? The Palestinians are fighting with their lives for land smaller than most major US cities. LET THEM HAVE IT. Israel is like the bully on the playground and America is responsible because we stand in their backs as defense rather they are right or wrong. What do they have on us? Why do we risk our lives and reputation to defend them time and time again? They do not return the favor. How can 30 some Israeli’s be dead while 300-400 Lebanese and we beleive that Israel is only after Hezbollah. They are murdering innocent people and the US doesn’t care because they are only ARABS. George Bush has brainwashed the American people into beleiving that all Arabs are terrorists and we must kill them to protect ourselves. BUT they are people of GOD just like us. Our brothers and sisters and until WE as Americans stand up and tell Bush that he is wrong and the Israeli’s are NO BETTER than Hitler, slaughtering innocent people because of their land and religion, this hatred and ignorance will never end. When an Arab calls for Jihad he is a terrorist. Wher is Israel any different?! God wants us to love one another, not kill each other. Most of us pray at night for world peace, but do nothing to make it happen. One voice does make a difference. If we stand by silent, we are just as guilty as the ones firing the weapons. **When an Arab calls for Jihad, he is a terrorist. Where is Israel any different?!.**

  • Cindi, a fed up American

    This message goes out especially to Mr. John Smith. You speak as an ignorant brainwashed American. Bush has got to you. Maybe if we leave the rest of the world alone, they will not hate us so much. If a country bombed us almost daily for years at a time, you would hate them too and dance in the street when someone showed them the same. Other countries do not have the power to send their military over here to make war on our land, so they send suicide bombers. I don’t say that this is right, but it is reality. Because we put on camoflauge uniforms and call it a military does that make us any different/better when we go to foreign lands and kill innocent people?? When they do it, it is terrorism. When we do it, we call it “collateral damage”. This is WRONG and Bush is WRONG. He is sending the world to a 3rd World War. He is the only one to blame for the way that the World perceives America. The world hates Bush and I beleive that at least half of the American people do too. If hezbollah is the only one in danger, why are we evacuating the American Citizens? Have you ever been out of America? I took my children on vacation to Beruit last summer. That could be us over there right now, in danger of being murdered by hands that our country has defended for generations and I am damn angry. Mass amounts of people are dying at the hands of Israel. They need to be stopped.*** I now pray that the entire Middle East comes together and stops them(the true terrorists)” by any means necessary.” ***

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