'Israel, you are expelling everyone'
1.Only Hezbollah will stay
You destroyed Lebanon, ya Israel, and it is the worst step you have ever taken.
Everyone who can is leaving. The Israeli fantasy that the Lebanese will rise up against Hezbollah will not come to pass. Why? Because Hezbollah supporters are the only ones who will stay in this country.
A few minutes ago my friend called me to let me know he's going to the Gulf. I had thought he would never leave. But he lost his job and he can't let himself stay without work. I begged him to promise that he would return. The sadness in his voice when he answered me cannot be described.
"Karin, return to what?" he asked.
Israel, you are expelling everyone. If you are really pursuing Hezbollah, why are you bombing cities like Aden and Jounieh, high-rise buildings, the military facilities of the Lebanese army? The supermarkets have emptied out, the streets are deserted. People simply cannot stay.
After you loosen your siege, the only ones who will remain here are the poor Shi'ites who lost everything in this war: friends, families and homes. Even if you manage to destroy Hezbollah, won't 100 Hezbollahs sprout up out of this suffering?
Where will the displaced live now that their homes and neighborhoods have been wiped out? A friend from the Chouf Mountains told me that the southern Shi'ites and their militias have taken control of his town and are wandering its streets. All the Druze residents of the town have left.
In the Ashrafiya neighborhood [of Beirut], Lebanese forces are patroling at night to make sure the displaced people won't break into homes or cause problems in the streets. There is a smell of sectorial conflict in the making.
The irony, ya Israel, is that Lebanon is perhaps the only country in the region that could have been a friendly state one of these days. A warm peace, not a cold one. I always heard from acquaintances who traveled to Israel that the two countries are astonishingly similar (aside from the political issues, of course). Tel Aviv, I was told, is basically a Hebrew version of Beirut. Lately, the subject of peace has begun to seep into cultural dialogue here.
No one is speaking about peace any longer. No one will forget the atrocious acts you carried out here. People will also not raise the subject of peace, because it is no longer relevant. Peace is discussed here in the context of tourism and the economy. What tourism? What economy? Everything is dead here.
Stores and businesses are closing every day. Most of my friends have lost their jobs.
Okay, you needed to bring back your soldiers. Okay, you wanted to get rid of Hezbollah once and for all. But your soldiers are still missing, and you have made yourself into a far less secure place. You can argue that Lebanon brought it all upon itself, but that is exactly what people will hurl back in your faces in the future, ya Israel. You complicated the situation for yourself. You killed something fragile that you should have been nurturing: a liberal Arab neighbor.
This blog was written by Karin, 24, from Lebanon. It was posted on the Lebanese Blogger Forum.
2. All in the same boat
Today, despite our bitterness, we must unite. We don't need more disagreement and more civil wars because we will all lose out, definitely. Let's unite, not for Nasrallah, not for Junblatt. Let's unite because we are all in the same boat, even though Nasrallah is at its helm. If we get alarmed, we will all drown.
Some of the displaced people are waving Hezbollah flags in areas where people have opened their homes to them. That causes friction. Forgive the provocateurs. They lost their homes and their land, everything they had. Embrace them. After all, they're Lebanese like you.
Hezbollah may be serving Syria and Iran, but most of its supporters are poor and unfortunate, in need of comfort. Gird yourself with patience and unite, protect your brothers even if they are mistaken.
As for the Hezbollah supporters, they should be modest and not label as traitors people who really care about their country. Indeed, the Party of God has recruited the entire Lebanese population to their war. Can they not understand the sadness of others?
This is the time to unite and turn the other cheek to Hezbollah, especially as the Israeli bombings are the ones that are destroying our dreams.
This was posted anonymously on the Beirut Notes blog.
I want the tumult. And for everyone to fill the square anew.
I want the honking of the cars to break through from the nearby street.
I want to encounter the ball of the children and the smell of nargilah and coffee.
I want the balloon man and the painter and the accordion player and the party-goers and the weddings.
I want us to walk around and not find even one vacant seat.
I want us to go back and wander around and for you to try to hold my hand.
I want ...
And want ...
And want ...
As long as they destroy Lebanon
As long as they fill my heart with hardness
As long as they try to douse my many hopes
I know full well
That Lebanon will still be the way I want!
This was written by a 25-year-old blogger who calls herself "Mysterious Ayeb." It was posted on the Lebanese Blogger Forum.