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Monday, July 17, 2006

Syrian Bloggers: Today, we are all Lebanese...

Today, we are all Lebanese.

Lebanon has been sentenced to death. On Wednesday 12 July, she was put in prison, and now she's being tortured.

Israel's war is with Lebanon's civilians, not Hizbollah. Nearly every person killed has been a civilian. Power stations, bridges and petrol stations have been targeted. Israel has warned residents to get out of certain villages, but bombed roads to make it difficult - and refugee convoys have been picked out for deadly air raids.

And getting out of the country is impossible now too. The airport has been destroyed, the sea ports are blockaded, and the border posts and highways have been razed to the ground.

Lebanon is held hostage to the angry Israeli war machine. And now more than ever, Syrians bloggers, just like every Syrian stand by her.

Another generation of Lebanese will know nothing but war. We can't let this happen, Again.

This post has been supported by the group of Syrian bloggers at Syria Planet. Please feel free to re-post this statement, and tell one of us, so we can all add your name to this list.

Sasa, The Syria News Wire
Yazan Badran, My Stupid Corner
Ammar, My Many MY's
Ayman Haykal, The Damascene Blog
Omar Salaymeh, Earth to Omar
Annie (in French), Blog.Syrie.Be
Aleppous, Aleppous
Stellar, Rollercoaster Journey
Abu Fares, Abu Fares Says
Ahmad, ضـ ـيـ ـا ع
Ihsan, Bits & Bites of Syria
Oz, Between Syria and France
Shady Zayat, مبعثرة
Soraya, Syrian to the Bone
Omar Faleh, Deconstructed Life
Ayhm Jzzan, ayhm2006
Sharks, Getting Started
Fares, Free Michel Kilo Now
Yaser, roneceve
Amr Faham, My Life, Adventures, and Memories


Anonymous Luna Rossa - Israel said...

I can assure you that Israel has not used any type of chemical weapon against civilians. You may not understand Israel's motvation in this conflict, but it is certainly not to harm civilians. Every rational Israeli is deeply saddened by the Lebanese civilian casualties of this war. If there was a way to ensure Israel's long-term safety without harming a single Lebanese civilian, Israel would certainly choose this path.

Moreover, Israel is a democracy in the strongest sense of the word: if the army would even consider crossing the line between conventional and non-conventional warfare, the Israeli public would shut this war down in a minute. The heads of our state are well aware of this, and would never take this gamble.

July 17, 2006 4:48 PM

Blogger Yazan said...

Israel has been reported to using phosphoric bombs, and arsonist bombs.

I donno really how this can be true while israel is bombing buses full f children. check the news will u!
and by news, I mean other than CNN or Y-Net.

Since it is a democracy, YOU Israelis, should be out there stopping this bloody war, stopping this mass murder of the people of a beautiful country.
You say you wanna live at peace with ur neighbours while all we can see is blood, cruelty, stolen lands and F-18s...

July 17, 2006 4:54 PM

Anonymous G. said...

My dear Yazen,
Let's put some facets straight:
1) Israel was attacked by Hezbollah on last Wednesday with no cause what so ever.
2) The attack was orchestrated from the Lebanese side of the border and violated the Israeli sovereignty by all international laws and standards.
3) The attack not only harmed solders but was aimed to harm civilians as well, (and infect it did.)
4) Hezbollah is not only a terrorist organization which acts with in Lebanon, but it is a political movement which has got M.P. in the Lebanese parliament and ministers at the government as well. Therefore its attacks on Israel might be considered as a Lebanese aggression.
5) Never the less, Israel does not regard Lebanon as the primary responsible to this war, but claim that Lebanon has not done what it should have done, meaning -disarm the Hezbollah and enforcing its own sovereignty all over the country.
6) Facing the Lebanese stand still in this matter, Israel had no option but to act. Regarding the fact that Hezbollah has been using Lebanon's infrastructures for his own goals, it is only (sadly enough) natural that those are exactly the targets of our bombs. (by the way Israel hasn't got f18)
7) Indeed Lebanon is a victim. It is a victim of the Hezbollah, it is a victim of the forces driving the Hezbollah – Syria and Iran, It is a victim of its own mishandlings and, I cannot deny it, our victim as well.
8) Should Lebanon take its sovereignty responsibilities, bringing back our solders, disarming the Hezbollah and act as an independent state, I see no reason for any confrontation between the two countries.

Until this day comes, (very soon I hope) as an Israeli I can only express my empathy to the Lebanese people on the one hand, while acting in self deface on the other hand.

I truly am looking forward to have such conversations with Syrians and Lebanese over a cup of coffee and RAKHAT LAKUM in Beirut, Damascus, Jerusalem or Tel Aviv.



July 17, 2006 9:15 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...


It's very surprising to me to hear a Syrian talking about this issue, because after all, Hizbullah might pretend that it's a Lebanese resistance organization, but those who actually stir the pot are the Syrian and Iranian administrations. Should Assad or Ahmadinajad want to, Hizbullah could be dismantled in a second. Just look at what their fellow arab nations say.

If you would like to know exactly what we're doing and why in the most forward of ways, read Dan Gillerman's (Israeli ambassador to the UN) speech from the special Security Council session.

Last thing I wanted to mention is that I can't possibly believe Israel would use any type of unconventional warfare in Lebanon. On the other hand, when Hizbullah targets Haifa it's mostly because of the large ammonia deposits there. Can you imagine what would happen if they were ever hit?

July 17, 2006 9:21 PM

Blogger Yazan said...

Dear G., Anonymous.

I'm sorry that I dont really have time to reply in detail to ur comments, [I'm doing finals now]..

but, This is not about Assad, Najadi or Nasrallah anymore.
If you read through my blog u will realize that I'm anti-regime in syria, and u will realize three posts down that I'm not a huge fan of Hizbulla, just like a lot of lebanese who are now demonstrating in every major capital in this world..
bt what u need to realize too, that this is about Israel "destroying" in every sense of the word lebanon, lebanon the country.
Not hizbulla, hizbulla is a guerilla movement, and Israeli generals know exactly that air raids doesnt do shit to guerilla moements, but the do realize that it could destry any kind of infrastructure a fragile economy like lebanon has, it can destroy houses, it can destroy airports [which everybody knows hizbulla has nothing to do with] hizbulla' arms go through the land through syria. not through the airport, and DEFINITLY not through sea, unless ur suggesting that Cyprus too gives arms to hizbulla.

this is a MASS PUNISHMENT for the lebanese civilians, this is not helping peace in any way. this is israel showing up its force, and killing children again and again and again..
This is a humanitarian issue now, not just political.

And btw, Hizbulla's kidnapping was totally against israeli military. and I'm not defnding it.
But, destroying a country? comon who are u kidding??? Lebanon is raised to the ground..

like u read up there, ANOTHER lebanese generation will only see israel as a force aimed at destroying lebanon.

1978, 1982, 1996, and now 2006. 4 times.

July 17, 2006 9:31 PM

Anonymous g. said...

Dear Yazan,
First on a personal level, good luck with your finals, or should I say BITAWUFIK WaNNAJAKH

As to your comments, Hezbollah is not only a guerrilla force, it is as I have mentioned, a political force as well and it has been using Lebanon as its ground for activity, it has all sort of plants all over the land, training camps, depots of ammunition, offices for its ongoing daily activity and so on. You cannot claim that those infrastructures were unknown or hidden, can you? More then that, Lebanon and the Lebanese gave that organization (Unwillingly many times) every physical support under the Syrian pressure.
The attack and the kidnapping last week were acts of war, since then more then a 1000 missiles were launched at our cities from Lebanese territory. From our stand of view there is no other way to call it, but war. And war I'm afraid, claims victims, many times innocent ones.
Like many other Israelis I have served in the army, like less Israelis I still have some reserve service from time to time. I can tell you from my own experience, I was never been ordered or trained to hurt civilians, babies, kids women or men and I am sure that no other Israeli was, but that doesn't mean we won't fight for our own defense.
I do not see you, nor do I see Lebanon as enemies and I really wish for this circle of violence to end, but I cannot and I believe Israel cannot agree to have an organization such as Hezbollah lurking on our borders.

Be at well and keep writing, "The pen is mightier than the sword!"
Yours truly,

July 17, 2006 10:31 PM

Blogger [ j i m m y ] said...


just a quick note to thank you for your support. its enormously appreciated.

July 18, 2006 1:31 AM

Blogger Yazan said...

Dear G.
It will be hard to explain, that's the problem with these conflicts, no side will ever "understand" the other side's perspectie, hope or frustration.
I am calling for moderation, moderate people are the ones who lose everywhere, u can see all the hate comments on this blog.
I agree, "word is mightier than sword"...
If u are willing to understand, if U DO REALLY want to, I suggest u go see lebanese blogs, see the pictures, see what the IDF is doing. these people are not Hizbulla people, these people used to write eeryday against Nasrallah, I DID. u can check my archives. but u see, again, this is not Hizbulla, these Massacres.
when a bus carrying 23 kids and women, who fleeing their village because Israel told them to flee, gets bombed and they burn alive, that's not hizbulla, that's... i donno what to call it...
Personally, I think Human lives are more important than any cause. I see ur precious Olmert just as a criminal as Nasrallah. this is war, extremism wins. and moderation loses. that's what always happens.

I cant defend bombing civilians, maybe in core Nasrallah and Olmert are not that different, except that Olmert has the means to be 10 times deadlier than Nasrallah, which shows from each side's body count.

Nasrallah killed about 20 civilians up till now.
Olmert about 200.
ironic, how true it is.


thank you, albi ma3kun.

July 18, 2006 10:32 AM

Blogger Fares said...

yazan please add me to the list freesyria.wordpress.com

God Save Lebanon

July 18, 2006 12:40 PM

Blogger Fares said...

Yazan, great comments and defense. You should be a great lawyer or a human right leader!

Good luck with your finals...

July 18, 2006 12:46 PM

Blogger Yazan said...

thank you fares. let's hope we can help.

July 18, 2006 12:49 PM

Blogger Shady Zayat said...

dude I just updated the list, check it on my blog.

July 19, 2006 3:48 AM

Blogger Fares said...

Rallying for Lebanon and the West double Standards

July 21, 2006 11:24 AM

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