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Friday, May 19, 2006

Moustapha Moudlej Died


Moustapha Moudlej died.
Moustapha Moudlej died.
Moustapha Moudlej died.

Does any reality sink in, in the land of fools?

And months before him, Mohammed Ismail died. To those with short memories: Moustapha, a soldier in the Lebanese army, was shot in the head two days ago, in the most recent army-Palestinian gunmen clash.

Mohammed Ismail was a Lebanese topographer working with the army. Both men were shot on Lebanese territory by pro-Syrian Palestinian thugs.

The reactions I had feared materialized, and were even worse than I anticipated.

L'Orient-Le Jour quotes PM Seniora saying:

Patience. Let them have a little more fun with this. It strengthens our case.

[I am paraphrasing, but very close, link good one day].

A man puts his life on the line for you and the country. He dies. And our response is "let them have a little more fun with it".

What feeling is the citizen supposed to take from these words? Especially in light of 30 years of similar "events" that led to, or actually were, the destruction of the state and of the country?

And, if you are a soldier or an officer in the Lebanese army, the PM's words must really warm your heart and pump up your courage to ready you for battle. Needless to say, Lahoud, the other zero and supreme defender of the land, constitution and army, was not heard from.

To be accurate, I think Seniora said his ugly inane words before private Moudlej died. But it matters not. Seniora knew damn well the seriousness of the situation and of the man's injury.

In other activities, Seniora and the rest were celebrating Liberation Day yesterday. And Seniora called for:
unifying national and Arab efforts in order to liberate the remaining occupied lands, notably the Shebaa Farms.

Words fail me.

Honorable mention for the stupid irrelevant insulting cliche of the day goes to Minister of Something Michel Pharaon. It was his turn to utter those famous words this time: this incident does not help the Palestinian cause. Michel, next time STFU, you'll look much smarter.

Moustapha and Mohammed, rest in peace if you can, and God help your families and country because no one else will.

8 Comments:

  • At 5/19/06, 8:56 AM, Anonymous ghassan karam said…

    Josey,
    As you might have noticed I have never had any faith or trust in the Lebaense politicians or even the regular citizen who is ultimately responsible for allowing these clowns to act and commit their misdeeds in our name. But I sure would have expected a sizable portion of the Lebanese , say 20%, to have demonstrated their rage whenevr the pols fail to act. Where are the editorials demanding strong leadership? where is the youth, the future of any nation? where are the delegations representing everyday citizens converging on the HQ of political parties to demand action...The politicians have failed Mr. Moudlej and Mr. Ismail. The Lebanese public has failed them as did every single Lebanese institution. Pity a nation that does not care for its ownmembers and that does not have the courage to defend its citizens. Such a nation can be described only as a failed state.

     
  • At 5/19/06, 9:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    You're right in what you're saying. But just to be a little more fair, the PM said that before Moustapha Moudlej died.

     
  • At 5/19/06, 10:52 AM, Blogger Lazarus said…

    words fail me too, JW. it's a sad thought when the citizens are not one of the more important things.

     
  • At 5/19/06, 1:18 PM, Blogger the perpetual refugee said…

    Yet another sad, sad day.

    Yet another day to make your blood boil.

    Yet another day Mr. Assad takes a Lebanese life. And our government watches, powerlessly.

     
  • At 5/19/06, 5:41 PM, Blogger JoseyWales said…

    Anon,

    But just to be a little more fair, the PM said that before Moustapha Moudlej died.

    I say exactly that in my post. But it still does not matter. The shooting was the umpteenth assault on the authority of the state. AND Moustapha Moudlej already had a BULLET in his head.

    "Patience and fun". Sorry but this tells me that Seniora is no statesman. He is not even a sane, intelligent or decent human being. Something is missing in all these Ministers and MPs.

    And like Ghassan said what kind of people take this?

    The stupid press has opinions on Gaza and Sharon and Chomsky and Bush and Katrina, but none on this?

    What kind of friggin army officers take this forever?

     
  • At 5/19/06, 8:06 PM, Blogger Fouad said…

    7keyet bree2 el zeyt.. nothing will ever change in Lebanon. Leaders and journalists were killed and nothing of substance happened. Do you think anybody gives a damn about the life of a lone soldier Josey? if reality were to sink in, it wouldn't have waited til now.

     
  • At 5/19/06, 8:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    For a Better Syria and Lebanon. Let's end all the conflicts made by the corrupt rulers
    Free Michel Kilo

     
  • At 5/20/06, 12:15 AM, Anonymous ghassan said…

    Anon 8:30,
    What to the %$#@ is it that Lebanon is doing that needs to be stopped? It plays dead whenever the Ba'ath emissaries decide to violate its independence, integrity and rights , its only responce is to ask for border demarcation and diplomatic ties. You are damn rightto say that Lebanon is not doing enough, it is not showing enough backbone to stand for what is right

     

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