Saturday, August 05, 2006

one colorless day

Like everything else that is big, new and destroyed, the sliding board and the swing got their share. The kids, it seems, began fighting over the swing, soon parents were involved and hours later there were fights all over the school around the swing and the sliding board. The swing was broken and the volunteers dismounted the sliding board. Some children were sad but I was devastated. The sliding board and the swing were the most colorful things around the school and now they're broken.

Today the school was colorless. We tried to draw but children were not in the mood. They were fighting over crayons, paper, space. They were irritable and aggressive. I think I was tired too. But it's the quality of violence that was unbearable today. J's mom was mad because J. (10) had asked a stranger for a Barbie doll. The mother was so offended by J's request because J. "made her family look poor and needy". The mother took her 10 year old to one of the rooms and beat her so violently that the whole school turned silent. We heard hard material slamming. The policemen that were guarding the school were standing still and couldn’t do anything: in Lebanon, beating children is legal.

One of the volunteers couldn’t hear the little girl screaming anymore so she begged the mother to stop and began crying. I cried too. And when the kids saw both of us crying they cried. It was a sad evening at the school. But the good news is that we heard from China and the papers for the children's passports are on the way. At least some of them are getting out of here.


Anonymous marcello said...

Hi, I'm not into politics but in the latter days I've tried to get the more informations I could not just about this conflict but the whole context of this war.

I have to admit I failed to made up any final conclusion on the matter, sure what's happening is totally wrong, sure nations are failing to provide nothing than words and taking time, sure people is dying and suffering for no reason, sure this is leading to further pain.

I have nothing to say, all the analisys I read are useless, truth is mass graves, wich means not just innocent people is dying, but their relatives having no grave nor stone where to cry at their lost dears.

What should I do? Marching and sitting in to make some pressure on my government? Would that change anything? I did so when they invaded iraq, and things has gone the worst way snce then, as exactly we expected them to.

I would help, I wolud join some ONG to get there food and stuff and giving some help and relief, that would be something to me. Pictures of childs still smiling are far too much to me, they have no politics yet, they have no hate, they still have trust.

It makes me sad, it made me weep.

I always enjoy talking with foreigners people when I can, I like talking about national customs, traditions or simply having their opinion on cetain matters. I met lot of arabs, being sicilian I'm always very curious even about the language, giving that we still use a lot of terms inerithed from arab.

I'm very naive in this, I really enjoy meeting people that are curious the same way. That is simply how I see relating to other people should be: an exchange.

But not always I found relating with other people enjoyable, sometimes happens people are no really intrested on any exchange, they just want you to accept their opinion as the truth on certain matter, it surely happens everyday.

Well, it happen to me to know a jewish girl here in milan, we were with frinds, mainly serbs that flee here escaping kosovo war. Time was shortly before Iraq invasion by US, I avoided taking that issue, but she did.

She started that we were unfair with US that freed us and war wasn't a bad word, she said she grew surrounded by this word ant its meanings, she said arabs were crazy, they were no people you could talk with for settle any agreement, her speaking was full of hate, I said nothing.

A serb friend did, she said US bombed them and fact they tought they were allowed to do whatever they wanted wasn't fair, so she would not agree US are always on the right side.

Jew girl then calmed down, I didn't see her anymore since then, I had a very bad feeling of her, she talked as she had the truth in her hand.

Now, strange thing is, seing what happening I feel pity also for her.

August 06, 2006 12:53 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tehran Sends Archterrorist Mughniyeh to Rescue Hizballah

August 5, 2006, 4:57 PM (GMT+02:00)

In the middle of the fourth week of the Lebanon War, the tide began to turn in Israel’s favor. DEBKAfile’s military sources report the battlefield finally responded to the effect of Israel’s air might, its tank columns, the pounding by mobile artillery and naval craft and its repeated armored infantry assaults.
After losing 44 fighting men, more than 30 civilians, many thousands of wounded and billions of dollars of damage, finally, the Israeli military was given the chance to do what it does best: focus its firepower instead of spreading it out thin over too many targets.
The setbacks of the first three weeks were partly due to tactical incompetence and laggard decision-making on the part of prime minister Ehud Olmert and defense minister Peretz. Israeli troops therefore spent too long in abrading combat against stubborn Hizballah resistance in such places as Maroun er Ras and Bint Jubeil. But as soon as Israeli ground forces shifted to the massive, long-distance firing mode which they knows best, the impact on the warfront was immediate. The battle went their way with a minimum of casualties. In places where Israeli troops adhered to the close combat tactics practiced in the first three weeks, they continued to suffer high casualties.
Hizballah soon showed signs of distress. Lacking the weapons and resources to stand up to IDF’s precise-shooting juggernaut, their commanders quickly pulled their men out most combat sectors of South Lebanon and ordered them to regroup in five places:
1. The Western Sector and the center of Tyre.
2. The Wadi Hajar pocket east of Tyre.
3. The Central Sector surrounding Bint Jubeil, where the outcome is still unresolved after many days of fighting.
4. The Wadi Saluki area northwest of the northernmost Israeli town of Metullah.
5. The Eastern Sector, including al Khiam, the Shabaa Farms and Mt Dov, which has seen little fighting - although last week Israeli forces began - then stopped - a major offensive before it got underway.
These pockets are now the main launching-pads for rockets fired into Israel.
Outside, there is no ground fighting in South Lebanon but for Israeli air strikes.
Hizballah also has also been using the Tapuach and al-Haroub areas south and northeast of Sidon for shooting rockets. It is from this region that Hizballah fired the long-range Khaibar-1 missiles at Hadera Friday night, August 4, which came 45 km short of Tel Aviv. Saturday morning, Sidon’s 200,000 inhabitants and its outlying villages up to the Zahrani River were warned to leave their homes and head north to escape the coming Israeli air offensive.
Until the Khaibar attack on Hadera, the concentration of Hizballah’s rocket launchers and stores in and around Sidon had been immune from Israeli attack – largely because Olmert and his senior ministers refused to increase the number of ground troops deployed in Lebanon. The military commanders had to do their best with the limited numbers available.
In other words, with the right manpower level, Hizballah’s abilty to fire rockets can be dented, notwithstanding claims by Israel officials and generals that there is no way to do this when most of Hizballah’s 13,000-rocket stockpile remains intact.
But even cutting down on the daily 200-plus rocket blitz on northern Israel is
not plain sailing because:
First, Neither the Israeli Air Force nor any other air force is capable of completely halting rocket fire from the ground. In the relatively small distances between Lebanon and Israel, the short-range Katyusha rockets have the effect of medium-range weapons, while the short-to-medium range rockets perform like long-range missiles.
Second, Israel does not have enough infantry on the ground to make substantial inroads on Hizballah’s rocket-firing capabilities.
Third, Iran and Syria are constantly restocking Hizballah’s diminishing supplies of rockets of all types, launchers and operating manpower by a round- the-clock airlift from Iran via Syrian military air fields. Some of the incoming supplies are destroyed by Israeli air attacks as they cross into Lebanon, but a substantial part is conveyed to Hizballah by smuggling networks employing mules to traverse Lebanese mountain paths. Even if 2,000 have been wiped out and a similar amount has been fired, no one knows how many are left in stock because it is replenished. As long as that corridor is not severed by bombing the Syrian stopover air facilities, Iran will continue to top up Hizballah’s stockpile. Therefore, the rocket offensive cannot be reduced by very much.
Fourth, Israeli forces do not operate in all parts of South Lebanon.
Hizballah’s withdrawal to five pockets in South Lebanon affords the IDF certain tactical advantages - although liabilities too.
The Advantages:
It is now possible to carve the region the Israeli army controls into three sections, western, central and eastern, a tactic familiar from the Gaza Strip, for encumbering Hizballah guerrilla movement between the sections. The goal is to confine Hizballah to the five pockets and place them under blockade. They can then be made to capitulate or face liquidation.
The Liabilities:
Leaving the two banks of the Litani River, the Nabatea plain and Hazbaya to the north of the river in Hizballah hands leaves a route open for its reinforcements to come through and to strike Israeli forces from the rear.
Nonetheless, by Thursday, August 3, Hizballah was showing signs of being in trouble.
A. Local Hizballah village commanders signaled repeated appeals for more manpower and ammunition. The appeals were not met because outside forces cannot break through the defense lines held by the advancing Israeli troops. The village commanders were therefore told by their superiors to fight to the last man and last bullet and reserve the last grenade for suicide.
B. Hizballah’s shadowy leader, the long-wanted Imad Mughniyeh, was hurriedly appointed commander of the southern front as a last resort to save South Lebanon from falling to Israel.(picture from the 1980s)
DEBKAfile’s military and counter-terror sources maintain that this appointment raises the conflict to a new and dangerous level on several counts.
Mughniyeh, wanted for a quarter of a century by the FBI for the huge bombing attacks he orchestrated on the US embassy in Beirut and American and French troops, as well as a spate of hijackings and murders, is important enough to take orders from no-one ranking lower than Iran’s supreme ruler, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Those orders come through the Revolutionary Guards commander Gen. Rahim Safavi.
Therefore, placing Mughniyeh at the head of Hizballah forces in South Lebanon confronts prime minister Olmert uncomfortably close to Iran’s supreme leader; ranges defense minister Peretz opposite his Iranian counterpart Mustafa Najer and chief of staff Lt. Gen Dan Halutz opposite Gen. Safavi, while on the warfront, Israel’s war leaders face the formidable Mughniyeh, Tehran’s secret weapon for rescuing Hizballah from collapse.
Informed circles in the West have a high opinion of Mughniyeh’s military, intelligence and tactical skills. His hand was seen in the transformation of al Qaeda’s 2001 defeat in Afghanistan into a launch pad for its anti-US campaign in Iraq and many other ventures in the terror war against America. After the death of Abu Musab al Zarqawi, Mughniyeh is rated the world Islamic terror movement’s most outstanding field commander.
Therefore, while the appointment is a measure of Israel’s belated military success in the Lebanese war, it also brings the conflict ever closer to two dangerous orbits – Tehran and al Qaeda. Mughniyeh is the only undercover agent in the Middle East who enjoys the complete personal trust of Khamenei and Osama bin Laden, on both of whom he is in a position to call for aid.
On the diplomatic front, even if the United States and France can get together on a unified UN Security Council ceasefire resolution, DEBKAfile’s military sources report that neither Iran nor Hizballah has any intention of complying with a resolution dictated by the United States, France and Israel

August 06, 2006 5:04 am  
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August 06, 2006 5:19 am  

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