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Lebanon, Corporations and the War on Terror

By Vi Ransel  Posted by Vi Ransel (about the submitter)       (Page 1 of 5 pages)   2 comments
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"While it may be true - and probably is - that not all Muslims are terrorists, it also happens to be true, that nearly all terrorists are Muslims." - Dan Gillerman, Israel's ambassador to the UN

Allah akhbar.
(God is great.)

Habibi (my friend), since this incursion started all of these have been designated as "legitimate terrorist targets".

Food processing plants
fuel storage tanks
a Proctor & Gamble import facility
the international highway
from Beirut to Damascus
and major electric utilities

Phone networks, TV stations
all major bridges, highways and seaports
hospitals, mosques and schools
the new international airport

Grain silos, oil refineries
a lighthouse and a Greek orthodox church
milk and pharmaceuticals factories
gas stations and waterworks

Orchards, fields and apartment blocks
the Red Cross and Khiam Prison
entire residential neighborhoods
vans, cars and minibuses full of civilians

Khadija Moussawi, her children, Bilal, Talal
and Yasmine. Mustafa Jroud, Maouffaq Diab
and Ali Suleiman.

Bushra Shugr. The Mouawads, Ahmed and Khairallah. Mohammed al-Ghanam and Daoud Hazima.

All the Lebanese civilians killed have names. They had jobs. They had loves. They had lives. Mothers, fathers, aunts and uncles nieces, nephews, sisters, brothers grandmas, grandpas, friends and cousins husbands and wives.

Leaflets are dropped "to ensure the safety of the Lebanese civilian population" intended to warn them "to stay clear of areas from which rockets are launched against Israel, as these will be targeted (by the IDF) and civilians present in these areas are endangering their lives."

The people of Marwaheen fled their village on instructions from the IDF.

They lived near the spot on the border where 2 of Israel's soldiers were "kidnapped". They were ordered to leave their homes behind and get out by 6 p.m. They appealed for sanctuary to Ghanian soldiers who were working there for the UN. But the Ghanians refused, complying with guidelines drawn up in 1996 when civilians in the UN compound were bombarded by the IDF.

One hundred and six were slaughtered. More than half of them were children. So the Ghanians were within their rights to refuse to shelter Marwaheen's civilians.

The people of Marwaheen then set off north in a convoy of trucks, minivans and cars and just a few minutes later were targeted by an F-16 fighter-bomber. The bomber hit a truck carrying 24 wounding women and children sitting in back. And then an Apache helicopter appeared to finish the objective of the bomber's attack.

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Vi's works appear widely both in print and online. She conducts Poetry Workshops and gives readings in Central New York. Her latest chapbook is "Sine Qua Non Antiques (an Arcanum of History, Geography and Treachery).
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