The July War, 2006 (Dahieh, Beirut Suburbs in Ruin)
It was the month of July, known here as Tammouz, after
the old god of summer and of fertility. In Sumerian-Akkadian
his name was Adoun-Aden, very popular in Phoenicia
under the name also of Adoni, My Lord, which the Greeks
transformed into Adonis.
In this month of July in 2006 a war of a very special
kind broke out, one resembling no other, fought between
a Great Power with sophisticated arms and tactics
and backed by mighty nations, particularly the United
States of America, on the one hand and on the other
a Resistance strongly united and standing alone, but
with God. This was a struggle between Goliath and
David, but in this case the ancient roles were reversed.
The Lebanese-Shiite Resistance was David and the invading
terrorist state was Goliath. There was a long month
of bombardment, of attacks, of hostilities, of destruction
and of massacres. The state of Israel, with all its
abundance of weaponry, found itself faced with an
insuperable obstacle, a line of fortresses.
The United States prolonged the period of invasion
and its support for the aggressor, one week, then
two, then three, then four, all without any result.
The invaders withdrew in humiliating disorder from
a resistance both fierce and heroic. The fighting
ended with the appearance of the buffer forces of
the UNIFIL, separating the antagonists and obliging
Israel to withdraw behind lines marked out in red
The invading terrorist state of Israel had mercilessly
bombarded all the infrastructure, including more than
eighty bridges, hundreds of factories, power generators,
business premises, and churches and places of worship,
sparing only the Sunnite areas.
However, the Shiites also have their close cousins,
the son of Sarah known both as Isaac and as Israel,
and Ishmael son of Haggar, both with one ancestor
in Abraham. Is this not a war between brothers? Those
on one side refuse to recognize the rights of those
on the other and have continued for more than sixty
years to oppress and to plunder them.
And we children of the Redemption and of the Light,
of the Resurrection, we are invited to pardon and
to love those who harm us, who kill us, who transgress
us. It is part of our traditions and customs, we must
love them and help them whatever their race, color,
confession or nationality.
Here is the account of the destruction caused by our
ancestral brothers: more than eighty bridges destroyed,
thousands of ravaged houses, with mosques and churches,
hundreds of thousands of refugees, thousands wounded,
hundreds killed, it is tedious to go on. Further,
every sector of life was brought to a standstill.
Is that what they call civilization? Progress? Development?
Fulfillment? So Homo sapiens evolves toward imbecility
and mediocrity. Do we want to see a century like that
of Pericles flourish again? The fifth century before
Christ, when profound thought was spreading light
across the planet, with Confucius in China, the Buddha
in India, the philosophers of the Greek miracle, the
great prophets of Holy Scripture who foretold the
Messiah? How did that come about in those distant
times without means of contact or communication?
In various places, the intellect came out with its
light in the midst of slaughter and invasions. Great
thinkers, great artists, emerged from the surrounding
chaos as if protesting against the inhumanity of the
morals of the time. Mankind has taken much time to
emerge from the bestial condition and from the domination
of primitive instincts, and his progress and periods
of peace are always under threat.
The rhythm of moral and spiritual progress is not
the same everywhere, and those with superior minds
and generous hearts are surrounded by those who have
But all aggressors have suffered the same fate, they
have broken like waves on the rocks and recoiled in
the face of our mountains and of our will to exist
and to affirm our right to live. Eight thousand years
of glory, of history, and of civilization in the service
of all mankind bear witness to this. Whether the aggressor
is called Israeli or Ottoman, coming from the desert
sands, the North, the South, the East or the West,
that aggressor shall always be driven back!
Matar - Translated from French: K.J.Mortimer
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