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evacuation shopping: MacKay on Canada’s Lebanon evacuation

Posted by adiamondinsunlight on November 2, 2006

The CBC has the following report from Foreign Affairs Minister Peter MacKay’s testimony to a Senate committee assigned to look into Canada’s citizen evacuation from Lebanon this summer:

Chaotic scenes during the evacuation of Canadians from Lebanon in the summer looked worse than they actually were, Foreign Affairs Minister Peter MacKay said.

“You would get the same kind of chaos at a shopping mall at Christmas near closing time or at an airport during a snowstorm,” he told a Senate committee on Wednesday evening.

the article continues: (http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2006/11/02/mackay-lebanon.html)

I must admit that I avoid malls, at Christmas and all other times. While I cannot comment on the evacuation experience directly, since I ‘self-evacuated’ to Damascus, my impressions of both the Canadian and American evacuations were that on the contrary they missed many of the elements of any decent mall. no restrooms, no food court, no shops filled with clothing, home furnishings, or entertainment. also, no organization, as the special Beirut episode of Anthony Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential indicates. Scenes from his crew’s evacuation are viewable at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJCeMXRmHzo.

 

I don’t like malls, but I do like shopping. Damascus has better shopping than any mall, any day.

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