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Sunday, for the sake of Lebanon

Posted by adiamondinsunlight on June 10, 2007

A number of tribunal-related advertisements have appeared on billboards around the city (well, around the pro-tribunal parts of the city, anyway) since the UN vote on May 30.

Most continue the theme of “al-haqiqa … li-ajli Lubnan” (“the truth … for the sake of Lebanon”) used since Hariri’s assassination to call for the creation of an international tribunal.

The new line, which appears at the bottom of the billboard below, marks the UN vote with “al-ma7kama … li-ajli Lubnan”: “the tribunal … for the sake of Lebanon”.

I find this the most interesting of the new advertisements. The image is a blurred photograph of the bomb site taken shortly after Hariri was killed. The text reads: “the picture is about to become clear”.

Thanks to an automatic “sunrise clause”, the tribunal came into effect at dawn today, despite its non-ratification by the Lebanese parliament, which still has not met.

Fear of any last-minute pre-tribunal reprisals, as well as general concern over the possibility of bombs in crowded spots kept most people in my part of Beirut inside last night.

In keeping with the general mood, I had an early evening vin & tabbouleh get together with K at Wardeh, an old house-turned-laid-back restaurant on a side street in Hamra.

Walking home at 10 pm, I noticed how quiet the streets were – not scary quiet, but lacking the ordinary human hubbub of an early summer evening.

Thanks to the early night in, I am pleased to say that I can greet the tribunal with clean clothing (the happy result of a Saturday night wash & hang laundry session) and fresh fashion ideas (since while washing I entertained myself with the latest wave of US magazines to reach me via A’s PO box). Ahlan, ahlan: “you are welcome in Lebanon”.

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One Response to “Sunday, for the sake of Lebanon”

  1. intlxpatr said

    I love it that you can walk safely on the streets of Beirut late at night, even in the midst of this current horror.

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