loving life in Lebanon
Posted by adiamondinsunlight on June 22, 2007
I understand that the Lebanese defense ministry has declared victory against Fatah al-Islam – which makes it a perfect time to return to Beirut, I think. Hence I am gathering my bags and hopping on a plane tomorrow afternoon.
Last week G sent me a visual Fatah al-Islam joke that I have been saving for the right moment – a moment that appears to have finally come.
The photo plays on the connection between the March 14 political coalition and the I love life campaign and the possible (probable?) patron/client relationship-gone-sour between the Hariri family and Fatah al-Islam.
To me it also shows the bankruptcy of this type of militancy. This group does not love life – or at least its leaders do not. Reports of group members surrendering have appeared here and there for the past two weeks. Perhaps facing a meaningless death forced those men to confront the emptiness of the true “culture of death”.