Posted by: sean | July 17, 2006

Dahiye – Southern Beirut suburb

People have been streaming in from the South and from Dahiye, the southern suburb of Beirut that’s been continuously hit by the Israelis, so the building where I’m staying is getting fuller and fuller. At all hours of the night, there are groups of people sitting in the hallways smoking or talking or worrying.

I haven’t gone into Dahiye, but a friend who lives there has told me what it looks like. Here are some pictures from the Times:



  1. The inhumanity being inflicted upon Lebanon by the IDF is unbearable.

    America’s continuing tacit and overt support for these policies is horrifying, and now, even more-so than due to the Iraq war, I am ashamed of the actions my government is supporting and assisting in carrying out (it’s american bombs, american jets, american helicopters).

    If, as Glenn was proporting, this is to be an American war, then I am ashamed to carry that label.

  2. HI Sean,

    Listen (or read) very carefully: the trip to Syria makes no sense at all.

    In order to get there, you need to go through a dangerous route (dangerous because of the bombing and because of the hostile environment near the borders). Remember that Americans are not very much appreciated in the areas close to the borders.
    When you get there, they will not let you go through: when the situation was peaceful and the birds were still twittering in that region, they refused to give you a visa. Why would it change now? They are angrier now and they have more hatred. They will look at you with a big smile (if you are lucky) and will tell you to get lost and be happy they are not going to keep you with them (I am sorry for the language, but I want you to realize what you are exposing yourself to).

    If a miracle happens and you get into Syria, you run the risk of being caught there. Syria could get involved in the war as quick and fast as Lebanon did.

    I would suggest being a bit more patient. I know that it is not easy but you should go through the procedure of the US evacuation plan (whatever it is, I have not really read it because my nerves cannot stand anything anymore). Do the same with UNESCO (if they accept you) as well as the British. You need to increase your chances of being evacuated through a careful and protected plan, NOT on your own with your back pack. This is not an adventure. You should be very cautious.

    Where are you living? Did you move to the East?


  3. Sean,
    I think you should carefully consider Lena s words.

    While it may be peaceful on the route now, that can change in a blink.

    While I donùt want to encourage you, perhaps you should know, that I, an American, have crossed into Syria in the past at the same border you will cross. It is possible to do – just have money – right now they probably prefer USD to LL. Again, please take all of this with a grain of salt… I crossed during times of “peace”…

    Good luck…

  4. Sean, we’re all there for you. Yes, you should probably be a little cautious about your public identity. To some people, you represent a dangerous walking symbol. In any case, I trust that you know what you are doing.

    I mentioned to you that I have a Lebanese contact who is more than willing to give a hand in this dilemma. He may give you a call soon.

    Good luck and keep in touch.

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