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Al Hayat's take on Middle East events

Lebanese daily Al Hayat provides an English language website with comment etc, which is recommended as a worthwhile regular read.

Here's a snippet from an opinion item by Hazem Saghieh:

"It should be noted that the war that was triggered by the kidnapping of the two Israeli soldiers is a tragedy which the overwhelming majority of the Lebanese people hates and finds repulsive.

Politically and nationally, it is difficult to say that turning Lebanon into a scorched land for the benefit of an Iranian-Syrian project is a praiseworthy effort that enjoys popular approval.

Economically, it is also hard to say that causing the destruction of the infrastructure and ruining the summer tourist season encourages the support of the masses; especially since Hezbollah has its own economy that is independent from Lebanon's, and is not affected by the economic
situation in the country".

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Blogger Rigger Mortice said... 11:31 am

Is this Hazem a columnist or someone of note in the Lebanon.Have to say I agree with him and dubya said it right last night

O/T was there a few years back and what a great place it was.  



Blogger phone cam foolery said... 11:44 am

Croydonian
there is talk that the IDF rabble were actually in the Lebanon when seized.  



Blogger Croydonian said... 11:57 am

RM - his is not a name I knew before, but it is good to hear he is respected. The poor Lebanese, they certainly have suffered over the years.

PCF - technically Lebanon and Israel are still at war, as there was no post '48 peace treaty, ditto with Iraq. Anyway, you may well be right for all I know.  



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