Monday, February 06, 2006

Screwballs! - UPDATE

Updates on last night's mess:

  1. DANISH EMBASSY UNTOUCHED! Yes, it seems incredible but in fact the building was inspected this morning and the embassy has sustained no damage. Only Lebanese public and private property was burnt to the ground.
  2. The majority of the protestors soon after the violence erupted and by all accounts those that remained did not number more than a 100 - 150. Well they were arrested and here is the tally: 75 SYRIANS, 35 PALESTINIANS, 25 LEBANESE.
What conclusion can we draw from this ladies and gentlemen?
Yet another lame attempt to destabilize this country by our neighbours, this time via the Danish-Cartoon issue.

And Danes think they've got problems....

8 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

An Nahar is apparently reporting 77 Syrians, 42 Palestinians, 48 Lebanese, and 25 Bedouins.

Danish Embassy untouched?

11:16 AM, February 06, 2006  
Blogger Ramzi said...

Let me clarify: the office which houses the embassy had steel doors and the vandals could not enter. The fire was put out in the building before there was any damage to the office. Therefore yes, it remained untouched.

As for the building which housed the embassy, that is in ruins...

Thanks for the clarification on the numbers, mine were quoted from Annahar Newspaper this morning.

12:53 PM, February 06, 2006  
Blogger Abu Kais said...

The majority of the protestors soon after the violence erupted and by all accounts those that remained did not number more than a 100 - 150.

source, Ramzi?

6:28 PM, February 06, 2006  
Blogger Eve said...

Ramzi,
why is there always a need to blame it on external forces: if it's not the Israelis, then it's surely the Syrians; if not, then it's surely the Americans, and so on...
whatever the number of Syrians was on that day, it doesn't deny that Lebanese citizens were included; it doesn't deny that our society is still in dire need for some awareness (that's why I'm wondering why the number of Lebanese in your post is not in bold too).
we have to be held accountable as well, since apparently not many people have buried their old fears yet.
and it is to those people that we should say: "enough with bringing up the ghosts of the old war at every occasion". it is this mentality (which is common with all Lebanese sides) that needs to be approached in my opinion.

8:25 PM, February 06, 2006  
Blogger Jamal said...

Ramzi,

I don't buy the Syrian story for a few reasons:
1.) According to ISF: ISF personnel numbered 1200 , in addition to 1500 Army troops. How can 200-300 bad apples just have their way with such ease. Then on the flipside, they were all gathered up and arrested effortlessly a couple of hours later!
2.) I spoke with a firefighter that was at the scene and he said the majority of the people were taking part in the festivities.
3.) A guy that works for me saw what was happening on TV, and he got excited and wanted to go "avenge the prophet". His friends were calling him bragging about their accomplishments. They are All Lebanese.

Anyways, the Video is available , so it shouldn't be that hard to pin the thugs, let's wait and see if our Security Forces can handle it right and find out if it was Syrian sabotage or just spontaneous thugness.
But at the pace our investigations go, I feel we will start a few more investigations before we reach a conclusion of one.

12:04 AM, February 07, 2006  
Blogger Ramzi said...

Kais
Sources: TV commentators on the scene and a friend who lives in Sofil with excellent views of the street.

Eve & Jamal
You misunderstand, I am not suddenly absolving the Lebanese from guilt and I am still truly ashamed.

My point was simply that the headline "Lebanese Torch Danish Embassy" no longer holds because the Embassy wasn't torched and they weren't only Lebanese.

It's clear to me that there was a dimension of political manuevering/blackmail behind the events. Havoc was not created out of anger, it was for havoc's sake.

That we let this happen doesn't make us any less guilty or complicit...

11:28 AM, February 07, 2006  
Blogger sadlers5 said...

I can see you are not happy about this, well over here a guy from England name Neil Entwhistle is hiding out in England and his wife a baby were found here shot in the head! And yet the police have yet to arrest him because they do not have any evidence! He is hiding over there, he didn't even attend the funeral of his wife and baby girl! And he refuses to talk to the police! So why didn't he attend the funeral here? Afraid of what? If you are innocent why not come Neil! What goes around comes around I say!

2:10 PM, February 07, 2006  
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10:54 PM, February 07, 2006  

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