Another bombing. Another act of terrorism. Of terror.
Today, around 9.30 in the morning. Two bombings – a minute or so apart – targeting the Iranian Embassy in Beirut. And targeting civilians in a vibrant neighborhood.
As of this hour, 23 people are known to be killed. More than 140 wounded.
The terrorists are known. They claimed responsibility. Another wing of Al Qaeda – Kataeb Abdallah Azzam. (Founded originally by a Saudi. Taken responsibility for crimes in Egypt as well. Probably funded by Bandar bin Sultan.) Their objectives for this crime? Officially, according to their press release, to force Hezbollah out of Syria – and – to get the Lebanese government to release Al Qaeda prisoners in Lebanese jails.
But I don’t want to talk about the politics of the situation. Or the financiers of these criminals and their puppet masters. Not now.
Now, I want to pause the world. It scares me how calmly we hear the news and go on, in Lebanon. How work proceeds as normal. We stop for a few minutes, we feel some pain, and then we go on. Work proceeds. Conversations go on.
23 families will never be the same.
And they haven’t been the only ones. This is the fifth bombing in Lebanon in the past few months.
Now, I want to pause and remember: these terrors in Lebanon are not unique. In Syria, people are facing car bombs and attacks regularly. And in Iraq, car bombs have become a regular occurrence (since 2003, thank you US gov’t).
How to stop these horrors. How to stand together.
The day began with a terrorist attack in Lebanon.
And in the evening, there is another terrorist attack.
The Israeli military attacks Gaza. Again. Besieged, imprisoned, isolated Palestinians in Gaza. Israel terrorizes Palestinians in Gaza with SEVEN military airstrikes in the PAST ONE HOUR. There lies the grand terrorist of the region – the Israeli Terrorist Occupying Apartheid Army.
For more on this latest Israeli terrorist crime (paid for by US$) – see: Live Report from Gaza Hospital: As Civilian Toll Mounts, Israel Again Bombs Palestinian Journalists
We pause for the killed. We pause for the living.
And we resist. We continue to resist – somehow, somehow – the crimes of occupation, oppression, violence…