Stuck In Beirut

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

The beauty of the Internet and Cyber Cafe

It seems help is finally on the way, but I still don't have any details beyond what I read in the papers and receive via e-mail. So I am making my own alternate arrangements which is not an easy task. I decided to follow what ever materializes first, so hopefully we will on our way back home soon. My sister left yesterday and finished the first leg of her trip safely.
I am sad to report that my brother-in-law's aunt passed away earlier today. I spoje with him and offered my condolences. He correctly stated that it is a loss for everybody.
I started receiving many comments on this blog site. Its really amazing. Total strangers are wishing me a safe trip home and praying for my safe return. People who support Israel are expressing their simpathy,offering their solutions and making their own predictions. The most amazing part is people commenting on other people's comments and getting into mini arguments. I also really appreciate all those who have taking the time to write and let me know they miss us. A good friend at work has been trying to convince me to do this for a while. We debate middle-east affairs at work. Unfortunately it took a huge event like this to get me going. Its actually very therapeutic to be able to put your thoughts and worries into words at the end of the day. Its also amazing that I can sit in front of a computer, on the sidewalk outside a cyber cafe in the mountains of Lebanon and communicate with people from all over the world with various backgrounds and diverging views. Hopefully I will re-visit these notes after I get back home and laugh at my own political comments and predictions.
In the meantime, I will continue to pray for a peaceful end to this tragedy, the safe return of all hostages and the return of the Lebanon I love and care for.

6 Comments:

  • Amen.

    By Blogger Achillea, at 2:58 PM  

  • This post is beautiful - it touches the reader, fills us with a feeling that you will be okay, that you are at peace in this crazy situation.

    Amen is correct! Salaam Alekem.

    By Blogger LightInOurHearts, at 4:18 PM  

  • good luck

    By Blogger Tom Villars, at 10:04 PM  

  • Just wanted to encourage you to continue posting your insites. Given the situation you are in, you are remarkably level headed and helpful.

    Until I read your post, I did not realize how unwanted this situation was by the Lebanese and how difficult it is for them to control it or do anything about it.

    I have friends on both sides (all sides? there are many more than two sides in this region) of the conflicts in the region and do not claim to understand all of the nuances, but am tired of seeing innocent people being killed.

    By Blogger Jeff, at 5:28 AM  

  • I hear from JBF that you may have found a means to evacuate. Good luck, stay strong and safe, and keep the family close.

    By Blogger Geoff, at 8:39 AM  

  • BF:I thought of you and your family and your annual holiday in Lebanon as soon as the fighting hit the news. I have been out of country myself and didn't know how to reach out to you. Know that I am very concerned for you and all Lebanese and Israeli citizens and visitors involved in this conflict and would also like to see the loss of innocent life end and peace begin. I am so sorry about your brother in law's aunt. I am hopeful that the situation will cool and you will return home safely. Hope to see you soon. ALS

    By Blogger Amy Levine, at 6:29 PM  

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