Live from an Israeli bunker

Thursday, July 20, 2006

It's all about soul

I passed out of lack of sleep. I'm back now, and waking up to find 30 new comments is heartwarming. Just so you know I read each and every one of them, and more then once.

We had a siren at 5:30AM, it was a false alarm. Another siren an hour ago, the rocket(s) fell in open spaces, no injuries.

One of the readers was kind enough to register IsraeliBunker.com and have it redirect to here. It didn't occur to me to do that, thank you very much Rob.

I've also received an independant confirmation from another reader, regarding a previous post: "I can confirm this report also. A Lebanese friend has told me that family members are trapped in a village close to the border and are being prevented from leaving by Hizbollah fighters who are setting up rocket positions around the village. Her uncles' words were 'we are waiting for death'. They are terrified of retaliatory Israeli strikes, but can do nothing when threatened by armed guerillas."

A few people asked things that I already went over. For example:
"why are innocent people being hurt and being put in the middle of a conflict that they were never involved in?" - Well Sunny, I think the previous quote partially answers your question. You might want to check out "This has happened before", "Master of puppets", and "Some very bad news".

Finally, about the picture of the girls writing messages on missles. That picture, as far as I know, was setup by photographers. This can be along the lines of: "hey, little girl here is a peice of chalk would you be kind enough to hold it up next to the rocket and I'll take a picture of you?". I can't confirm this myself, but it's pretty obvious. Point being don't let the media steer your opinion one way or the other, things like that picture and predominantly showing the Lebanese side while at that very moment Israel was bombed is not accidental.

I didn't even get a chance to write about this, two brothers were killed playing outside ages 3 and 9. This wasn't shown. Nazareth was bombed (where Jesus was born, that's right), Israeli Arab towns were bombed, that wasn't shown. A hospital was hit, that wasn't shown. There are two sides to every story, give yourself some more credit and think: "can this really be like they are representing it? It's at least a little bit scewed to one side."

I want to thank everybody who are reading this blog and linking to it and commenting on it. Next post will be a little bit more news centric, more to come as it happens. Updates soon.

Update: Sure enough the story of that picture comes out: "On the day that photo was taken, the girls had emerged from the underground bomb shelters for the first time in five days. A new army unit had just arrived in the town and was preparing to shell the area across the border. The unit attracted the attention of twelve photojournalists - Israeli and foreign. The girls and their families gathered around to check out the big attraction in the small town - foreigners. They were relieved and probably a little giddy at being outside in the fresh air for the first time in days. They were probably happy to talk to people. And they enjoyed the attention of the photographers.

Apparently one or some of the parents wrote messages in Hebrew and English on the tank shells to Nasrallah. "To Nasrallah with love," they wrote to the man whose name was for them a devilish image on television - the man who mockingly told Israelis, via speeches that Hezbollah was preparing to launch even more missiles at them. That he was happy they were suffering.

The parents handed the markers to the kids and they drew little Israeli flags on the shells. Photographers look for striking images, and what is more striking than pretty, innocent little girls contrasted with the ugliness of war? The camera shutters clicked away, and I guess those kids must have felt like stars, especially since the diversion came after they'd been alternately bored and terrified as they waited out the shelling in their bomb shelters.

Shelly emphasized several times that none of the parents or children had expressed any hatred toward the Lebanese people. No-one expressed any satisfaction at knowing that Lebanese were dying - just as Israelis are dying. Their messages were directed at Nasrallah. None of those people was detached or wise enough to think: "Hang on, tank shell equals death of human beings." They were thinking, tank shell equals stopping the missiles that land on my house. Tank shells will stop that man with the turban from threatening to kill us.

And besides, none of those children had seen images of dead people - either Israeli or Lebanese. Israeli television doesn't broadcast them, nor do the newspapers print them. Even when there were suicide bombings in Israel several times a week for months, none of the Israeli media published gory photos of dead or wounded people. It's a red line in Israel. Do not show dead, bleeding, torn up bodies because the families of the dead will suffer and children will have nightmares. And because it is just in bad taste to use suffering for propaganda purposes." - via On the Face blog

22 Comments:

  • Don't Forget to get Something to eat.izfhfiy

    By Blogger LibrarianAkios, at 3:16 PM  

  • I second the Librarian--otherwise, think how embarrassing it'd be to be done in by blogging about the war rather than the war itself!

    BTW, have you noticed any patterns as to when Hezbollah launches, or is it pretty much random? I assume they don't stick to a tight schedule; otherwise the terror aspect of what they're doing would be lost. "Well, the 1:30 Katuysha will be here shortly" just wouldn't inspire much fear. Even so, I wouldn't be surprised if certain patterns started developing...

    Sounds like the authorities realized that vast storage facilities full of chemicals wasn't a good thing to have around Haifa, and have offloaded all the chemicals from the port. That's a good thing. Much better for banks to get hit by rockets than chemical tanks.

    Predictably, the civilian death toll in Lebanon is being used by the EU as a reason to demand a cease-fire by Israel. Funny, this is the same Europe who managed to get 55 MILLION people killed in the Second World War. I guess 1/20th of a billion people is fine for them to kill off in their idiot war, but 300... well, that's patently unacceptable. Israel must defend itself by not killing its enemies, and without harming a single civilian in enemy territory, or else Israel is the worst, nastiest country on earth, I suppose. Perhaps Europe will offer to settle the Israel problem once and for all: Israel will return to its pre-1948 borders, and militant Islam will get France.

    By Anonymous Mr. Kite, at 3:49 PM  

  • They very rarely launch during night time because their positions will be compromised. You usually start the day with the siren, more often then not it’s a false alarm. Almost always by 2PM something hit somewhere near Haifa, the northern cities and towns have it significantly worse.
    I observed a lull between the first and second daily attacks, but they will try and do it again before night fall. Haifa has been cleared of dangerous chemicals by officials, that's right.

    I had my launch next to the computer while writing the first post of the day, we're not running out of provisions. Some people actually go to work now.

    By Blogger Live from an Israeli bunker, at 4:02 PM  

  • Hope all is well,

    Quick question. Are you in the bunker all day?? Also what do you think of the attack on Nazarene? I heard that it is mostly arab.

    God Bless

    By Anonymous JayVelez, at 4:19 PM  

  • The problem isn't running out of food; the problem is forgetting to eat it!

    Interesting take on the launch schedule. Good point on the relative dearth of night launches. I'm surprised that Israeli counterbattery radar doesn't make it highly fatal to launch during the day as well, but perhaps it does and Hizbollah hasn't figured that out? At any rate, you stoic folks in the bunker are a stark contrast to the whining American tourists and other American passport holders who berated the US government for not getting them out of the middle of a war zone immediately, and in luxury at that. They should be ashamed, and if they thought they'd have their fellow Americans' sympathy, I think they will be surprised when no one but CNN cares.

    By Anonymous Mr. Kite, at 4:36 PM  

  • sorry, I must disagree. I think it's perfectly fair that tourists and visitors and dual citizens should want to get out of a dangerzone. I know that Australia is having *huge* problems getting their people out. And why shouldn't they want to get them out? We're worried about them! Though, most of us know that they're trying as hard as they can, and to just be as patient as possible. As if you wouldn't want to leave the country if you were there on holiday, and you suddenly find yourself in much more danger than you expected!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:27 PM  

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    By Anonymous PostGlobal, at 5:39 PM  

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    By Blogger Live from an Israeli bunker, at 5:42 PM  

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    By Blogger Javier, at 5:50 PM  

  • Dear Eugene,
    This is Javier here from The Observer newspaper in the United Kingdom. We are trying to get in touch with you for an interview to run a story on your accounts from the bunker. Please, get back to us asap to (emails removed) I would appreciate it if you could delete the comment as soon as you see the message. We will be waiting for your reply. Thanks a lot in advanced

    By Blogger Live from an Israeli bunker, at 5:53 PM  

  • This is a post-9/11 world. Who the **** goes on vacation to Lebanon anyway??? Is the tourism slogan "Come visit a charming haven of terrorism"? What did all these folks think they were visiting? It's called express assumption of the risk when you go to a place like that. Lebanon shouldn't be confused with Belgium.... nor should the US go out of its way to rescue citizens who recklessly get themselves into trouble. And if the US DOES go out of its way, like it's doing, common courtesy demands that these folks caught in Lebanon at least say "thank you." Instead, they act like it's owed to them. Ingrates.

    By Anonymous Mr. Kite, at 5:53 PM  

  • Wow Eugene, CNN,Washington Post, the observer...did you ever think it would get this big? You are litteraly world famous now.

    By Blogger LibrarianAkios, at 6:22 PM  

  • The real problem in the middel east is this:
    Both party's are wrong and both party's are right.
    He who is wrong now was right once en he who is wright now has been wrong before.

    The reason you will never win is because you do not know how to handle the media. Not the arabs, not the jews. All signals that you send to the world have always been extreme. While history tells us that once the arab people and the jews where an inovating and intelligent race.

    Now, this is no more. The only problem is, you all thing this is still so.
    It is more difficult to convince the stupid than the intelligent.
    Problems can be resolved when you will start thinking, not as an arab, not as a jew.
    You all think in therms of honour and religion. But when honour is killing your family, when religion is killing you family, you should stop for a moment and remember that these 2 things where created to to serve the good.

    Honour was given to the onces to who does a good deed. NOT when this does any bad to someone else. Killing someone does not make you a hero, it makes you a killer who deserves the same what he has done. He who proudly says that he killed an enemy, kills as a reaction the son, the daughter, the brother, the sister next door. As long as nobody realizes this blood will keep on flowing.

    Relegion was created the unite people, bringing ideals, the greater good...
    Now, religion is only used as an excuse to kill, destroy and hate.

    No winner will come from this, no mercy will be given, no honour is to be found in this. You all beter start realizing this.

    Jonas V.P.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:27 PM  

  • Just found this blog thanks to someone posting it in BNaBBT. Thank you for this blog. It's opening my uneducated-about-the-conflict American eyes.

    By Blogger ~Jessica~, at 6:34 PM  

  • Librarianakios: I didn't expect it to get so big, nope. It's really surprising.

    Jonas: "You all think in therms of honour and religion." - Most of Israel is not religious. You have a lot of misconceptions that are very common. I suggest you read up a little bit more.

    By Blogger Live from an Israeli bunker, at 6:47 PM  

  • I am curious about whether you have visited any of the blog sites from your counterparts in Lebanon.

    Praying for all of Lebanese and Israeli innnocents!

    Eileen in Pennsylvania, USA

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:14 PM  

  • Thanks for the update. If you happen to know of any other accounts of Hezbollah shooting civilians who are trying to leave or any news feeds that have that information please post them.

    Most of the msm isnt even reporting it, and so a lot of people dont believe it's happening which only fuels the argument of the hezbollah that Israel is killing civilians not them.

    By Blogger One Angry Christian, at 7:18 PM  

  • dude you should start your own online web ageny after all this ive always thought this and so many ppls in my country just dont get what its like out of the us it just dosnt make sence to them that ppls can hate so much or be so caluse

    ive been critical of israel in the past and questioned many decisions but always understood the fact that the israelis are dealing with terrorism on a completly different scale from us in the US.


    ps ive been trying to find a branch of the service to get into sence i was 18 got disalusioned with it for awhile but recently have decided i want to again all the men if my family do mostly army now i was wondering how can i join the IDF? only have about 9 till i turn 23 and am in eligable any suggestions...oh yea im not jewish by the way

    By Blogger james, at 8:03 PM  

  • Thanks James. To be part of the IDF you must have an Israeli citizenship and live here.

    You can automatically qualify and receive a citizenship if you're Jewish. Since your not you'll have to apply for and get it. I've never had to do that obviously, but I imagine you'll have to go online and do some reading.

    After you move here you can volunteer for a position in the IDF, if you don't have a major medical problem, and do a tour of about a year I believe. Being a young citizen you might get drafted in the future if things become worse.

    It's a really big move you'll have to move to Israel and learn Hebrew and age wise you're somewhat late. If you really want to do it, it's not impossible.

    But if I were you I'd direct your enthusiasm in a different direction. Tell people about it, spread the word. I'm sure you'll find your way, best of luck.

    By Blogger Live from an Israeli bunker, at 8:11 PM  

  • Jonas, Arab society is an honor/shame society while Israeli society (like Christian society) is a rights/guilt society.

    By Anonymous Josh, at 8:12 PM  

  • Eugene, thank you for answering my question, even though it was a round-about way.

    I have Muslim and Jewish relatives (by marriage)and have never once criticized their nations. I think people who criticize should REALLY know what they are talking about first. I've never once claimed I knew everything and that's why I ask questions. I've studied a lot about law, religion, and politics but there is always some question to ask.

    Anyway, stay safe and make sure you eat. I will be checking back with you.

    Oh, and I think CNN has done a wonderful job reporting what's going on. If it weren't for them, I would have never found you.

    By Blogger Sunny, at 10:45 PM  

  • there is no military solution in this conflict... a buffer zone ? it didn't work before (few rockets strikes when the Hizbullah took control of the frontier than it was controlled by the IDF and SLA... I'm sad... too much bad and irresponsible politicians... good luck in these difficult times...

    By Anonymous gagouz, at 12:02 AM  

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