Did you notice the Irony? (# 4) Middle East edition

The TV series “Homeland” recently aired an episode which depicted a street in Beirut, Lebanon as somewhat dangerous territory with Hezbollah guys brandishing AK-47s. Of course it was not really filmed in Beirut.

Instead of ordering a pizza and enjoying a TV show for what it is, Lebanon’s Tourism Minister Fady Abboud threatened to sue the American producers of the show for causing damage to the image of Lebanon. “Beirut is one of the most secure capitals in the world, more secure than London or New York,” he went on to say in an interview which was published on 17 October 2012.

Only two days later, on 19 October 2012, a massive car bomb detonated in Beirut and killed 8 people.

I guess the threatened lawsuit is off the table.

(I have only been to Beirut myself once and it does look a bit unusual to European eyes with all the guns and tanks, but one quickly gets used to it. I never felt unsafe during my mission holiday there.)

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Israel and Hamas have agreed on a ceasefire (which will probably last until Hamas will have replenished its stock of missiles).

The people in Gaza celebrated it how? Exactly: with celebratory gunfire.

It is sad that the people who celebrate a ceasefire by discharging weapons probably don’t even notice the irony that lies in that. It is even more sad that in another ironic twist, one man was killed and three were injured by the “celebratory” gunfire.

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The Salafists in Egypt want to impose the strictest possible laws against personal freedom, tolerance, culture, alcohol, TV, any kinds of literature not pre-approved by them and of course against any form of sex outside of marriage.

A Salafist member of parliament, Ali Wanis, was caught in his car while performing an “indecent act” with a 19-year old girl. He has now been convicted to 4 months in prison by the Appeals Court.

“Preach one thing, practice another,” the motto of religious people – not only in Egypt.

About Andreas Moser

Travelling the world and writing about it. I have degrees in law and philosophy, but I'd much rather be a writer, a spy or a hobo.
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6 Responses to Did you notice the Irony? (# 4) Middle East edition

  1. I think the Palestinians should take a lesson from Silicon Valley: if you’re going to fail, fail fast and move on to the next strategy. After decades of using pathetic weaponry against one of the world’s best armies, they still insist that they shall fight on.

    Better to take a leaf out of the IRA’s books in Northern Ireland and make a big song and dance about destroying your weapons. Then, like the IRA, start making real money in organised crime. I’m sure there would be a great trade in moving, say, alcohol from Israel to Saudi Arabia and so on.

    • Very good point and an even better suggestion about the alcohol trade!
      I feel very sorry for the Palestinians because their own leadership has committed every mistake possible, starting even before 1948. And both the PLO and now Hamas and Fatah as well as the neighbouring states have not yet all understood what you pointed out: Israel is there to stay (rightfully so, in my view) and there is no viable military option for people who see this differently. Once Hamas, Hezbollah, Fatah, Syria, Lebanon and Iran will realize this (as Jordan and at least previous Egyptian governments have), a lot of money and blood will be saved and can be put to better use.

    • Ahmad says:

      Hi Andreas. I really enjoy most of your blogs. Could you please expand on “rightfully, in my view”?

    • Israel is the only country established by a UN resolution, so one could argue that it has much more legitimacy than Germany, Norway or Bolivia. The territory was British before and the UK gave it up for the UN partition plan. Sadly, Palestinians were duped into not accepting this plan by the neighboring states who saw a chance to expand their territories, but that doesn’t make Israel’s acceptance of the plan void.

      A wholly different issue is of course where the exact borders should be legally.

  2. Hey! You stole that first one from me, ya rat! I demand satisfaction! Dueling blogs at dawn, sir! (I’d add the link, but I’m too much of a Luddite to make it work. ;) )
    And nice to see you back, even if you are a low-down dirty thief. :D

    • Honestly, I had no idea that you had also written about that. I am sometimes very behind with reading other people’s blogs.
      If you just post the link here, I will incorporate it into your comment.

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