This is Beirut

This is Beirut is designed to give voice to the millions of Lebanese who are suffering while the world sits silently. We are not interested in propagating hatred. We want the world to witness through the eyes of Lebanese citizens the destruction and the suffering that has been brought on in the name of defense. If you have a story, poem or letter to share, please email We will work together to end this violence.

Monday, August 07, 2006

the will to live, for beirut...

I am sitting at home, looking out at the dark sky with only the big circle of the moon suspended in mid air and bouncing back and forth off the windows of the high-rises. Beautiful night, blues filled night. Very appropriate since I am in the city of blues. But my mind and heart are so far away from here. I have just seen the entries of a fellow blogger called Mazen Kerbaj (, and some of the responses to his entries, namely by his mother Laure Ghorayeb. It tore at my heart. The same guy who just yesterday said ‘ Beirut won’t cry’ with a poignant drawing of Beirut as I know it, peeping at you through the chaos of it’s building, with the sunset where it is supposed to be, in the sea. I could just imagine how the horizon would turn fiery and slowly allow the sun to creep into it’s resting place for the night, allowing Beirut to live the second part of it’s day. That same guy just posted an entry saying ‘today I wish to die’, his mother answering ‘it is not as simple as that, it is not the time to deflate’. Have they been able to kill our spirit, and thus kill Beirut? Or are we just deflating in order to be able to fight again?

Beirut has never died. Through every toil it has gone through it has lived. It just knows the way towards life. Like the sunflowers that instinctively turn towards the sun, Beirut turns towards life. Yet if it’s people start wanting to die, will it still have the strength to live?


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