July 22, 2005
Beirut: Monot Street bomb
I'll make this short, because I'm sitting here at home typing this, when I could be going looking for fine (or, likelier, mediocre) Scottish product to finish the day off with.
Monot Street got bombed. 1 killed, 7 injured. But Monot Street.
Monot Street, for those not in the know, is the finest source of pure night-clubbing Lebanese Protest Chyx (as seen in a warblog near you about four months ago) in the world. There is no rival.
I was walking back down from watching BATMAN RETURNS (good flick, by the way) via Rue Monot, and saw a bigger than usual crowd, especially for before 10 PM on a Friday. Plus, instead of all trying to get into some night club, they were looking at something further down the street. There were also a bunch of military vehicles nosing their way down the way. As I got further, some harassed middle-aged guy in army fatigues was shouting at the various pimped-out lounge-lizards to "Please disperse. Stay behind the lines." (Or something like that. In Arabic.)
I took off on a side street, stopping to ask some guy walking the other way with a big honking camera: "Shu saar? Kaan infijar?" "Yes, bomb." At which point I found a coffee shop with a TV on.
Fortunately, the bomb was at 9:45 PM, at which time the Street is hardly even warmed up yet.
I'd like to use this space for a very special message for whoever is making all these bombs: Would you sad sons of bitches please get a life? What, are you afraid the sad speccy anoraks in London are going to get ahead of you in the cross-continent bomb-laying sweeps? It isn't funny, it isn't clever, it isn't even scary. It's just a pain in the ass. Go do salsa dancing lessons or something, I hear it's a great way to meet chyx.
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What's worse is that at least we know who was behind the London bombs and have a slight idea of what their grievances/motives are, which makes it easier to hunt them down. With the Lebanon violence, no one is claiming responsibility and there are a million and a half ideas of who could be behind them.
No, I don't choose to fall for the baseless accusations on Syria, not until there's enough proof.
I wonder what the average Lebanese thinks. But then again, 'average Lebanese' is an oxymoron.
Posted by: 3omani at July 24, 2005 03:17 AM
I'm willing to accept the Syrians (or Leb-Syrian security apparatus or what have you) as a hypothesis, because at least there there's a more or less coherent explanation (if you conveniently don't look at the Elias Murr bombing).
It doesn't seem like al qaeda, because aq really likes to kill people, and the Leb bombers could easily have killed many many more people if they'd wanted to.
Posted by: Tom Scudder at July 24, 2005 05:37 AM