Hostages of the Culture of Death
the President of the French Association of International Solidarity (AFSI; (Association française de
solidarité internationale, located 9, rue de Dantzig, 75015
Paris), Marie-Sylvie Buisson has been living in Lebanon for 20 years. The following
is an excerpt of her eyewitness testimonial about the people of South Lebanon.]
week, the people of the southern [Lebanese] villages gathered in Remeish –
roughly 25,000 people. Up until July 26, as they were caught in the crossfire,
they could not evacuate their villages. In fact, there have been reports that
the Israeli army had fired on civilian vehicles attempting to leave by way of
the roads, covered with white sheets to signal their neutrality. The Lebanese press has related the case of a
car which was pursued on July 28 by a firing Israeli combat helicopter. The
Christian family, including its children in the car, was burned alive.
28, under a 72-hour truce obtained by the UN, a first convoy by the brave Red
Cross ventured in to retrieve 600 Christians from the south to Beirut. They made it in Beirut, after 14 hours of an arduous journey
and the foot-crossing of close to 30 destroyed bridges, completely exhausted.
We welcomed them in the Maronite parish of St. Joseph in the Bourj-Hammoud neighborhood.
The parish families are the ones who received them, sheltering them – sometimes
at 4 families per apartment. I joined the relief effort, along with the entire
staff of Radio MBS.
woman delivered a little baby girl upon her arrival, which she did in one
corner of the parish hall. We brought her rags, water and baby clothes. The
urgency is now to buy food, basic hygiene products and milk for the babies.
receiving the Christians from the south, we had welcomed Shiite refugees. My
conversations with them taught me a number of interesting facts: Each woman,
including little girls, receives per month from Iran – via Hezbollah – 250 dollars
to wear a veil, and 500 dollars to wear the black “Abaya” [long garment] that
covers the entire body. Each man receives 500 dollars per month to grown an
Islamic beard, such that a “bearded” man with four wives and eight daughters
therefore makes 3,500 dollars a month to disguise himself as an Iranian. This
is not in any way the custom of the Lebanese Shiites. This is simply a strategy
to “Iranize” the Lebanese landscape and to make people used to dress according
to Islamic fashion. Moreover, a Hezbollah militant is paid 4,000 dollars a month,
in a country where the minimum monthly wage is about 300 dollars.
learned that the arming of Hezbollah had been piling up for years. The Israeli
army is discovering bunkers and underground tunnels, dug and built with North
Korean materials and financed by Iran, which explains the
difficulties the Israeli army is encountering on the ground. Hezbollah fighters
take the advancing Israeli soldiers by surprise as they emerge from these
addition, it is reported that Jihadists from all places are converging on Lebanon: Afghanis, Palestinians,
Iraqis, and other veterans of similar wars, including a few hoodlums from the
French suburbs who are happy to come and “beat up Israelis” in the flesh! They,
obviously, will all get killed, convinced that they will go straight to Heaven.
This Culture of Death is disseminated by some officials who, literally, play
with people’s lives. In the Christian
quarters [of the city], people are beginning to retrieve their weapons and
organize watch groups to protect their lives and possessions.
[Translated from the French magazine “Famille
Chrétienne, No. 1490, August 5-11, 2006]