Thursday, November 23, 2006

Robert Fisk: Gemayel’s mourners know that in Lebanon nothing is what it seems
Living in Lebanon, you learn these semantic tricks through a kind of looking glass. Nothing here ever happens by accident. But whatever does happen is never quite like what you first think it to be. So the Lebanese at Bikfaya understood yesterday as they gathered and talked of unity. For if only the Lebanese stopped putting their faith in foreigners - the Americans, the Israelis, the British, the Iranians, the French, the United Nations - and trusted each other instead, they would banish the nightmares of civil war sealed inside Pierre Gemayel's coffin.
From Samer al-Batal who writes:

In case you would like to know, the Orthodox bishop of Beirut gave the blessing and read the Beatitudes at the Maronite funeral.

Christians in the Near East, particularly within the great Catholic family, tend to stick together.

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