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Pity the Nation: The Abduction of Lebanon Anyhow, I am on page 540 in Fisk TheAmericans French British Italians have just withdrew from Beirut afterAmerican marines headquarters, French paratroop HQ have been bombed bythe suicide bombers BTW, Am rican foreign policy was just asboneheaded then Reagan as president, Bush Sr as VP as it isnow There was the same rhetoric of combating internationalterrorism sic , using big guns against guerrillas among civilianpopulation that time it was battleship New Jersey lobbing his FVbeetle Anyhow, I am on page 540 in Fisk TheAmericans French British Italians have just withdrew from Beirut afterAmerican marines headquarters, French paratroop HQ have been bombed bythe suicide bombers BTW, Am rican foreign policy was just asboneheaded then Reagan as president, Bush Sr as VP as it isnow There was the same rhetoric of combating internationalterrorism sic , using big guns against guerrillas among civilianpopulation that time it was battleship New Jersey lobbing his FVbeetle size shells on the Druze in Chouf mountains There was the samebelief in technology The same mixture of naivete, simplisticsolutions, and undercover political agenda.Okay, I should say, Fisk and this particular book of his rules This was one of the best books I have read in a while Onmultiple accounts It is hard to compare books so I guess I ll use theentertainment value as a metric.As I mentioned to Sean before Fisk as wartime investigativejournalist is as close as the reader can get to the actual witnessaccounts of historical events Plus, in this book, Fisk does notnecessary focus on history but talks about his experiences, whichmakes the book as authentic as it can get Fisk is pretty calm abouthis own feelings, which goes pretty well Fisk is a little rambly attimes all of a sudden, in the middle of the book, there is about50 some page chapter on the tendentious use of the word terrorist and other journalistic cliches.Even though Fisk gets carried away harping about civilian casualtiesespecially at first, he does analyze quite well, however, the multiplewarring factions in Lebanon at one time he says there were 33different armies and militias there and their precariousrelationships, their economic and historical reasons for existence,etc Besides, as the the story unfolds and the body piles mount, Fiskbecomescynical He did overlook the emergence of Hezbollahsomewhat In his account the gunmen with green headbands bent onsuicide bombing sort of spring up.Fisk himself comes across as a sympathetic character a man ofintegrity, courage, honesty and even modesty.Some of his narrative devices sounded pretentious at first as hisdescription of every army being greeted with rice and rose water andtheir eventual unglamorous departure But as this happens toand armies in a span of a few decades, you sort of get into it.Anyhow, the Israelites have retreated from Beirut yet are arming thePhalange and local goons in the South Lebanon as their proxy army Thekidnapping of westerners should start any time now Gotta go read Wow If you re like me and didn t know the half about just how divided Lebanon and especially Beirut were during this time, this book is a real eye opener I knew about a few major points i.e the Sabra and Shatila Massacre, but I was otherwise not very knowledgeable about the war s and the level of international involvement The fact that Fisk was actually present to witness so many key moments in recent Middle East history that are now the stuff of legend almost makes it seem like fiction He Wow If you re like me and didn t know the half about just how divided Lebanon and especially Beirut were during this time, this book is a real eye opener I knew about a few major points i.e the Sabra and Shatila Massacre, but I was otherwise not very knowledgeable about the war s and the level of international involvement The fact that Fisk was actually present to witness so many key moments in recent Middle East history that are now the stuff of legend almost makes it seem like fiction He was there, however, and so was I as I gotandinto reading this book.The way the book is written just kept me engaged at almost every moment, even despite its length and the number of names, dates, and other things being shoved into my brain When Fisk feels fear, you feel fear When he describes the corpses and bombed out buildings, you feel as if you see them too This makes the book both fascinating and, at times, hard to read.One thing that nearly made me iffy about giving this book 5 stars is the fact that Terry Anderson s kidnapping was not resolved within its pages He was kidnapped in 1985, and Fisk spends countless pages after that keeping the reader on the edge of his her seat, waiting for a resolution Of course, it never comes because Anderson was in fact not released by Hezbollah until the year after this book was published Perhaps later editions of the book take this into account In any case, I really can t fault Fisk for not being able to see into the future, so I ll let that one slide All in all, this is a very good book, and essential reading for anyone who wants to knowabout the Lebanese Civil War and its effect on the Middle East today This is very recent history, and I believe it s very important to study because of what s going on out there every day It s a scary world, but there will hopefully always be reporters who tell us what s going on Though we perhaps rightfully hate on the media for its biases and keeping us in the dark about certain events, we cannot deny that there are still some voices out there who are willing to speak the truth Fisk is one such voice, and I m glad we still have him around I had never read anything of his besides shorter articles before this, but I look forward to exploring some of his other full length books in the future A classic of modern history and journalism, if you ask me With The Israeli Palestinian Crisis Reaching Wartime Levels, Where Is The Latest Confrontation Between These Two Old Foes Leading Robert Fisk S Explosive Pity The Nation Recounts Sharon And Arafat S First Deadly Encounter In Lebanon In The Early S And Explains Why The Israel Palestine Relationship Seems So Intractable A Remarkable Combination Of War Reporting And Analysis By An Author Who Has Witnessed The Carnage Of Beirut For Twenty Five Years, Fisk, The First Journalist To Whom Bin Laden Announced His Jihad Against The US Is One Of The World S Most Fearless And Honored Foreign Correspondents He Spares No One In This Saga Of The Civil War And Subsequent Israeli Invasion The PLO, Whose Thuggish Behavior Alienated Most Lebanese The Various Lebanese Factions, Whose Appalling Brutality Spared No One The Syrians, Who Supported First The Christians And Then The Muslims In Their Attempt To Control Lebanon And The Israelis, Who Tried To Install Their Own Puppets And, With Their Invasion, Committed Massive War Crimes Of Their Own It Includes A Moving Finale That Recounts The Travails Of Fisk S Friend Terry Anderson Who Was Kidnapped By Hezbollah And Spent , Days In Captivity Fully Updated To Include The Israeli Withdrawl From South Lebanon And Ariel Sharon S Electoral Victory Over Ehud Barak, This Edition Has Sixty Pages Of New Material And A New Preface Robert Fisk S Enormous Book About Lebanon S Desperate Travails Is One Of The Most Distinguished In Recent Times Edward Said [PDF / Epub] ☉ Psiconutrición. 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but I found it to be eye opening in a way that fiction could never be Fisk s love for Lebanon as a country is as strong as his descriptions of the harrowing events surrounding war in Beirut and southern Lebanon He deftly pins down the history of Western intervention and its horrifying effects on the country, so even someone who knows This book was an astonishing read It was assigned to me as research for a play I m assistant directing about the conflict in Lebanon and its effect on a family, but I found it to be eye opening in a way that fiction could never be Fisk s love for Lebanon as a country is as strong as his descriptions of the harrowing events surrounding war in Beirut and southern Lebanon He deftly pins down the history of Western intervention and its horrifying effects on the country, so even someone who knows little about the Middle East and its conflicts will understand what has led Lebanon through such a period of bloodshed Particularly moving are his chapters involving the Sabra and Chatila massacres, and the abduction of the head of the Associated Press, Terry Anderson A completely involving, honest piece of war journalism, Pity the Nation is definitely worth the read for anyone who knows little about the area or its hardships This book taught me a lot of things It described the tragedy of the Lebanese throughout those bloody 15 years of civil war.It helped alter some of my beliefs regarding the conflict As I leafed through the pages it seemed that I was standing next to Robert Fisk, witnessing the heinous massacres, indiscriminate bombings, wild guerrilla warfaresI could almost hear the deafening thump of artillery fire or the clattering of machine guns Every page seemed to be riddled with bullets or stained w This book taught me a lot of things It described the tragedy of the Lebanese throughout those bloody 15 years of civil war.It helped alter some of my beliefs regarding the conflict As I leafed through the pages it seemed that I was standing next to Robert Fisk, witnessing the heinous massacres, indiscriminate bombings, wild guerrilla warfaresI could almost hear the deafening thump of artillery fire or the clattering of machine guns Every page seemed to be riddled with bullets or stained with blood The blood of a country that has suffered a lot A country that will always rise from the ashes no matter the amount of destruction it had sustained Kudos to Robert Fisk who risked his life on multiple occasions in order to painstakingly compile such a marvelous account of the Lebanese war On October 23, 1983, two men nearly simultaneously detonated car bombs killing 241 American servicemen, of whom 220 were Marines and 58 French servicemen in one of the deadliest days in American combat history since World War 2 I have known of this for a large part of my life, but wanted to get an understanding of the particulars Why were we there in the first place Who was responsible for the bombing If we were part of a multi national force to protect the Lebanese from the Israelis and Syr On October 23, 1983, two men nearly simultaneously detonated car bombs killing 241 American servicemen, of whom 220 were Marines and 58 French servicemen in one of the deadliest days in American combat history since World War 2 I have known of this for a large part of my life, but wanted to get an understanding of the particulars Why were we there in the first place Who was responsible for the bombing If we were part of a multi national force to protect the Lebanese from the Israelis and Syrians, why were our servicemen targets All of this and muchwas answered in this epic tome 752 pages It was not just the size of the book that made this difficult, but Mr Fisk s writing style has him jumping around quite a bit In one chapter he is discussing the Chabra and Chatila massacres, in another he is discussing the seige of Beirut Then he is discussing the kidnapping of journalist Terry Anderson This can make for a difficult read, especially with all of the unfamiliar towns and names that are included.It was also difficult because of how the abject slaughter of war is described Mr Fisk was on the scene shortly following many of these disasters and his ability to describe eyewitness testimony from those who survived, as well as his own observations surveying the results of the massacres is second to none It was difficult to comprehend how people could actually live through this.Having said all of that, this was probably one of the most interesting books I have ever read It has completely changed my understanding of the politics of the region I will never look at the word terrorist in the same light again If you have an interest in the region and its politics, I would highly recommend this book An outstanding work of journalism, again produced by a very capable person.It is a very enlightening and valuable piece of work for any one trying to take a glimpse into and understand the complexities of Lebanon s political calamity with its deadly impact on anyone exposed to it in depth and the Middle East at large The dizzying shifts of alliances of the various warring groups within and the external forces manipulating them did nothing but destroy its people and the nation itself Lebanon An outstanding work of journalism, again produced by a very capable person.It is a very enlightening and valuable piece of work for any one trying to take a glimpse into and understand the complexities of Lebanon s political calamity with its deadly impact on anyone exposed to it in depth and the Middle East at large The dizzying shifts of alliances of the various warring groups within and the external forces manipulating them did nothing but destroy its people and the nation itself Lebanon continues to be held hostage to the same ailments that the Lebanese have not been able to shed to date One can sense this even today as its political machine continues to move along the same principles it is all over the news History seem to be repeating itself can t saythan it s a must read book PrefaceAcknowledgementsChronology of EventsPrincipal CharactersMaps Pity the Nation Lebanon at War BibliographyIndex Everything considered, I d say I prefer Patrick Cockburn as a guide to imperial aggression and sectarian violence in the Middle East Cockburn has ice in veins Fisk is of aliterary bent At times merely orotund The Age of Jihad Islamic State and the Great War for the Middle East is a better explanation of Syria and Iraq in the 2000s and 10s than Pity the Nation is of Lebanon in the 1980s Fisk allows himself to get waylaid by rhetoric and tangents where Cockburn never would.Still, one Everything considered, I d say I prefer Patrick Cockburn as a guide to imperial aggression and sectarian violence in the Middle East Cockburn has ice in veins Fisk is of aliterary bent At times merely orotund The Age of Jihad Islamic State and the Great War for the Middle East is a better explanation of Syria and Iraq in the 2000s and 10s than Pity the Nation is of Lebanon in the 1980s Fisk allows himself to get waylaid by rhetoric and tangents where Cockburn never would.Still, one must feel awe before the things Robert Fisk has seen that he can t unsee Impossible to ever fully wash the stench of cadavers at Sabra and Chatila from one s body I think it s fair to say that, by reporting candidly on Israeli war crimes for a major paper, he himself was making history If there was any comfort to be had after the Israeli massacre of innocents on 5 14 this year, it was that now public opinion just had to shift At long last, once and for all, hadn t Israel truly made itself indefensible Well, in this respect Pity the Nation makes for sober reading In the annals of atrocities, the massacre at Sabra and Chatila was about as indefensible as they come, and yet, in the three and a half decades since, hacks and ideologues have never ceased defending Israel Indeed Ariel Sharon would go on to become prime minister and be fulsomely eulogized by Joe Biden To recap in 82 the PLO reached a ceasefire agreement with the state of Israel PLO fighters would leave Lebanon for Tunisia, with the understanding that their families would be safe and protected In response, Ariel Sharon sent an Israel aligned militia into the refugee camps of Sabra and Chatila to slaughter the remaining Palestinians Thousands were killed, mostly women, children and old men.All this was reported at the time A good part of this book consists of Fisk responding to those who tried to slander him for telling the truth in the eighties The truth is that he s an unfailingly even handed reporter These pages include a highly unflattering portrait of Arafat, plus frequent condemnations of the PLO for its role in starting the conflict In this respect, actually, I would say Fisk underrates Israel s culpability Since the publication of this book, new information has come out At the time of writing this, Fisk could not have known about the massive terrorist car bombing campaign Israel conducted for years before invading Lebanon In no way can Israel s invasion be understood as a disproportionate response to valid security concerns in fact Israel had been trying hard for years to provoke a response from the PLO that would justify a full scale invasion Please readabout it here

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