I’m eating in a restaurant and on the neighboring table is a couple obviously on one of their first dates. The guy is explaining what the problem is with the Muslim world, why they are a problem to humanity and to themselves: “they are tribal”, “they can’t even make peace with one another”, “too religious”, etc… I am thinking of how many times I’ve heard this discourse over and over again almost like a popular song. I want to change table but the place is packed. I am thinking of how this has been part of the overwhelming securitarian discourse: after all if he wants to seduce her he needs to show her how much he knows the enemy. If he knows them, he can protect her and she would feel so much more secure with him than with, for example, her ex-boyfriend from university, a guy called Bachir (funny coincidence). After the securitarian discourse he wants to know all about her ex, she reassures him that “it’s clearly over”, “it couldn’t have worked in the first place”, “he was too far out”, …
There are about 350 000 unexploded Israeli cluster bombs sold by the US in south Lebanon according to Haaretz (read about it here in french), they each contain from about a hundred smaller exploding devices to up to 644 in the case of the M-26. I don’t want to do any detailed math here but we can easily reach up to 5 000 000 small bombs scattered around south Lebanon in civilian areas for “self defense” purposes.
Washington is “opening an inquiry” says the news.
What kind of world do we live in?
I feel like throwing up… whish I had never gone to this restaurant.