I’m primarily an Italian football fan, but tend to also appreciate and like Germany’s team play and defense.
So of course I was cheering on for the German team throughout the night.
But at the same time I was half wishing they’d loose, not for the sake of Argentina, but more that of Lebanon.
You see looking back at the history of Germany winning world cups I noticed asomething common in the dates and the lebanese history.
In 1974, Germany won the world cup, a couple of days later trouble started sparkling up all around Lebanon, and before you know it, we had a 15 year civil war raging on and destroying the country:
Germany wins the world cup in 1974
The lebanese civil war from 1975 to 1990
The second time Germany won the world cup, was in 2006, the year israeli bombs were destroying all bridges around the country after first targeting the airport; and instilling fear in the crowds:
Germany wins the world cup in 2006
Israel and Hezbollah war rages for 34 days
Now how do these link all my fears together? Simple:
A couple of minutes after the end of the 2014 World Cup games ending with Germany taking the world cup once again, a news update arrived:
LBC Lebanon News, Urgent Update
“Israel responds to the two missiles sent from Lebanon’ s Raas El Ain with many rockets launched onto Khirach Al Hanya and Al Aazariyah…”
That was fast…. so here we go again or will we defeat our sour fate?
Here’s a funny/interesting post to begin this 2014 new year in Lebanon.
We all partied, most of us probably wont remember what happened the past couple of days; I for one have blank spots, but I’m proud to say I remember 90% of the festivities.
The interesting part of NYE 2013/2014 is listening to the news on the 1st and 2nd January. As most of you already know, people in Lebanon like to express their joy sometimes in firing guns in the air, whether it be a birth, a wedding, or in this case the welcoming of a new year.
So this New Year we heard of 1 person being killed and 4 injured during the “fireworks” lebanese style.
I’m not sure how to react to this, but Hey! what else can I say, I hope next year the lebanese will switch to actual fireworks!
Cheers and Many Blessings for the coming years.
Now I sure some of you might be surprised at that post today, but today should have been a good day, which is why I say goodmorning!
Today marks for most of us the last day of work for the year before heading out to the villages or preparing our homes or our plans for a happy happy new year.
Most Lebanese are out shopping, swearing at traffic, wiggling their way around to make sure they end this year 2013 in style and welcome a new year full of joy and happiness.
But as I notice we, as a country, as Lebanese, still dream big; we dream for peace and safety…
And this is what we get
Even Lebanese and non Lebanese living abroad get injured
I’m not taking about physical injuries of course, I’m also taking about mental and emotional; we as a country have learnt to be thankful for surviving explosions instead of being thankful to the Trust, love and prosperity that we’re supposed to wish for.
And still, someone keeps dividing us, destroying our Trust in each other.
Media and crowds run to assumptions, blame parties, and forget to mourn for those whose life was destroyed in a blink of an eye; 5 dead and 70 injured in the polls today.
Will our history ever stop repeating itself? No one knows. But I still have hope.
So goodmorning to all, and hope that 2014 brings with it some safer days with less tears and more laughter.