There's going to be a demonstration today in The Green Square. I got an email from the US Embassy warning all US citizens to avoid being in the area. I asked Mustafa if I could go and he said 'No!' - he outweighs the embassy I'm afraid. Had he said yes, I would have gone despite the warning from the embassy.
I think what is happening in Lebanon is appalling - what is worse is the US government's stand on the subject. But at the same time I am not glued to the TV watching the massacre of innocent people (including children). I must admit that I cannot bear to watch it.
On the other hand, my husband has become a sofa warrior. He's been watching the events unfold in our living room. He's not in a good mood, crabbing and complaining about everything. All his watching of the news is not accomplishing anything. He sits for hours in the same spot, staring at the TV screen, holding the remote control tightly in his hand.
Last night I took Sara to visit my mother in law. My sister in laws were all sitting downstairs in the garden drinking tea as usual. 'Where's Mustafa?' my mother in law asked. 'We haven't seen him in ages.' 'He's glued to the TV.' I replied. My sister in laws wanted to know what was on TV that was so interesting. When I said he was watching the events unfold in Lebanon they only vaguely had an idea what I was talking about. In their sheltered world of gossip, kids and household chores they are oblivious to what happens in the world around them.
There is not much more I can do but pray!