Waltz with Arieh in Beirut

17.09.2012                      01.Tischrei. 5773                      Rosch Haschanah 1

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Waltz with Arieh in Beirut

Thirty years later, a former defense correspondent for ‘The Jerusalem Post’ offers a first-person account of the Lebanon War.

West Beirut, the eve of Rosh Hashana, September 18, 1982 – We moved toward the corner, going into the dawn’s light battle. It was like walking down any city street, with the sidewalks and the doorways and the storefronts. Only now our combat boots crushed the crunchy shards of broken glass. Live wires dangled from above, sizzling and crackling. A few parked cars were smoldering wrecks. Dust filled the Mediterranean air, filtering the sun as it rose over Mount Lebanon into the port of Beirut. There were some bright flowers at the door of a house, growing profusely, the grit of the summer’s battles vainly trying to smother their sturdy petals and leaves….