PRINT October 2006

Walid Raad and Walid Sadek

I. This, too, must be repeated, even if it has become today the dominant abstraction disseminated in the Western and Arab popular press: Between July 12 and August 13, 2006, the so-called beginning and end of this most recent and ongoing Middle Eastern crisis, more than one thousand civilians died. Hundreds of soldiers died. Thousands of civilians were injured. Hundreds of thousands were displaced. Millions were scared. Countless were traumatized. Billions of dollars were lost. Billions of dollars were made.

Lebanon yet again in the summer of ’06, echoing the spring of ’96, the summer of ’93, the never-to-be-forgotten summer of ’82, and every other invasion, skirmish, clash, incursion, and battle between Israel and Lebanon over the past sixty years.

Surely we have all realized by now that while Lebanese blood is cheaper in the eyes of North American, European, Asian, and Arab policy makers

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