Picture by Justin Salhani
Almost a week after Dahieh’s blast, two explosions shook the city of Tripoli killing 45 people and injuring hundreds. The bombs, similarly to Dahieh’s bomb, were directed against civilians and were placed this time outside two mosques during prayer time. This is the bloodiest attack since Lebanon’s civil war and the worse is yet to come according to most security reports and officials.
I don’t know who’s behind these bombings, nor do I intend to try and point out accusations towards one team or another, but I don’t understand how all these high ranking security officials, ministers and politicians are predicting worse days to come without taking any initiative or setting up a proper security plan to try to prevent at least another car bomb. There are tons of measures that can be taken to make it harder for terrorists to infiltrate crowded areas and to detect any suspicious activity.
Interior Minister Marwan Charbel mentioned yesterday that he had set up with other security officials “a road map for the security agencies to deal with the situation” (Few hours before the explosions took place), but I don’t think any plan will work if the Lebanese citizens are not involved in it, and the borders are not sealed properly (A rather complicated matter).
At the moment, we don’t need road maps but quick and effective ways to protect our homes and streets, as well as coordinated efforts between the citizens, the municipality members and the security forces. The Lebanese Army and Internal Security Forces may not be able to protect the whole country, but they can always trust people and ask them for help. Neighborhood watches can be organized (Bourj Hammoud municipality already does that), Parking lots around crowded or religious sites can be removed, set up cameras, checkpoints (by the authorities only) can be organized regularly, cars can be registered at the municipality, hot lines can be assigned for each area to report any suspicious activity etc …
Mall Security still using these pointless bomb detectors
The media has an important role to play here and TVs should start awareness campaigns and advise people on how to monitor and report suspicious activities (As recommended by the Security Agencies of course), as well as organize talk shows that revolve around protecting the Lebanese instead of hosting political parrots and arrogant guests just to get more viewers. Businesses can also play a crucial role in financing the municipality, equipping them with the proper equipment, covering the expenses for setting up cameras and many other things. For example, a city like Achrafieh which has more than 20 banks and major companies can easily get the money to set up cameras on every corner.
The situation nowadays is very different from few years back when politicians were being targeted or bombs were placed in hidden spots to scare people. The last two bombs were placed in crowded areas to cause the biggest number of casualties possible and it is no longer acceptable to just wait for the next car bomb to happen. It’s no longer safe to go out anywhere to be honest and we can’t just pretend nothing’s happening and move on.
On a last note, the internet is a very powerful tool and the majority of Lebanese are connected now, so let’s make good use of it and express solidarity and love instead of promoting hatred and sectarianism. The Lebanese Police could set up few useful apps for citizens to submit reports almost instantly.
Since we want action and not just talks, and given that a lot of people, myself included, don’t have the time or money to take initiatives on the ground, what we can start by doing for example, even if it’s a baby step, is raise awareness online by asking businesses, such as malls, restaurants, pubs and other places to take proper measures and stop using these defective bomb detectors. Added to that, teachers can ask their school or university administration to take preemptive measures before they begin the new academic year.
I am almost confident Lebanese are mature enough not to want a new civil war, and I am sure there are still few good people in this country capable of making a positive change.
PS: I will forward this post and any of your suggestions to ex-Minister Ziad Baroud and other influential people to see if we can materialize any of these plans before it’s too late.
Inauguration of Bachir Gemayel Avenue was cancelled yesterday in Beirut after the Tripoli Explosions. A car was suspected as well near the place but it was a false alert.
“On a last note, the internet is a very powerful tool and the majority of Lebanese are connected now…” – Najib let’s get over ourselves, internet/blogging/tweeting are practically useless outside of an echo chamber we all live in. Sure, sometimes we are lucky to have a “spill over effect” on certain people, but on the whole, we are preaching to the choir. In other words it is people who ALREADY subscribe to our opinions which gravitate towards us.
The internet and social media work in mysterious ways and I believe they are becoming more and more useful in Lebanon. They encourage transparency for once, spread a message quicker and could actually materialize in something.
It starts with the smallest things and who knows where it could get us.
If you only knew how dangerous and opinionated our youth at university is! And I am talking about supposedly educated ones. So what to leave to those who are simply driven by their ignorance and hormones. I am not sure I am very optimistic.
I know what you are talking about but you can influence them easily and the more you have people preaching the right ideas, the less dangerous those will become.
Byen3edo min el mne7 🙂
yes we can prevent further bombings in lebanon by using the bomb detector they work! its an anten on a piece of plastic you hold and walk by the cars it will detect lebanese bombs
It’s fake bomb detectors
Sejaan Azzi proposed this project last night on TV
I thought you were against sealing the borders
What’s going to happen is going to happen unless they limit the number of refugees who have been spilling like garbage and yess i’m not racist ,Syria never accepted such numbers of Lebanese in their country during our Civil war ,and ours never affected their life ,so lets close those borders for good and watch the borders ,enough’s enough
I would like to see those ridiculous “bomb detectors” go. However I’m sure someone is profiting from them which is why they are still there. Everybody has known for a long time that the devices that Dick Cheney’s company sells were fake and dont actually work.
Maya two wrongs dont make a right. Its the humanitarian thing to do and its not like they are currently living happy comfortable lives or that the standard of living of Lebanese people was that much better before they came. yes the borders should be watched more closely but that should’ve been happening way before any of this started. Also Syrians arent a race its a nationality. they are Arabs just like we are.
as for safety I would say try to limit any unnecessary travels to non-neutral areas. Its no secret that specific areas belonging to the opposing sides are being targeted. If you live in those areas try to report anything suspicious.
And no i don’t wanna see their stupid visages on our roads ,why isn’t it happening in Turkey or Jordan but in Leb ?
How about if they start targeting neutral areas too and back to Civil war ???It’s the Syrian war spilling over here ,don’t you know how barbaric Syrians and Kurds are and they still accept their numbers here ,my proposition is not to accept them at all , it’s the same thing like the Palestenians happening , Lebanon accepted the highest numbers of Palestenians and since it’s a country where everybody can do anything they want , the same things the Palestenians did are going to happen ,i’m not being pessimistic ,it’s the truth ,either build a strong army or close the borders
Kurds have been living in Lebanon before we were all born how did u find out they are barbaric?
Ps: many Kurds are Lebanese as well
Ps #2 : u are not racist
oh so your one of those Lebanese girls “qui parle francais w yeee ya2alla shoo hayda, no waaaayy….” so I wont waste my time with you but if the refugees in Lebanon are bothering you then why dont you stand on the border and stop them.
You know I’m sure thats what The Europeans and other countries say when we are lining up for their visas. I wonder, if hypothetically you would’ve moved to Syria during the Lebanese Civil War or to Paris given the option. In fact lets not think too far back, where were you during the summer of 2006? My family and I fled through Syria and then Jordan to go to France because we were fortunate enough to have had visas before hand.
1) Let the new government be formed. It’s been months already. Marwan Charbel needs to be out of office immediately.
2)Assemble a security task force to specifically bolster internal security intelligence and border security.
3) Be unfazed by politics or pressure by any side of the spectrum (14, 8, Syria, KSA)
4) Lebanese should focus on rebuilding trust and harmony with each other and quit the sectarian / pro-Syrian or pro-Gulf/USA tendencies, as well as stop sending any Lebanese across any border to fight alongside a non-Lebanese entity. This causes hatred internally and means shelling and bombing inside Lebanese territory.
5) Book Skybar if all else fails.
It’s really pathetic what’s happening and I have yet to fulfill my dream of seeing these bombers get capital punishment.
No one is paying except the people and hate is created between races and groups of people. Well let me tell you that hackling a Syrian kid or person will resonate on their minds as hatred towards us lebanese. More so it’s not their fault just like it’s not our fault that we have such a corrupt money loving government.
What your looking for is a movement for the people against the rich aristocrats that believe they are entitled to wealth and power.
I say to the Lebanese government, bashar al asaad, and the Syrian rebel army we are nt afraid of you and the people will prevail as they always have it’s only a matter of time before you lead us to drag you behind our cars and watch you fall much like kaddafi. Your time is coming.
Nope ,i’m not one of those girls Montrealer ,but given that Leb is a small country 2 fit them all and weak enough 2 let them take over our economy , politics ,lets not accept them at all and it’s not my job 2 wait on the borders , it’s the army’s job ,oooh i forgot ,the army only accomplishes its mission after it’s too late and when pple are targeted ,they only search for criminals until it’s too late and pple have died ,this is why i can’t stand this country and another thing Turkey and Jordan haven’t accepted the numbers we have ,either limit their numbers or if they can’t close those borders
And yes Ali ,thumbs up
In all explosions that happened recently always ” the enemies of Lebanon ” did it …but we never actually know who did it , and since no body is getting caught people stopped beleiving inany justice in the country therefore the solution for the whole Lebanese problems is simply having cameras In every street even minor street starting in greater Beirut for the first year and then continue to cover all other cities as done in London and Beirut is much more smaller and this should be officially proposed in the parliament so we know who is against cameras in the street favoring his personal interest over national security!