Today marks the 35th anniversary of the event traditionally considered to have provided the spark for the beginning of Lebanon’s Civil War. Lebanon’s politicians are commemorating it with a friendly game of soccer.
The game starts at 6:30 PM Beirut time, and apparently will have no spectators. Does anyone know if it will be televised? If not, then the choice of the memorial will be absurdly fitting: a bunch of politicians gathering together to replay their heroic struggles away from the prying eyes of their meddlesome followers, who will simply have to wait patiently for the results.
PS: I apologize for the light posting but I’ve been busy with various writing projects, some of which I’ll be able to link to soon enough. For anyone in the New Haven area who has an interest in Classical Arabic literature, there’s a wonderful colloquium taking place this weekend.
Update: The red team won the game, thanks to the goal-scoring prowess of Sami Gemayel. Gemayel had this to say after the game:
سامي الجميل بعد المباراة السياسية: اهم رسالة اليوم ان استراتيجية الحاج علي عمار الدفاعية عاطلة جدا
Pretty cute. I’ll try to find some pictures. [Update: see below]