Wednesday, September 01, 2004
A Lebanese friend of mine who had been working in Iraq has recently returned home due to the deteriorating security situation there.
That's as good an indication as any as to how bad things are getting in Iraq – you know that things are really getting bad when the Lebanese leave!
The Lebanese are always the always the last to go, whereas, according to my unscientific table, the Australians are the first to go (in terms of governments advising their citizens to leave), followed by the Brits, the Germans, the Americans and finally (as far as developed Western countries go) the French.
So, as an Australian Lebanese, I often don't know whether I'm coming or going.
Mum and dad recently attended the wedding of a young Lebanese man from the north who had recently been kidnapped briefly and released while working in Iraq.
Poor bastard – out of the fire and into the flame.