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BLAME THE SHEIKHS via: Global Mail

THE SMOULDERING REMAINS OF KFC SIGNAGE AN HOUR AFTER THE RAGING MOB SET THE RESTAURANTS ABLAZE | 

David Hollier

The smouldering remains of KFC signage an hour after the raging mob set the restaurants ablaze

Jess Hill
POLITICS   |   September 17, 2012
BLAME THE SHEIKHS
As American symbols burn, whether embassies or fast-food joints, it’s hardline religious leaders far afield fomenting the false outrage.
THE LEBANESE ARMY ROLLS PAST THE BURNED KFC
 

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The Lebanese army rolls past the burned KFC

 
“ Its not right. Those Muslims aren’t like all the other Muslims.”
Khaled, a man in his early 30s, saw us as he was walking down the street with grocery bags in his hands. “You should leave soon,” he said. “There’s going to be trouble today.”
The point is, we’ve been here before. The Arab Spring has changed the context, but these demonstrations would probably have happened whether there had been an Arab Spring or not.

It was just past noon on Friday in the embattled Sunni neighbourhood of Bab al-Tabbaneh, and over loudspeakers the local sheikh was raging. A few minutes before, gunfire had erupted from near Syria Street, the dividing line between Lebanon’s poorest suburb and the mostly Alawite neighbourhood of Jebel Mohsen. Fighters from these two areas have been warring with increasing regularity in the past few months, an old sectarian battle that’s been inflamed by the war in Syria.

Kids scattered and shopkeepers dragged their wares off the pavement. Then everything went quiet. “They’re just practicing,” laughed 17-year-old ‘Virgo’, who lives in Bab al-Tabbaneh in an apartment with his family, and has a sister living in Australia. Like many kids his age, he doesn’t like the fighting; he goes to school with kids from Jebel Mohsen.

As we drove around the corner, a motorcycle pulled in ahead with a young man on the back flying the flag of the puritanical Salafi practice of Islam, and disappeared up the street. Khaled, a man in his early 30s, saw us as he was walking down the street with grocery bags in his hands. “You should leave soon,” he said. “There’s going to be trouble today.”

They were expecting demonstrations against that video insulting the Prophet, he said, adding that whoever made it “should be hanged”. But he didn’t agree with the violent demonstrations. “It’s not right. Those Muslims aren’t like all the other Muslims.” As he went to walk away, he turned back to our translator, with a concerned look. “Imshee,” he urged, Arabic for ‘go away’.

 

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President of the Fire Brigade Employees’ Union and a professional firefighter with more than 25 years’ experience. Father of two daughters, he lives and works on the NSW South Coast, Australia. He is a strong advocate for firefighters and emergency service workers with an interest in mental health issues and caring for those around him. He is a Director on the NSW Fire Brigades Death and Disability Super Fund and works with charities including ‘The Movember Foundation’. As a leader and activist he has long been active in the campaign for action on climate change. Now a Station Commander in the fire and rescue service in NSW and has decades of experience fighting fires, both rural and urban. He is passionate about highlighting the impact climate change is having on fire preparedness and fire behaviour in Australia, and the risks associated with inaction on climate change. Darin is also a spokesperson for the Australian Climate Media Centre.
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