Middle Eastern violence is ordinarily about who is fighting over what, but rarely, is their concern for the unforseen consequences of having one’s nation torn to pieces with violence. Lebanese people traditionally have a love of partying, and plan huge weddings including dozens of relatives from abroad attending. But, violence in Lebanon is causing widespread disruption since weddings might be cancelled on a moment’s notice due to violence in the area. In fact, there is evidence many Lebanese are moving their wedding site abroad.
War is hell, and war causes minute as well as major changes in one’s daily life. The people of Lebanon have been involved with civil wars and invasions for over twenty-five years. Most hunger for a bit of stability so they can go ahead with their normal routines. One suspects, despite rhetoric by Hamas or al-Qaeda that most people in the region want peace.