Lebanese People and their Love of Hitler

No this is not about Najwa Karam. This is about all those that agree with Najwa Karam and they are many.

If you drive around Achrafieh, odds are you will stumble on this building with a full blown swastika on one of its facades. Perhaps it’s new, perhaps it isn’t. But what’s consistent is that there are many, many Lebanese who idolize Hitler.

And I have no freaking idea why.

You only need for Germany to have a football game for your Facebook timeline to be inundated with Hitler-loving statuses about how Germany will win. An example of that:

“The pepperoni kids will dance to the sound of Hitler’s canons tonight” – this was a Facebook status posted by a friend of mine when Germany was playing Italy at the 2012 Euro cup semi-final.

But it’s not all about football games. There’s a guy in my hometown, whose name I don’t even know, who wears a golden swastika around his neck. Its value would be more than $1000 today. And there’s even a jewelry shop which sold it or had it custom-made for him.

Moreover, just yesterday, I observed a fascinating twitter conversation between a renowned Lebanese blogger and other tweeps after the blogger professed his admiration for the dictator. The argument? He’s just a warlord like all of our Lebanese warlords. If you like Geagea, Berri or Jumblat, you can’t but like Hitler.

Flawless arguments aside, this is only for showcasing. But enough with that, let me ask a few questions.

  • Do Lebanese people like Hitler just because he killed Jews? In which case, do they know that he killed many non-German Christians too?
  • Do Lebanese people know that they would also be classed on a list of people to eradicate had Hitler had his way?
  • Do Lebanese people who admire Hitler for his charisma (such as Najwa Karam) actually know anything about Hitler apart from Hollywood-related movies?
  • Do Lebanese people who love Hitler know that the Germans have nothing but hate towards him?

The sad part is that we can fathom idolizing a criminal who killed millions upon millions of people and who was a main player in a full-blown World War just because we think it’s cool. When “Mein Kampf” is banned in many European countries, all of which have much more freedom than we do, you should realize that thinking that the mind behind that book and ideology isn’t someone you should be proud of, let alone consider as an inspiration in any way whatsoever.

But hey, we’re a country that’s so messed up when it comes to so many issues that liking Hitler becomes irrelevant. But something must be said. Enough with the silliness.

 

 

Watch the Italy vs Germany Euro 2012 Semi-Final Football Game Online

As the Euro 2012 tournament draws close to an end, the second and last semi-final game is here between football rivals Germany and Italy.

Germany haven’t beaten Italy since 1995 and they’ve never beaten them in competitive games. Ever. On the other hand, the Italians should be extremely tired after their 120 minute game against England in the quarter finals. The game is up in the air. As an Italy fan, it saddens me to predict a Germany win.

But a streak has got to end sometime, no?

Either way, here’s a link to watch the game online (here).

And FORZA ITALIA! Always.

The Official UEFA Euro 2012 Song

Well, I wish it were that Armin Van Buuren song I told you about a few days ago because this one plain sucks. Even Shakira would have been better.

The song is by Oceana, a German singer, and it’s called “Endless Summer.”

And I absolutely hate it. I really hope it won’t go the “Waka Waka” route and get overplayed until my ears start bleeding.

Other than that, the Euro 2012 tournament starts in three days! :D

Just some German Family Drama

The following actually happened. It’s straight out of a soap opera and it’s simply hilarious. It’s also very sad. In short, this picture is the life of two German couples – or six months of it:

At least this is more interesting than many movies churned out by Hollywood. Also, 72 times… that’s some dedication for someone who’s not enjoying it, don’t you think?

Manchester United Fail!


I am a big football fan (not the American one, the regular international one). I do not follow every single thing related to it simply because I get way over excited, especially when it comes to teams I care about.

For instance, in Euro 2008, when Italy was playing Spain in the quarter finals and Buffon blocked a penalty shot, I shouted so loud in the restaurant that the owner still remembers me. Yes, I support the Azzurri. Another instance that comes to mind was the game Germany vs Argentina in the latest World Cup’s quarter finals. I wasn’t originally a supporter of either team but I decided to root for Argentina – and ended up doing so more vigorously than the original Argentina supporters present.

So I do understand how the game works and when a team doesn’t play well. I do understand most of the technicalities as well and after tonight, I know most of the players as well – even for teams I don’t root for. I mean, one glance at a substitute and I blurted out his name. Awesome, no?

So the Champions League Finale was on yesterday and it set Barcelona against Manchester United. I had no idea how the odds for each team stacked up but I honestly dislike Barcelona (the team, not the city) so I decided to root for Manchester United instead. Glory, glory Manchester United, right? Absolutely not, apparently. It should have been “pity, pity Manchester United instead”.

I was so horrified by how bad they played that it wasn’t even funny. The only goal they got in was due to a mistake from the other team and it wasn’t even a stellar goal for you to think that lots of work was put into it. Their possession of the ball was 33% and they got only 3 shots the whole game.

On the other hand, Barca had a 67% and had more than 15 shots, 3 of which resulted in goals. See? I’m not always biased. I give credit where credit is due – although I still think they’re not the best team in the world and I vehemently do not approve of the notion that Messi is the football incarnation of God.

So yeah, for all matters and purposes, Manchester United were a big failure tonight. They were absolutely atrocious. Their first half was less than stellar but it kept them in the game. The second half, however, was a disaster. You can’t even begin to fathom how bad it was! When the only team you see playing is the other team, dear Manchester United, you should maybe get a hint to pick up your game? Or maybe it was that the players had enough money and not enough motivation? Either way, I almost felt shame for deciding to root for them. Even more ashamed than the time I supported Argentina in that quarter final and they lost 4-0. At least back then I was more involved and therefore more pissed off than able to see how bad Argentina really was. And yeah, they were worse.