PIA777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1738 posts, RR: 6 Reply 16, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 27586 times:
Nice approach. Beirut looked beautiful. My father has some real old
slides of Beirut when he went there for training in the 1960's. Beirut
is nice. The media never shows that side of Beirut in America.
I agree PIA777. As an American living in Beirut, and I mean SOUTH Beirut there is an abundance of ignorance today in the US in regards to Beirut and Lebanon in general. Granted the days of the civil war and the terrorist attacks on western countries like the US have yet to leave the American psyche. I can assure all that despite the current US State Department travel advisories, I have NEVER had a incident of discrimination or rudeness from a single person or persons in Lebanon. As a matter of fact, I have been consistantly treated with respect and warmth despite my pitiful Arabic and non-existant French. Beirut is beginning to rise out of the ashes of the civil war and the oppression and economic rape (40 billion US) of the Syrian government. The relationships between the relatively ineficient Parlimentary government of Lebanon and the United States is slowly warming, despite the pitiful efforts of the Hezbullah PM's. Condi Rice has been to Beirut two time all ready in recent memory as a show of support to Lebanon in regards to it's shedding off of the Syrian occupation. Although a certain level of violence does occur in Lebanon, it is usually focused on the most out-spoken opponents and critics of Syria. Hariri's assassination was the catalyst that induced Syria's departure and Syria is none to happy about that.
Rolfen From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 1764 posts, RR: 2 Reply 21, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 26709 times:
I love beirut! Such a great city, such a nightlife, if you know where to go.
And I love lebanese girls, especially the one who stole my sleep tonight. Cant sleep, cant eat, cant... arrrrgh here i am posting on a.net then.
Rolfen From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 1764 posts, RR: 2 Reply 23, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 26303 times:
Quoting Sunandan (Reply 27): I don't know if you guys noticed... but why were the passengers clapping after the landing? It seemed a very normal landing to me.
They always do that when landing in Beirut, and sometimes other destinations, if the aircraft is full of lebanese. If the landing is more tricky I guess they clap more. I thought this to be retard, but hell maybe it's nice after all, especially for the pilots.
That was a perfect landing anyway, it deserved a clap