What you won't see, are the two prosthesis he got as gift from war.
This is an article of 'Der Spiegel', a major German magazin. It's unfortunately in German, but I'm going to quote some interesting quotes and paraphrase the whole text. My comments are in brackets.
So let's start about that handsome Lebanese boy who's name is Nadim Abed al-Razik and who led a normal life in his village: working in a barber's shop, smoking shisha in the cafe and talking about girls.
All this changed with the Iraq war, when "there were aired clips to encourage the youth to djihad on Saudi, Syrian and Jordanian TV stations" [so much about the Urbi's fault in post-war terrorism in Iraq].
What was Nadim's response: "For an Arab just the word Djihad is enough to turn his life upside down." [If it is so, then this is a proof of pity.]
So young Nadim went with his cousins, after selling their mobiles for 65 bucks to arrive via Syria one day on Iraq's borders. There were together 400 'volunteers' from Arab countries to be welcomed by Iraqi Baath party people. But even the Baath officials "just didn't know what to do with us". [Apparently Iraqis (even Baath officials) seemed to judge the situation in a more correct, right and useful way for Iraqis. That's called common sense.]
They were put up in an Iraqi army camp that was already targeted by US Airforce to start their training. Their training consisted of "rope jumping and endurance run" The maximum time he spent fighting really Americans were just four hours. Iraqis were hostile towards them and even Baath officals asked them what they are doing in Iraq and told them to go home. On his way home, he was arrested by the Americans, who treated him well. To quote him: if someone fell, he was supported, when someone refused eating, he was asked politely and non-violent way. In his words: "In Arabic prisons it's quite different, they are happy to spend less food."
One day, while cleaning the area round the prisoner camp, a cluster bomb exploded and caused the loss of both legs.
After 9 months, he was airlifted back to Lebanon where he was greeted with a great party, because they already missed him in his village. On the other hand, he can't work anymore, he has no right on benefits because this injuries were in his responsibility and he won't marry his girl-friend.
- His story is evidence more for the venomous influence of the Arabic TV stations.
- Destiny has it that you got punished for past deeds at the very wrong time. To loose his legs around a POW camp is a bit ironic, isn't it?
- Okay, cluster bombs are from a military point useful, but military shouldn't use it. It could have also hurt Civilians or the American wardens.
- Isn't it strange that people wake up by hearing the word "Djihad"? Isn't intersting that Iraqis didn't wake up and choosed to duck from bombs so they hit Saddam? Maybe, Iraqis didn't give a positive statement like "liberty" or "égalité, liberté, fraterneté" but surely not a stupid one like "the electrifiying djihad" or "the honour of the Arab nation" and all the empty words, we heard in the last 50 years.