Exerpt from a story from "The Record" on NorthJersey.com. It's about a dad and his kids from North Jersey who are stuck in Lebanon. Originally the mother thought they would be coming home but...
"First the news was good, then it was potentially devastating for at least some of the 5,000 Americans like Dalal Haidar's two asthmatic children hiding fearfully in war-ravaged southern Lebanon.
Tuesday afternoon the State Department said it would begin busing American citizens from southern Lebanon to Beirut for ships bound for Cyprus.
But that night, the Haidar family had been called by a State Department official and told that their children, stranded some 90 minutes from Beirut, would have to find their own way to the capital city. If they could make it there, the children and their dad would secure a spot with 1,000 other American evacuees on a ship leaving Beirut today.
It was another sign of the chaos that had enveloped everyone in southern Lebanon and beyond since fighting broke out between Israel and Hezbollah guerrillas last week.
And it was enough to make a mother faint, and the Wayne woman did at one point Tuesday afternoon at her sister's home in Clifton as she discussed her distress.
"This is one of the greatest nations in the world," Haidar, 40, said. "How can they not pick up the children? How can they just leave them there to die?"
It's a WAR ZONE lady! And someone has to put his or her life on the line so your husband and kids can get out of there. Plans have to be well-laid, it's not like you can land a plane in the middle of a field and say "ok come on". It's not like you can park a bus in the middle of Beirut and let everyone on. It's dangerous, there are missiles and rockets being fired back and forth, there are terrorists with car bombs.
You know isn't it enough that Americans in their own country demand their government to take care of their every need but it's obscene that Americans in a foreign country are doing the same damn thing.
I'm sorry but when you travel to a foreign country there is no guarantee of protection. You essentially travel at your own risk. But many Americans are conditioned to believe that even if they know they do something at their own risk, that any consequences are their fault, it doesn't matter--they can rely on their government to make things right for them.
Fox News interviewed a lady this morning named Sandy Choucair whose husband just arrived in Baltimore from Lebanon. She was whining and bitching (surprise) saying that her husband and others had to live on the street for seven days. She was bitching that he didn't get any help from anywhere and that the US government was too slow in reacting. She said her husband had no idea this war was going to happen. She said nobody knew.
OH MY GOD PEOPLE. DO YOU HAVE YOUR HEAD IN THE SAND?
Any person with half a brain knows that's a hotbed for terrorism.
Fox News also honed in a speech by an evacuee at the airport and he had to leave a wedding once the shelling began. Then he talked about waiting for a statement from George Bush condemning the Israeli attack. And of course he went on and on about how Israel's not defending itself and that this was a definitely an offensive....blah blah blah, now everyone's a foreign policy expert.
I have yet to hear a "thank you" for the free boat ride, the free housing and meals, the free plane ticket home. I have yet to hear a "thank you" to the men and women, both military and civilian, who are American and of other nations who have helped in getting these Americans out of there. It didn't happen on its own, many people had a hand in it.
What I wonder now is how long till the first multi-billion dollar Congressional investigation? How long till the first lawsuit is filed?