When it comes to wars not all are reported the same way, why is that? Well the answers are many and varied, if the US has no direct involvement, the conventional media prefers to focus on matters that directly effect the US, and US interests. While one cannot fault the news organizations for reporting on what sells ad’s, it does mean that huge swathes of news go virtually unreported.

When Israel went on the offensive against The Lebanon in 2006, yes you read that correctly, it was only two years ago, it received at best a quick mention on the news, sandwiched between the Teen Miss USA Pageant and the weekend weather outlook.

The War of 33 sets the record straight. It is an intimate, personal and powerful telling of the story of the 2006 war in Lebanon, war that most of us were unaware was actually happening.

The story is told through a series of letters written by Hanady Salman – a mother living through the war in Beirut. These are overlaid with what can only be described as graphic video of what was happening in Beirut at the time.

Through Hanady’s letters we get to understand this conflict and how it effected her, her family, and the country as a whole. There are refugees, and there are wounded, yet few outside of the country seemed to care. Beirut has long been thought of as a bastion of terrorism, and while that may indeed be the case, not every citizen deserves the label.

She tells the stories of her family struggling to maintain their sanity and their humanity during a time of war. The War of 33 is more than a document of a particular historical experience. What emerges is a universal story – a complex picture of love, pain, resistance and survival in the face of uncertainty and violence.

This is an interesting look at a globally ignored conflict. I may be a little cynical, but in my mind the MSM avoided coverage because it involved Israel, and it did not involve The War On Terror.

You can pick up your copy of The War Of 33 from MVD.

Simon Barrett


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