So how are things developing between Israel and Lebanon (or is it Israel against Lebanon?) I have been sparingly watching TV news for two days now – deliberately trying to shun from it. Not watching CNN and BBC gives one somewhat a false impression of peace and normalcy of life in Israel.
Despite UN’s plea for a ceasefire, Israel is still on the offensive, seemingly bent on ensuring the complete defeat of the Hezbollah. I just hope that Israel could be a more careful in identifying its target – the Hezbollah terrorist group is the enemy and not the innocent Lebanese civilians, especially the children.
Still, I had myself busy yesterday trying to make our bomb shelter here in the apartment “war-ready” – which by the way I do not have the slightest idea on how to go about doing it.
I was an instant one-man task force assigned to make a 12 square meter (approximately) bomb shelter into a more “war-ready” state. First, I begun disassembling and taking down an extra cabinet for more space, stacking 2 boxes of Ein Gedi mineral water, some 2-liter bottles of Royal Crown cola, several cans of Philippine sardines, tuna, chili con carne, chips, 1 can of crackers (also from Manila). Can we survive with this list of food items or should I need to add more?
I also made sure I stored in flashlights, candles, lighters, a pocket radio, a battery-powered fan as well as my passport and other identification and travel documents ( my employer’s documents and valuables has always been inside the shelter).
Would there really be a need for the bomb shelter? I hope not. By the way, I do not remember hearing sounds from helicopters yesterday. Even this morning is quiet and the skies are clear – unlike the days before when there were regular sightings of them on Jaffa and Tel-Aviv skies. I would like to think this is a good sign that everything is on the wane, hopefully. Then we do not have to hole ourselves up in a cramped 12 square-meter or so bomb shelter.