I'm sad to say that, although I've never been to Lebanon, I immediately recognized all the telling details the HuffPo reporter described from his visit to south Lebanon and recognized all the pictures. I had been there repeatedly, over scores of blocks. Only it was in America, in my home, New Orleans, and my family's home in Pass Christian, Mississippi.
Yesterday morning on Air America, Mark Riley asked listeners to get their mind around a city of 1.5 million evacuating, not knowing when they could return or whether their homes would be intact. He apparently forgot that a couple million Americans know exactly what that's like.
UPDATE: Here's LinkTV's latest selection of Middle Eastern news clips on Lebanon.