Right now I'm on the sixth story rooftop of a building that overlooks downtown Beirut. There are probably 70 journalists here and all of the journalists have chosen this location because we have a satellite uplink here that allows us to transmit live. So, we are all here and the biggest issue at the moment is finding a bit of shade.
It's strange. It's hot out here. There are a few flak jackets strewn about the floor here and some helmets. We have a certain level of comfort that there is not going to be any incoming attacks here. But, I say that because I know that the Americans are in the buses today and tomorrow it will be different.
I've spoken to several people here in Lebanon today – including the Minister of Public Works. They'd like to think that this is near its moment when it's likely to stop. The Israelis will have hit the targets that they want to get and then this is going to stop. But, clearly, from what we're gathering, the Israelis have physical targets, but they also have human targets and they have not yet been effectively targeting those leaders of Hezbollah that they want to eliminate. So, any idea that this is going to be over soon, may be wishful thinking.
It may just be human nature, that when you get into a war zone, people just optimistically want to believe that it's going to end any minute now. People here thought that on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and they are thinking that today. They could still be thinking that two or three weeks from now.
In the meantime, we'll hunker down here and see where things go. Right now the city seems to have supplies. I went to get a sandwich today and had it in about five minutes. A baguette with chicken and mayo -– that was easy.
We'll see in a week from now if there is a baguette to be had and if there is any chicken. Or whether it's going to be, "I'll take whatever you can give me because supplies are short and I'm hungry."