Hezbollah theme park opens
Perspective is always dictated by where you stand. Looking in from outside, the latest attraction to open in the Lebanese mountains seems somewhat bizarre – a Hezbollah theme park complete with mock Israeli tanks and faux guerrilla fighters. However, from within the region perhaps even such a hokey memorial does give rise to contemplation of the broader tapestry of the conflict. Better fake tanks and fighters to teach historical lessons than real planes, rockets and bombs, I suppose.
The park, complete with upturned Israeli tanks and dummies dressed like guerilla fighters, has drawn hundreds of visitors to gawp at the weapons, military outfits and armoured personnel carriers on display.
Located in a remote, mountainous part of southern Lebanon, the park’s opening this week commemorates a historic event in the Middle East conflict and the first time Israel unilaterally abandoned
The park is situated in a former frontline base used by Hizbollah during the Israeli occupation, the Times reports.
“The Israelis used to drop cluster bombs that looked like toys for our children to play with, “Abu Hadi, a veteran fighter and park tour guide told the paper, referring to a longstanding allegation against the Israeli military.
“Now we tell the Israelis that we have their tanks for our children to play with.”
Among the weaponry on display are Russian Kornet anti-tank missiles and RPG29 rockets used by Hizbollah in the 2006 war. In one alcove, a prayer mat and an open copy of the Koran sit beside an old AK47 rifle.