When the trouble started in Lebanon a few weeks back, he was there to do his regular show. I doubt he got to do it, but whatever he did is going to be on tonight. I have no doubt it will be interesting. Read his article about Beirut at Salon.
Then, in the blink of an eye, everything went sideways: Relaxed smiles froze and disappeared. Suddenly, there was the sound of automatic weapons firing randomly in the air from a nearby neighborhood. And fireworks. Then cars -- a few of them -- teenage kids, women and adults, some leaning out the windows and waving Hezbollah flags and flashing the "V" for victory sign, celebrating what we were told, after a few quick cellphone calls, was the grabbing of two Israeli soldiers. Our fixer, a Sunni; Ali, a Shiite; and "Marwan," a Christian, who'd just minutes ago been pointing proudly at the mural -- all three looked down in embarrassment, a look of sorrow, shame and then resignation on their faces. Someone muttered "assholes" bitterly. They knew -- right away -- what was going to happen next.
Don't miss the article. Here's the 'printer friendly' page, but the ad I got to watch at the other link was for Spike Lee's documentary about New Orleans after Katrina, "When the Levees Broke".