Fellow lady passenger: Dahlak Mhalem ('By the way, Sir' - addressed to the bus driver), what happened with Israel now?
Driver: I don't know. They hit Lebanon.
Lady: Yes, but what happened?
Driver: Who knows.
Me: What happened?
Me: In the south?
Lady: Yes. Well, let no one say that this was our fault. They must know that Israel started it this time.
And we drove home in silence, passing arguile-smoking men, Muslim calls to prayer, hot-pants-wearing women, ice-cream-eating kids and one man sleeping in his shop window.