“ratlab scientists” famous quote when they see lots of habal!

1870 – 2007

Posted by alpha mum on February 14, 2007

Bonfils, F., Beirut (c.1870 [Estimated date.]

Written by W.M. Thomson, Protestant minister, in « The Land and the Book », published in London in 1870.


Lebanon has about 400,000 inhabitants, gathered into more than six hundred towns, villages and hamlets. The various religions and sects live together, and practice their conflicting superstitions in close proximity, but the people do not coalesce into one homogeneous community, nor do they regard each other with fraternal feelings.
The Sunnites excommunicates the Shiites both hate the Druse, and all three detest the Nusairiyeh. The Maronites have no particular love for anybody and, in turn, are disliked by all. The Greeks cannot endure the Greek Catholics – all despise the Jews. And the same remarks apply to the minor divisions of this land. There is no common bond of union.
Society has no continuous strata underlying it, which can be opened and worked for the general benefit of all, but an endless number of dislocated fragments, faults, and dikes, by which the masses are tilted up in hopeless confusion, and lie at every conceivable angle of antagonism to each other. The omnificent Spirit that brooded over primeval chaos can alone bring order out of such confusion, and reduce these conflicting elements into peace and concord.
No other country in the world, I presume, has such a multiplicity of antagonistic races; and herein lies the greatest obstacle to any general and permanent amelioration and improvement of their condition character, and prospects. They can never form one united people, never combine for any important religious or political purpose; and will therefore remain weak, incapable of self-government, and exposed to the invasions and oppressions of foreigners. Thus it has been, is now, and must long continue to be a people divided, meted out, and trodden down.


6 Responses to “1870 – 2007”

  1. holla said

    LOL lebanon is not THAT diverse, after all they are all arab. The thing is that the what they have in common is the exact reason of why they fail as a united nation. bc they are all ARAB.

    Plenty of other countries have multi-cultural issues and ones of even higher diversity. so if they manage it, why can’t lebanon? or anywhere in the middle east for that matter?

  2. rotgold said

    Another country which had multi-cultural issues was Yugoslavia. And what has happened? After the death of Tito the country went into a 10-year long war and the end of it: Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegowina and Montenegro. And i think Yugoslawia had by far not the ethnic diversity Lebanon has.

  3. Alpha mum said

    Holla you seem to know very little about Lebanese… “After all they are all Arab”.. You must have not heard the I am not an Arab I am Phoenician ;o) we can’t even agree on one origin.. Let alone. Plus this has been written in 1870, I was thinking not much have changed since then.

  4. holla said

    LOL oh yeah I forgot about that. Such a mess.

  5. Hellraiser said

    So what changed in 137 years?

  6. perfect element said

    nop.. sadly nothing has changed

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