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Comment on Of Maps and Men by Mustap

Qifa Nabki Comments - Fri, 2014-08-15 22:16

Next challenge and this one is specifically for the Zios, regarding their presumptuous knowledge about intersectarian affiliations in Lebanon:

You Zios who have no verifiable connections to these lands of ours, what do you know about the statistics of inter-sectarian marriages in Lebanon?

Maronite-Sunni
Maronite-Shiite
Shiite-Sunni
Sunni-Druze
Shiite-Druze
Orthodox-Maronite
Orthodox Shiite
Orthodox-Sunni
Orthodox-Druze
Armenian-All the above

We may also extend this challenge to the immediate nearby Arab states.

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Comment on Of Maps and Men by Samer Nasser

Qifa Nabki Comments - Fri, 2014-08-15 21:06

Yes, my asinine, little grasshoppers! There was never anything cultural to work with at all! It was all tenuously created very late in the game out of thin air, under constant and dire threat of civil war! Yes! Yes, indeed! :)

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Comment on Of Maps and Men by Bad Vilbel

Qifa Nabki Comments - Fri, 2014-08-15 20:30

AIG said:
You are trying to argue that different groups such Jews and Arabs or Maronite and Shia felt some kind of affiliation because they resided in the same historical geographic areas such as “Iraq”, “Syria”, “Lebanon” or “Palestine”. You may find an example here and there, but in the majority of cases that is just not true. Calling an area “Lebanon” or “Israel” or “Iraq” or “Syria” does not create national cohesion between groups in that area. It just leads to civil wars.

I’m gonna have to agree with this. At the end of the day, complex theories and discussions aside, it really does come down to this, doesn’t it.

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Comment on Of Maps and Men by Mustap

Qifa Nabki Comments - Fri, 2014-08-15 20:29

Not a single nation in the modern world was created out of thin air. And that statement remains true even if you go back centuries in time.

But let’s just concentrate at the most recent century or so. I challenge anyone including the Zios to give one example of such nation created ex-nihilo. But please leave Israel aside for now, because such thesis (ex-nihilism) obviously fits the Zio narrative.

In the case of Israel if you insist that this is the only way to create a nation, and as such gives a Zio the right to do so, then the Zio nation is fake based on universal empirical evidence. In other words your so-called Zio nation will be the odd black sheep in the herd.

I like pragmatic theories for what they’re worth. :)

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Comment on Of Maps and Men by AIG

Qifa Nabki Comments - Fri, 2014-08-15 20:00

QN,

Take the Iraq example, isn’t it likely that if a Kurdish enclave would have been created by the British, that the Kurds would have suffered much less and perhaps even had succeeded in building a well functioning state? For the Kurds it is quite clear that the issue of borders was and is THE problem.

“To me, the necessary ingredient for success is a viable political system and economic development; issues of borders and minorities and ethnic homogeneity are secondary.”

I believe that both ingredients are necessary.What you don’t want to acknowledge is that political and economical development are so much easier with natural borders and homogeneity. In fact, one leads to the other. We don’t have much data to work with but clearly, the more homogeneous a state is in our region the more it is likely to succeed or the more it is likely to avoid civil strife. Arab societies faced huge challenges anyway modernizing. Add to that the artificial borders and you were stacking the odds against them.

To become a great basketball center you need to be tall but you also need to practice a lot. Both are necessary conditions. Yes, you can argue that you just need to practice and that there were a few smaller centers that made it into the NBA. But you should agree, that your chances of making it, no matter how much you practice are much, much smaller. The Sykes-Picot borders made the Arab states “short” as per this analogy. It made developing an open and trust based society very, very difficult. You are telling them they just didn’t “practice” enough.

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Comment on 19-year Old Lebanese Behind The Free Sunnis of Baalbek Brigade (لواء احرار السنة) Twitter Account by Rachel

Blog Baladi Comments - Fri, 2014-08-15 16:27

Is anyone working on getting the 1860 followers w ya3mloulon fala2 or are they gna ignore them like they ignored similar trash before?

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Comment on What Men Really Want- Especially Lebanese Men by Latisha

Ivy Says Comments - Fri, 2014-08-15 16:25

I have met a leb man 2 years ago. He introduced himself with a European name, hid his age and marital status. I live in the US and he has business in Africa. We were meeting every month. A year later I found out he was married but he said he didn’t live with his wife and he only wanted and loved me and wanted to live together. I found out he had a different name, he lived in a different country from what he told me and bunch of other lies , but for my questions he told me I misunderstood him at the first place. I believed him for another year that he was separated from his wife, because I couldn’t imagine how could he spend so much time on the phone and Skype with me and flying to meet me if he was married, till just recently I found out from their friends facebook they were parting and from the pictures I could tell they are happily married . I told him he is a chronic liar, he said not to look at the pictures , he can live and go out with his wife and 3 kids but the true love he only has for me. He only loves me in the whine entire world. He hooked me. I wanted to ask what to do, but I already know everyone’s answer to run as far as I can from him, but after 2 years of belief in our future I’m totally weak , and I already tried to finish our relationship a couple of times, seems like he won’t let me go and he won’t leave me alone. He is 18 years older. And he has been the best lover in my life, most charming and romantic , but also jealous when I meet my girlfriends and he was extremely rude also calling me very offensive words for not answering my phone when he called. So I’m lost

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