Lebanon: Dichotomies R Us
Dichotomy: a division into two especially mutually exclusive or contradictory groups or entities, “the dichotomy between theory and practice”…
For example, Tajaddod Youth quotes Nassib Lahoud as saying: “I am a Maronite when I’m not doing politics”, and the writer believes that this is “certainly one of my [his] favourites from a politician. [He believes] it sums up an ideal in one sentence, a day when Lebanese would deal with each other not as Muslims or Christians, Druze or Maronite, but as citizens of a secular state.“
“As citizens of a secular state
” he says, yeh right. Wonder how it escapes us that the above quote only shows why “a secular state” is not possible. This quote simply voices the core of the Lebanese problem, that of the “Lebanese Identity”. A moderate and respectable “Lebanese leader” will identify himself by his sect first and foremost, even when he is making an anti-sectarian statement for a secular Lebanon. And if you live in Lebanon, you don’t have to look far to see what the rest of the “Lebanese” believe and say when asked about their national identity. You get dichotomies, trichotomies and quadrochotomies that are fit for case studies in psychological anomalies.
But then again, is there really something as a “Lebanese Identity”?