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The Syrian War Has Taken Us Prematurely to Hell!

Father George Massouh

The crimes committed in Syria have surpassed what the human mind can imagine in terms of horrors and atrocities. Undoubtedly, in our cruel East, we have become accustomed to living with this reality, which plunges us down to the depths of hell. This horror lies in our acceptance of what occurs in our countries while we continue our daily lives as if nothing is happening, and justify the violence as a defense of central causes or as wars against terrorism. As if some want to convince us that terrorism can be defeated by “counter” terrorism.

From the Archives of Al Jadid: 'The Lebanese Abroad'

Emily Nasrallah
You tend to be harshest toward those closest to you because you know where they’re coming from, because your roots are intertwined with theirs and your branches are in continual dialogue with theirs.
Before you realize it, however, your sense of space expands so that your neighbors no longer remain only those on the same street as you, nor your relatives only those who are your first cousins, but also those whom you encounter wherever you go in the realm of emigration, or, as I prefer to call it, the realm of dispersion.
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