for any people to develop and maintain a sense of political community, it is necessary that they share a common vision of their past…lebanon today is a political society condemned to know and understand the real facts of its history if it seeks to survive. how the thorny complexities of the present conflict in lebanon will ultimately be resolved is not a matter for historians to determine. certainly, however, no political settlement in the country can be lasting unless it takes questions of history into account. before the people of lebanon can hope to develop the degree of social solidarity that can enable them to stand together as a coherent and viable political community, they have to know precisely what they are, and how they relate to the world around them.
kamal salibi, a house of many mansions: the history of lebanon reconsidered. i guess i was on to something at the beginning of the semester. this sums things up nicely.