We must not accept the memory of states as our own. Nations are not communities and never have been. The history of the country, presented as the history of a family, conceals fierce conflicts of interest (sometimes explosive, most often repressed) between conquerors and conquered, masters and slaves, capitalists and workers, dominators and dominated by race and sex. And in such a world of conflict, a world of victims and executioners, it is the job of the thinking people not to be on the side of the executioners.
So long as the Arabs fight tribe against tribe, so long will they be a little people, a silly people – greedy, barbarous, and cruel, as you are.
From Lawrence of Arabia movie 1962. T.E. Lawrence (Peter O’Toole) speaking to Sherif Ali (Omar Sharif) at the beginning of the movie when Sherif Ali did not want to share his water well with another neighbouring family. So not sure if T.E. Lawrence actually said this or it’s part of the movie script only. In either case, it seems to be true and the hope is that one day it becomes untrue.