I say that because I found something that I have searched for, ever since I returned from my trip to Lebanon. For over a month, I struggled to find the words and the courage to express what I saw, heard and felt while I visited in January. Alas... after almost loosing that battle, and by complete accident, my struggle is now over.
... [W]e are living in what some sociologists call the `priming period.' Mentally, [Lebanese] are ready to fight.
On the streets of Beirut, you hear it again and again: Sectarian tensions are higher today than in 1975, when the country plunged into its 15-year nightmare of internecine carnage. "This polarization is much more threatening for me than a frank war where people are killing each other," says Lokman Slim, a founder of Hayyabina ("Let's Go"), a civil society group that promotes a secular Lebanon. "In fact, we are living in what some sociologists call the `priming period.' Mentally, they are ready to fight."