Our shouting is louder than our actions,
Our swords are taller than us,
This is our tragedy.
we wear the cape of civilization
but our souls live in the Stone Age
These are the words of Nizar Qabbani, the Arab nationalist whose erotic and romantic pen turned into a political one, bashing Arab regimes and culture. Arabs have failed on so many levels; from gender equality to democracy. But most importantly, they have failed on the battleground.
In the words of Nizar: “We went to war, and lost.”