It is one thing to write history from a subjective point of view and a whole different thing to wipe out historical events.
For those of you unaware, there’s apparently a new history book that is due to be approved by our government, where key events in Lebanon’s history have been ignored, such as Zahle battle in 1981 or the invasion of the Baabda palace on the 13th of October 1990 by the Syrians and others. Those are two of the many historical events mentioned in the news.
It doesn’t matter who won this war or not, but history is for new generations to learn from, and must be as objective and informative as possible.
Update: Prime Minister Najib Mikati has suspended the proposal for this new book and asked to forget this issue for the time being, at least until a new history book that is accepted by all sides is proposed.
Amen to that !!
It would be like American history books not mentioning Slavery (although they do)
or the Turkish books not mentioning the Armenian Genocide or the Iranians not mentioning the Holocaust…The governments want to control and brainwash the youths so the truth is never told.
They think that if they stop talking about it,then it never happened.Typical Lebanese.
Fully agree with you Najib.
They say that winners write the history…
I agree, it is very important to include all events in the history of the country, so that new generations can learn from the past and hopefully not make the same mistakes over again. Something that’s important to consider though (and I’m not sure I have the answer to this) is who is the best person, or who are the best people to write the history books? And it seems like quite a task to get everyone to agree on a certain historical narrative, especially of the civil war…