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The answer to Arab extremism... is Arab joy...

More of this... please... even though it's likely to upset the radicals amongst them, I see it as a sign of hope:

From the notes at YouTube:

Whilst the idea of a flash mob isn't a new thing, a Dabke / Hip-Hop flash mob in Beirut Rafic Hariri International Airport (Beirut Duty Free) at a time when the region is in flux is certainly a first.

On March 5th, 2011, passengers experienced something a little different. A flash mob performed a mix of Dabke and hip-hop to entertain and delight passengers and airport staff alike.

M&C Saatchi and Beirut Duty Free, created this vibrant event as part of their "Take Back More." campaign. The aim was to literally create a wonderful memory of Lebanon that passengers could take with them on their journey.


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Comments (15)

This is kind of neat. I wa... (Below threshold)
James H:

This is kind of neat. I watched it without the audio, and it reminds me of American country line-dancing. Perhaps a cross-cultural phenomenon is possible?

I see something like this, ... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

I see something like this, and I really wish I didn't have two left feet...

(Keep getting them tangled with the right foot, ya know?)

JLaw: You have a left?... (Below threshold)
James H:

JLaw: You have a left?

Surely everything about all... (Below threshold)
Clancy:

Surely everything about all of that violates sharia law.

this is like a country line... (Below threshold)
JK:

this is like a country line dance or a least a some what country line dance!

Which is why you won't see ... (Below threshold)
Brucepall:

Which is why you won't see anything like this in Riyadh, Tehran, or Mogadishu.

The joy is absolutely infec... (Below threshold)

The joy is absolutely infectious. Too bad we cannot share more of THAT with each other, instead of the anger!

Two of them, James, H. Jus... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

Two of them, James, H. Just ask my wife! (Oh, they're still talking about our marriage reception. The carnage was horrible... lol)

The Middle East could use s... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

The Middle East could use some liquor stores, movie theaters and night clubs. They have nothing to do but get jealous and pissed off at those that are having fun in life.

James H.. Good one. Very funny. ww

Interesting tidbit, WW: Ap... (Below threshold)
James H:

Interesting tidbit, WW: Apparently, the more cosmopolitan areas, particularly Beiruit, had a thriving nightlife about four or five decades ago before fundamentalists gained more influence.

Not all Lebanese are Islami... (Below threshold)
CZ:

Not all Lebanese are Islamic. There are many Lebanese Christians.

If you recall Danny Thomas the entertainer, he was likely the most famous Lebanese Christian and I believe he was Roman Catholic.

Beirut fills every weekend ... (Below threshold)
Sadie:

Beirut fills every weekend with rich arab sheiks and assorted lots with lots of cash to drop and drink, dance and party non stop until they drop.

That's why folks, it's hands off Beirut and why Hezbollah won't put a fatwah on their heads ;)

Rick, thanks for making eve... (Below threshold)
Tina S:

Rick, thanks for making everyone in the room smile:)

Kewl!A happy-feet ... (Below threshold)
Taxpayer:

Kewl!

A happy-feet epidemic breaks out in the puritanical Middle East. More, please!

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PBunyan:

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