Re: Hookah and Arak
I admit that I am biased towards pan-Arabic thinking and fairly open to the idea that the French artificially broke up Arabic land in 1926 to help maintain colonial control. As a result, I tend to side with the Syrian view. Still, the matter is complicated from an entho-graphic and religious standpoint which puts my disposition on shaky ground.
As to Arak I have not had it in such a long time that I can't form any opinion on it other then that I think I enjoyed it. Is it possible to get in the West?