From: (Khalil El KHOURY)
Newsgroups: soc.culture.lebanon
Subject: el Ha' 3a TTelyaan (Re: Trivial Pursuit)
Date: 8 Sep 1993 03:37:34 -0500
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W. Shaib writes :

> 11. The Italian navy bombarded beirut. In what year? Why (extra
>     5 points)? BTW, this is the where the lebanese "el-Haq 3ala
>     eTulian" saying originated!

I have another version of the origin of this famous expression :

In 1952 a "3osyaan madani" (civil disobedience?) forced the lebanese 
president Bechara El Khoury to resign. It seems that the french and the
british ambassadors in Lebanon told him that their countries (the superpowers 
that  made the decisions in the region at that time) didn't have anything
to do with it.
He would have replied : I know, I know ... el Ha' 3a TTelyaan!

(everybody knew that the Italians, who had lost the war 7 years before,
were unable to do anything like that even in their own country ...)

Since then, whenever something bad happens and everybody says 
"it's not my fault", people say "of course, el Ha' 3a TTelyaan!"

K. Khoury